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Summer Holiday Hours  - 19 Dec 2014

Selwyn Libraries wish you all a Merry Christmas, as well as a safe, fun and relaxing holiday season.

All Selwyn District Council Library branches and Service Centres will be closed from 11:30 am on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday, 5 January 2015 at 8:30 am.

Should you wish to return items during the break, you are welcome to do so through the after hours slot located at each branch. Our eCollections will be available for download 24/7 as usual throughout this period. If you can't remember your PIN, there is now an option to reset it online - just follow the Forgot your PIN? link on the My Account page.

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Remembering Private Francis Leonard Richards 6/128  - 18 Dec 2014

Francis was born in Belfast, Canterbury on 19 July 1894. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a labourer. He was 5 foot 6 inches with hazel eyes and black hair.

Francis enlisted at Waddington on 17 August 1914 and left with other members of the Main Body for Suez on the 16 October that year. He was amongst those who landed at Gallipoli where he suffered a gunshot wound in early May.  He died later that day, aged 20 years.

He was buried in the Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli and is remembered in New Zealand on the County and Sheffield War Memorials.

For more information about Francis, please visit his entry in the Soldiers of Selwyn collection on the Selwyn Kete.

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Rolleston Library reopens  - 16 Dec 2014

The Rolleston Library has reopened after being closed for two weeks to allow interior refurbishment work to take place. This has been undertaken to create more space in the library for reading, research, events and resources.

We thank all our customers for their patience and consideration during the closure period; staff have worked very hard to make the changes in a short time and to minimise any inconvenience.

While the structural changes are complete, we are still waiting for some of the new furniture to arrive. However there is heaps more space for you to browse and select your holiday reading, so come in and see us!!

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Remembering the Soldiers of Selwyn  - 09 Dec 2014

2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of World War 1. Claiming the lives of 18,500 New Zealanders and wounding more than 40,000, the war affected nearly every New Zealand family.

In order to honour those from the Selwyn District a project was undertaken by Selwyn Library to identify, research and record every soldier whose name was recorded on a First World War Memorial in the District. This data is currently being updated and, through this process, it is our privilege to share what we know about the boys from our District: the Soldiers of Selwyn.

Trooper Matthew Gallagher

Matthew was the first Selwyn District casualty of the war. He was killed in an accident on 31 August 1914, aged 27 years. He had recently joined the Expeditionary Force and was in B Squadron of the Mounted Rifles.

Matthew was returning to the camp at Addington Raceway with other soldiers on the 9:35pm tramcar from Cathedral Square. It was reported that he was smoking on the rear plaform when he fell, suffering a fatal head injury.

Matthew was given a military funeral at All Saints Church, Prebbleton on 2 September attended by his comrades from B Squadron of the Mounted Rifles, under Major Wain. Matthew is remembered on the Prebbleton War Memorial.

For more information about Matthew, please visit his entry in the Soldiers of Selwyn collection on Selwyn Kete.

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Electrifying sessions @ Selwyn Libraries  - 08 Dec 2014

Science Alive are visiting our libraries this holidays!

Come, see and learn about electricity in some very exciting sessions aimed at primary school aged children to be held at the following times:

Rolleston Library
    Tuesday, 13 January at 9:30am

Lincoln Library
     Tuesday, 13 January at 1:30pm

Darfield Library
    Wednesday, 14 January at 9:30am

Leeston Library
    Wednesday, 14 January at 1:30pm

Places are limited, so please register at your library. A charge of $5 per child applies and will be payable on the day. Look forward to seeing you there!


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