Upcoming Event Highlights
Super Saturday: Stories of the Season
Happening now; ends at 11:30 PM
Get ready for winter and the holidays with storyteller Karen Pillsworth's delightful tales. Free. The show is intended for school-age children. The 2013 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library, Inc. and Stewart’s Foundation. View this year's full Super Saturdays schedule.
Happening now; ends at 4:00 PM
Learn how to start coin collecting for fun and profit 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.
Classics in Religion: Diary of a Country Priest
This Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Also being held at 1 other time
"Diary of a Country Priest" recounts the experience of a sickly, ascetic priest encountering the hardened insensitivities of the members of a parish to which he is assigned in a French village. Robert Helfman, a graduate of SUNY New Paltz in Music Therapy and Psychology and Roman Catholic mystic, will lead this month's series. 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 email@example.com or 845-334-8404.
Carolina Snowflake Workshop
This Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Join our very own Margaret Britton and learn how to make a Carolina Snowflake for the holidays. The Carolina Snowflake (also known as a Finnish Star) can be made of paper or reed. Participants will make a small star out of paper and a larger one out of reed. Supplies will be provided. Space is limited. To register, contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Christmas Carol: A Dramatic Reading in Less Than an Hour
Wednesday, December 18 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
David Rubenstein of the Coach House Players in Kingston will be decked out in his festive attire to present a 30-minute dramatic reading of Charles Dickens's classic holiday tale, "A Christmas Carol." Refreshments will be served.
Classics in Religion: American Crucible--Christian Theology and the Civil War
Wednesday, January 8 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Also being held at 3 other times
Was there any religious meaning to the carnage of the American Civil War (1861-1865)? This series of readings and discussions will focus on theological attempts to interpret, if not survive, the actions on the battlefield and in political disputes. How did theologians and pastors address the issues of slavery, and states’ rights in light of the unimaginable loss of life on battlefields? The reading group will also focus on the religious underpinnings through funeral practices and popular literature. The Rev. Dr. Robert Gram, pastor of the Hurley Reformed Church, will lead the sessions. For more information, email Ahlstrom at email@example.com or 845-334-8404.
Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale
Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 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. Snow date is Saturday, Feb. 22. The book sale will only be cancelled if the library closes on the original date.
Teen Writing Workshop: Young Adult Novel
Monday, April 14 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Educator, novelist, and poet, Celia Bland, will be here to lead teens, grade 7 and up in a FREE writing workshop. Do you have an idea for a young adult novel or are you just curious about the genre? Participants will use excerpts from Marilynne Robinson’s novel, Housekeeping, as a springboard into their own writing around character, landscape, and plot. Please come to the workshop with a notebook and a pen or pencil.
Celia Bland is the author of fourteen young adult and children's books, including histories and a novel. Her poetry, fiction and essays have recently appeared in Witness, The Narrative Review (where her poem ”Wasps” was named one of the year’s best), and Drunken Boat, and will soon appear in Green Mountains Review and The Virginia Quarterly Review. /The Madonna Comix/, her collaboration with visual artist Dianne Kornberg, with an introduction by Luc Sante, will be published in 2014. She is a professor and administrator at Bard College.
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.
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.
Fridays at 3:30 PMA 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.
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.
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.