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Classics in Religion: Living with a Wild God

Tomorrow from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 2 other times

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. This month, the group will read and discuss excerpts from “Living with a Wild God” by Barbara Ehrenreich, a journalist, activist, and advocate for social justice, which is, as the subtitle states, “a nonbeliever’s search for the truth about everything.” Kathleen DeMatteo, a retired teach and member of the Unitatian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Adult Craft Program: Coloring and Cookies

Tomorrow from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Adult coloring programs are a great way to relax. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. for an adult coloring program on the first floor of the library. We provide the supplies and snacks; you bring the creativity. We will have coloring books, crayons, coloring pencils, markers, and cookies. Join us for the whole session or stop by to pick up a coloring sheet and a cookie. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Tech Time

This Thursday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Are you flummoxed with your phone? Having trouble with your tablet? We will have a teen volunteer available to answer your basic technology questions. Sophie Temple has been using technology since she was about four years old. She is a 15 year old living in Kingston, who loves math and the Kingston Library. Stop by the library when Sophie is here or contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org to schedule a session.

Teen Advisory Group

This Friday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

We’re looking for a few good teens to join our a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Kingston Library. If you’re between the ages of 12 and 19, this is your chance to hang out and tell us what to do! Examples of things a Teen Advisory Group could do are come up with teen programs; decide what items to purchase; create a teen website; and more! Meetings take place once a month. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Reading to Lola

Next Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Also being held at 6 other times

Kingston Library’s Reading to Lola program takes place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Library. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to meet and read to Lola, a certified therapy dog who adores stories and people. Gentle, friendly Lola is three years old and was adopted from the Ulster County SPCA.

Writers in the Mountains Workshop First-Person Singular: Writing Memoir and Essays

Wednesday, February 17 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Also being held at 4 other times

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents First-Person Singular: Writing Memoir and Essays with Sari Botton, February 17 to March 23, 2016. The six-week class will be held Wednesdays here at the library. New York Times best-selling writer, ghostwriter, and editor Sari Botton will help you write first-person true narratives that can be stand-alone essays or part of a memoir. She’ll also offer advice on publishing options. All levels welcome. You’ll have at least one short finished, polished piece by the end of six weeks. To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit http://writersinthemountains.org/registeronline/. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $125 after that.

Yoga at the Library

Monday, February 22 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Start your week off with this introductory yoga workshop with local instructor Olivia Grimsland. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Olivia will teach the beginning fundamentals of Yoga practice. Participants will move through the basics going over proper alignment, joint and spine stabilization while learning the benefits of each movements. The hour will be geared towards building a full body at home practice. Olivia has more than eight years of experience teaching Hatha yoga. Her yoga practice has a gymnastics influence to help build a stronger core, create body awareness, improve the fluidity of the movements and increase abilities to reach higher level movements such as arm balancing and handstands. Yoga is a disciplined practice, but Olivia encourages laughter and fun to create a welcoming, relaxed environment. One of the beautiful things about yoga is that there is a pose for everyone! Contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org for more information. NOTE: The next class will take place on Jan. 25.

Page to Screen Club for Teens

Tuesday, February 23 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The Page to Screen Club for Teens will meet to watch and discuss "The Giver" in February. The group will discuss the 1993 novel by Lois Lowry and watch the 2014 movie. The club is open to teens, ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join the FoKL for their first book sale of 2016 in the library basement! There are thousands of books available, with low prices of $1.00 for hardbacks, audio books, CDs, and DVDs (3 for $2.00); 50 cents for paperbacks, videocassettes, audiocassettes, and LPs; and 25 cents for all children’s items, including videos.

Classics in Religion: Zoroastrianism

Wednesday, March 2 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 3 other times

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. This month, the group will be introduced to the Avesta—the primary text of the Zoroastrian religion, which was the most widespread and powerful religion in the ancient world (about 500 BCE to 500 CE), and the role the tradition played in the great Abrahamic faiths. The group will not meet on March 23 (Holy Week in the Western Christian calendar). The Rev. Ruth Kent of Hurley, recently retired from 10 years as Director for Spiritual Life in an Interfaith community, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Fiction Writing: The Essentials

Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Also being held at 5 other times

How do we bring fiction into the breathing world of the real – a place that drops readers directly into an experience? Join writer, editor and story coach Nanci Panuccio in this six-week workshop (March 3 to April 7). You’ll practice essential storytelling elements including character and point of view, descriptive detail, scene, dialogue, and structure. Through craft discussions, writing exercises, and reading samples from acclaimed authors, you’ll generate potent new material, get compassionate feedback on your works in progress, and walk away with a wide range of techniques that allow your voice to deepen and flourish. Open to all levels. Space is limited. Registration required. To register, please contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Classics in Religion: Pragmatic Mysticism of the Quakers

Wednesday, April 6 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 3 other times

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. This month, the group will explore Christian mysticism with the following words from George Fox, the primary founder of the Religious Society of Friends (The Quakers): “You will say, Christ saith this, and the apostles say this; but what canst thou say? Art thou a child of Light and hast walked in the Light, and what thou speakest is it inwardly from God?” Mary Ann Mays, a member of the New Paltz Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Ongoing Events

Stress Reduction Through Meditation

Monday evenings from 4 to 5 PM

A great way to find inner balance and deep relaxation. This program is free and all are welcome. Call Ann at 339-8567 with any questions.

Conversational Spanish Group

Second Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM

Meet local Spanish language and culture lovers for conversation and camaraderie! Basic conversational ability is a pre-requisite for these sessions that provide participants with an opportunity to practice and hone their Spanish language skills in a comfortable and enjoyable setting. Free and open to all.

Classics In Religion

Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM September through June

Drop ins welcome

The Classics in Religion reading group meets weekly to discuss diverse religious sources. For one hour each week, a local religious leader has made selections for reading aloud and discussion.

Kingston Library Book Club

Third Friday of the Month 12:30-1:30 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books.For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Children's Story Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM

Toddler Time Tuesday (18 mos. to 3 years) and Preschool Wednesday (3 years to 5 years) followed by crafts and music.

Bookmark Club

Friday afternoons at 3:30 PM

A book reading journey for elementary age children. Drawing, bookmaking, films, printmaking, comics, cartooning, bookmark making. Meets in the Kingston Library Story Hour Room.

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