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Due to recent actions by Newscorp, a number of newspapers have been withdrawn from the content base.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.

Discover more - during Library and Information Week 2016

Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcase the many and varied resources and services that libraries provide to the community. The event has been organised by the Australian Library and Information Association to promote the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries.

Come along to your local library during Library and Information Week between 23 and 28 May to view a display of resources and interesting information about our libraries. For all enquiries please contact Mary at Kempsey Library.


May booksale

The next monthly booksale at Kempsey Library will be held on Friday 27 May from 9:30am to 2pm. The sales tables will be laden with a huge selection of pre-loved books for all ages, as well as an assortment of magazines, DVDs, puzzles and toys. This month there are also three sets of quality encyclopaedias, which will be for sale at very low prices.

The library booksales are run by volunteers from the FOLK group – Friends of the Library Kempsey – and all proceeds go toward supporting reading and literacy in the Kempsey Shire. For all enquiries 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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