Here's what is going on at your library!

The library is a resource for the community

There's a whirlwind of activity at the Library these days, and we're delighted to bring you so many exciting programs and services.

We love working with the other town departments to bring you programs like Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig, a Kingston Community Fun program. See below to register -- it's coming right up on November 7th! Right after that we'll start accepting Letters to Santa in the Children's Room. And on December 19th we'll be open for Kingston's Luminary Night. It's going to be a fun November and December!

In fact, read on for a full calendar of events and services for all ages.

For those who have been following the long journey toward the Town vote on a new library, a couple of reminders.

Special Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14th, at 6:30 pm at the Kingston Intermediate School. To accept a $6.9 million state grant, approve local funding, and proceed to a ballot vote, the Library Building Project must pass by a two-thirds majority at Town Meeting. We hope that you'll come, not just for this piece of business, but for the rest of the articles too. The warrant isn't too long, and we should be able to accomplish it in a single evening.

Free childcare at Town Meeting is available courtesy of the YMCA afterschool program. To take advantage of this opportunity, register through the Selectmen's office by Tuesday, November 7th. Email akeane@kingstonmass.org or call 781-585-0501 to register. It's our hope that this opportunity will be offered at all Town Meetings to make it easier for parents to participate in Town decisions.

If the article passes at Town Meeting, the project will go to a town-wide vote in a special election on December 5th, where it must pass by a majority vote. If you are not already a registered voter, November 15th is the final day to register to vote in the special election.

You can find answers to many questions about the library project on our website: www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org. Look for the New Library Project link on the right.

A fun place for children and families


Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig author David Ira Rottenberg will read from his book on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 at the Reed Building . There will be a performance by the Center Stage Ballet as he narrates the story. Signed books can be purchased the evening of the event. This program is for ages 3 and up. This program is free, but preregistration is required. This program is a Kingston Community Fun event; a collaboration of the Kingston Recreation Department, Kingston Public Library and the Kingston Council On Aging.

Join in the fun as LEGOs at the Library continues on Monday nights at 5:30 pm . Come down and let your imagination inspire you to create! LEGO creations will be displayed in the Children's Room.

The Saturday Morning Book Group with the Neenans will meet next on Nov. 18 at 10:30. All children in grades 3 and 4 are welcome to join. We will be reading the I Survived series. Registration is required. You can register online or by calling the Children's Room at 781-585-0517 ext. 6273.

The Saturday Afternoon Book Group will meet on Dec. 2 at 3:00 in the Children's Activities Room. We will be reading The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. An RSVP is requested

The Night Readers will meet on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:00  in the Children's Activities Room . All children ages 9-11 are welcome to join. For more information on this program call Stephanie Legg at 781-585-0517 ext.6282.

The STEM Playgroup will meet on Wednesdays beginning on Nov. 15 at 10:30. This is a six week program for ages 3 to 5. Registration is required. To register call South Shore Community Action at 508-747-7575 ext. 6247.

Letters to Santa. Santa has given us a mailbox! Children of all ages can drop off a letter to be delivered directly to the North Pole. Forms are available in the Children's Room. Don't forget to include a return address in your letter so that Santa can write back to you. Last mailbox pick up is December 8.

  • Music Makers - Friday, Dec. 22 at 10:30. Registration is required.
  • Storytime - Tuesdays at 11. All ages
  • Leigh and Friends Puppet Storytime - Friday, Nov. 17 at 10:30. All ages.
  • Bubble Storytime - Thursday, Nov. 30 at 10:30. All ages
A welcoming place for teens

Thank you to everyone who unleashed their story during Teen Read Week this October.   It was difficult to choose a winner from the essays that were submitted to our "Unleash Your Story" contest. The winner is 12 year old Caroline McKenna. Well done, Caroline! 

Our next YAC meeting is on Monday, Nov. 20 at 5:00 in the meeting room. We look forward to seeing you there. If you haven't joined YAC and want to know more about the group email Hannele Minsk or call 781-585-0517 ext. 6284.

We're gearing up to help celebrate Kingston's Luminary Night on Dec. 16th. Teen volunteers are welcome to help serve cider and doughnut holes and offer a craft for younger children.


A gathering place for the community

South Shore Locavores Pie Making Marathon will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 PM  at the Kingston Council On Aging.

For the Fourth year in a row, the South Shore Locavores we will be making apple pies -- a whole lot of them! The pies will be donated, frozen and unbaked, to families served by the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. Kathleen Wall, Colonial Foodways Culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, and other expert pie makers will be on hand to organize the effort and provide guidance. Walk-ins are welcome, but to make this event the best it can be, participants are encouraged to fill out a preregistration survey so the organizers can make the best use of everybody's time and skills. Wear your favorite apron and bring rolling pins, peeler, paring knives, cookie cutters with fall shapes - be sure to label them with your name so they go back home with you. The Kingston Council on Aging is located at 30 Evergreen Street.

This November, our gallery will feature the art work of the Council On Aging Oil Painting Class. This exhibit includes a variety of animals, landscapes and portraits. All of the students are members of A. Violet Berry's Wednesday morning Oil Painting Workshop. Most of the students are form Kingston. Some have painted before, but for many this class was their first introduction to painting.

The Kingston Public Library Book Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 pm. This month we will be reading The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See. If you would like the library to help you locate a copy, call 781-585-0517 ext. 6272. The Kingston Public Library Group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 5:30-8:30 pm. We love our food, and we love our books. Join us for a light supper and a lively discussion. Newcomers are welcome.


Author Talks

On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:00, author Joseph Bagley  will talk about his book A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts at the Kingston Council on Aging. Boston's Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city's archaeological history than any other recent event. Joe Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, uncovers a fascinating hodgepodge of history from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts.

History of Boston 50 artifacts book cover


On Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:00, author Ken Brack, will talk about his book Especially For You: Finding a New Purpose After Unspeakable Loss.

Ken Brack tells the wrenching and ultimately uplifting stories of families who find a new purpose after unspeakable loss. From personal experience, he speaks passionately to readers trying to make sense of calamity and to our shared capacity to transform pain into something good.

Ken Brack is a narrative nonfiction author and a longtime journalist in New England, moved by how people grow through catastrophic ordeals. His first book, Closer By The Mile, is the story of the country's leading single-event athletic fundraiser, the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon for cancer research. He blogs for Psychology Today's website.  In 2008, he and his wife Denise opened the Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center in Kingston.

The ongoing author series is offered by the Kingston Public Library in cooperation with the Kingston Council on Aging and the Kingston Public Library Foundation. The series is sponsored by WATD 95.9FM. The Author Series is held at the Kingston Council On Aging, 30 Evergreen Street. Light refreshments are offered, and although the program is free, reservations are requested. 

Free tickets to see David McCullough on December 7th at Silver Lake Regional High School are almost gone, but if you don't have yours yet,call or email the Library to see whether there are any left. A limited number of pre-signed books will be sold at this event.

Westwinds Bookshop will provide copies of the books for sale and signing. You can register online or call the library at 781-585-0517, ext.6271 or the Council on Aging 781-585-0512.

A source for information and recreation 

If you're an eBook reader or you listen to audiobooks, we want you to know about the new Libby app from Overdrive. It's one of a number of resources we offer for free downloadable books in several formats. Another is Hoopla, and with that you can also download or stream music and videos. Visit our Digital Collections page to learn more.

Our grateful thanks to the Friends of the Kingston Public Library for another fabulous Fall Book Sale. What a great job they did, yet again! Thank you to all of the people who contributed to a successful day; the volunteers, the people who donated their books, and the people who came and supported the library with their purchases. The Friends made approximately $1000.00 from this book sale. Proceeds are used to pay for our museum passes, children's programs, new equipment and much more.

There's a lot going on at the Museum of Fine Arts. The Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design exhibit has been extended through Dec. 6 and Follow the North Star: Inuit Art from the collection of Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh will end on Dec. 31. And don't miss the Masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish Painting exhibit, featuring exciting recent donations! Reserve  MFA Pass  online or by phone. This is just one of the passes provided by the Friends of the Kingston Public Library, funded through their book sales.


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