Kempsey Shire Libraries


Library hours - Christmas 2018

Kempsey Library
• Closed: Monday 24 December - Friday 28 December 2018
• Open: Saturday 29 December & Monday 31 December 2018
• Closed: Tuesday 1 January 2019
• Reopen: Wednesday 2 January 2019
South West Rocks Library
• Closed: Tuesday 25 December - Tuesday 1 January 2019
• Reopen: Wednesday 2 January 2019
Stuarts Point Library
• Closed: Tuesday 25 December - Tuesday 1 January 2019
• Reopen: Thursday 3 January 2019
Hat Head Library
• Closed: Tuesday 25 December - Tuesday 1 January 2019
• Reopen: Saturday 5 January 2019

Join the Summer Reading Club

Character carrying pile of books

This year’s Summer Reading Club will launch at Kempsey, South West Rocks and Stuarts Point library branches from 12 December 2018. The Club is open to children from pre-school to high school who are members of the library and each participant will receive a free reusable calico bag, complete with goodies inside!

For a limited time, you can personalise your free library bag with our special paints and markers. Come along to the Kempsey branch after school on 12, 13 or 14 December from 4-5pm to decorate your library bag, or head to the South West Rocks or Stuarts Point branches at any time from 12 December onwards. There’s no need to book, just turn up!

This year’s theme is and thereCurious Creatures will be weekly prize draws for participants, as well as a major draw with two Samsung Galaxy tablets up for grabs. The Summer Reading Club will finish on 24 January 2019 with a special party. The Club is supported by FOLK (Friends of the Library Kempsey) who promote literacy programs in the Kempsey Shire.

For enquiries contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Baby Bounce

Mother and baby

The next session of Kempsey Library’s popular Baby Bounce program will be held on Friday 14 December at 10:30am.

Join presenter Kim for a half hour of songs, rhymes and stories, designed to provide a fun learning environment for very young children.

This is a free session for children aged from birth to three years, and all are welcome to attend. For enquiries contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Lego Builders

Child with Lego

Bring your imagination to create, build and play with the library’s Lego collection! Suitable for children aged 2-3 years, the Lego Builders program involves using Lego to develop early literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) skills.

Through songs and rhymes children will increase their functional vocabulary. Rhymes also teach language rhythm and flow developing phonemic awareness which eventually helps with reading. The building activities tap into the children’s desire to explore, imagine and learn, providing hands-on opportunities for creativity and imagination.

Sessions conclude with free play, encouraging open ended construction. Lego Builders will be held at Kempsey Library on Monday 17 December 2018 at 10:30am.

Food for Fines

Food for Fines

Kempsey Shire Libraries have launched a campaign called Food for Fines to get books returned while also helping those in need. Any library members with existing overdue book fines will have the fees waived in exchange for canned or long-life food items.

Members are asked to donate one non-perishable food item per book fine to any of the Shire’s library branches in Kempsey, South West Rocks, Stuarts Point, and Hat Head.

Food for Fines will run from now through to January 2019. All of the items collected will be donated to local charities to distribute into food hampers to help those in need in the local community.

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