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Classics in Religion: The Screwtape Letters

Today from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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.

LEGO Snapology

Today from 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM

Join us for a free, 45-minute event to see what Snapology is all about. Students will experiment working with LEGO bricks to design their own simple bridge. But there's a challenge! They will have to convert that simple bridge into a cable bridge.

Come join us and take part in a friendly challenge with Engineering Designs. This event is for children ages 5 to 12. Registration is required, as space is limited. Please call 845-331-0507 x7 to register.

In a Spring Garden

Tomorrow from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Children are invited to celebrate the beauty of spring with this art and gardening program. Over the course of three sessions, children will create art inspired by nature and create a small community garden. The art programs will begin with a reading of In a Spring Garden, and Over in the Meadow with children participating. Discussions will focus on how Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations help tell the story. Parents are welcome to participate and to assist in the garden program. This program series is funded by a Minigrant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in Brooklyn, NY. Registration is required. To register, or for information, please call 845-331-0507 ext 7.rn

Classics in Religion: Wizard of Oz

Next Wednesday 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.

Yoga with Olivia

Monday, June 8 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Start your week off stress-free with this introductory yoga workshop with local instructor Olivia Grimsland. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org for more information.

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.

Classics in Religion: Simone Weil

Wednesday, September 9 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 examine themes such as love, evil, suffering, affliction, and atheism in the thought of Simone Weil. Considered a Christian mystic, Weil's insights were gathered from her notebooks after her death in 1943 and published as "Gravity and Grace." Mary Ann Mays, a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), will present the material. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

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.

Classics in Religion: Criminal Christologies

Wednesday, October 7 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 venture into a new area. Instead of reading "the best" of a particular tradition, the group will explore a "bent" tradition using Christian language and symbols. The sessions will focus on Jesus's transmogrification by Nazi idealogues into a Teutonic Savior free of Jewish taint. The leader of this series will be the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Gram, pastor of the Hurley Reformed Church. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

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.

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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