Kempsey Library - more than just books

Community life - 24 April 2018

Like many libraries across Australia, Kempsey Shire Library has become more than just a place to borrow a book, magazine or CD.

Each month, the library has a variety of interesting, educational events and programs on offer to residents and visitors of the Kempsey Shire. Some of them include author talks and book launches, creative workshops for adults and school holidays activities for children.

Kempsey Shire Library Team Leader, Angie Meers, said a big focus for the library in recent years has been forming partnerships with various community groups, organisations and businesses to co-deliver events and services.

“After partnering with MIDWASTE Regional Waste Forum we have been able to deliver a range of eco-friendly workshops for adults which have been very well received,” she said.

“One of the most successful children’s programs we’ve held at the library was the Makey Makey robotic workshops, which were made possible due to a successful partnership between the library and Telstra.

“The workshops were so popular that the library ran a series of extra after school workshops for a number of weeks.”

Council’s library and community relations staff recently partnered with Skills Link, NSW Health, Home Instead Senior Care Mid North Coast and local businesses such as Wayne Mossop Tai Chi to conduct 19 free activities for local seniors as part of the NSW Seniors Festival.

The festival, which ended on 15 April, was the most successful to date.

Ms Meers said from July 2017 through to April 2018, 177 events and programs have been held at Kempsey Shire Library.

“This just proves how much a small library can achieve through successful partnerships in the local community and afar,” she said.

“We are committed to maintaining and creating partnerships so we can deliver as many unique and interesting programs as possible for residents of the Macleay, well into the future.”

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Workshop in Kempsey LibraryDe-clutter workshops were a popular program at Kempsey Shire Library in 2017. Another workshop is scheduled to be held at the library on Wednesday 16 May.