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australia's most unbelievable true storiesEnjoy an afternoon with the Australian writer, entertainer, broadcaster, humourist, songwriter and historian Jim Haynes OAM on Saturday 5 August.

This Friends of Kiama Library event will be held in the Kiama Library Auditorium in Railway Parade starting at 2.30pm.

The son of British migrants, Jim was born in Sydney and attended Botany Public School, Sydney Boys High and Sydney Teachers' College, later gaining two masters degrees in literature, from the University of New England and the University of Wales. Jim Haynes is a by-word for Australian country humour, and Australian folk and country music and verse.  Author of 23 books, including The Book of Australian Rhymed Verse and The Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kids, hits in the 1990s Don't Call Wagga Wagga Wagga and Since Cheryl Went Feral, member of the board of the Country Music Association of Australia for fifteen years. He is a great story teller and he's done the lot! 

When: 2.30pm Saturday 5 August

Where: Kiama Library Auditorium

Cost: Visitors $8 and Friends of Kiama Library members $5.

Afternoon tea is provided and all are welcome. 

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Kiama Library invites enthusiastic local knitters to join its special knit in event on Wednesday 6th September for the charity ‘Wrap with Love’. Come and support this great event – whatever your age or knitting skill.

Throughout 2016, volunteers knitted and sewed blankets which were distributed to those in need all around the world, including 2000 wraps to the Syria-Turkey border to help those displaced by the war. To learn about the charity, go to

Organised in partnership with the Knitters Guild NSW Inc., Kiama Group, our Knit In will run from 10.30am until 12 noon with free morning tea provided.

Needles and yarn will be supplied; however keen knitters are welcome to bring their own knitting supplies. Size 8 (4mm) needles and 8-ply yarn are recommended.

Finished squares and donations of yarn can be dropped off at Kiama Library on the day or at any time throughout the year.

Contact Kiama Library to book your spot or for more information on (02) 4233 1133


All ages and skill levels welcome.

When: 10.30am - 12noon Wednesday 6th September 

Where: Kiama Library

Free morning tea provided

RSVP by phoning (02) 4233 1133

Donations of yarn and needles gladly accepted

kate forsythAs the author of ‘Bitter Greens’ and ‘Dancing On Knives’, Kate Forsyth has established herself as one of Australia’s leading names in historical fiction. Recognised internationally as an expert in the field of fairy tale retellings, Kate will be coming to Kiama Library as part of the launch of her newest book ‘Beauty in Thorns’, which is already being hailed as her best work yet.

Her storytelling is a gorgeous tribute to the riches of the Pre-Raphaelites’ art; their unconventional bohemian lifestyles, and their ability to shock and shake up Victorian society. ‘Beauty in Thorns’ is a spellbinding reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, set amongst the passions, scandals and tragedies of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of painters and poets.

What : Free author talk and book signing

When : Friday 21 July at 2pm

Where : Kiama Library

Copies of Kate’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

Call Kiama Library on (02) 4233 1133 to reserve your seat.


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Gerringong  Library is getting additional hours on Tuesday from July 2017. This is in addition to its normal hours every Thursday.

9.30am – 12.30pm 9.30am – 12.30pm
1.30pm – 4.30pm

This is in anticipation of our move to new premises in the near future and the increased hours of operation that will be in place there.


CBCA 20172017 Children's Book Council have announced their short list of children's books.

An exciting time for the young reader or the young at heart who likes to read.