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The Friends of Kingston Library Proudly Announce
THE 2ND ANNUAL DEAR DIORAMA CONTEST
Saturday April 11th 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
At Kingston Library 55 Franklin Street
Teens and adults are invited to create shoebox-sized, literary themed dioramas.
Show off your handiwork and compete for prizes from local sponsors!
Pre-registration is required. Please call Kingston Library at 331-0507
Questions? Call event organizer Madeline Hoetger at 845-240-8199
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Kingston Library ~ 55 Franklin St. ~ Kingston, NY 12401 ~ (845) 331-0507

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Classics in Religion: Music for Worship

Today from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. This month, the group will discuss religious music from many denominations with this ecumenical sharing. Robert Cohen, a cantor at Temple Emanuel and president of the Ulster County Religious Council, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Reading to Lola

This Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Also being held at 3 other times

Join Lola, a certified therapy dog who loves stories, on the first and third Tuesdays in the Children's Library. Lola will join us to hear stories. Children can read to Lola or to other children. For children ages 5 and up. Reading to Lola is part of the national Tail Waggin' Tutors--Children Reading to Dogs program. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507, ext. 7.

Classics in Religion: Via Negativa

Next Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 11:00 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 "negative way" in theology, with God known only through unknowing, a deep forgetting of every category and created thing, opening up a spontaneous, purely intuitive vision of God beyond ordinary perception and thought. Father James Krueger, priest-in-charge at St. James Church in Lake Delaware in the northwest Catskills and founder of Mons Nubifer Sanctus, a center dedicated to the intensive study and practice of contemplative Christianity, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Hands-On Interactive Digital Photography Workshop

Next Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Class is full. This hand-on workshop offers participants a chance to work with a professional photographer and get one-on-one assistance related to their specific digital cameras. Sally Delmerico has been involved in all aspects of photography for more than 20 years. Her work includes black and white, color, 35mm, medium format, and digital media. Her photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers, as well as national and international magazines, and her work has been exhibited throughout New York State. Registration is required as space is limited to 10 participants. Contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org to add your name to the waiting list.

Kingston Library LEGO Club

Thursday, April 9 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Have some LEGO building fun. Registration is required. For ages 5-12. Attendance is limited. Call 845-331-0507 ext. 7 to register. Teen advisors are welcome.

Understanding Anger: Aristotle

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

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. April’s discussion is titled “The First Scientific Examination: Aristotle on Anger.” No advanced reading or registration required.

Second Annual Dear Diorama Contest

Saturday, April 11 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Friends of the Kingston Library group is sponsoring a Dear Diorama contest for adults. Participants are invited to create a self-contained, shoebox-sized diorama that depicts a scene from a book. The submissions will be available for viewing and judging on April 11. Show off your handiwork and compete for prizes from local sponsors! Pre-registration is required. Call the Kingston Library at 845-331-0507. Questions? Call event organizer Madeline Hoetger at 845-240-8199.

Battle of the Books Information Session

Thursday, April 16 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

We are looking for a few good readers to join our Battle of the Books team. If you're a local student entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grades this fall and you love to read, then we want you! Stop by our information session to learn how you can represent the Kingston Library in this trivia competition (scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12) sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Library System. Contact Kristin for more information at (845) 331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Kingston Library Book Club: Astrid and Veronika

Friday, April 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 "Astrid and Veronika" by Linda Olsson. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com

Super Saturday: Mr. Twisty's Super Silly Magic Show

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

Experience awesome magic, zany antics, and great family fun with Mr. Twisty's Super Silly Magic Show presented by Chad Currin. Free. The 2015 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc., Stewart’s Foundation, and a legislative grant from NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Should Opera Singers Sing Popular Songs?

Saturday, April 25 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Some opera singers call it "slumming"--to sing the fetching songs of Gershwin, Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and so forth. In fact, there was a famous fight between the Met's director, Rudolf Bing, and one of his singers, Helen Traubel, over whether she should also sing in nightclubs. In this program, we'll review the pros and cons. (Cecilia Bartoli, the great mezzo, STILL refuses to sing popular songs.) We'll announce who's winning the fight, those who favor crossover or those against it. And we'll play recordings of opera singers going "slumming." Our speaker is Warren Boroson, who teaches music classes at Bard and Marist colleges. Free and open to the public.

Classics in Religion: TBA

Wednesday, May 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. For one hour each week, a local religious leader has made selections for reading aloud and discussion. No advanced reading required. This month's topic and discussion leader will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Understanding Anger: Stoic Philosophers

Saturday, May 9 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. May’s discussion is titled “Emperors and Slaves Above the Passions: Stoic Philosophers.” No advanced reading or registration required.

Kingston Library Book Club: Night Train to Lisbon

Friday, May 15 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 "Night Train to Lisbon" by Pascal Mercier. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join the FoKL for their annual book sale 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: Motion Man

Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Watch Jody Scalise's astonishing feats and illusions with suspense and laughter. *Please note the time of this afternoon performance.* Free. The 2015 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc., Stewart’s Foundation, and a legislative grant from NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Classics in Religion: Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, June 3 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 the Wizard of Oz, both the book and the movie, as a work abounding with spiritual truths by centering upon the spirituality, especially the Zen teaching. Cary Bayer, a life coach, teacher of Transcendental Meditation, and founder of Higher Self-Healing Meditation, will lead the series.

Super Saturday: Uncle Rock's Interactive Songs and Stories

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

Sing and dance along as Uncle Rock (Robert Burke Warren) performs great, lively, original music. Free. The 2015 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc., Stewart’s Foundation, and a legislative grant from NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Understanding Anger: Epicureans

Saturday, June 13 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. June’s discussion is titled “Empty Pleasures and Unnecessary Pains: Epicureans on Anger.” No advanced reading or registration required.

Kingston Library Book Club: Omoo

Friday, June 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 "Omoo" by Herman Melville. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Understanding Anger: Plutarch

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

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. July’s discussion is titled "Plutarch on Controlling Anger." No advanced reading or registration required.

Kingston Library Book Club: The Signature of All Things

Friday, July 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 "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Understanding Anger: Early Christians

Saturday, August 8 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. August’s discussion is titled "Whoever is Angry with His Brother: Early Christians Discussions About Anger." No advanced reading or registration required.

Understanding Anger: Medieval Heroes

Saturday, September 12 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. September’s discussion is titled "Medieval Heroes Riled Up: Anger in 'Beowulf' and 'Son of Roland'." No advanced reading or registration required.

Super Saturday: Musical Innovations

Saturday, September 19 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Join us for this excellent joyful interactive introduction to classical music with the City Winds Trio. Free. The 2015 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc., Stewart’s Foundation, and a legislative grant from NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Understanding Anger: Thomas Aquinas

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

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. October’s discussion is titled "A Medieval Synthesis: Thomas Aquinas's Analyses of Anger." No advanced reading or registration required.

Super Saturday: Halloween Spooky Show

Saturday, October 17 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Discover the science of Halloween in this spooky spectacular presented by Mad Science of the Mid-Hudson. Free. The 2015 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc., Stewart’s Foundation, and a legislative grant from NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Understanding Anger: Chaucer

Saturday, November 14 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. November’s discussion is titled "Anger in Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'." No advanced reading or registration required.

Super Saturday: Amazing Reptiles

Saturday, November 14 from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM

Saturday, November 14 from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

Bruce Lowder's Animal Encounters will bring live reptiles to visit us at the library. *Please note there are two shows.* Free. The 2015 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc., Stewart’s Foundation, and a legislative grant from NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7. Registration is required.

Super Saturday: StoryPlay Children's Theater

Saturday, December 5 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Help Jason Edwards create a one-of-a-kind, imaginative, fun theater experience. *Please note the time of this afternoon performance.* Free. The 2015 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc., Stewart’s Foundation, and a legislative grant from NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. For more information, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Understanding Anger: Dante

Saturday, December 12 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

A monthly philosophical series exploring representations, discussions, and theories about anger and associated matters (e.g., revenge, aggression, punishment, ethics, rationality) from great classic, medieval, and modern authors—some literary, some philosophical, some theological—and some a mix of all three. Understanding Anger sessions are held at the library on the second Saturday of the month throughout 2015. The series is led by Gregory Sadler, a local educator and Kingston resident. Sadler led 2014’s “Glimpses into Existence” series. December’s discussion is titled "The Fifth Circle and the Third Terrace: Anger in Dante's 'Divine Comedy'." No advanced reading or registration required.

Ongoing Events

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.

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.

Kingston Library Ravelers

Fridays from 1-3 PM

Adult knitters, crocheters and other types of needleworkers are welcome to join this informal gathering. Bring your needles, hooks, yarn, and other supplies, as well as ideas, patterns, and finished work to share and discuss.

Bookmark Club

Friday afternoons at 3:30 PM beginning October 10th

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

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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