Kempsey Shire Libraries

A Roomful of Stories

Summer Reading Club: have your children signed up yet?

Summer reading club

There’s still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Club (SRC), grab your pack from your local library today! Record the books you read this summer and be in the running to win great prizes like a Samsung Tablet!

It was great to see so many faces at our successful launch party for the Summer Reading Club on December 4 and view the entries for our What’s Your Story video competition. Gladstone Public School’s story was selected as the winner, with the School presented with $100 prize money!

There’s still time for your children to get involved with the Summer Reading Club. 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 for the SRC at your local library branch 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 items each week and hand a copy of their borrowing receipt in at your local library branch. (One entry per participant per week). All children who log their books online or hand in a completed Reading Record will be in the running for a Samsung Galaxy tablet (one for juniors, one for young adults). The major prizes will be drawn at the Summer Reading Club Wrap Up party on Thursday 23 January 2020.

For more information, please phone the Library on 6566 3210

Come along to the Summer Reading Club Wrap Up party!

Come and join us for a fun wrap up of the Summer Reading Club, with our special Roomful of Stories celebration of stories and words! Explore the different spaces and games we have set up around the library and don’t forget to grab a slice of cake. The major prizes will be drawn at the Summer Reading Club Wrap Up party on Thursday 23 January 2020 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

The major SRC prizes will be drawn at this event, so don’t forget to bring your Reading Records. To help with catering, please register for this event at Kempsey Library or phone 6566 3210

Swap your fines for food and return your overdue items

Food for Fines display

Got overdue books or other items? Now is your chance to clear your record while also helping people in need, by participating in our Food for Fines campaign operating at all Shire libraries. Any library members with existing overdue fines will have the fees waived in exchange for donations of canned or long-life food items. Returning overdue items with food donations will also cancel any fines generated by such returns.

You will need to donate one non-perishable item for each overdue item/separate fine owed and all food needs to be in date and good condition. Rusty cans or damaged packaging will not be accepted. Food for Fines will run from now through to 31 January 2020. All of the items collected will be donated to local charities to distribute in food hampers to help those in need.

For more information, please phone the Library on 6566 3210

Get snapping to celebrate Macleay Seniors Festival

Faces of Ageing enter now

Calling all budding photographers! Kempsey Shire Council and Kempsey Macleay RSL Photographic Club invite you to enter our Celebrating the Face of Ageing photo competition. Staged as part of the 2020 Macleay Seniors Festival, we want to celebrate our seniors and acknowledge the many ways in which they contribute to our community. Show us how Macleay Seniors live and enjoy their lives! The photo competition closes at midnight on 25 January 2020, so hurry up and get snapping! For more information and to access the entry forms, please visit

A display of the finalists will appear at Kempsey Library during the 2020 Macleay Seniors Festival, from 11-23 February 2020. The library will also play host to a number of events throughout this period, including a TimeSlips creative storytelling session, Health Talk with Michael Fowler from Kempsey Hospital, Food Smart Workshop, Tech Savvy Seniors session (sharing photos online) and a demonstration from the U3A card making group. Keep your eye out for the Macleay Seniors Festival Program booklet!

For more information, please visit

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