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Teen ArtLab

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

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: Flannery O’Connor

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

In November, the group will explore issues of gender identity, family dynamics, wanton destruction of the environment, and race relations embedded in the work of writer Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964). Kathleen DeMatteo, a retired teacher and member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, will lead the 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 Al Ahlstrom at or 845-334-8404.

Parrots for Peace

Next Saturday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Learn about these amazing birds with the live rainforest macaws. Part of the Hudson Valley Sinterklaas Festival. The festival honors our Dutch heritage by re-creating a celebration that the Dutch settlers brought to Rhinebeck over 300 years ago. Bid adieau to Sinterklass as he sets sail from Spain (Kingston) to the Netherlands (Rhinebeck) on Thanksgiving weekend with open houses in all the shops, music, workshops. Contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for more information.

Read to Lola series

Tuesday, December 2 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

The Children's Library is offering a new reading series as part of the national Tail Waggin' Tutors--Children Reading to Dogs program. Lola, a certified therapy dog who loves stories, will be at the library on the first and third Tuesdays in November and December. Children can read to Lola or to other children. For children ages 5 and up. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507, ext. 7.

Classics in Religion: Jonathan Edwards

Wednesday, December 3 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 2 other times

In December, the group will read and discuss excerpts from several works by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), known as America’s greatest homegrown theologian, in the hope of shedding a little light ourselves. Anne Richey, a retired academic who teaches poetry for Bard's Lifetime Learning Institute, will lead the 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 Al Ahlstrom at or 845-334-8404.

Kingston Library Lego Club

Thursday, December 4 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Have some LEGO building fun. Registration is required. For ages 5-12. Attendance is limited. Call 845-331-0507 ext. 7 to register. Teen advisors are welcome.

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.

Teen Advisory Group

Thursday, December 11 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Are you a teen ages 12 to 19? Do you want to tell us what to do? Then join the Teen Advisory Group(TAG) at the Kingston Library. We meet once a month on the second Thursday to hang out and talk about teen programs at the library. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or

Light Up with Luminaries

Thursday, December 11 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Brighten up those winter nights with a luminary featuring some Queen Anne's Lace harvested over the summer. Join Margaret for this free workshop. Supplies provided by the library. Registration is required. Space is limited. Contact the Reference Desk to register at 845-331-0988 or​

Multicultural Holiday Music Show with Mark Rust

Tuesday, December 16 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Local musician Mark Rust offers a wonderful Family Holiday Show for all to enjoy. This unique program presents the music, songs, stories & traditions of Christmas. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Black Gospel, Diwali, Yule, Solstice, Three Kings Day, as well as Holiday Songs from Europe & Latin America. This event is free and open to the public.

Doctor Who Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 17 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Celebrate the holidays in Time Lord fashion! We'll watch a past Christmas episode and make merry with costumes, food, and prizes! Open to Whovians of all ages.

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

Conversational Spanish Group

Second and fourth Tuesdays 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

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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