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

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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



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 – 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.

Top of the web – April 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.

3D Quiver colouring in, pukeko
3D technology afternoon at Shirley Library. Photo taken Friday 29 April 2016. Flickr 2016-04-29-IMG_0169

Website pages

There were 284,086 page views in April. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  2. Kids browse page (5th last month)
  3. Books browse page (4th last month)
  4. School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities (NEW)
  5. 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (1st last month)
  6. Anzac Day and Gallipoli: 25 April (NEW)
  7. Learning Centres (3rd last month)
  8. OverDrive About page (6th last month)
  9. Library and Learning Centre School Holiday Programmes (NEW)
  10. My account (8th last month)

April’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 42 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

There were 121,516 page views in April on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,392,516 page views.

Anzac Day display
Anzac Day display. South Library. 21 April 2016.  Flickr 2016-04-21-IMG_3699

Top on Twitter

We have 4101 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

#chch school hols programmes & activities, including @ChchArtGallery & @ScienceAliveNZ ^DR

#nzmm begins with Kane Strang gig at @ChchArtGallery then sweet library gigs, plus @rdu985fm at @CantMuseum ^DR

Today: @Anika_Moa Songs for Bubbas show Shirley Intermediate Fri 22 April 10:30am. Tomorrow she’s at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre 10:30am. ^DR

Facebook favourites

We have 4892 likes. Like us on Facebook.

Want to work with us? Then get in quick! These librarian vacancies close today. ^Moata

On 10 April 1968, during an exceptional storm, the inter-island ferry Wahine struck Barrett Reef in Wellington Harbour and capsized. 51 people died. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/wahine/ There is an extraordinary set of images on DigitalNZ http://digitalnz.org/user_sets/503a95f212575773920029c8 ^Donna

120 years ago today an historic meeting of New Zealand women, including Kate Sheppard, took place in Christchurch. Their goals were things like a minimum wage, and women being allowed to serve on juries! Oh, how far we’ve come. ^Moata



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 – March 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.

Upper Riccarton Community and School Library celebrates ten years
Upper Riccarton Community and School Library celebrates ten years. Flickr 2016-03-31-IMG_3505

Website pages

There were 303,827 page views in March. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. 22 March 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (4th last month)
  2. Press Display about page (3rd last month)
  3. Learning Centres (9th last month)
  4. Books browse page (5th last month)
  5. Kids browse page (7th last month)
  6. OverDrive About page (NEW)
  7. New titles (NEW)
  8. My account (NEW)
  9. Library book sales (NEW)
  10. New Zealand disasters (NEW)

March’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 32 posts published:

Canterbury Japan Day – Sunday 6 March 2016 Donna
NCEA Booklists Rachel
Women scientists in New Zealand Donna

Photos on Flickr

There were 79,858 page views in March on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,271,000 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 4073 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

“when in broken places, sometimes, often, it is important to just get moving” : @mojgani on #chch & New Orleans. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/a-new-chapter-an-interview-with-anis-mojgani/ ^DR

Things we love about Anis @mojgani – a librarianly tribute. https://t.co/0fIIh94d7o ^DR https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/712385374329380865/photo/1

A controversial graphic novel on biblical representations of prostitution in Bible by Chester Brown. https://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/922230037 #newtitles ^DR

Facebook favourites

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The Obamas reading Where the Wild Things Are to kids at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Ka rawe storytelling! http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/obama-faces ^Donna

The Glue Brothers built beautiful Christchurch houses in Fendalton back in the 1920s and 30s. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/the-glue-brothers/ Take a look at some of their work. ^Donna

Masha explores the importance of reading in childhood, and the magic of Margaret Mahy. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/margarey-mahy-and-the-importance-of-childhood-reading/ ^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 – February 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.

Chinese Lantern Festival, Hagley Park
Chinese Lantern Festival, Hagley Park. Sunday 28 February 2016. Flickr 2016-02-28IMG_2891

Website pages

There were 294,921 page views in February. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Kids Treaty Zone (NEW)
  2. The Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi (kids) NEW
  3. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  4. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (10th last month)
  5. Books browse page (3rd last month)
  6. Waitangi Day (kids) NEW
  7. Kids browse page (4th last month)
  8. Sparks NEW
  9. Learning Centres NEW
  10. Chinese New Year NEW

It was good to see our Treaty information so well utilised this month, other popular pages included the Treaty Timeline (16th), The Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi (17th), our post Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury – Saturday 6 February 2016 (19th). Our updated news item Status of libraries – Tuesday 16 February came in at number 23.

Waitangi Day display at Shirley Library
Treaty of Waitangi display. Shirley Library. Flickr 2015-02-05-Waitangi Day Shirley 2016

February’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 32 posts published:

NCEA Booklists Rachel
Women scientists in New Zealand Donna
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury – Saturday 6 February 2016 Donna

Photos on Flickr

There were 66,893 page views in February on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,191,142 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 3998 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

Kia ora all, latest update is that Peterborough, New Brighton, Upper Riccarton, Linwood, South are closed #eqnz #chch ^VT

Kia ora, New Brighton Library is closed for the moment. Will adjourn you asap. #chch #eqnz ^VT

Wonderful piece on the history of Begg’s, a South Island institution. ^MT https://t.co/yB32LXFUYm

Sunday 14 February was a busy day on Twitter, as FTL staff Vanessa and Rebecca did a stellar job keeping people informed of library closings and openings after the afternoon earthquake. There were 23,084 impressions that day.

Facebook favourites

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Who lived in your house 90-odd years ago? Our digitised Christchurch telephone directory from 1922 might have the answer. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/DigitalCollection/Publications/Directories/Telephone1922/ ^Moata

Photographers went out yesterday to capture views of Christchurch. I reckon they did a beautiful job. http://www.dphoto.co.nz/photography-news-equipment-and-camera-reviews-and-tutorials/2016/2/23/five-years-on-photographers-capture-christchurch ^Donna

I like to think this fountain is especially for all the people who lick their fingers when they turn pages in their library books (yes, we know you do that) ^Moata  http://i.giphy.com/26hlSOxkLb5NqBz9K.gif



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.

Chinese New Year display
Chinese New Year display. Linwood Library at Eastgate. Flickr 2016-02-03-IMG_2420