Performance poetry is on its way to Kempsey
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The search is on for Australia’s next poetry slam champion! Speak, scream, howl, whisper - even sing at the Australian Poetry Slam, a live literary competition where the audience is the judge.

Anyone can participate - all you need is your voice. Local heats of the Australian Poetry Slam will be held at Kempsey Library in Elbow Street, West Kempsey on Friday 18 September. Sign on at 4:30pm to perform, or be there at 5pm to be part of the audience.

For more info about the Slam, including rules and terms and conditions of entry, go to  For specific enquires about the Kempsey Slam heat, please contact Kempsey Library.

Library book sale

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The next FOLK (Friends of the Library) book sale at Kempsey Library will be held on Friday 28 August from 9:30am to 2:00pm. The usual array of pre-loved fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, music CDs and DVDs will be on sale, for only $3 per box.

All proceeds from FOLK’s monthly book sales go towards supporting reading and literacy programs in the Kempsey Shire. For more information please contact Kempsey Library.

Storytime during Children’s Book Week 2015

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The next library storytime for young children will be held at 10:30am on Friday 28 August. This will coincide with Children’s Book Week, which will be celebrated from Saturday 22 to Friday 28 August. Children’s Book Week is the longest running children’s literary event in Australia and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

For the Friday storytime session, Mary will be reading some of the books shortlisted for Book of the Year, including Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey. Children are invited to dress up in fancy dress for this special event, which will include a craft activity. Storytime sessions at Kempsey Library are free and are suitable for children aged between 3 and 6 years. No need to book, just come along and enjoy the fun.

During Children’s Book Week, the library will be displaying many of the books nominated for Book Week awards.

The winner of the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year was announced at midday on Friday 21 August.

For more information about Storytime of Children’s Book Week celebrations please contact Kempsey Library.

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