School holiday activities

Mini Greenhouse Workshop in partnership with Bunnings

Mini Greenhouse Workshop
  • Kempsey Shire Library
  • Wednesday 27 September
  • Time  10:30-11:30am
  • Age: 6-12 years

Join in with this fun, hands-on activity presented by Bunnings Warehouse staff at Kempsey Library.

This is a free activity for kids aged 6 to 12 years and bookings are essential.

 Makey Makey Workshop in partnership with Telstra

Sphero robot
  • Kempsey Shire Library
  • Thursday 5 October
  • Time  10:30-11:30am
  • Age: Primary age (year 3 upwards)

Come along to the library and:

  • Race a sphero robot
  • Build electro circuits
  • Electro dough, and much more…

Children need to bring their imagination and know how to have fun!

Annie Seaton author talk - Diamond Sky

Cover of Diamond Sky

Annie Seaton’s Diamond Sky is the latest instalment in the Porter Sister’s series and is set in the Kimberley. Annie will be talking about her latest book at Kempsey Shire Council Library on Friday 20 October 2017 at 11am.

In 2016, Kakadu Sunset, her debut print novel, was shortlisted by the judges of the Romance Writers’ Association of Australia for the Ruby, in the long book category. Kakadu Sunset and Daintree were each nominated for the Davitt Award for crime writing in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The Australian Woman’s Weekly described Annie’s writing as ‘crisp, tense and fast-moving storytelling’, saying ‘Seaton absolutely raises the bar in rural fiction.’

Copies of the books will be available to buy on the day. For enquiries and book, please contact Kempsey Library on 02 6566 3210 or email

Tech Tuesday poster

Tech Tuesday at Kempsey Library

Every Tuesday you can drop in between the hours of 2pm-4pm to ask staff technology related queries. Bring your own device or use one of our computers and we will help you to use the resources on our Kempsey Library website

Learn a language through Mango Languages, use Computer School to learn new computer skills, get help creating an email, learn how to download Electronic books, music and magazines, or learn how to search our databases.

For enquiries and to register your interest please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or send an email to

After school workshops at Kempsey Library

Maker Party in a Box logo

Following on from Telstra’s popular Maker Party in a Box workshop in April, local kids have the opportunity to have more fun with Makey Makey products with some after school sessions at Kempsey Shire Library.

Kids will be able to play with the ‘Maker Party in a Box’ kit which includes Sphero robots, Bee Bots floor robots and Little Bits digital inventor kits.

The after school sessions commenced on Thursday 27 July and will run every Thursday and Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm during the school term. Library staff will be on hand to assist children on both days.

For more information and to register your interest please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or send an email to

Closure of Kempsey Toy Library

Kempsey Shire Library wishes to inform the community that the Kempsey Toy Library will no longer be operating from Friday 26 October.

Team Leader of Library Services, Angie Meers, said the reason for the closure is due to a decline in the number of toy library items being borrowed.

Ms Meers said staff have made a thorough assessment of the stock in the toy library and will be keeping high end educational and special needs resources for borrowing.

“Following the success of Telstra’s “Maker Party in a Box” workshops at Kempsey Library, our team will be developing the space where the toy library was to deliver more workshops and programs for children with an emphasis on literacy, science and technology.

“Toys that are currently on loan can still be returned after Friday 26 October, however, items not returned will still be subject to the standard library charges for overdue and/or damaged items.

Book clubs at Kempsey Shire Libraries

Stylised stack of novels

Kempsey Shire Council Library currently have three book clubs at Kempsey and South West Rocks branch.

Kempsey Library book club:

  • Kempsey Page Turners meet the fourth Monday of the month from 2pm
  • Kempsey Bookmarks meet the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30am (starting Wednesday 4 October 2017)

South West Rocks Book Club is held on the third Thursday of each month at 10am.

To join a book club please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or send an email to

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