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Toronto Public Library

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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 – approx a third on display the rest elsewhere but can 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

Inspiring Hands On @ Toronto Branch Libraries

Bloor/Gladstone Branch – Celebrating 100 years

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Multi-award renovation. $1.9 million. A lovely extensively renovated Community Library blending heritage features with modern building materials to provide flexible community spaces. 1911 – closed in 2006 reopened 2009. Clearly well used and a delightful children’s area with marketing promo ” Kidsstop making waves”. Water is the theme with plenty of interactive activities including puppet hole and assorted lenses creating different views. Kids tops are Literacy based play from birth to 6 years.

An example of “daylight harvesting” – letting the light in.

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Fort York Library opened 2014

  • 3D Printer Certification Course
  • Camp Innovate: A week long Camp for Kids using technology

Collection size 35k. Population served 26,514. Huge growth in condominiums which housed young professionals in 3’s but by time the library was built they were having babies! Purpose built with designated innovation hubs and spaces for people to “create learn and innovate”.

It’s an extension to the communities living, working and social space.  Located near to the national historic site of Fort York.

Popular programming – need to register for baby times.  6 week programme. Movie day once a month. Digital hub staffed by DDT’S- Art, design and beyond programmes.

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Scarborough Civic Centre

Toronto 100th Library 2015

STEM Storytime also links to their Maker Series of programmes eg Make it and take it! After school clubs , Lego Club, Intro to Arduino, check it out!

Collection 42000 items, 14500sq foot branch. Features KidsStop early Literacy centre, digital innovation hubs, meeting room, study spaces, green roof and more. Great separate programming room and all mobile furniture. The use of black spruce beams, renewable resource, has to be seen to believed. This unique features adds to the ambience, creates warmth and is pure magic giving the building a special quality and feel.

Focus on “middle childhood matters” campaign 6 to 12 year-olds and Library developed its own framework. Programming a strong focus across all ages and stages. The KidsStop early Literacy is pure delight with imposing and fun  spaces. The teens regularly access the innovation hub.

Retail principles of book display strongly evident with bold use of colour in furnishings. A delight and as our presenter said you love all your children (libraries) equally but this holds a special place.

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Top of the web – July 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.

Reading to dogs - filmed for TVNZ breakfast show
Reading to dogs – filmed for TVNZ breakfast show. Flickr 2016-IMG_0232

Website pages

There were 277,100 page views in July. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  2. Kids browse page (4th last month)
  3. Books browse page (6th last month)
  4. Hornby location page (5th last month)
  5. My account (8th last month)
  6. OverDrive about page (NEW)
  7. Learning Centres (3rd last month)
  8. Beginner’s kete for learning basic Māori language (NEW)
  9. Holiday programmes, events, and activities (NEW)
  10. Request an item (NEW)

Māori content was popular again this month. Matariki and Te Wiki o te reo Māori content came up in the top 50.

July’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 44 posts published.

NCEA Booklists Rachel
WORD Christchurch: Moata’s picks of the festival
Your life as an artist Roberta

Photos on Flickr

There were 88,738 page views in July on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,665,176 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 4232 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

The New Brighton popup library will open on Mon 15 Aug at 60 Brighton Mall. https://t.co/6tU8F9qJg2^DR

New blog post: Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens https://t.co/tM3TiXNgYo

Have you picked up your @nzff programme from the library yet? ^MT https://t.co/qX9fRFIiJ0

Facebook favourites

We have 5257 likes. Like us on Facebook.

Winters were colder in the 1940s … https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/skating-in-north-hagley-park/ ^Donna

One of the most flat out gorgeous photos of Christchurch you’ll ever see. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/thomas-edmonds-band-rotunda-foggy-morning-1960s/ ^Donna

Mōrena, Ōtautahi! What a beaut sunrise. ^Donna



Great to see Sue Colyer’s Kete Christchurch selections in Picturing Canterbury doing the business on Facebook!

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Top of the web – June 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.

Katrina - Comics - Heroes and Villains Day at Central Library Peterborough
Heroes and Villains Day at Central Library Peterborough. 2016-06-25-IMG_4693

Website pages

There were 300,782 page views in June. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Matariki for kids (3rd last month)
  2. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  3. Learning Centres (1st last month)
  4. Kids browse page (7th last month)
  5. Hornby location page (NEW)
  6. Books browse page (5th last month)
  7. 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (6th last month)
  8. My account (9th last month)
  9. Matariki 2016 (NEW)
  10. Matariki (NEW)

Matariki and Māori content was popular this month. Other topics in the top 50 were Te Ao Māori for kids, te manu tukutuku (kites), beginner’s te reo kete, whetu (stars), Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori food, weaving, and putiputi (flowers).

June’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 49 posts published.
The seven stars of Matariki Moata (a post from 2008)
NCEA Booklists Rachel
Matariki – Māori New Year Donna

Photos on Flickr

There were 96,396 page views in June on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,576,448.
page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 4207 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

Come see our 3D printed porotiti at Central Peterborough! #matariki @chchLibLearning https://t.co/Kdc8IbbWAE

Win tickets to a special preview of Disney’s The BFG! Here’s how. https://t.co/1bijzvZc2p ^DR https://t.co/02KX16plpm

A group of Māori women dress reformers in 1906. https://t.co/EbGc0wB1K1 #ThrowbackThursday #tbt ^DR https://t.co/9bxWLjK6a4

Facebook favourites

We have 5149 likes. Like us on Facebook.

The new towers and slide at Margaret Mahy Playground are Awesome!!! ^Donna (one of our most popular Facebook posts ever – 20,340 people reached as at 11 July)

So many people crammed into Seaview Rd in1952 to greet the last tram to run to New Brighton. And so many great hats! ‪#‎throwbackthursday
http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/heritage/photos/disc18/img0017.asp  ^Moata

Come work for us, we’re awesome! ‪#‎libraryjobs ^Moata



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Top of the web – May 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.

Samoan Language Week display at Shirley Library
Samoan Language Week display at Shirley Library. Flickr 2016-05-28-20160528_082642

Website pages

There were 307,977 page views in May. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Learning Centres (7th last month)
  2. Press Display about page (1st last month)
  3. Matariki for kids (NEW)
  4. Samoan Language Week (NEW)
  5. Books browse page (4th last month)
  6. 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (5th last month)
  7. Kids browse page (2nd last month)
  8. OverDrive About page (7th last month)
  9. My account (9th last month)
  10. Request an item (NEW)

Our main themes of the month were well represented in the top 50 – the post on 2016 Samoan Language Week events, New Zealand Music Month, Matariki, and the Auckland Writers Festival.

May’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 73 posts published (a lot more than usual thanks to the hard work of the Auckland Writers Festival team Moata, Roberta, and Masha:

NCEA Booklists Rachel
Another country? Mainlanders discussing ourselves – Auckland Writers Festival 2016 Moata
Samoan Language Week – Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2016 Donna

Photos on Flickr

There were 87,536 page views in May on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,480,052.
page views.

Jeanette Winterson and Roberta
Jeanette Winterson and Roberta, Auckland Writers Festival. Flickr 2016-05-12-DSC00929

Top on Twitter

We have 4163 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

#NZMusicMonth – explore our blog posts on Naxos – streaming NZ music online. https://t.co/P0qawGRBRU ^DR

. @secondzeit explores #chch #eqnz in poetry, fiction, & non-fiction. https://t.co/vvXElqDjFS (on the new Acadamy of NZ Lit site) ^DR

Chisnallwood Intermediate Jazz band – 1pm Thurs 12 May Aranui Lib 1pm
open rehearsal with NZ jazz legend Rodger Fox  #nzmm #NZMusicMonth ^DR

Facebook favourites

We have 4997 likes. Like us on Facebook.

Talofa. Samoan Language Week 2016 is on from 29 May to 4 June. Celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2016 with us! http://ow.ly/LlRW300Dkeu ^Donna

Anyone else have fond memories of the storytelling pit from our old Central Library? http://ow.ly/Tzjr300AJ3H ‪#‎throwbackthursday
Oh, and FYI, it’s our birthday today! We’re a very sprightly 157 years old. Read more in Rose’s post about our illustrious past and hopeful future. http://ow.ly/Dy7D300AJ2p ^Moata

This is a great list – Book Riot‘s 100 must-read science-fiction and fantasy novels by women. http://ow.ly/4nl9rY I love that it includes NZ author Nalini Singh alongside Marion Zimmer Bradley, Angela Carter, and other classics. Anyone else you’d like to see on the list? I nominate Kage Baker! http://ow.ly/4nl9jf ^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.

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.