Kempsey Shire Libraries

A Roomful of Stories

Summer reading club

Come and join us at the library for the launch of the 2019 Summer Reading Club (SRC) on Wednesday 4 December from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Also at the launch party, we will enjoy pizza while watching the winners and runners-up of the What's Your Story Video Competition. Bring your family and friends and a cushion to sit on. The winning entry will win $100 for their school or class!

Participating in the SRC is an engaging and fun way for children (aged 3 to 18) to maintain their literacy skills while away from a formal school environment. Encourage your children to sign up at the launch party and collect a pack to get started on logging their reading achievements - with every book, comic, graphic novel or eBook that is read (or read aloud to them) going towards filling in their Reading Record.

Our Friends of the Library Kempsey (FOLK) group are generously donating a bunch of fantastic prizes for the Summer Reading Club, with Samsung Galaxy tablets, games, books and vouchers up for grabs.

To go in the weekly reading prize draw (and win a $20 voucher) children need simply borrow one or more junior or teen items each week, and hand a copy of their borrowing receipt in at your local library branch. (One entry per participant per week). To be in the running for a Samsung Galaxy tablet (one for juniors, one for young adults), children must hand in a completed Reading Record to your local library branch. The major prizes will be drawn at the Wrap Up party on Thursday 23 January 2020.

For more information, please phone the Library on 6566 3210


Holiday Fun: Paint a tree house full of stories!

Cartoon tree

As part of our Summer Reading Club activities, bring the kids along to Kempsey Library to kick start the summer school holidays and get creative on Friday 20 December! 

This year's theme for the Summer Reading Club is A Roomful of Stories and encourages children, young people and their families to engage with stories and the language in which they are told. At this session, we'll encourage kids of all ages to tell their own story by using paper and paint to design a multi-storied tree house, as inspired by Andy Griffith's Treehouse series. What weird and wonderful rooms will make up your tree house?

Spaces are limited, so please book in to one session only, either in person at Kempsey Library or phone 6566 3210 to register. The first session will run from 10:00am to 11:00am and will be followed by an afternoon session from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Children must be 8 years or older. All materials provided.


Food for Fines is back! Return your overdue items

Food for Fines display

Kempsey Shire Libraries have relaunched the Food for Fines campaign to get books and other library items returned while also helping people in need. Any library members with existing overdue book/item fines will have the fees waived in exchange for donations of canned or long-life food items.

Members are asked to donate one non-perishable food item per 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 2020. 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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