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Library flourishing this Spring!

Great news for the readers of Cessnock and surrounds! As of Saturday 19 September Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Library hours are returning to normal.


This means that both branches will be open as follows:

Cessnock City Library

Monday & Friday: 9.00am-5.30pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9.00am-7.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am-12.30pm

Kurri Kurri Library

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm

Tuesday: 9.00am-7.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am-12.30pm

Members can still use the new Call and Collect Service and phone Cessnock Library on 4993 4399, Kurri Kurri Library on 4937 1638 or email to advise the items they require and negotiate a time to collect them.

For those who, for medical reasons are unable to visit, the Home Library Service is operating in partnership with Northern Coalfields Community Care Association.

People eligible for this service can contact their local branch to discuss deliveries. Council’s Library Services Co-ordinator, Rose-marie Walters said the eBranch usage has soared, with eLoans in the past month up almost 250% on the same time last year.

“Members are making the most of the thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eFilms and the millions of free songs to download in our eMusic library. We’ve also recently added free access StoryBox Library, a platform created for children to view stories being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers.”

Visitors to Cessnock Library can enjoy the Celluloid Dreams exhibition currently on display in the library foyer.

Celluloid Dreams tells the stories of Cessnock’s local cinemas, from the first silent films shown in community halls, to the grand buildings that stood from Kurri Kurri to Paxton.

For the kids, the school holidays programme is out, with two in-library events. A Drawing From Nature workshop run by Gillian Hewitt from Imaginaturalists and Whose Bum is That? workshop that looks at native animals and their dietary and excretory habits, run by Emma Best from the Newcastle Museum. Bookings are essential and can be made on the library’s Eventbrite page.

To keep up to date with what is happening at the libraries, check out on the Cessnock City Library on Facebook.

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