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July School Holidays - Kempsey Library events

Creative Upcycling workshop

Creative Up-cycling materials

Would your kids like to learn how to turn a t-shirt into a bag or yarn? Kempsey Shire Council in partnership with MIDWASTE are hosting Creative Upcycling workshops for children 8 years + during the July school holidays at Kempsey Library.

Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of turning waste materials and old, used or unwanted products into new materials or items of better use or quality - Creative Upcycling! At the workshop kids will make a t-shirt bag and also some t-shirt yarn to start a finger knitting project.

The Creative Upcycling workshop will be held on Friday 19 July from 10:30am to 12 midday. 

Bookings are essential! Please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Australian Poetry Slam

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Australian Poetry Slam (APS) calls out for Kempsey poets to take the stage on Thursday 8 August to perform their work and awe the audience.

Performing writers have two minutes to inspire judges randomly selected from the crowd with their original lyrics, poetry, stories, raps, or whatever they do with words.

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam Champion set to share your words, or a lover of stories and rhythm ready to click along?

Join us at the Kempsey Library heat to witness Australia’s finest wordsmiths as we write a revolution.

For more information please call Yvette on 02 6566 3210

Refugee information session

Kempsey Library is hosting an information session in partnership with the Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group to discuss the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in detention centres on Naru and Manus Island.

Kathryn Parle will be presenting information on the conditions in detention centres and the treatment of refugees. She will be drawing on 9 years experience working as a counsellor and advocate with asylum seekers. The information evening will include a video documentary produced by Dawn Barrington.

This session will be held from 5-7pm on Wednesday 17 July. For further information contact Christa on 0428 678 959 and for bookings please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Five weeks in Kurdistan with Alison Buckley

Kim Hodges

Local author Alison Buckley has a fascination with Kurdish history and culture and is the topic of her latest book, Rite of Honour. The book is based on the Kurdish people’s struggle for self-determination and human rights in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, the book reflects the lives of thousands of Middle Eastern women.

Alison travelled to Kurdistan in 2019 and spent five weeks travelling. Alison will be discussing her recent travels at Stuarts Point Hall (next door to Library) on Thursday 18 July at 10:30am. Refreshments will be provided on the day.

For more information please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Writing your Memoir workshop with Kim Hodges

Kim Hodges

You are invited to meet academic and author Kim Hodges Monday 22 July from 10:30am to 12 midday at Kempsey Library. Kim has had 2 memoirs published with a publishing house - Girl on the Edge and Girl over the Edge. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Social Policy. Kim has been employed in many professional roles: Tutor and Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences (Southern Cross University); Consultant: curriculum development (at TAFE NSW) and in Policy (NSW Government).

Kim will give a presentation on memoir writing and in the second half of the workshop participants will get an opportunity to hone their skills and start writing their book. For more information on Kim please see her website - 

Cost of Living information session

A free information session is being held at Kempsey Library on Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 10:30am. Come and find out about what rebates are on offer.

The NSW Government is helping your cost of living with more than 40 rebates and savings, including:

  • Savings of up to $285 on your energy bill
  • Online comparisons of your electricity bills
  • Four free regional train trips per year
  • Up to 50% discount on a new fridge or TV with the appliance replacement offer
  • $100 Creative Kids and Active Kids vouchers

For more information or to book please call 6566 3210 or email

Christmas in July

Come and celebrate Christmas in July at Kempsey Shire Library on Wednesday 24 July from 10am to 12 noon with our delicious Feast of Authors for 2019! 

Chaired by popular author Fiona McArthur, this year's feast includes talented authors Desley Polmear, Karly Lane, Jaye Ford, Annie Seaton, Roby Aiken, Kaneana May and Tamara McWilliam.

Enjoy a delicious Christmas inspired morning tea, participate in the Q&A and listen to the panel of acclaimed authors discuss their careers and latest books. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase.

While the event is free to attend, voluntary gold coin donations will be gratefully accepted with all funds raised going to Kempsey Hospital’s Maternity Ward. Bookings are essential, so please phone the Library on 6566 3210 to register for the event and for more information.

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