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Adult Summer Reading: My Market Bag

Tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

This program takes place at the Kingston Farmers Market, located at 278 Wall St. Using fabric markers and stamps make a sustainable market bag perfect for shopping at the Farmers Market. Make them as personal as you wish. Join Margaret Britton, a Kingston Library clerk and local artisan, as she provides guidance and inspiration. Supplies provided. This program is part of the 2016 Kingston Library Adult Summer Reading Program, which takes place throughout July. Adults, ages 18 and up, can pick up a reading challenge form at the library. Raffle tickets will be earned by attending events and reading. No registration required for the program, but please sign up for the individual events (except the Eat Smart NY workshops) at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Chess Club (Tuesday)

This Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Also being held at 8 other times

Join us for Chess Club with Ken Evans and Mitch Dominus for youth ages 7 through teens, now in its 15th year! This program is free and meets Tuesday and Wednesday mornings through August 31. It is a wonderful introduction for beginners and a great way to develop chess skills for more advanced chess players. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Chess Club (Wednesday)

This Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Also being held at 8 other times

Join us for Chess Club with Ken Evans and Mitch Dominus for youth ages 7 through teens, now in its 15th year! This program is free and meets Tuesday and Wednesday mornings through August 31. It is a wonderful introduction for beginners and a great way to develop chess skills for more advanced chess players. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Discover Ancient Egypt - Walk Like an Egyptian!

This Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Discover Ancient Egypt - Walk Like an Egyptian! – Stephanie Morgan
Explore ancient Egyptian culture, art, pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphs and archaeology, with crafts, activities, and snacks.
Note, please - Registration is required for all summer programs and begins June 13 in person or call 845-331-0507 ext 7. Remember, programs do fill up quickly!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Walk Like an Egyptian!

This Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Discover Ancient Egypt - Walk Like an Egyptian! – Stephanie Morgan
Explore ancient Egyptian culture, art, pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphs and archaeology. with crafts, activities, and snacks. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Red Carpet Premiere Party, Take 2

Next Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join the Kingston Library Teens for the Red Carpet Premiere of the 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program. We’ll premiere new videos made by our teens and show a few reruns as well. The event will be followed by movie of the teen’s choosing. The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Art Lab '16: Family Pictures in Paint: A Teen ArtLab Painting Workshop with Susan Siegel

Monday, July 11 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 12 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 14 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

In this workshop, we will explore painting and drawing using old family photos. You will learn about creating value, form and tone while making beautiful and interesting work. No experience necessary. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Registration available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Adult Summer Reading: Yoga at the Library

Monday, July 11 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Also being held at 2 other times

The library offers free weekly yoga classes on Monday afternoons throughout the year. Olivia Grimsland teaches classes on the first and third Mondays of each month. Olivia teaches the beginning fundamentals of yoga geared toward building a full-body practice at home. On the second and fourth Mondays, Becca Friedman teaches Vinyasa yoga, which combines slow breaths with slow movements. The goal of the class will leave participants feeling more relaxed and refreshed. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will have a few extras available. In July, the yoga classes are part of the 2016 Kingston Library Adult Summer Reading Program. Adults, ages 18 and up, can pick up a reading challenge form at the library. Raffle tickets will be earned by attending events and reading. No registration required for the program, but please sign up for the individual events (except the Eat Smart NY workshops) at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Adult Summer Reading: Eat Smart NY Workshop

Tuesday, July 12 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Also being held at 2 other times

Do you want to learn more about staying healthy through food and exercise? Join nutritionist Katie Sheehan-Lopez for a free series of workshops to learn about healthy food preparation, eating healthy on a budget, reading the food label, how to stay active, and much more. The workshops, which each feature a cooking demonstration and a recipe tasting, take place on Tuesdays from July 12 to August 16. Raffle tickets will be earned for the July classes only. This program is part of the 2016 Kingston Library Adult Summer Reading Program, which takes place throughout July. Adults, ages 18 and up, can pick up a reading challenge form at the library. Raffle tickets will be earned by attending events and reading. No registration required for the program, but please sign up for the individual events. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. To register for the Eat Smart NY Nutrition workshops, contact Katie at 845-340-3990 ext. 334.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Writing Box

Tuesday, July 12 from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

Also being held at 8 other times

The Writing Box Program offers weekly activities that will encourage children to express themselves through writing. Write stories, postcards, news articles, keep a journal, and make your own books. For ages 8 and up. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Adult Summer Reading: Ready! Set! Ride! with Bike Friendly Kingston

Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

We’ll start things off at the library with a short bike safety and demonstration led by Tom Polk. Then we’ll take a ride around Kingston with Emily Flynn of Bike Friendly Kingston, who is certified by the League of American Bicyclists for the Smart Cycling class. Bring your bikes and helmets! This ride is a collaboration with Bike Friendly Kingston. This program is part of the 2016 Kingston Library Adult Summer Reading Program, which takes place throughout July. Adults, ages 18 and up, can pick up a reading challenge form at the library. Raffle tickets will be earned by attending events and reading. No registration required for the program, but please sign up for the individual events (except the Eat Smart NY workshops) at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Around the World in 30 Instruments

Thursday, July 14 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Learn about the instruments and listen as Christy and Aodh play Celtic, Indian, African, American, and European music. For ages 5 and older. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

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.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Teen Lip Sync Battle

Friday, July 15 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Challenge your friends in this epic musical event. Teens will compete alone or in teams to see who has the best fake singing chops. The deadline to enter is Monday, July 11. Please send the name and artist of the song you’ll be performing to kcharlesscaringi@kingstonlibrary.org. The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Art Lab '16: What’s Your Story? A Documentary Filmmaking Teen Art Lab Workshop with Keiko Sono

Monday, July 18 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 19 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, July 20 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 21 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

In this course, students will use flip cameras and iMovie in creating documentary style short videos. The subject could be anything from political to poetic observation. The workshop will cover the basics of storytelling, tips on choosing scenes and shooting footage, and introductory film editing. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Registration available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Adult Summer Reading: Harvest and Picnic with Kingston YMCA Farm Project

Wednesday, July 20 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Join us at the YMCA Farm Project, located at 507 Broadway, at 4 p.m. for a tour of the garden with KayCee Wimbash. We will plant kale for the fall and also harvest kale for a fresh garden salad that we will make and eat at the library, located at 55 Franklin St. around 5 p.m. This program is part of the 2016 Kingston Library Adult Summer Reading Program, which takes place throughout July. Adults, ages 18 and up, can pick up a reading challenge form at the library. Raffle tickets will be earned by attending events and reading. No registration required for the program, but please sign up for the individual events (except the Eat Smart NY workshops) at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: What a Book Costume Party

Thursday, July 21 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Come as your favorite book, author, character or creature. Make book crafts in a creative and fun workshop for ages 5 – 12. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Gingerbread House Challenge

Friday, July 22 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Let’s get festive for Christmas in July with a Gingerbread House Challenge. Teens will decorate gingerbread houses using only the ingredients we provide. The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Art Lab '16: Image(ine) your world Personal geographies and photographic storytelling Teen ArtLab with Deborah DeGraffenreid and Jessica Poser

Monday, July 25 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 26 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, July 27 from 2:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Thursday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

In this workshop, we will create stories both real and imagined using digital photos and text. We will map these narratives in Kingston and leave traces of our stories using on-site photo and art installations. Classes will guide students through daily assignments in photography and journaling techniques and strategies. Cameras will be provided, no experience necessary. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Registration available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Chess Club

Tuesday, July 26 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us for Chess Club with Ken Evans and Mitch Dominus for youth ages 7 through teens, now in its 15th year! This program is free and meets Tuesday and Wednesday mornings through August 31. It is a wonderful introduction for beginners and a great way to develop chess skills for more advanced chess players. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Spoon Man

Thursday, July 28 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Get spooned and laugh with Spoon Man Jim’s music, comedy and fun stories with lots of participation. Sing and dance along to irresistible rhythms and family fun. Can you play spoons? For ages 5 –12. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Ready! Set! Video Games!

Friday, July 29 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Get out those controllers and join us for a little friendly competition on the video game circuit. The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Eat Smart NY Workshop

Tuesday, August 2 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Do you want to learn more about staying healthy through food and exercise? Join nutritionist Katie Sheehan-Lopez for a free series of workshops to learn about healthy food preparation, eating healthy on a budget, reading the food label, how to stay active, and much more. The workshops, which each feature a cooking demonstration and a recipe tasting, take place on Tuesdays from July 12 to August 16. To register for the Eat Smart NY Nutrition workshops, contact Katie at 845-340-3990 ext. 334.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Test Your Brain Trivia

Wednesday, August 3 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Show off your smarts and compete for prizes in our Teen Trivia Tournament. Trivia lovers will play on teams. The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: Comedy on the Move

Thursday, August 4 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Enjoy hilarious mime stories, spoken word physical comedy and zany characters with lots of playful audience participation. Pure fun! Pure joy! Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Eighth Annual Pizza Taste Off

Friday, August 5 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

You decide who makes the best pizza in town in our Eighth Annual Pizza Taste-Off Party. We will taste test pizzas from all over Kingston and decide whose pie is the best in all the land. The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Craft Con

Monday, August 8 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Share your favorite craft with other teens. It’s like show and tell, but glue, crayons, and maybe some glitter! The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Just Journals

Wednesday, August 10 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Create a one-of-a-kind journal to keep your secrets, create fantasy lands, or doodle in. Margaret Britton, a Kingston Library clerk and local artisan will share some tips and techniques. Supplies provided. The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: The Bubble Show

Thursday, August 11 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Discover the science of bubbles with interactive high-energy fun in Jeff Boyer’s bubble extravaganza comedy. Join us for bubble trouble. You might see a bubble volcano, bubbles juggled, fog-filled bubbles, a kid in a bubble and more as Jeff takes bubbles to the max! Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Fandom Fair

Friday, August 12 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Are you someone who is 'fandomless', or just looking to join a new fandom?  Join the Kingston Library teens for a fair dedicated to fandoms (a group of fans dedicated to a particular person, book, TV show, movie, video game, etc.). Find the fandom that you were meant to join all your life and to meet others part of your fandom. The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Teen Summer Reading '16: Big Game Candy Land

Monday, August 15 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We will close out our 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program with a life-sized Candy Land board. Our teens will be the game pieces. All are welcome to stop by and play a game with us between 1 and 3 p.m.! The 2016 Kingston Library Teen Summer Reading Program is open to those ages 12 to 19. The program is partially funded by a grant from Ulster Savings Bank. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration for individual events available at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! 2016 Children's Summer Reading Program: The Goat in the Garden

Thursday, August 18 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Join us for Kingston Library's On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Closing Party with a performance of The Goat in the Garden by Grian MacGregor and The Ivy Vine Players Puppet Theater, followed by crafts and refreshments. Be amazed and laugh with Grian's unique puppet stories, original songs and craft.
Pick up your summer certificates and rewards at the end of the program. Registration required. Please call the Children’s Library at 331-0507, ext. 7 or signup at http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

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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