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    High St, Wauchope
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"Kempsey Library - celebrating diversity" with the Living Library

Kempsey Shire Library, by popular demand, will again host the “Living Library”  with the theme “Celebrating Diversity” on Thursday  16 April 2009.


A Living Library is a place where the books to be borrowed are actually people who have offered themselves as “living books” to share their life experiences. 


Shire Librarian, Gabi Brie, says that “personal contact is a powerful way to break down barriers and increases our understanding of people who are from different cultural, religious and racial backgrounds.  The library provides a safe and comfortable meeting place for this to occur”.


The ”living books”  at this session will include individuals whose life experiences include immigration, Aboriginality, Buddhism, a poet, lesbian feminism, drumming, a nun and a woman who has helped her teenage children survive difficult times.   


From 3 to 6pm the “living books” will be available to chat on a one-on one basis and can be booked for half an hour.  The session can be extended if no one else is waiting.  Light refreshments will be provided.


The following“living books” will be available to chat:

 Foreign sheila in Kempsey: migrant experience 

Life is what you make of it: overcoming vices

Growing up on the fringes: a first hand account of aboriginality

Everyday mum: facing extraordinary challenges

Love story with a difference: my relationship with God 

Viryadana: western Buddhist

Poetry is magic: creativity and humour

Jennifer Longhair: American Indian path,   drummer, lesbian, feminist

Barrang Murrung: say “gidday” with a   member of the Dunghutti tribe

Disabilities no barrier: it’s a case of life attitude








Calling all book groups

Bookshare is a new initiative from Port Macquarie-Hastings Library and the Friends of Port Macquarie Library. Ten copies of selected titles will be available for borrowing by Book Groups in the local area. Loan period will be one month and bookings for titles can be made at the Port Library. For enquiries and bookings please ring 6581 8755. Some of the titles are highlighted below. A full list of titles is available in the booklist column on the right.


If you are thinking of joining or forming a Book Group, now may be the time. Laurieton, Port and Wauchope Libraries all operate Book Groups and the library has a variety of titles on beginning a book group.


March Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends will be held on Friday 27 March 2009 at 1.30pm in the Port Macquarie Library meeting room. New members are welcome.

Cos play @ Port Macquarie Library

Love Manga and Anime? Dress as your fav character and join us for some fun - all the details can be found here.

Easter School Holiday Activities at Hastings Libraries

For all the details on our school holiday programme - see here