The all-day activities include craft activities with a family history theme and a scavenger hunt using our Discovery Wall’s heritage images. 

Also take a moment to visit Illuminate: Unearthing treasures from our collection – the latest exhibition in the Te Pito Huarewa/Southbase Gallery showcasing treasures from Christchurch City Libraries.

Research your whakapapa with our Māori Services specialists. See the library calendar for further details (booking may be required).


  • 10.30am to 11am: Come to the Storytime session featuring inter-generational stories (no booking required)
  • 11am: Be enthralled by local storyteller Margaret Copland bringing local stories to life (no bookings required)
  • 1pm to 2pm: Take a tour of the Christchurch City Libraries’ archives, view the collections and get some advice on how to preserve your family papers and photographs (no bookings required)
  • 2pm to 3.30pm: Get to grips with DNA testing for family history with speakers Dr Rob Cruickshank and Fiona Brooker (no bookings required)
  • 3.30pm to 4.30pm: Join the Dead end club, share your family history dead end and work together to break down those brick walls. (Limited space, bookings required. Email or phone 03 941 7923 to book).