Kempsey Shire Libraries

Celebrating Children’s Book Week: 17 to 23 August

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Dangerous sea journeys, the secret of happiness from Australian prisoners of war and the Yolŋu birds of Arnhem Land have all made the Short List of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards, with winners announced on 16 August.

The award announcements kick start CBCA Book Week which celebrates Australian children’s literature around the country with book week parades, displays and other events. This year’s Book Week theme is Reading is my Secret Power. Drop in during Book Week to check out Kempsey Library’s display of CBCA Book of the Year short-listed works.

Poetry book launch with Kempsey’s Mike Daly

Mike Daley

Kempsey poet, Mike Daly will be at Kempsey Library on Wednesday 21 August from 10:30am to launch his new poetry book Ev’ry Story Tells a Picture. This is Mike’s second published book of poetry, following on from Poems, Prayers and Promises.

Ev’ry Story Tells a Picture began life as an idea tucked away neatly in Mike’s mind in a compartment labelled ‘hope’. Mike has written poetry for as long as he can remember and was nurtured mostly by his English teachers over his school years in Sydney. “Language is a valuable tool for life. Poetry is a beautiful way to express feelings, thoughts and love,” Mike says.

Refreshments will be provided and Mike’s books will be available on the day to purchase. Bookings are essential .For more information or to book for this free author talk please phone the library or email

Hearing Australia - free hearing health checks for seniors

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Have you noticed a drop in your hearing? Perhaps you’re needing to turn up the volume on the television more than usual, or having trouble hearing what callers are saying on the other end of the phone. Maybe your family members have been encouraging you to have your hearing tested but you keep putting it off.

Why not take advantage of Hearing Australia’s free screening day at Kempsey Library on Thursday 29 August to have your hearing tested? With over 250,000 customers Australia-wide, Hearing Australia has been caring for the hearing of Australians for over 70 years.

Hearing Australia will be offering free health checks for seniors between 10am and 12 noon. Bookings are essential as there are a limited number of appointments available. Spaces are limited - to secure your 15 minute hearing check, please contact the library either by phone or in person to book your time slot.

Join like-minded souls in our Simple Living Group

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Bring all your ideas, thoughts, questions and a notebook along to our new Simple Living Group, for people who want to focus on the things that matter most. We will be discussing frugal living, sustainability, core personal values, slow food, decluttering and living an intentional life.

Gatherings are held at the library on the last Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 2:30pm with this month’s gathering to be held on Thursday 29 August. Light refreshments will be provided. For information and to register, please contact Mary Williams at Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or email

Storytime: find out what happened to Rainbow Bear

Cover of Rainbow Bear

For Storytime this month we will be reading the CBCA short-listed Rainbow Bear by Stephen Michael King on Friday 30 July from 10:30am. 

Storytime sessions include book readings, craft and often a musical activity. The sessions are designed for children aged 3 to 6 years and aim to develop early literacy skills in a fun and social environment.

There is no need to book for our free sessions, simply turn up. Older and younger siblings are welcome to join in the fun. We also love hosting large groups, but would appreciate if you could let us know you’re coming so we can make plans to accommodate you.

For more information please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Monthly booksale

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The next FOLK (Friends of the Library Kempsey) booksale at Kempsey Library will be held on Friday, 30 August from 9:30am to 1:00pm outside the Elbow Street library entrance.

Remember, it is still only $3 for a box of pre-loved books and 20¢ for a DVD. All proceeds from FOLK’s monthly booksales go toward supporting reading and literacy programs in the Kempsey Shire. For more information please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

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