Children's Book Week storytime

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Children and their parents and carers are invited to join Ruth and Mary for a special Children's Book Week storytime and craft session at the library. Come along on Friday 26 August at 10:30am to hear a reading of the short listed title Piranhas don't eat bananas, written by Aaron Blaby.

Children's Book Week is a national celebration of Australian children's literature. Titles are nominated in five different categories and the announcement of the winning books is always an exciting time for authors, publishers, educators and librarians all over Australia.

To view and download a list of the 2016 short listed titles and the winning books go to‚Äč  Many of the short listed titles are now stocked by the library - please contact library staff to reserve the books of your choice.

Book sale

The next FOLK book sale will be held at Kempsey Library on Friday 26 August, from 9:30am to 2pm. Friends of the Library volunteers will be selling a range of pre-loved books, magazines and DVDs at bargain prices. This month there is a huge range of junior non-fiction books that are no longer required by the library. Come along and buy a box of books for $3!

All proceeds from FOLK book sales go toward supporting reading and literacy programs in Kempsey Shire.

Art workshop at library

Be a part of the Macleay River Festival! Join Rene at the library for free kids craft activities. The workshop is open to parents with kids, and to playgroups, to make fish and farm animals out of recycled found objects.

Monday 29 August
10:30am to 11:30am

The artworks will be displayed at Riverside Park during the Macleay River Festival on Saturday 24 September. For more information please contact Kempsey Library.

Australian Poetry Slam heat

Kempsey Library will host a regional heat of the Australian Poetry Slam on Friday 9 September. Sign on at 4:30pm if you plan to perform, or come along at 5pm to be part of the audience.

Poets and performers will be given just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and stories. Judges, who will score each of the performers, are chosen from the live audience. The highest scoring performer will win $100, and along with the second place getter, they will then be eligible to compete in the NSW Slam Final to be held in Sydney in October.

Return train fares and one night’s accommodation will be provided to enable the two winners to travel and compete. There will also be a ‘people’s choice’ award, so if you’re performing be sure to bring family and friends to cheer you on and cast lots of votes in your favour!

Phil Wilcox - Australian Poetry Slam '16

The host for this year’s Kempsey Slam is Phil Wilcox  Phil is the current Australian Poetry Slam champion and a two time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. He featured at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and recently returned from a multi-city tour of China. Phil’s first collection of poetry, Beetle Prayer, is due to be released soon.

More information about the Australian Poetry Slam, including the rules and conditions of entry, is available at the Poetry Slam website at  For specific enquiries about the Kempsey Slam heat, please contact Kempsey Library.

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