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Boy eBooks and girl eBooks?

I know that boys are different to girls but I prefer not to generalize. I personally bit the head off my sister’s Barbie and had a farm set. So not all girls like pink and are sweet and not all boys are trouble and like noise! Regardless of what your personality is like there are eBooks and downloadable audiobooks to suit all tastes on OverDrive. I have added some images of new OverDrive titles for you below –  lines of eBooks aimed at girls,  lines aimed at boys and then lines for those who  feel neither blue nor pink! See if you can pick which line belongs to whom!

Snake attack!

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Our encyclopedias get a makeover!

Using computers to help with homework is pretty normal these days. Yet the information we find may not always be helpful or true. That is when you need us! Your local librarians consider themselves pretty good at providing quality information that will speed up your homework while getting you good results.

When I was younger all you had at the local library were heavy print encyclopedias to help with homework, but now from the comfort of your home you can get all that help online from the library with these two resources:

All you need is your library card number and PIN/Password and you will be guaranteed to find all the correct answers and enjoy yourself in the process! Learning fun? It can happen!

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Free online fun at the library these holidays

Now that you are free from school what plans do you have for the summer holidays that stretch before you? (I am so jealous!) I have a few suggestions that you may want to try if you start to get a bit bored. They are free, enjoyable and all for you!

  • BusyThings: Fun games and activities for 3 to 7 year olds that include creating music and art.
  • TumbleBook Library: Animated books which include games, quizzes, videos and puzzles.
  • Literacy Planet: Create characters and earn rewards in return for completing fun tasks.
  • OverDrive: Over 1200 children’s fiction and non fiction e-books and downloadable audiobooks for your enjoyment!

Far be it from us to encourage you to play online more, but there will be wet days when playing outside will not be an option. This is where we can help. All you need to access any of these online resources is an imagination and a  library card number and password / PIN.

Oh and don’t forget to come and visit us  at your local library this summer!

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TumbleBook Library

Did you know Christchurch City Libraries pays money to access some really cool websites? And that all our members can use those sites for free too? That is what all the sites at the Source are!

TumbleBook ScreenshotOne of the coolest of these is TumbleBook Library. TumbleBooks are animated books that you can read or that can be read to you. There are HUNDREDS of books for you to read, including picture books, chapter books, non-fiction books and graphic novels (including Max Finder!).

There are lots of games, puzzles and quizzes to go along with the books as well as videos from National Geographic.

One of the coolest things is that you can use the search box at the top of the site to search for books, games and videos about things you are into to. So if you like jokes, mysteries, dogs, knights, France or anything else, you’ll be able to find heaps of new books about it on TumbleBook Library.

I think my favourite book on in TumbleBook Library is The Mystery of Eatum Hall. A creepy story about a pig and a hen who are mysteriously invited to spend the weekend at Dr. Hunter’s new inn…

Eatum Hall Screenshot

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National Geographic just for you

There are a few things that you can not avoid in life and homework is one of them! Here at Christchurch City Libraries we want to make homework as painless as possible. To help beat the due date blues, we welcome National Geographic Kids online.

National Geographic Kids can be searched by itself or  through the National Geographic Digital Archive. This resource is geared toward 6-14 year olds and it includes:

  • National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo);
  • National Geographic Kids books which include award-winning photos and maps;
  • Kid-friendly, downloadable images perfect for assignments.

Have a play and see what you think! You can find this electronic resource 24/7 through the catalogue or at the Source, all you need is your library card number, PIN and a sense of adventure and wonder!
Who doesn’t want to know that two unmanned spacecraft have been travelling through outer space for 33 years?

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Fresh and free e-books and audiobooks for kids!

OverDrive is our e-book and downloadable audiobook platform. It is free to use for library members. All you need is your library card number and PIN. It contains lots of fun books for kids to read. Here are some examples!

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Enter the Library Explorers Challenge to win cool prizes

Throughout April we’re running a Library Explorers Challenge where you can answer a series of questions and go in the draw for some great prizes.  We have Paper Plus vouchers and movie passes to give away.

All you have to do is grab a question sheet from your library (or download it here – April challenge), go to the Kids website to find the answers, enter your answers and your contact details into the form and you’re in the draw for the whole of April.

Week 1 winner – Maifea Fetu, age 12, won a movie pass

Week 2 winners – Lucy Constable, age 12 ($20 Paper Plus voucher) and Anthony Orr, age 11 (child’s movie pass)

Week 3 winners – Tyler Timms, age 11 ($20 Paper Plus voucher) and Grace Boddington, age 12 (child’s movie pass)

Thanks to everyone who entered.  This competition is now closed.

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