Get the kids on the reading path early

Published on 05 October 2022


Getting your little ones listening to music and sounds and creating their own drawings to explain their world are the first steps in becoming a confident young reader. Kempsey Shire Libraries has several upcoming events that include music, sound, drawing and craft to support your child’s early literacy skills.

Grandparents Day Storytime

Grandparent's Day is 27 October. This year we’re celebrating Grandparent's Day with a very special Storytime. Join us for songs, stories and a little cupcake decorating. Bring your grandchildren (or great grandchildren) along and join in the fun. This Storytime is on 10.30am – 11.30am Thursday 27 October. Bookings essential.

Book yourself in

1000 Books Before School

As the name suggests this brand new program aims to get kids to read or have read to them 1000 books by the time they start Kindergarten.

Progress can be tracked using the reading chart collected from the library or by using the Beanstack App. Once 100 books have been read a book bag and badge can be collected. A new badge is earned every time 100 books are read.  A special gold badge is awarded once 1000 books are read.

Favourite books can be read multiple times and books read at home, at the library, at Storytime or preschool can all be recorded.

Parents are invited to come into a Kempsey Shire Libraries branch to enrol their children in the program and collect their reading chart.  

Dolly’s Imagination Library

All babies born in 2022 and living in the Kempsey Shire are eligible for the Imagination Library, where they'll receive one book every month delivered free of charge for the first 5 years of their life. 

If your baby was born locally at Kempsey District Hospital, Child and Family Health nurses will offer to enrol your baby and drop off your baby's first book on their initial home visit. 

If your baby was born somewhere else but lives locally you can enrol by contacting Melanie Webb at Kempsey Shire Libraries on 6566 3210 or email

Baby Bounce

Singing and rhymes are part of early literacy. Early literacy is the foundation of learning to read. Singing develops your child’s communication, voice development and helps with their emotional well-being. 

At Baby Bounce you and bub enjoy stories, rhymes, movement, and lots of fun. Baby Bounce is for children aged 0 – 3 years. It is held on the fourth Friday of the month at Kempsey Library, starting at 10.00am. The sessions are interactive, fun and beneficial to both parent and child. 


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