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Book yourself a summer reading adventure

Kempsey Library’s annual Summer Reading Club is now open for registrations. Come along to any branch of the library network and sign up for a reading adventure!

You’ll receive a free starter pack with a log sheet to record the books that have been completed, as well as an activity pack, wrist band, key ring and temporary tattoo.

The Summer Reading Club is a national initiative, and has a great website full of online games and activities, books reviews, author profiles and reading tips. Check it out at 

For enquiries phone Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or call into your nearest library branch.

“Reading is an essential skill for everyone and is the vital foundation of your child’s learning and engagement in their school years and for life”

Story time session at Kempsey Library

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If you’re looking for some Christmas cheer, join our library staff for the December story time session at 10:30am on Friday 19 December. Ruth will read the Australian book Christmas at Grandad’s Farm by Claire Saxby. The story is set to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’ with an Aussie twist. The session will include Christmas craft activities.

Story time sessions at Kempsey Library are free, and are suitable for kids aged between 3 and 6 years. No need to book, just come along and enjoy the fun.

Christmas closures at Kempsey Library and branches

Library staff wish to announce that all branches of Kempsey Library will be closed on Thursday 25 December, Friday 26 December and Saturday 27 December.

Kempsey Library will re-open on Monday 29 December, but will be closed for the New Year’s Day public holiday on Thursday 1 January 2015.

South West Rocks Library will re-open on Tuesday 30 December, but will be closed on Thursday 1 January 2015.

Stuarts Point Library will re-open on Tuesday 30 December, but will be closed on Thursday 1 January 2015.

Hat Head Library will be closed on Saturday 27 December.

Kempsey Toy Library will be closed from Saturday 20th December, and will re-open Thursday 8th January 2015.

For all enquiries, please contact your local library branch.

Free hearings checks at Kempsey Library

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Australian Hearing Mid North Coast will visit Kempsey Library on Monday 12 January 2015 to offer patrons a free hearing screening.

The hearing checks are conducted in private by staff from the local Australian Hearing Mid North Coast, who will be on hand to guide people through the next steps they may have to take in regard to their hearing.

To book an appointment for a hearing screening for yourself or a family member or friend, please phone Kempsey Library on 6566 3210, or contact the library via email at

Food for Fines

The annual ‘Food for Fines’ amnesty starts in November - library users with overdue fines can have these fines cancelled in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food. The amnesty is also directed at library users with long overdue items. By returning these items during the amnesty period, any fines generated may also be cancelled by donating a food item.

All food collected at the libraries will be given to Icare, an initiative of the Macleay Coast Christian Outreach Centre.

The amnesty will be operating until 31 January 2015, at Kempsey, South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Hat Head branches.

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