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Classics in Religion: MLK, Jr.: Theologian, Preacher, Prophet

Happening now; ends at 11:30 AM

Also being held at 1 other time

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. In January, Albert R. Ahlstrom, coordinator of the Classics in Religion reading group and a retired Lutheran pastor, will lead the series. The group will discuss the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Adult Craft Night: Quilled Snowflakes

Today from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

At our next Adult Craft Night we will be making quilled snowflakes. Margaret Britton, a Kingston Library clerk and local artisan, will lead the workshop. Quilling is the art of decorative paper rolling developed by nuns and ladies of leisure in the 16 and 17th centuries. We will learn the basic techniques and make one or two snowflakes. Other decorative uses will be talked about and perhaps even explored. Registration required. Contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org or visit http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Tech Time

Tomorrow from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Are you flummoxed with your phone? Having trouble with your tablet? We will have a teen volunteer available to answer your basic technology questions. Sophie Temple has been using technology since she was about four years old. She is a 16 year old living in Kingston, who loves math and the Kingston Library. Stop by the library when Sophie is here or contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org to schedule a session or visit http://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Kingston Library Book Club: Barcester Towers

This Friday from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "Barcester Towers" by Anthony Trollop. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Teen Advisory Group

This Friday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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! Meetings take place once a month. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Yoga at the Library

This Monday from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

The library offers free weekly yoga classes on Monday afternoons throughout the year. Olivia Grimsland teaches classes on the first and third Mondays of each month. Olivia teaches the beginning fundamentals of yoga geared toward building a full-body practice at home. On the second and fourth Mondays, Becca Friedman teaches Vinyasa yoga, which combines slow breaths with slow movements. The goal of the class will leave participants feeling more relaxed and refreshed. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will have a few extras available. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Coloring Club for Grown-ups

Next Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Adult coloring is back at the library beginning in January. Once a month , the Coloring Club for Grown-ups will meet on the last Wednesday of each month. Bring your own coloring books and supplies or use ours. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Cooking the Books

Thursday, January 26 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

All are invited to join us for a new kind of book discussion group on the fourth Thursday of every month. Our first selection will be "Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand," the debut novel by Helen Simonson, author of The Last Summer Before the War. We will be reading select titles, then coming together for a pot-luck gathering to discuss the book and enjoy snacks inspired by it. Participants are invited to prepare a dish or non-alcoholic drink inspired by an element of the book and bring it with them to share. Create a dish based on your favorite scene, bring in some goodie mentioned in the story, or craft a non-alcoholic beverage you think your favorite character would enjoy. The possibilities are endless! Every fourth Thursday beginning in January, we will meet in the library to feast on our goodies, and share what inspired us! For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at 845-331-0507.

Kingston Library LEGO Club

Thursday, January 26 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Also being held at 3 other times

Have some LEGO building fun! What do you like to build? for designers and engineers ages 5 through 12. Call 331-0507 ext. 7 to register or visit https://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar. Registration is required. All programs are free.

Teen Power Up Video Game Club

Friday, January 27 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Teens, ages 12 to 19, can attend our Power Up Video Game Club on the first and fourth Fridays of each month from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. We will set up our video game systems and teens can stop by and play video games or participate in mini-tournaments. rnFor more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org.

Super Saturday: Musical Instruments from Around the World

Saturday, January 28 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Listen to gifted musician Thomas Workman play musical instruments from cultures all over the world and learn new sounds and rhythms! From bone flutes from the Amazon to the Didjeridu from Australia to Conch Shell Horns to African and Brazilian percussion and much more, Thomas takes his audience on a journey from the ancient of deeply traditional instruments to the future of new and surprising possibilities. Adults are welcome at this very special event. For additional information or a series flyer, please call the Children's Library at 331-0507 ext. 7. The 2017 Super Saturdays Performance Series for school age children is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and Stewart’s Foundation.

Dear Diorama Art Session

Saturday, January 28 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Wednesday, February 1 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Friends of the Kingston Library is holding its Third Annual Dear Diorama Contest in February. Dear Diorama is a literary diorama contest for children, teens, and adults. Create and enter a diorama based on a book. Join us for this art session and work on your dioramas. We will have a limited amount of craft supplies available. Registration is encouraged for these sessions. Visit tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar to sign up. Entries can be viewed by the public on Feb. 3 and 4. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Classics in Religion: Gnoticism and the Nag Hammadi Library

Wednesday, February 1 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. In February, David Rolfe, a life-long Unitarian and member of the Bertrand Russell Society, will lead the series. This month’s talks will focus on Gnosticism, a very early Christian heresy that became widespread and popular by the 4th century CE. The reading group will delve into translated, ancient texts known as the Nag Hammadi Library. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Kingston Library Pokemania Workshop with Snapology Mid-Hudson Valley

Thursday, February 2 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Come join Snapology for LEGO Pokemania day! You will learn about real world science as you get to build a habitat for your favorite Pokemon. You will have a blast becoming the best Pokemon builder ever, in this hands-on learning experience with Snapology. For ages 5 - 12. Registration is required. To register, call the Children's Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 or visit https://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar. Attendance is limited.

Dear Diorama Contest Ceremony

Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Friends of the Kingston Library is holding its Third Annual Dear Diorama Contest in February. Dear Diorama is a literary diorama contest for children, teens, and adults. Create and enter a diorama based on a book. Entries can be viewed by the public on Feb. 3 and 4. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 4. To enter, call the library at 845-331-0988.

Kingston Library Book Club: Andrew's Brain

Friday, February 17 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "Andrew's Brain" by E.L. Doctorow. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Also being held at 1 other time

Join the FoKL for their first sale of 2017 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.

Classics in Religion: Religious Poets Seeking the Vitality of God

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

Also being held at 4 other times

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group. No advanced reading required. In March, Dr. Virginia Hlavsa, who teaches courses on poetry, William Faulkner, and other great writers at the Lifetime Learning Institute at Bard College and Lifespring in Saugerties, will lead this month’s series. The talks will focus on great poets who explored their—and our—relationship with God; such poets as Robert Frost, Gerald Stern, Emily Dickinson, Gerald Manley Hopkins, George Herbert, and John Donne. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Kingston Library Book Club: The Tiger's Wife

Friday, March 17 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Friday, March 17 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "The Tiger's Wife" by Téa Obreht. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Classics in Religion: Perennial Philosophy

Wednesday, April 5 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. In April, Carla Barnett, a civilian research and development contracting officer with the United States Air Force in Rome, N.Y. for 29 years, will lead the discussions. This month, the group will read and discuss “Perennial Philosophy” by Aldous Huxley. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

Kingston Library Book Club: Nobody's Fool

Friday, April 21 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Kingston Library Book Club meets once a month to discuss great books. This month's selection is "Nobody's Fool" by Richard Russo. For additional information, please contact Vivi at 331-0155 or at vvhlavsa@aol.com.

Ongoing Events

Stress Reduction Through Meditation

Tuesday evenings from 4 to 5 PM

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.

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.

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