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NEW YEAR 3X3 POST-IT EXHIBITION
Create a masterpiece inspired by your resolutions, hopes, wishes, and/or goals for 2015 on any color 3"x3" square Post-It! Any medium accepted.
Entries will be accepted until Saturday January 24th. More Information (PDF)
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Bill Robinson’s Wildlife World

Tomorrow from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Wildlife educator Bill Robinson will bring amazing live birds of prey and reptiles in a program for school age children and families. Come and see amazing animals up close and learn how they live! Feeding behaviors will be discussed and demonstrated. The birds of prey include a hawk, a turkey vulture, and a large owl. Each one of these birds has its own unique adaptations for survival. Mr. Robinson will walk through the audience with the birds so that everyone can get a closer look and feel the wind from their wings. We will also visit with reptiles and learn about their varied adaptations. Please call 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information or a flyer for this free program.

Classics in Religion: Calvin vs Wesley

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

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. This month, the group will discuss a fair comparison between Calvinism and Modernism, two contesting schools of theology, presented by Don Thorsen of the Haggard School of Theology in his book, Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice. Albert R. Ahlstrom, a Lutheran pastor living in Kingston, will lead the series. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Make Friendship Bracelets: A Valentine’s Day Craft Program

This Saturday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Have fun with Katie and Stephanie creating beautiful bracelets to wear or give as a special gift for Valentine’s Day. Add some beads, if you like. Recommended for ages 7 – 13. To register, call 845-331-0507 ext. 7. Registration is required. Attendance is limited.

Kingston Library LEGO Club

Tuesday, February 3 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Also being held at 3 other times

For ages 5 - 12. Have some LEGO building fun! Free build what you like, experiment with something new or take part in some friendly challenges. Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 845-331-0507 ext 7 to register or for information.

Classics in Religion: Flannery O'Connor and Calvin vs. Wesley

Wednesday, February 4 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

In February 2015, the group will continue its discussions on works by Flannery O'Connor and Don Thorsen’s book "Calvin vs. Wesley," led by Kathy DeMatteo and Al Ahlstrom, respectively. 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's topic and discussion leader will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 7 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Come one, come all to Take Your Child to the Library Day at Kingston Library! Join us for a carnival-themed extravaganza. Food! Games! Prizes!
Sign up for a library card that day and receive a $10 coupon toward overdue fines on Kingston Library items. For more information, contact the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 x7.

Classics in Religion: TBA

Wednesday, February 11 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Also being held at 6 other times

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's topic and discussion leader will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Valentine Craft and Exchange Party for Adults

Wednesday, February 11 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us for an adult craft program where we will make and exchange Valentine cards and decorate a bag to take them home in like we did in elementary school. We’ll provide the supplies and snacks. For ages 16 and up. Registration encouraged. Contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Teen Advisory Group

Thursday, February 12 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

We’re looking for a few good teens to join our a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Kingston Library. If you’re between the ages of 12 and 19, this is your chance to hang out and tell us what to do! Examples of things a Teen Advisory Group could do are come up with teen programs; decide what items to purchase; create a teen website; and more! This is an introductory meeting. Meetings take place once a month. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Understanding Anger: Jewish Scriptures

Saturday, February 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. February’s discussion is titled “And Why Is Your Face Fallen? Jewish Scriptures on Anger.” No advanced reading or registration required.

Kingston Library's First-Ever New Year 3x3 Post-It Exhibition

Saturday, February 14 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Create a masterpiece inspired by your resolutions, hopes, wishes, and/or goals for 2015 on any color 3"x3" square Post-It. Any medium accepted (e.g., drawing, painting, collage) Entries will be accepted until Saturday, January 24. Drop off submissions during library hours or by mail: Kingston Library, ATTN: New Year 3x3, 55 Franklin St., Kingston, NY 12401. All work will be for sale on Feb. 14 (cash and carry). For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Kingston Library Book Club: Howards End

Friday, February 20 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 "Howards End" by E.M. Forster. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, February 21 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 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.

Super Saturday: Percussion from Around the World

Saturday, February 21 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Take a unique listening journey of music and songs with amazing musicians Jeff Haynes and Timothy Hill. 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.

Hollywood Film Scandal Discussion

Wednesday, February 25 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Join Glenn Andreiev, a Long Island-based film maker and film history instructor for a lively discussion titled “Hollywood Film Scandals.” Today’s Hollywood gossip has nothing on the movie scandals of the 1920s and 1930s. The unsolved murders of director William Desmond Taylor and starlet Thelma Todd highlight the evening, as well as the narcotics arrest of Robert Mitchum. Film clips, sometimes rare, will be shown. Registration encouraged, but not required. Contact us at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Classics in Religion: Music for Worship

Wednesday, March 4 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Wednesday, March 11 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 discuss religious music from many denominations with this ecumenical sharing. Robert Cohen, a cantor at Temple Emanuel and president of the Ulster County Religious Council, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Understanding Anger: Plato

Saturday, March 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. March’s discussion is titled “Don't Get Mad, Socrates! Anger in Plato's Dialogues.” No advanced reading or registration required.

Kingston Library Book Group: All the Light We Cannot See

Friday, March 20 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 "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Super Saturday: The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, March 21 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Enjoy Dorothy's colorful marionette adventure with exciting special effects with this performance of "The Wizard of Oz" by the Puppet People. 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: Via Negativa

Wednesday, April 8 from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Also being held at 3 other times

iverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. This month, the group will discuss the "negative way" in theology, with God known only through unknowing, a deep forgetting of every category and created thing, opening up a spontaneous, purely intuitive vision of God beyond ordinary perception and thought. Father James Krueger, priest-in-charge at St. James Church in Lake Delaware in the northwest Catskills and founder of Mons Nubifer Sanctus, a center dedicated to the intensive study and practice of contemplative Christianity, will lead this month's discussion. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Hands-On Interactive Digital Photography Workshop

Wednesday, April 8 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

This hand-on workshop offers participants a chance to work with a professional photographer and get one-on-one assistance related to their specific digital cameras. Sally Delmerico has been involved in all aspects of photography for more than 20 years. Her work includes black and white, color, 35mm, medium format, and digital media. Her photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers, as well as national and international magazines, and her work has been exhibited throughout New York State. Registration is required as space is limited to 10 participants. Contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org to register. Please let us know what type of digital camera you will be bringing.

Understanding Anger: Aristotle

Saturday, April 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. April’s discussion is titled “The First Scientific Examination: Aristotle on Anger.” No advanced reading or registration required.

Super Saturday: Mr. Twisty's Super Silly Magic Show

Saturday, April 18 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Experience awesome magic, zany antics, and great family fun with Mr. Twisty's Super Silly Magic Show presented by Chad Currin. 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: Stoic Philosophers

Saturday, May 9 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. May’s discussion is titled “Emperors and Slaves Above the Passions: Stoic Philosophers.” No advanced reading or registration required.

Kingston Library Book Club: Night Train to Lisbon

Friday, May 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 "Night Train to Lisbon" by Pascal Mercier. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Super Saturday: Motion Man

Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Watch Jody Scalise's astonishing feats and illusions with suspense and laughter. *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.

Classics in Religion: Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, June 3 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.

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.

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.

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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