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, which kids can use to create digital pianos out of bananas and an iPad to learn how to code with the Sphero ball.

The after school sessions will commence 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

Chad Walkaden

July Storytime

Kempsey Library will have its monthly Storytime on Friday 28 July at 10:30am. This month’s Storytime we will be reading Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Cherise Mericle Harper. Children aged 3 years and over are invited to come along and join in with the morning’s activities, which will include listening to the stories, singing and a craft.

This is a free session for children aged 3 years and over. Everyone is welcome - for group bookings of five or more please contact the library to register ahead of time.

Chad Walkaden – Cancer support workshop

Chad Walkaden

While oncology services remain a fundamental component towards approaching cancer, there seems to be increasing attention on the need to provide a wider range of therapeutic support to individuals (and their families) throughout this challenging time.

This dual focus towards approaching cancer is really about improving quality of life for individuals, carers and family members. Come along to find out more about this way of approaching cancer! This workshop is presented by Chad Walkaden and he will be at Kempsey Library on Friday 28 July 2017 at 11:30am.

Chad Walkaden is a three time cancer survivor and the founder of THE CANCER BLUEPRINT (a Specialist Cancer Coaching Program). Chad has also collaborated with Associate Professor Ian Kerridge (VELiM, Sydney University) in the development of educational/therapeutic program for people with cancer (The Sunflower Model: Life Beyond Treatment) and he also partners with Redkite, an Australian cancer charity, to operate group programs across Australia.

Important note for existing Zinio app users

The Zinio for Libraries app has been replaced with a new app as of 29 June 2017. You will need to uninstall the Zinio app and install the new “RBdigital” app from your mobile device app store and sign in with your existing email address and password.

FOLK booksale

Australian Poetry Slam 2017 poster

Each month the Friends of the Library Kempsey group (FOLK) hold a book sale in the forecourt of Kempsey Library. The next book sale will be held on Friday 28 July between 9:30am and 2pm. This month we have a surplus of non-fiction items included in the sale, and also a range of DVDs that are no longer required by the library.

Come along for a chat and a bargain. Still only $3 for a box of books and 20c per DVD. All money raised goes toward supporting reading and literacy in the Kempsey Shire.

Expressions of interest for book club at Kempsey Library

Stylised stack of novels

Kempsey Shire Council Library currently have two book clubs at Kempsey and South West Rocks branch. The Kempsey Library book club is held on the last Monday of the month from 2pm to 3:30pm. South West Rocks Book Club is held on the third Thursday of each month at 10am.

Due to increasing demand we are inviting expressions of interest for another book club at Kempsey Library. This will be held on the first Monday of the month at 11am. For enquiries and to register your interest please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or send an email to

Australian Poetry Slam is touring Kempsey to
Write a Revolution

Australian Poetry Slam 2017 poster

Kempsey Library will host a regional heat of the Australian Poetry Slam on Friday 11 August. Local poets, storytellers, hip hop artists, stand-up comedians - whatever you do with words. You get 2 minutes to set the mic alight.

Anyone can participate: all you need is your voice. Local poets, story-tellers, hip hop artists, stand-up comedians - whatever you do with words. You get 2 minutes to set the mic alight.

Or grab a seat & cheer! Slam Host Zohab Khan  throws five chocolates into the audience. Whoever catches one becomes a judge. These five hold up the scores that will send two performing writers to the NSW Final in Sydney on 14 October.

Australian Poetry Slam Champion Arielle Cottingham  delivers a killer set of her award-winning spoken word. Liam from Macleay Entertainment will be playing music before, at intermission and after the slam to keep the energy flowing throughout the night.

The APS tour is partnering with Spontaneous Films  and the podcast All The Best  to create online video and audio episodes.

Sign on at 4:30pm if you plan to perform, or come along at 5pm to be part of the audience.

  See  for more information about the Australian Poetry Slam, including the rules and conditions of entry. For enquiries about the Kempsey Slam heat, please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 

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