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Glimpses into Existence: Franz Kafka

Tomorrow 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 seventh lecture, "Trials, Castles, Insects, and Other Horrors," will look at the works, life, and thought of another early Existentialist thinker, the Czech novelist and short-story writer, Franz Kafka. We'll discuss the themes of guilt, alienation, and bureaucratic modern existence, and whether there remains any room for human happiness in his works.

Teen Summer Reading/Art Lab: Video Lab

This Monday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

This Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

This Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

This Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Next Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Presented by the Kingston Teen Art Lab. Do you like watching Youtube videos? Have you wondered how the flashy editing is done? Do you have good ideas for a horror movie scene or a comedy skit? Come to the Teen Video Lab! We will make our own storyline, write a script, plan the shoots, work on storyboards, shoot, and edit. We’ll combine live action video with stop-motion animation to add a magical touch. Any genre or style is possible, from music video to short movie, from horror to comedy—the focus is on the fun! Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Fizz, Boom, Read!: Butterflies

This Thursday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Experience the amazing secrets of butterflies, and then make a painted butterfly t-shirt. Registration is required for the Summer Reading Program. Parents can register elementary school or pre-school children in person or by phone. All programs are free. Programs fill up quickly. Attendance is limited. Children can also earn incentives and rewards for reading over the summer. For more information or to register for programs, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507, ext. 7.

Teen Summer Reading: Battle of the Books

This Thursday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Also being held at 2 other times

Weekly practice sessions for the Hardcore Kingston Hardcovers, the Kingston Library's Battle of the Books team. Battle of the Books is a Mid-Hudson Library System trivia competition for teens in grades sixth through ninth. Regional battle takes place Saturday, Sept. 6. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Teen Summer Reading: Teen Trivia

Next Friday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Show off your smarts at our teen trivia games. First and third Fridays, July 18, Aug. 1 & 15. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Teen Summer Reading: Teen Iron Chef Tasty Competition

Tuesday, August 5 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Create tasty treats for our judges at our Second Annual Teen Iron Chef Tasty Competition.

Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Teen Summer Reading: Yay for Yoga

Wednesday, August 6 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

An introduction to yoga with Amy from The Yoga House. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Fizz, Boom, Read!: As You Like It

Thursday, August 7 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us for Leslie Sawhill and the New Genesis Productions performance of WIlliam Shakespeare’s delightful comedy; the audience is part of the action. Registration is required for the Summer Reading Program. Parents can register elementary school or pre-school children in person or by phone. All programs are free. Programs fill up quickly. Attendance is limited. Children can also earn incentives and rewards for reading over the summer. For more information or to register for programs, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507, ext. 7.

Teen Summer Reading: Teen Game Time

Friday, August 8 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Teens 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. Second and fourth Fridays, July 11, 25, Aug. 8.

Teen Summer Reading: Book Club Lunch

Monday, August 11 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Bring your lunch and your favorite book to the library. We'll provide snacks and refreshments. Mondays, Aug. 11 and 18. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Teen Summer Reading: Embroidery Ear Buds

Tuesday, August 12 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Create cool new ear buds with Martha. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Teen Summer Reading: Guerilla Gardening

Wednesday, August 13 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Learn to make seed bombs with Matthew. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Fizz, Boom, Read!: More Precious than Gold

Thursday, August 14 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Closing party for the 2014 summer reading program. Join us for a literary treasure hunt presented by The Wayfinder Experience’s merry troupe. The performance is followed by refreshments. Children will receive certificates and rewards. Registration is required for the Summer Reading Program. Parents can register elementary school or pre-school children in person or by phone. All programs are free. Programs fill up quickly. Attendance is limited. Children can also earn incentives and rewards for reading over the summer. For more information or to register for programs, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507, ext. 7.

Kingston Library Book Club: 44 Scotland Street

Friday, August 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 "44 Scotland Street" by Alexander Smith McCall. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Fizz, Boom, Read!: Origami Foldfest--Picnic Foods

Saturday, August 16 from 10:30 PM to 11:30 PM

A special Origami Foldfest for children ages 5 and up, teens and adults. Led by Anita Barbour. Registration is required for the Summer Reading Program. Parents can register elementary school or pre-school children in person or by phone. All programs are free. Programs fill up quickly. Attendance is limited. Children can also earn incentives and rewards for reading over the summer. For more information or to register for programs, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507, ext. 7.

Teen Summer Reading: Sixth Annual Pizza Taste-Off Party

Tuesday, August 19 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

You decide who makes the best pizza in town in our Sixth Annual Pizza Taste-Off Party. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Teen Summer Reading: Character Costume Celebration

Wednesday, August 20 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Come dressed as your favorite fictional character and celebrate another awesome summer reading program at the Kingston Library. Part of the 2014 teen summer reading program, which runs from July 8 to August 20. Registration is required for all programs. Sign up at the reference desk or inquire at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Battle of the Books

Thursday, August 21 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Also being held at 2 other times

Weekly practice sessions for the Hardcore Kingston Hardcovers, the Kingston Library's Battle of the Books team. Battle of the Books is a Mid-Hudson Library System trivia competition for teens in grades sixth through ninth. Regional battle takes place Saturday, Sept. 6. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Glimpses into Existence: Martin Heidegger

Saturday, August 30 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 eighth lecture, "In Quest of the Human, and of Being," will look at the works, life, and thought of a middle-period Existentialist thinker, the German philosopher, Martin Heidegger. We’ll discuss his attempt to reopen metaphysics to the question of Being, his understanding of human being as being-there, anxiety, and being-towards-death, his concerns about modern technology, and his notion of authenticity.

Classics in Religion: Darwin's Dilemma

Wednesday, September 3 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. 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.

Kingston Library Book Club: Century's Son

Friday, September 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 "Century's Son" by Robert Boswell. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

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.

Glimpses into Existence: Jean-Paul Sartre

Saturday, September 27 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.

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: 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

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 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.

Block of the Month Quilting Group

First and third Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 PM

Bring your hand sewing tools, some fabric and join in the fun. Each month we will focus on a new quilt block pattern using traditional hand-sewing techniques. Local resident Marjorie Devine will provide guidance and support. Open to all skill levels. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Bard Math Circle

Fall 2014: September 20, October 11, November 8, December 20 (No meeting in January) Spring 2015: February 21, March 21, April 18, May 9, June 13

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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