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Reading to Lola

Tomorrow from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

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.

Classics in Religion: "Shoeless Joe"

This Wednesday 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 discuss W.P. Kinsella's 1982 novel, "Shoeless Joe," which was made into the enormously popular movie, "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. In this lyrical novel, Kinsella plays with myth, fantasy, ritual, and religion beginning with the magic of a god-like voice in a cornfield and ending with the magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of his father. Rev. Jim Rowe, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston will lead this month's session. He previously led a Classics in Religion reading of "Children of Men" by P.D. James. Rowe played a couple of innigs of baseball at the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville, Iowa, while attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, where much of the movie was filmed. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Make Jewelry at the Children's Library

This Saturday from 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Have fun making a special Mother’s Day beaded jewelry project with Nancy Lancer and Jay Binney of Schneider’s Jewelersto wear or to give as a gift. Using simple tools, children and tweens will enjoy making a unique beaded necklace and earrings. Recommended for ages 7 -12. To register, please call the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7. Attendance is limited.

Sixth Annual Kingston Library Chalk Walk

Saturday, May 14 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Friends of Kingston Library present the 6th Annual Kingston Library Chalk Walk! You bring the creativity and we provide the chalk. Come to the library and decorate our walk. Rain or shine! This FREE event is open to artists of all ages.

Kingston Library Book Club: Falling to Earth

Friday, May 20 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "Falling to Earth" by Kate Southwood. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 21 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.

Super Saturday: Tarot's Street Show

Saturday, May 21 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Tarot’s Street Show is a gypsy marionette circus extravaganza with the most amazing trick performers ever assembled under one tent! Master puppeteer Gary Gewant and the Leela Puppet Theater will delight people of all ages with this extraordinary show featuring a unique troupe of snake charmers, sword-swallowers, dancers, jugglers, trapeze artists and death-defying horseback riders. PLEASE NOTE: This performance will take place nearby at Seven21 Media Center, Studio A, 721 Broadway, Kingston NY. For information, call the Children’s Library, 845-331-0507 ext. 7. The 2016 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and the Stewart’s Foundation.

Classics in Religion: Science Fiction Beyond Star Ships and Ray Guns, the Cosmos, Cosmic Mind, and God

Wednesday, June 1 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 two significant science fiction writers: Olaf Stapledon and Arthur C. Clarke, who was an undersea explorer and author of the most significant of space stories, "2001: A Space Odyssey." Stapledon was a British pacifist ambulance drive in World War I and philosopher in the 1930s, who influenced Clarke. The group will read part of Stapledon's "StarMaker and Odd John" and Clarke's "Childhood's End." David Rolfe, a longtime Hudson Valley resident and retired IBM engineer who was named an IBM Inventor of the Year in 2000, will lead this month's series. The group will go on hiatus in July and August and resume meetings in September. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Kingston Library Book Club: South Riding

Friday, June 17 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "South Riding" by Winifred Holtby. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Kingston Library Book Club: Girl, Interrupted

Friday, July 15 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "Girl, Interrupted" by Susanna Kaysen. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Kingston Library Book Club: The Radetzky March

Friday, August 19 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "The Radetzky March" by Joseph Roth. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Classics in Religion: The Bhagavad Gita and the Secret Meaning of Life

Wednesday, September 7 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 discuss the sacred "Bhagavad Gita," an ancient Sanskrit poem that describes the greatest yoga class ever recorded. The poem tells of an honorable leader who must choose between saving his family or saving his country. Involving far more than the postures and breathing exercises of a usual yoga class, the story shows the Way to a direct experience of Reality. At the same time, it reveals the elusive secrets of karma, dharma, meditation, and service. With compassion, humor, anecdote and interactive processes, Cary Bayer, a meditation teacher since the 1970s and author of "Higher Self Meditations," connects some of these sacred insights from the Gita to show how to perform successful action supported by the universe; and finding a higher self. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Kingston Library Book Club: My Brilliant Friend

Friday, September 16 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Kingston Library Book Club: Gunnar's Daughter

Friday, October 21 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "Gunnar's Daughter" by Sigrid Undset. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Ongoing Events

Stress Reduction Through Meditation

Tuesday 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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