Top of the web – November 2016

Kia ora. We explore what Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month – so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Central Library Manchester whiteboard
Central Library Manchester. 4 November 2016. Flickr 2016-11-4-IMG_6834

Website pages

There were 254,812 page views in November. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Canterbury earthquake info for kids (1st last month)
  2. PressReader about page (2nd last month)
  3. Hornby Library (3rd last month)
  4. OverDrive about page (6th last month)
  5. My account (5th last month)
  6. Books browse page (4th last month)
  7. New Zealand disasters (10th last month)
  8. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  9. New titles (9th last month)
  10. Medical inventions (NEW)

Popular blog posts on the website this month:

November’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 43 posts published.

Photos on Flickr

There were 57,665 page views in November on Flickr. It now has a total of is 5,942,624 page views.

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Mōrena – New Brighton will be closed, & we are waiting to hear about Linwood & Lyttelton Libs post-#eqnz https://t.co/zvpas3Vwov ^DR

New Brighton Library (in its temp location 60 Brighton Mall) is planning to open at midday today (Monday 14 Nov) https://t.co/zvpas3Vwov ^DR https://t.co/1RS2KoBJKh

“Never stop being curious” – Kim talks to @medickinson ahead of her Live Science Show, here in #chch next month. https://t.co/hdR8NUcT75 ^DR https://t.co/2sniMDDx0F

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Stories and playing at the Margaret Mahy Playground? Perfect! This summertime – starting tomorrow Thursday 1 December – our Mobile Library will be visiting the Margaret Mahy playground on Thursday mornings. The van will be parked by the main entrance from 9am to 11.45am.
You can borrow books from the van as well as enjoy a Storytimes session at 10am and 11am. Check out our timetable: http://ow.ly/CevV306EzKB The van will be there regardless of the weather – if it’s bad, we can do Storytimes inside! ^Donna

Simon explores the history – and mystery – of the Cashmere Caverns. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/the-cashmere-caverns/  ^Donna

Kia ora, hope you are all feeling a little better this morning. If you are feeling like a library visit, libraries will be open as normal today except New Brighton which opened at midday and is closing early at 5pm. We will continue to share information as it comes to hand. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/news/status-of-libraries-monday-14-november/ ^Donna (updated 3.50pm 14/11)



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Top of the web – October 2016

Kia ora. We explore what Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month – so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Saturday fun at Central Library Peterborough
Saturday fun at Central Library Peterborough. 22 October 2016. Flickr 2016-October-22-SATURDAY FUN AT CENTRAL PETERBOROUGH2

Website pages

There were 263,936 page views in October. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Canterbury earthquake info for kids (3rd last month)
  2. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  3. Hornby Library (4th last month)
  4. Books browse page (5th last month)
  5. My account (6th last month)
  6. OverDrive about page (8th last month)
  7. Learning Centres (9th last month)
  8. Christchurch Photo Hunt (NEW)
  9. New titles (NEW)
  10. New Zealand disasters (NEW) .

October’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 69 posts published.

Photos on Flickr

There were 72,674 page views in October on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,884,959 page views.

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Uncovering Christchurch’s hidden history in photographs [media release] https://t.co/t9LhG4FCqw ^MT https://t.co/9lY6UBf86A

What’s going on behind those fences on Cathedral Sq? The beginnings of your new library! #newCentralLibrary ^MT https://t.co/Wr7yGPFST2

Are you up for joining in a global eBook club? The @OverDriveLibs #BigLibraryRead is on now. https://t.co/YrxwAGxuTo ^DR https://t.co/uDwSUCifYC

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Book in now for one of two special storytimes session on the Botanic Gardens caterpillar during Beca Heritage Week. Revisit childhood classic stories, rhymes and ditties!
http://ow.ly/m13r304Rkh3 ^Moata
UPDATE: Both sessions are now fully booked. 12:35pm 6/10/2016

What’s going on behind those big fences at the Cathedral Square, Colombo, Gloucester corner?
The beginnings of your new central library, that’s what!
Learn more about what’s planned on our website http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/central-library/ ^Moata

Today is the 100th anniversary of the suburb of Opawa officially becoming part of Christchurch city. Read all about it in the newspaper of the day http://ow.ly/zNHC304FBhy
Image: The Opawa coach waiting to depart in Cathedral Square : in background is Mortens Building (United Service Hotel), 1905 http://ow.ly/lgxb304FBS4 ^Moata



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Top of the web – September 2016

Kia ora. We explore what Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month – so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Roald Dahl display
Central Library Peterborough. Monday 12 September 2016. Flickr 2016-09-12-IMG_6005

Website pages

There were 281,587 page views in September. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities – September / October 2016 (NEW)
  2. Press Display about page (1st last month)
  3. Canterbury earthquake info for kids (4th last month)
  4. Hornby Library (5th last month)
  5. Books browse page (3rd last month)
  6. My account (6th last month)
  7. Fun Palaces (NEW)
  8. OverDrive about page (7th last month)
  9. Learning Centres (2nd last month)
  10. Request an item (9th last month)

September’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 55 posts published.

Sex, & Sex, drugs & Rock n roll, & rock n roll – WORD Christchurch Donna
NCEA Booklists Rachel
Fiona Farrell and her healing gift to Christchurch Masha

Photos on Flickr

There were 74,951 page views in September on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,812,285
page views.

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Pics of @jccronin & @kehealey & crowd at last night’s @wordchch @HachetteNZ event https://t.co/o5GppCN4fp ^DR https://t.co/zBbZlTHEQz

Alina liked the @Tara_Moss session at #wordchch and agrees we all need to speak out more https://t.co/c8CH4u1Yh9 ^MT https://t.co/0uYResxUml

“What is the worst NZ animal? asks @AndyGbooks “Mike Hosking” mutters a parent. “A tiger” yells a kid. #wordchch ^DR https://t.co/2bllTbX7Lc

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Join Ngā Manu Tioriori (The Songbirds) as they waiata their way around the libraries this Wednesday with fun, upbeat songs for kids (and parents).
Not able to make it this week? There’s a special follow-up performance at Parklands Library on Wednesday 5 October
https://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=waiata ^Moata

Here’s the new titles for September. Our monthly compilation includes music, movies, eBooks, eAudiobooks, fiction, and non-fiction, large print – and stuff for kids and teens. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/new-titles/ What’s your pick? I want to read Brix Smith Start’s memoir always like a great rock bio. https://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/948994037 ^Donna

Are you keen to work for Christchurch City Libraries? We’ve got library jobs on offer – library assistants (full and part time), community learning librarians (permanent and fixed term), and a manager of community, Temporary Central and Fingertip Libraries (fixed term).https://www.cccjobs.co.nz/search?search=cvid-707e7 ^Donna



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Top of the web – August 2016

Kia ora. We explore what Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month – so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.

The Stars are on fire gala
WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. Friday 26 August 2016. Flickr 2016-08-26-IMG_5778

Website pages

There were page views in August. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Press Display about page (1st last month)
  2. Learning Centres (7th last month)
  3. Books browse page (3rd last month)
  4. Canterbury earthquake info for kids (NEW)
  5. Hornby Library (NEW)
  6. My account (5th last month)
  7. OverDrive about page (6th last month)
  8. Online resources (NEW)
  9. Request an item (10th last month)
  10. New titles (NEW)

Also of interest this month: Snow Days, WORD Christchurch, Cook Islands Language Week, Is there a JP in the library?, Jenny Pattrick – Community Read, and Reading in mind: Book Scheme for mental health.

August’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 99 posts published.

Photos on Flickr

There were 72,158 page views in August on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,737,334 page views.

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Love that @MargaretAtwood is doing a cameo on the film of #aliasgrace and tweeting everything including her costume. ^MT

Handpicked sightseeing for #wordchch writers: https://t.co/8uCX4tTOHX No. 1: hairy jewellery for @TheGoodDeath ^DR https://t.co/R7c5dMB2p4

. @Tara_Moss is here for #wordhch next week – here’s her handbook for women & girls. https://t.co/dj6Q7nlpQK  ^DR https://t.co/Ct68k14iKe

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The first test between the Springboks and the All Blacks took place in Christchurch at Lancaster Park 35 years ago today – on Saturday 15 August 1981. See our collection of Springbok Tour posters http://ow.ly/dWvP303eaTV and read more: http://ow.ly/fbtD303eaZh ^Donna More about this poster: http://ow.ly/Vb0y303eb2v

The Captain Cook statue in Victoria Square was unveiled on 10 August 1932. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/statues/#Victoria Remember the SCAPE Public Art event when he had his own bathroom? ^Donna

Invercargill City Libraries and Archives wins gold at synchronised shelving! ^Donna



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Tantalising Toronto Library

Toronto Public Library

Check out Author talks on a subdivided city in an age of hyper-diversity.

Visited four amazing libraries yesterday -full on day, see second post for branch libraries. The Toronto Reference Library was reminiscent of our old Central Library with a 70s look but refreshed and inspiring. Lovely atrium creating the sense of where to next! Also glass lifts if you don’t wish to use the stairs. No escalator and while at the time this was seen as short sighted now it’s viewed as progressive.

Light, airy, and a wide variety of happenings for the customer in terms of specialist collections, programmimg and reference support. The learning centres are varied in purpose from computers in dedicated spaces, dedicated rooms for learning and a maker space staffed by Digital Design Technicians who deliver programmes, assist customers with 3D printer and design help, customers printing their own books – real cool along with audio and video production.

These DDT staff also support the branches with pop up mobile labs that are out on rotation with the DDT to facilitate drop ins, books ins, programmes and staff learning.

Collections – approximately a third on display, the rest elsewhere but can be accessed on request. Lots of compactums. Arthur Conan Doyle collection a highlight – dedicated themed space and a librarian with the true gift of storytelling. Anyone can pop in, relax and select from this wonderful collection. You can also loan musical instruments – well used and valued resource.

The Reference area is also a seller for weddings with the couple married at the top with guests seated below – nice little revenue earner.

Technology pervasive. Lost count of the screens and number of computers. Cool lighting as well.


Public Libraries Victoria Network: Great Library Tour 4 2016