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Classics in Religion: Via Negativa

This Wednesday 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 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.

Reading to Lola

Tuesday, May 5 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

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: The Screwtape Letters

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 the group will explore the lies we tell ourselves, the lies that keep us small and make the devil happy. And you don’t need to believe in the devil to learn from the letters. Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis (d.1963) was an Oxford medievalist, literary critic, academic, Christian apologist, novelist (The Narnia Tales) and raconteur. "The Screwtape Letters" is one of his most popular comments on the human situation. David Rolfe, a lay leader at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, will lead the series. 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.

5th Annual Kingston Library Chalk Walk

Saturday, May 9 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Friends of Kingston Library present the 5th Annual Kingston Library Chalk Walk! You bring the creativity and we provide the chalk. Come to the library and decorate our walk. Rain or shine! This FREE event is open to artists of all ages.

Adult Craft Program: Flower Baskets

Wednesday, May 13 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Learn how to create a unique flower basket using simple techniques. This two-week workshop will be led by Margaret Britton, local artist/craftsperson and Kingston Library clerk. Participants will create a basket -- just the right size for flowers or veggies from the garden -- to take home at the end of the second session. Supplies will be provided. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 845-331-0988 or email reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

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.

Battle of the Books meeting

Thursday, May 21 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

First meeting of the Hardcore Kingston Hardcovers, our Mid-Hudson Library System Battle of the Books team. Battle of the Books is system-wide trivia competition for students in grades six through nine (as of Fall 2015). Regional battle takes place on Saturday, Sept. 12, at George Fischer Middle School in Carmel, NY. Weekly practices will start in June. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

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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