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Classics in Religion: Rastafarianism

This Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. This month, the reading group will explore the message, culture, and myths of the Rasta. Beginning in the slums of Jamaica 100 years ago, African religious traditions have heavily influenced the culture of Rastafarianism, which has reached a broad population thanks to the Reggae music of Bob Marley. With biblical themes it carries the image of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (1892-1975) as a messiah figure if not divinity. With no organized leadership, adherents see Rasta as a way of life with some separate scriptural sources such as the Old Testament, The Holy Pilby, and The Kebra Nagast resisting colonialism and slavery. Rev. Dr. Richard Mahler, a retired psychologist and ordained interfaith minister, will lead the sessions. He and his life partner, Deborah Cohen, RN, MS, co-chair Social Action at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley in Kingston. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or

Tech Time

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

Also being held at 4 other times

Are you flummoxed with your phone? Having trouble with your tablet? Sophie Temple, a teen volunteer, is here from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays to answer your basic technology questions. Sophie has been using technology since she was about four years old. She is a 17 year old living in Kingston, who loves math and the Kingston Library. Sessions are typically scheduled in 15-minute blocks. Online registration available at Extra time will be given, if no one is waiting. Walk-ins are also welcome, but please be advised that those with reservations will be seen first and walk-ins will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 845-331-0988 or email rn

Classics in Religion: "Mariette in Ecstasy"

Wednesday, February 7 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Also being held at 3 other times

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group in the Community Room of the Kingston Library every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. In February, the reading group will read and discuss "Mariette in Ecstasy" by Ron Hansen, a spellbinding book based in upstate New York in 1906, as a beautiful 17 year old girl enters the convent of the Sisters of the Crucifixion. Vivi Hlavsa, a retired teacher of English and literature at Quens College, who strongly recommends participants read the whole novel during the month, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or

Library LEGO Club

Wednesday, February 14 from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM

Also being held at 6 other times

Join us for more LEGO® building fun. We invite all young builders, designers, and engineers ages 5 – 12 to create and experiment. Programs begin on Wednesday, January 17 at 4:30 p.m, and on Thursday, January 25 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. Call the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 or register online at

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, February 17 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join the FoKL for their first sale of 2017 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. SNOW DATE: Saturday, March 3, 9AM-4PM

Classics in Religion: "On the Nature of Things"

Wednesday, March 7 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Wednesday, March 14 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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 reading group will read "On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius, a poet and philosopher of the late Roman Republic, who lived from about 96 to 55 BCE. In their discussions, the group will grapple with his philosophical and religious thought, which stood in later opposition to stoicism and traditional Christian thinking, concerned especially with “the afterlife” and the action of God. Thomas Jefferson had several Latin copies in his library, and it was a prominent part of disputes during the Enlightenment Era. Copies of texts to be discussed will be distributed. 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. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or

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.

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

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.

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