Mayor Liz Campbell

From the Mayor’s desk
Week commencing 21 September 2020Mayor Liz Campbell

Let our magical libraries cast their spell on you

I do love a library. They’re such magical places where you can find the answer to any question or just escape the real world for a blissful period. I think that’s why libraries are so popular in pop culture. From Harry Potter to Matilda to Cluedo libraries are always presented as these amazing spaces filled to the brim with books of every kind.

Kempsey’s library branches are no exception. Every time I step into one I’m stunned at the amazing collection of reading options that are presented, which might be overwhelming were it not for the amazing library staff on hand to help with any query.

The thing is, our libraries are so much more than just shelves of books.

Like so much in 2020 our libraries have had to change. At the moment they’re still operating on reduced hours and with public health restrictions. It makes going in and finding a book a bit more of a challenge.

In response they have massively increased their online offerings. As a member of Kempsey library you can watch movies, concerts, master classes, operas and ballets for free. You can borrow an audio book or an e-book or even an e-magazine. You can learn a new language. You can watch author talks or children’s storytime. And its so easy to join right there online.

In short, our libraries are even more magical than you might have realised, and you can take advantage of them from your home or your phone. So take a virtual trip to the library. You won’t be disappointed.

Congratulations to our deputy mayor

It is my great pleasure to confirm that at last week’s Council meeting, Councillor Anthony Patterson was re-elected as deputy mayor for the next 12 months.

Council is required to conduct an election for the deputy mayor each September, and with this term of Council having been extended by 12 months due to coronavirus I am immensely grateful to Councillor Patterson for offering to serve once more.

I congratulate our deputy mayor on his re-election and I look forward to working with him and our other councillors to serve our community in the year to come.

Councillor Anthony PattersonCouncillor Anthony Patterson has been re-elected as deputy mayor for the next 12 months