Library PressDisplay is a free digital service offered by Kempsey Library for borrowers to read daily newspapers online.

Due to recent actions by Newscorp, a number of newspapers have been withdrawn from the content base. These include The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Advertiser (SA), The Courier Mail (QLD) and also some regional newspapers.

Negotiations are currently underway between PressReader and Newscorp executives to resolve this issue. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Aussie Midwives author Fiona McArthur
at Kempsey Library

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Kempsey Library invites you to meet experienced rural midwife and novelist Fiona McArthur when she talks about her latest book Aussie Midwives, at Kempsey Library on Wednesday 11 May at 4:30pm. Funny one minute and heart breaking the next, Aussie Midwives is a collection of stories from eighteen women - and one man - who share their midwifery experiences, complete with challenges, triumphs, joy and tragedies.

Copies of Fiona’s book will be on sale for $25, and light refreshments will be provided. For enquiries and registration, please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Law Week talk at Library - “Protecting your assets in estate planning - now and in the future”


Law Week is an annual event, held in May, to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society. This year we welcome local solicitor, accredited Wills and Estates practitioner and elder law specialist Mr Chris Cooney to the library to talk about financial planning issues surrounding blended families and the distribution of assets among family members.

All interested community members are invited to attend this one hour session at the library, on Wednesday 18 May at 11am. For more information and to register please contact Kempsey Library.

National Simultaneous Storytime at Kempsey Library

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event in which the same children’s book is read simultaneously in libraries, schools and pre-schools all around Australia. This year’s National Simultaneous Storytime will be held on Wednesday 25 May at 11am with a reading of I Got This Hat, written by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye.

"I got this hat in China. I got this hat from a miner. I got this hat from a deep-sea diver. I got this hat from a racing-car driver… Hats. Only the headless dislike them. Everyone else loves wearing them! In this fun title we take a peek at the world around us through the playful medium of hats."

Children of all ages and their parents or carers are welcome to come along to Kempsey Library at 11am for the book reading, and to stay for craft activities. Group bookings are welcome, please contact Mary to register. For all other enquiries please contact the staff at Kempsey Library, or just turn up on the day and join in the fun.

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Challenge your mind, read more, and make new friends

Book clubs, or reading groups, can be an excellent way to increase enjoyment of reading and challenge your mind, by encouraging you to read more or to try different authors or book topics. Joining a group of like-minded book lovers can also be a way to have fun and make friends.

Kempsey Shire Council is looking to add to the two book clubs currently based at South West Rocks and Stuarts Point libraries with a third library-based group to be established at the main branch in Kempsey. If you are interested in joining a new Kempsey-based book club, please contact the library to register your interest. It is anticipated an initial meeting will be held in May to confirm participants and plan a schedule of regular meetings with a co-ordinator, reading program and meeting dates to be agreed on by the new group.

For all enquiries please contact library staff at Kempsey Library.

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