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Song Circle for Infants and Toddlers

Today from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 5 other times

Join us for an hour of singing, rhythm making, dancing and more. Come sing your old favorites and learn new songs. Early exposure to music can help improve vocabulary, mood, and social skills. Meet other parents as your children make new friends. Led by Colleen Connors, an ESL Teacher who loves to sing. This program is geared for children birth to three years old and their parents/guardians. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7.

Classics in Religion: Darwin's Dilemma

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

Each month, diverse sources on a new topic are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. This month the discussion is titled "Darwin's Dilemma: The Impact of Evolutionary Theory on Christian Theology," which will explore seminal theological approaches to evolutionary thought, and how incorporation has served as springboard for deeper philosophical inquiry. Of particular interest will be the issue of natural selection as it applies to primates. No advanced reading required. Rev. Dr. Robert Gram, pastor of the Hurley Reformed Church, will facilitate the discussions this month. For more information, email Ahlstrom at aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com or 845-334-8404.

Glimpses into Existence: Jean-Paul Sartre

This Saturday 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 ninth lecture, "Does My Freedom Make You Nauseous?" will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French philosopher, playwright, and novelist, Jean-Paul-Sartre. We’ll look at some of the key themes from his works, like freedom, choice, and responsibility, the condition of bad faith, and the experience of the freedom of others.

Teen ArtLab

Next Monday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Also being held at 8 other times

Come explore the arts every Monday afternoon. painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, crafts, and more! No prior experience necessary. Open to all students ages 13-18. No registration required. This program is free.

Classics in Religion: The Sunflower

Wednesday, October 1 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 4 other times

Each month, diverse sources on a new topic are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. This month the discussion will focus on "The Sunflower" by Simon Wiesenthal, which begins with a true story of an encounter between a Nazi soldier and a Jewish prisoner during World War II. The series will explore questions of forgiveness. No advanced reading required. Rev. Erica Baron, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, will facilitate the discussions this month. For more information, email Ahlstrom at aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com or 845-334-8404.

Super Saturday: Spooky (But Not Too Scary) Stories

Saturday, October 11 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.

Kingston Library Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Friday, October 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 "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Glimpses into Existence: Simone de Beauvoir

Saturday, October 18 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 tenth lecture, "Becoming the Other," will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French philosopher and novelist, Simone de Beauvoir. We’ll examine her attempt to supply an Existentialist ethics, her understanding of woman as Other, and her conception of Existentialism as struggle against oppression.

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.

Kingston Library Book Club: Shakespeare play

Friday, November 21 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 will be a play by William Shakespeare to be determined. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Glimpses into Existence: Albert Camus

Saturday, November 22 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 eleventh lecture, "Revolt in the Face of the Absurd," will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French-Algerian philosopher, novelist, and playwright, We’ll examine his conception of absurdity, his criticisms of other existentialist thinkers, his ethics of quantity, and his conception of revolt.

Super Saturday: The Magic Hatter's Magic Show

Saturday, November 22 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Journey down the rabbit hole and discover the whimsy of Wonderland as the Mad Hatter (also known as Scott Payne) hosts a marvelous magical Tea Party. Clocks and cards, tricks and teacups, and all sorts of silly surprises abound in this madcap magical presentation that will leave you grinning like a Cheshire Cat. 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.

Glimpses into Existence: Gabriel Marcel

Saturday, December 20 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 twelfth and final lecture, "Existentialist Faith, Hope, and Charity," will look at the works, life, and thought of a later Existentialist thinker, the French philosopher and playwright, Gabriel Marcel. We’ll look at Marcel’s “Christian Socratic” version of existentialism, his conception of existence as mysterious rather than absurd, his warnings about modern technology, and the space he opens for a renewed understanding of the traditional virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

Ongoing Events

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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