Kempsey Shire Libraries

Children's Book Week competition

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Do you love to draw or write stories? To celebrate Children's Book Week 2021, Kempsey Shire Libraries are running a writing and drawing competition! Simply collect your entry form from your local library or download the form. There are some great prizes to be won. So get creative!

To enter draw a picture or write a story about your favourite place in the world, real or imaginary! The competition is open to all primary and secondary students. Entries must be submitted by Monday 23 August 2021. Winners will be announced on Friday 27 August 2021.

Entries will be displayed in Kempsey Library and will be judged by a panel for their creativity and unique take on the theme. A People’s Choice winner will also be judgedby Kempsey Library patrons. Prizes will include gift vouchers and book packs.

New online databases available

Cover of The Birthday Present

A great range of online databases are now available for library members.

Subjects include literature, science, history, global issues, environmental studies, biography, health & wellness and business.

There is a news database, which gives you access to a wide range of newspapers from around the world.

Also included is access to National Geographic Virtual Library and National Geographic Kids.

All you need is a library card, and then log in with you library card number.

Visit our Gale page to see the full range available.

Bush poetry by Gary Elford - Postponed

Cover of The Birthday Present

Unfortunately due to Public Health restrictions, this event has been postponed until later in the year.

Poet and writer Gary Elford will be performing a collection of his poetry, including some from his latest book The Birthday Present. Most of Gary’s poems are in the style of bush ballads that tell tales both true and tall.

Born and raised in Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast, Gary has been writing and performing poetry for the last 25 years. He tours and performs regularly in New Zealand and Australia and his shows are a mixture of humorous bush ballads and poetry with the odd song thrown in. Come along and enjoy a show full of mirth, merriment, reflection and many hats…

This event will be held at a later date (to be advised)

Display of graphic novels and manga books

Library services now available via a new app

Thanks to a new app, you can now access Kempsey Shire Library’s catalogue, renew and reserve books, use self-checkout, access the e-Library, find out what’s on, and more.

To get started all you need to do is:

  • Search for the Mid North Coast Library App via the App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android
  • Use your Library membership number and password to set up your account and start browsing

For more information and support with using the app contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or or send an email to

Save Power Kits

Would you like help reducing your electricity bill? Kempsey Shire Library can help you with Save Power Kits and energy meters that are available for loan.

The Save Power Kit contains

Save Power Kit
  • Power-Mate Lite energy meter to help you measure the power used by appliances, find out how much they cost to run and the carbon pollution they create;
  • Stopwatch to measure how long you are in the shower and how much hot water you use;
  • Two thermometers: an infrared thermometer so you can find out where your home lets in the cold in winter or heat in summer, and a standard thermometer to check your room and fridge temperatures;
  • Light Meter to see which direction your windows face so you can make the most of the sun in winter and use shading to best advantage in summer;
  • User guide with worksheets and action plan.

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Kempsey Shire Council acknowledges the land of the Thunggutti/Dunghutti Nation. We pay respect to Elders past and present. We acknowledge the role of emerging leaders to continue to guide us in the future. We acknowledge the Stolen Generations and the need to change practices to be inclusive. This land always was and always will be Thunggutti/Dunghutti land.