Top of the web – January to March 2019

Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular from January to March 2019.

Website pages

There were 987,474 page views from January to March.  The bracketed listing indicates the place the page held in the last set of statistics. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

Popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published from January to March on the website:

Photos on Flickr

Flickr now has a total of 9,183,648 views:

  • 134,239 views in January.
  • 122,262 views in February.
  • 109,184 view in March.

Top on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter. As at 1 May, we have 5110 followers.

Facebook favourites

Like us on Facebook. As at 1 May 2019, we have 9561 likes.

In on Instagram

We are trialling Instagram.  Our first post was on 11 February 2019.

As at 1 May, we have 562 followers.

Most popular posts:

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Today is #RaceRelationsDay. We'd like to share the important kōrero of Pancha Narayanan, National President of Multicultural New Zealand, who is quoted by @nzhumanrights: “In these sad times the strength and the resolve of our community not to give in to hatred has been shown as New Zealanders embrace one another to comfort and console. People of all cultures and faiths have come together to show their grief in this difficult time, with an outpouring of solidarity and unity with our Muslim brothers and sisters. As we remember, it is also a time to reflect on the country we want to build. Becoming a Treaty-based multicultural society will not come without hard work. We must listen to each other and work collectively to make it happen. Let us stand united against racism and hate wherever and whenever we see it." On our website, we are sharing information on this important day and highlighting books and resources focused on uniting against racism and hate. #GiveNothingToRacism #GiveNothingToHate

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If you are interested in how we derive our rankings, we measure page views on our website, organic reach for Facebook posts, reach for Instagram posts, and impressions for tweets.

Top of the web – December 2018

Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in December.

Website pages

There were 280,052 page views in December. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

Summertime Reading Club is in 19th spot, and the Christchurch Photo Hunt winners at 35th.

December’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in December on the website:

Survivor winner Lisa Stanger’s 2014 blog post Christmas reading for kids came in at 4th place.

Photos on Flickr

There were 109,564 views in December on Flickr. It now has a total of 8,817,963 views.

Top on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter. As at 8 January, we have 5028 followers.

#ChristchurchAdventCalendar 24 Christmas images from the #DiscoveryWall. Sunday 9 Dec: @whatnownz Christmas, 24 December 1989. Simon Barnett, @MicheleACourt and Catherine McPherson. Christchurch Star archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-01642A.

We have a position for a Community Learning Librarian open at South Library. Applications close Sunday, 6 Jan. #libraryjobs ^MT

The Best of 2018 – librarians pick their faves of the year. #lovelibraries #bestbooks ^DR

Facebook favourites

Like us on Facebook. As at 8 January, we have 9027 likes.

#ChristchurchAdventCalendar 24 Christmas images from the #DiscoveryWall. Tuesday 13 December: Mark Nicholl with Christmas tree, 13 December 1980. A child, Mark Nicholl, on his bicycle carrying a Christmas tree in Sydenham. Christchurch Star Archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-02309A.

All these things and more! ^Moata

#ChristchurchAdventCalendar 24 Christmas images from the #DiscoveryWall. Sunday 9 December: What Now Christmas, 24 December 1989. The presenters of What Now, Simon Barnett, Michele A’Court and Catherine McPherson getting ready for Christmas morning show by decorating a Christmas tree. Christchurch Star archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-01642A.

“It is my first time to see Korean books in a library!” an elated Donggi Jun said when he saw shelves of books in his native Korean. Find out more about the World Languages Collection at Tūranga – it includes books & magazines in 13 languages.

If you are interested in how we derive our rankings, we measure page views on our website, organic reach for Facebook posts, and impressions for tweets.

Top of the web – November 2018

Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in November.

Website pages

There were 336,149 page views in November. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

Join the Library has become more popular in the last few months and more Tūranga pages are in the top 50 – meeting rooms and bookable spaces, café, transport, and floor by floor.

November’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in November on the website:

Photos on Flickr

There were 147,719 views in November on Flickr. It now has a total of 8,708,399 views.

Top on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter. As at 8 January, we have 5028 followers.

DiveDapper is the PoetryWorld equivalent of Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in cars getting coffee’ but at DiveDapper you hear 2 poets on top of their game. A good reason to go to @KavehAkbar in Chch Tues 6 Nov @WORDChCh & at @tweetlitcrawl. ^DR

I’ve picked my fave New Zealand book covers of 2018.
Xoe Hall – @TayiTibble Poūkahangatus
Kerry Ann Lee – @Helen__Heath Are Friends Electric? @VUPBooks
and Go GIrl / Oh Boy @PenguinBooks_NZ
All this & more FAB covers: ^DR

Did you know @rhysiedarby had written a kids’ book? Kim asked him about the book, cryptozoology, and the time he was a jelly at the Christchurch Christmas parade (!?). ^MT

Facebook favourites

Like us on Facebook. As at 8 January, we have 9027 likes.

The Ballantynes’ Fire took place 71 years ago today. 41 people died, and the city mourned.  ^Donna

The Audio Video Studio / Taupuni Oro/Ataata is now available for bookings! Open session times, when you can visit and try things out, are also available. See our website for more details. ^Moata

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of November in 1918, the First World War – ‘The War to End All Wars’ – ended; this day is known as Armistice Day. Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. ^Donna

If you are interested in how we derive our rankings, we measure page views on our website, organic reach for Facebook posts, and impressions for tweets.

Top of the web – October 2018

Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in October.

Website pages

There were 368,704 page views in October. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

Join the Library was in at number 12, and more of our Tūranga pages were in the top 50.

October’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in October on the website:

Not published in October, but attracting views was The old homestead at Stonyhurst a Picturing Canterbury post by Simon (published March 2018).

Photos on Flickr

There were 267,397 page views in October on Flickr. It now has a total of 8,560,680 views.

Top on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter. As at 5 November, we have 5017 followers.

Tūranga is open – and people are exploring their new central library. Opening pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibraries/sets/72157672234197707
Great photos of Tūranga in action by @ChristchurchCC https://www.ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/newsline/show/3058 ^DR

Thank you Christchurch people. Tūranga is for you.

Cool fact that Kim learned at the Cook’s cook book launch last night: Gavin Bishop was the first author to have a book launch at the old central library and the first at our new one, Tūranga… 36 years apart. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/gavin-bishop-cooks-cook-book-launch/ ^MT

Facebook favourites

Like us on Facebook. As at 5 November, we have 8841 likes.

Mōrena. The day has finally arrived and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the Tūranga Grand Opening! Watch the official opening ceremony online from 12 noon today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aivupywQ9cc
Doors open to the public for tours at 1pm.
More about Tūranga: https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/turanga/

Tūranga is open! Thank you to all the Christchurchians who have come in today. Here are some photos from opening day, including Marlene who was the first customer in. https://www.flickr.com/…/christchurc…/sets/72157672234197707
Find out more about what’s happening at Tūranga. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/turanga/ ^Donna

Day One of Tūranga – check out this time lapse of Tūranga from Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects – you might spot yourself if you were there … ^Donna


If you are interested in how we derive our rankings, we measure page views on our website, organic reach for Facebook posts, and impressions for tweets.

Celebrating Tūranga

I can’t speak for anyone else, but it sometimes seemed that the opening day for Tūranga would never arrive. And then it did!

Tūranga exterior shot
Tūranga, Southbase Construction, 18 September 2018.
File reference: New-Central-2018-09-18-028
Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography.

And what a day. You couldn’t have picked a less pleasant date, weather-wise, if you’d tried. Driving rain, occasional hail, and bitter cold – appalling weather for a library opening… and still our beloved, loyal customers came in their thousands.

I’ve pulled together all the media I could find relating to Tūranga opening in this post, along with some of the messages of support and celebration we’ve received via social media – it’s been a great time to be part of Christchurch City Libraries, feeling the aroha from people all over the city and further afield.

In the news

Photos

Opening day

Social Media

Monitoring library social media the last couple of weeks has been a) a lot busier than usual but b) a delight, as people discover Tūranga and share their joy and amazement online. Below is just a selection of the great feedback we’ve had from library lovers.

Other

Outside the main media outlets, other organisations, customers and visitors have their own thoughts and reflections.

Tūranga, the new Christchurch central library opens in New Zealand from SHL Architects on Vimeo. Timelapse video across the whole of opening day, 12 October 2018.

Video of the opening ceremony, 12 October 2018.

Ngā toi o Tūranga‘, video from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, posted 17 October 2018. Includes short interviews with artists whose work features in Tūranga and discusses the cultural narrative of the buildng.

Video made by a family visiting Tūranga for the first time. Posted 16 October 2018.

If you’ve found any other news items, photos, or videos that should be included in this Tūranga roundup please let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in!