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Kingston Library ~ 55 Franklin St. ~ Kingston, NY 12401 ~ (845) 331-0507

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Lucky Coin Search

This Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Find treasures in your pocket change. Learn how to start a coin collection with Grant Abrams. He will share his secrets of how to get started with the coins right in your own pocket. The workshop is for numismatics newcomers of all ages.

Birds of Kingston

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

Celebrate Earth Day at Kingston Library with Mark DeDea's Birds of Kingston. DeDea, an avid birder, naturalist, artist, and caretaker of the Forsyth Nature Center and Zoo in Kingston, will discuss the common birds of Kingston in this timely program during the magical period all birders look forward to--spring migration. Children will create a coloring book of the birds of Kingston that will help them to identify and understand our local birds and when and where to find these feathered jewels. Questions about optics, field guides, and even the right type of bird seed will also be addressed. DeDea is also president of the John Burroughs Natural History Society board. This fantastic program is part of our Celebrate Spring Series at the Children's Library for children ages 5 and older. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. For information or to register, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Classics in Religion: Housekeeping

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

Also being held at 1 other time

Marilynne Robinson’s first novel (1980), Housekeeping, is the story of Ruth, the narrator, and her younger and very different sister, Lucille, two abandoned girls who are raised by a series of relatives – their conventionally religious grandmother, two maiden great-aunts, and finally, their mysterious and flighty Aunt Sylvie. This month's program is part of the Bard Big Read events here at the Kingston Library. Leading this month's discussion are Debbie Schnide and Kathy DeMatteo, retired teachers and members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills. Each month, diverse sources on a new topic are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. For more information, email Ahlstrom at aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com or 845-334-8404.

Quilting Workshop

Tuesday, April 29 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Marjorie Devine leads our quilting workshop. The group is focusing on how to create a Sawtooth Star block. This is a series of monthly quilting workshops at the library. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Glimpses into Existence: Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, May 3 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 fourth lecture, "Overcoming Nihilism After The Death of God," will introduce the third "father of Existentialism," the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. We'll look at some of the key themes of his works, including the death of God, the Superman, and ressentiment. We'll then examine the influence his work has had on later thinkers.

Classics in Religion: TBA

Wednesday, May 7 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. No advanced reading required. For more information, email Ahlstrom at aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com or 845-334-8404.

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 17 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

oin 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: The Wizard of Oz

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

Join the Hampstead Stage Company for Dorothy's colorful adventure with lots of audience participation. 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: Ranier Maria Rilke

Saturday, May 31 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 fifth lecture, "Solitude and Poetry," will look at the works, life, and thought of another early Existentialist thinker, the German Poet Ranier Maria Rilke. We'll examine a few of his poems, his Letters to a Young Poet, and focus in on some of the key themes, such as Nature, the human condition, love and sexuality, the task of poetry, the need for solitude, and Rilke's conception of God.

Classics in Religion: Superheros and Spirituality

Wednesday, June 4 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 3 other times

Superheroes aren’t just comic book fantasies for kids. They are mythic archetypes, which embody sleeping divinities. Leading this month's discussion is Cary Bayer, the author of Zen Teachings of Superheroes, founder of “Higher Self-Healing Meditation” and a former TM teacher and trainer. Each month, diverse sources on a new topic are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. For more information, email Ahlstrom at aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com or 845-334-8404.

Super Saturday: Zany Zippy

Saturday, June 7 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Experience magic, comedy, music and laughter for great family fun. 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.

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.

Super Saturday: Spooky (But Not Too Scary) Stories

Saturday, September 20 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.

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.

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.

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

Bard Clemente Courses

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM, September 2013 through May 2014

Bard College will be offering free college credit humanities courses at the Kingston Library. All tuition, books and child-care expenses will be covered. To apply for this course, please pick up an application at the library's circulation desk.

Classics In Religion

Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 AM

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.

Bard Math Circle

Fall 2013: September 28, October 26, November 23, December 21 (No meeting in January) Spring 2014: February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14

Math puzzles, logic games, problem solving and a hands-on math project. This gentle and encouraging mathematical environment is led by Bard math professor Japheth Wood and undergraduate math majors. Middle school and upper-elementary aged students welcome.

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.

Bookmark Club

Fridays at 3:30 PM

A book reading journey for elementary age students with Sasha Finlay. Short stories and chapter books by various authors, drawing, bookmaking, films, printmaking, comics, cartooning, bookmark making!

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.

Conversational Spanish Group

First and Third Tuesdays at 6:00 PM

The goal of this group is to help participants brush up on their rusty Spanish skills. This will be a low stress opportunity that is bound to provide you with stimulating topics discussed in Spanish. It will also be an excellent chance to boost your fluency and comfort levels.

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.

Teen Game Time

Second and fourth Fridays at 3:30 PM

Teens, ages 13 and up, can hang out and play a variety of games, including tabletop (board and role-playing), video, card and more. Each week, participants will vote on which game they would like to play that week. Our host is Matthew Cassidy, a Kingston Library staff member. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

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