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New eBooks - Selwyn Wheelers ePlatform  - 19 Feb 2015

Just added today 27 awesome new eBooks to read, including the latest titles from Mary Higgins Clark and John Sandford, as well as some cool new eReads for younger readers too: Bear Grylls, Dork diaries and Frozen!!

Never be without something to read again - download an eBook today.

Selwyn Libraries offers a great range of electronic options including eAudio, eMags, as well as eBooks. Our eCollections page has all the info you need to get started, or ask at your library - we are here to help you!

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Remembering Corporal Ameral Christopher Abbott - 7/296  - 17 Feb 2015

Born on 11 June 1893 at Southbridge, Ameral was the youngest son of William and Isabella Abbott. He was 5 foot 11 inches tall, of fair complexion with grey eyes and brown hair. He was working as a farm hand on the family farm when he enlisted at the Addington Military Camp in August 1914. Ameral was assigned to the Canterbury Mounted Rifles and embarked on 16 October with the Main Body.

While waiting for deployment in Cairo he became ill and died on 8 May 1915 of an inflammation of the spine. He is buried in the War Memorial Cemetery in Cairo. Ameral is remembered in New Zealand on the Southbridge Plaque of the Ellesmere County War Memorial.

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New HOT PICKS Collection at Selwyn Libraries  - 09 Feb 2015

From early February Selwyn Libraries is introducing a HOT PICKS collection which will include both fiction and non-fiction books that are currently bestsellers or of high interest. This collection will have a charge of $4 for an issue period of one week and overdues will be 50 cents per day.

HOT PICKS will not be able to be reserved. However, there will be a copy of all books included in the HOT PICKS collection available in our main collection and these will be available for borrowers to reserve.

Also from 9 Feburary, there will be no charge for placing a reserve on any item in the collection and all books not included in the HOT PICKS collection will be free to borrow.

Check out our HOT PICKS collection now!

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Children's activities restart for 2015  - 26 Jan 2015

Selwyn Libraries has some great activities for the younger members of the District, and these are all set to start up for 2015 from next week (beginning 2 February 2015).

  • Toddler Time is a fun interactive session of stories, activities and songs suitable for 2-5 year olds.
  • Babytime is a fun interactive session of stories, songs, rhymes and bubbles suitable for children 3-18 months old.

Check out session times for your local library. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Remembering Corporal Ernest Hawke 6/57  - 23 Jan 2015

Ernest was a true ANZAC being born in Pioneer, Tasmania on 6 May 1882. He was 5 foot 10 inches tall with a fair complexion and blue eyes. At the time of enlistment he was a school teacher working for the Canterbury Education Board as School Master at Ellesmere School. He was also a keen cricketer, playing for Springston.

Ernest enlisted on 14 August 1914 and was assigned to the Canterbury Infantry Regiment. He already had military experience as he had served 10 years with the Territorial Militia so was made a Lance Corporal.

He embarked with the Main Body and left from Lyttelton on 16 October 1914. Corporal Hawke was reported as missing in action and then as having been killed in action on 1 or 2 May; he would have been just about to celebrate his 33rd birthday.

He is buried in the Walker's Ridge Cemetery. In New Zealand Ernest is remembered on the Springston War Memorial. For more information about Ernest, please visit his entry in the Soldiers of Selwyn collection on the Selwyn Kete.

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