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Classics in Religion: Darwin's Dilemma

This Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 3 other times

Each month, diverse sources on a new topic are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. This month the discussion is titled "Darwin's Dilemma: The Impact of Evolutionary Theory on Christian Theology," which will explore seminal theological approaches to evolutionary thought, and how incorporation has served as springboard for deeper philosophical inquiry. Of particular interest will be the issue of natural selection as it applies to primates. No advanced reading required. Rev. Dr. Robert Gram, pastor of the Hurley Reformed Church, will facilitate the discussions this month. For more information, email Ahlstrom at aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com or 845-334-8404.

Battle of the Books

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

Weekly practice sessions for the Hardcore Kingston Hardcovers, the Kingston Library's Battle of the Books team. Battle of the Books is a Mid-Hudson Library System trivia competition for teens in grades sixth through ninth. Regional battle takes place Saturday, Sept. 6. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Glimpses into Existence: Martin Heidegger

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

In this series of monthly lectures and discussions, Gregory Sadler will guide participants through classic texts, main themes, and key ideas of existentialist writers. The eighth lecture, "In Quest of the Human, and of Being," will look at the works, life, and thought of a middle-period Existentialist thinker, the German philosopher, Martin Heidegger. We’ll discuss his attempt to reopen metaphysics to the question of Being, his understanding of human being as being-there, anxiety, and being-towards-death, his concerns about modern technology, and his notion of authenticity.

Kingston Library Book Club: Century's Son

Friday, September 19 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

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

Super Saturday: Simmons Wildlife Program

Saturday, September 20 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Meet Andrew Simmon's lemur plus live raptors, reptiles and other amazing animals. Free. The 2014 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc. and Stewart’s Foundation. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Glimpses into Existence: Jean-Paul Sartre

Saturday, September 27 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

In this series of monthly lectures and discussions, Gregory Sadler will guide participants through classic texts, main themes, and key ideas of existentialist writers. The ninth lecture, "Does My Freedom Make You Nauseous?" will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French philosopher, playwright, and novelist, Jean-Paul-Sartre. We’ll look at some of the key themes from his works, like freedom, choice, and responsibility, the condition of bad faith, and the experience of the freedom of others.

Classics in Religion: The Sunflower

Wednesday, October 1 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 4 other times

Each month, diverse sources on a new topic are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. This month the discussion will focus on "The Sunflower" by Simon Wiesenthal, which begins with a true story of an encounter between a Nazi soldier and a Jewish prisoner during World War II. The series will explore questions of forgiveness. No advanced reading required. Rev. Erica Baron, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, will facilitate the discussions this month. For more information, email Ahlstrom at aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com or 845-334-8404.

Super Saturday: Spooky (But Not Too Scary) Stories

Saturday, October 11 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Jonathan Kruk will tell us lively, exciting, enchanting Halloween tales. Free. The 2014 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc. and Stewart’s Foundation. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Kingston Library Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Friday, October 17 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Glimpses into Existence: Simone de Beauvoir

Saturday, October 18 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

In this series of monthly lectures and discussions, Gregory Sadler will guide participants through classic texts, main themes, and key ideas of existentialist writers. The tenth lecture, "Becoming the Other," will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French philosopher and novelist, Simone de Beauvoir. We’ll examine her attempt to supply an Existentialist ethics, her understanding of woman as Other, and her conception of Existentialism as struggle against oppression.

Super Saturday: A Christmas Carol

Saturday, November 15 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A marionette classic with colorful sets and mesmerizing special effects performed by the Puppet People. Free. The 2014 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc. and Stewart’s Foundation. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Kingston Library Book Club: Shakespeare play

Friday, November 21 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection will be a play by William Shakespeare to be determined. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Glimpses into Existence: Albert Camus

Saturday, November 22 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

In this series of monthly lectures and discussions, Gregory Sadler will guide participants through classic texts, main themes, and key ideas of existentialist writers. The eleventh lecture, "Revolt in the Face of the Absurd," will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French-Algerian philosopher, novelist, and playwright, We’ll examine his conception of absurdity, his criticisms of other existentialist thinkers, his ethics of quantity, and his conception of revolt.

Super Saturday: Tales of Winter and Wonder

Saturday, December 6 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Come for a morning of imaginative fun with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi's delightful stories. Free. The 2014 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc. and Stewart’s Foundation. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Glimpses into Existence: Gabriel Marcel

Saturday, December 20 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

In this series of monthly lectures and discussions, Gregory Sadler will guide participants through classic texts, main themes, and key ideas of existentialist writers. The twelfth and final lecture, "Existentialist Faith, Hope, and Charity," will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French philosopher and playwright, Gabriel Marcel. We’ll look at Marcel’s “Christian Socratic” version of existentialism, his conception of existence as mysterious rather than absurd, his warnings about modern technology, and the space he opens for a renewed understanding of the traditional virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

Ongoing Events

Teen ArtLab

Monday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 PM, October to June

Open to teens 13-18

Come explore the arts every Monday afternoon: painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, crafts, and more! No prior experience necessary. Open to all students aged 13-18 No registration required. FREE

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.

Stress Reduction Through Meditation

Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM

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.

Origami Kingston

Second Saturday of the month at 10:30 AM

Explore the art of Japanese paper folding with Anita Barbour. Ages five and up; teens and adults may attend as well.

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