Anzac display and author talks

Poppy flower

This year the world will be commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War. As part of this centenary Kempsey Library will display a selection of World War One memorabilia and Anzac themed material. Included in the display will be photographs of local Macleay service men and women, extracts from Macleay River Historical Society journals and a selection of new books for viewing. The display will be open from Monday 20 April.

Kempsey Library has also arranged two interesting author talks based on World War one experiences. On Tuesday 28 April at 11am author and historian Noeline Kyle will present a talk titled Country Nurses go to War. Noeline will outline the history of how women were recruited, how they enlisted, the expectations of them at the front, their experiences while on active service, and how war had changed them as they returned home. Included in this talk will be some of the extraordinary stories of women from the Macleay who enlisted during World War One.

Cover of Waltz Between Wars

In a second author talk on Tuesday 5 May at 4:30pm, author John Barclay will discuss his latest novel A Waltz Between Wars. John’s novel follows the life of James MacAllister (a lead character in the book) from youth to adulthood. Although underage, James enlists to fight in World War One. The reader is taken through his experiences of war, adjusting to life back home and his subsequent enlistment to fight in World War Two.

For more information and to RSVP for these events, please contact Kempsey Library.

Launch of new resources at Kempsey Toy Library

Rozzi at the Toy Library invites all interested community members along to the launch of a range of newly purchased toys and games, on Thursday 30 April, at 10am.

If you are a parent, an educator, a home schooler, or you work in agency that supports families, you are encouraged to attend. These resources will be available for borrowing.

Please RSVP to Rozzi at Kempsey Library by phoning 6566 3210, or sending an email to

FOLK booksale

The next library booksale will be held on Friday 24 April from 9:30am to 2pm in the forecourt of Kempsey Library. The usual range of pre-loved items will be on sale, including books, magazines, audiovisual material and some toys. This sale will include loads of pre-loved science fiction books, so if this is your favourite reading material this is one sale you won’t want to miss. Come along and fill a box for only $3!

All money raised goes towards supporting reading and literacy programs in the Kempsey Shire.

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