Library & Information Week - 21-27 May

Local history talk

At 10:30am Tuesday 22 May a local history talk on Kempsey and Kempsey Shire Library will be presented by local historian Bruce Cain.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS)

Every year a children's book, written by an Australian author, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, and many other places around the country. This year, Council’s General Manager Craig Milburn will read the NSS book Hickory Dickory Dash.

May Storytime

The theme for May Storytime will be teethand going to the dentist. Storytime is a free event designed for children aged 3 to 6 years and includes book readings, craft and music activities.

Sorytime will take place at 10:30am Friday 25 May at Kempsey Library. No need to book ahead, just turn up to enjoy the fun.

FOLK monthly booksale

FOLK logo

The next FOLK (Friends of the Library) book sale at Kempsey Library will be held on Friday, 25 May starting 9:30am.

Friends of the Library Kempsey (FOLK) members will have tables set up to display the usual range of pre-loved books and magazines for sale outside the Elbow Street library entrance.

All proceeds from the monthly book sales will go towards supporting reading and literacy programs in the Kempsey Shire. For enquiries please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Girl over the Edge - Kim Hodges author talk

Kim Hodges

Kim Hodges will be at Kempsey Library to talk about her latest book, Girl Over The Edge, on Thursday 31 May 2018 at 11am.  This follow up memoir to her successful debut memoir, Girl On The Edge, will take the reader into severe episodes of depression, on the road to recovery and everything else in between.

Have you ever wondered what happens in a mental health clinic or hospital? Or what an episode of severe depression feels like? Kim talks about her experiences in a raw, honest and confronting way that will strike a nerve with the listener. Kim’s presentation will give you insight and challenge beliefs, attitudes and reduce the stigma in society around mental illness.

Find out more about Kim on her website - 

Copies of the book will be available to buy on the day for $30. For enquiries, please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or email

New HSC resources at Kempsey Library

HSC Personal Interest Projects (PIPs)

Award winning Personal Interest Projects (PIPs) related to (Stage 6) Society and Culture studies across New South Wales.

For in-library use only - supervised. Items cannot be copied or reproduced

  • All aboard the mateship
    Despite mateship being considered to be an Australian convention that embodies egalitarianism, mateship as a cultural position is divisive and exclusionary.
  • ‘Can all male students please stand now to take the oath’
    An investigation into the exclusion of female voices from my school’s and society’s effort to contribute to change with regards to violence against women.
  • The Childfree choice of women
    An investigation into childfree women and their perceived deviance from gender norms, which results in exclusion from all levels in society.
  • Contesting Heteronormativity in Japanese culture
    An examination into the changing notions of sexuality and constructs of homosexuality with Japanese culture.
  • Homeless even at home
    A cross cultural examination of the influence of socialisation agents, between Australia and Sweden, on the perceptions of Kurdish communities and implications of this for Kurdish individuals.
  • Mask on or mask off?
    An inquiry into the desire to belong and the ways in which Pakistani migrants change their cultural identity.
  • Populism: ‘The worst deal ever’
    An investigation into the recrudescence of populism in the 21st century.
  • ‘Raising a fist… the same height high’
    A cross cultural study into the implications of feminism in the 21st century.
  • The Refugee in the room
    An investigation into the psychology and accommodation of displaced refugees in Australia.
  • To take the red pill
    A study examining the state of gender relations discourse in mainstream culture, and the analysis of the current cultural conflicts arising out of feminism.

For enquiries phone Kempsey Library 6566 3210 or email

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