Gudhur Galban exhibition
Kempsey Library is currently hosting an exhibition of art work and photos generously donated by Aboriginal women from the Gudhur Galban (Strong Women) Retreat and the Gudhur Galban weekly group for Aboriginal Women's Wellbeing. The exhibition will remain at the library till the end of the month, and will then tour around Kempsey to inform Aboriginal Women of the opportunity to attend the weekly Wellbeing group and the next Wellbeing Retreat in November. Brochures about the program are available at Kempsey Library.
Drug Action Week at Kempsey Library - 16 to 22 June 2013
During Drug Action Week, Kempsey Library will host a display of the many print resources available that educate the community about drug use and abuse, and also hold a competition for youth designed to increase their knowledge of the dangers of illicit drug use.
The Drug Action Week competition will be in the form of a short written quiz, and every entry completed correctly is eligible for a free gift and show bag. Four lucky winners will also receive a major prize of a 4 GB USB storage drive and case. Entry forms are available at Kempsey, Stuarts Point and South West Rocks libraries, and should be completed by Monday 24 June.
Drug Action Week is an initiative of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. In New South Wales, the initiative is also supported by the State Library of New South Wales, which provide the druginfo @ you library service, a comprehensive collection of resources for individuals, parents and carers, and educators.
The druginfo @ your library website can be accessed at www.druginfo.sl.nsw.gov.au/drugs or by clicking on the druginfo @ your library icon on this page.
NAIDOC Week Awards - nominations now open
The NAIDOC Week Awards are to celebrate the achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community. Kempsey Library is proud to be involved in this event, and nomination forms are available at all library branches.Forms are also available at the Durri AMCS and Booroongen Djugun College. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 5 July, 4pm
Greg Barron - book launch
Come along and meet local author Greg Barron on Thursday 27 June, at 4:30pm, at Kempsey Library. Greg will be launching his new thriller Savage Tide - set in Africa and the Middle East, and featuring Marika Hartmann and her ex-special forces colleague PJ Johnson, who team up to investigate a cold-blooded conspiracy to decimate the cities of the west. Greg’s family owned the West Kempsey Newsagency for many years and he was a familiar face behind the counter on weekends.
The launch will include light refreshments, and copies of Greg’s books will be available for purchase. To RSVP please contact Kempsey Library.
Get connected with Kempsey Library and Telstra
Modern life now requires people to have at least a basic level of computing skills and knowledge. To help people get online and connected Telstra have produced a set of two training DVDs, which have been distributed to libraries across Australia. Kempsey Library has several copies available to borrow – the DVDs cover beginner topics including computing basics, tablets, e-readers, using a mobile phone, internet and email, social networking, internet security and home networking.
To reserve your copy please contact your nearest library branch. For those with online access, the same material can be viewed at the Telstra website, at https://telstra.com.au/telstra-seniors
CD players available to borrow
Kempsey Library offers a number of services for people with a print disability, including the loan of Daisy Readers for people unable to read traditional text based material.
The Daisy Reader is a CD player with several advanced features, including adjustable speed of voice delivery, and the ability of the user to “bookmark” favourite passages in a story. Several library members are using their borrowed Daisy Readers to participate in library based Book Clubs, and are finding their experiences very enjoyable.
The Daisy Reader can be borrowed for an extended period, with the only criteria being that the borrower has a print disability, or is otherwise unable to enjoy traditional text based material. For example, some users of the Daisy Reader who are frail aged are physically unable to hold a book, and are enjoying the use of a library Daisy Reader.
For more information, or to borrow a Daisy Reader, please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210.
Literacy help at Kempsey Library
If you were fortunate enough to have parents who read to you when you were young and grew up reading for pleasure then the word on the page (or the screen) is part of who you are.
Quite often this is not the case for everyone. Nearly half our population struggles without the literacy skills to meet the most basic demands of everyday life and work. There are 46% of Australians who can't read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle.
Kempsey Library has a number of volunteer tutors on hand to help people learn to read, or to improve their reading level. If you know of someone who could benefit from assistance, please encourage them to contact Kempsey Library, either in person at the desk, or by phoning 6566 3210. Interested people can also send an email to the library at firstname.lastname@example.org
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