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Kingston Library - 55 Franklin St. - Kingston, NY 12401 - (845) 331-0507

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Local artist ZELDA (a.k.a. Judith Z. Miller) exhibiting at Kingston Library in April

Happening now; ends on Tuesday, April 30 at 12:00 PM

ZELDA is a multifaceted artist/performer/producer/healer who explores the themes of connection to the Earth, spirituality, sexuality, and gender. ZELDA lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe; she sculpts, writes, photographs, performs, plays percussion, dances, and collaborates with other artists as a way of coping with its beauty, sensuality, frustrations, and ecstasies. She is a trained actor and self-trained visual artist inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition.

Origami Foldfest: Sea Creatures

This Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Join us for an Origami Spring Foldfest with Anita Barbour on Saturday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Explore the Japanese art of paper folding, for children ages 5 and up, teens and adults. Anita Barbour, who has been designing origami for more than 40 years, is the author of a book titled Easy Origami Ornaments: A Step-by-Step Guide. Origami is the Japanese name for the ancient art of paper folding. Sheets of paper, usually squares, are folded –no cuts, no glue – to create animals, geometric shapes, or whatever captures the designer’s imagination. For more information, call the Children’s Library at (845) 331-0507 ext. 7.

Reading to Lola

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

Also being held at 1 other time

Reading to Lola continues on the first and third Wednesday of each month, January through May 15, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Children’s Library. Children ages 5 and up are welcome to meet and read to gentle, friendly Lola, a certified therapy dog who adores stories and people. Free. For more information, call the Children’s Library at (845) 331-0507 ext. 7.

Origami Foldfest: Making Dinosaurs

Saturday, May 4 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Join us for an Origami Spring Foldfest – Making Dinosaurs with Anita Barbour. Explore the Japanese art of paper folding, for children ages 5 and up, teens and adults. This program is free. Anita Barbour, who has been designing origami for more than 40 years, is the author of a book titled Easy Origami Ornaments: A Step-by-Step Guide. For more information, call the Children’s Library at (845) 331-0507 ext. 7.

Birds of Kingston

Thursday, May 9 from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM

Learn about birds with Mark DeDea, an avid birder, naturalist, artist, and caretaker of the Forsyth Nature Center and Zoo, just in time for spring migration. Children will create a book of Birds of Kingston that will help them to identify and understand our local birds and their behavior. A question and answer session will follow. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. To register, call the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 or register online at https://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Super Saturdays: Live Hawks and Owls

Saturday, May 11 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

See a variety of amazing live hawks and owls up close. You will learn about how they survive in the wild, and what people can do to protect them for future generations. This is a rare opportunity to look deep into the eyes of some of the most beautiful wild creatures on Earth. Annie Mardiney is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and an educator. She is also an avid birder locally and in Central and South America. Free. The show is intended for school-age children. The 2019 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and Stewart’s Foundation.

Friends of the Kingston Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join the Friends of the Kingston Library for their next sale of 2019! The sale takes place 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 Saturdays: A Universe of Stories

Saturday, June 1 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Come celebrate with us, and explore stories from near and far as we get ready for this great moment in our history - the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing! Karen Sangaline Pillsworth, Storyteller Laureate of the City of Kingston, will delight us with imaginative fun in this entertaining program for the entire family as we explore the earth and stars. Free. The show is intended for school-age children. The 2019 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and Stewart’s Foundation.

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

Saturday, September 14 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Experience all of the magic your library has to offer. This show is filled with audience participation, delightful interactive fun, lots of magic, and a secret co-star so special that she needs to be a surprise! Come for a morning of zany fun and discover all your library has to offer … it is much more magical than you think! Free. The show is intended for school-age children. The 2019 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and the Stewart’s Foundation.

Super Saturdays: Spooky But Not Too Scary Stories

Saturday, October 12 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Celebrate the fall and get ready for Halloween fun with a program of stories of the season for children. The dynamic master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, will delight and intrigue us with lively interactive tales in this entertaining Super Saturdays Program. Free. The show is intended for school-age children. The 2019 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and the Stewart’s Foundation.

Super Saturdays: Amazing Reptiles (1st show)

Saturday, November 16 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

NOTE: The 10:30 a.m. show is for children ages 4 to 6 years old

Amazing Reptiles is an educational wildlife program with live reptiles and audience participation. Dedicated to presenting children and adults with exciting programs that are both educational and entertaining, Bruce Lowder will help us to learn about how these fascinating animals are adapted to survive in nature in their respective habitats. Amazing Reptiles will include lizards, a turtle, snakes, and a baby alligator. Parents and children will also learn animal safety tips and helpful information on caring for pets. Registration required. To sign up, visit https://tinyurl.com/knglibc-reptiles1st. Free. The show is intended for school-age children. The 2019 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and Stewart’s Foundation.

Super Saturdays: Amazing Reptiles (2nd show)

Saturday, November 16 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

NOTE: The 11:30 a.m. show is for children ages 7 years and up

Amazing Reptiles is an educational wildlife program with live reptiles and audience participation. Dedicated to presenting children and adults with exciting programs that are both educational and entertaining, Bruce Lowder will help us to learn about how these fascinating animals are adapted to survive in nature in their respective habitats. Amazing Reptiles will include lizards, a turtle, snakes, and a baby alligator. Parents and children will also learn animal safety tips and helpful information on caring for pets. Registration required. To sign up, visit https://tinyurl.com/knglibc-reptiles2nd. Free. The show is intended for school-age children. The 2019 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and Stewart’s Foundation.

Super Saturdays: The Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Warm your hearts with the Puppet People's take on Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Watch Mean Ol' Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not a humbug! This puppet spectacular features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet and guaranteed smiles! Experience this literary masterpiece that reaches far beyond the holiday season! For Grades K - 8. Free. The 2019 Super Saturdays Performance Series is funded by the Friends of Kingston Library and the Stewart’s Foundation.

Ongoing Events

Yoga at the Library

Mondays 12:30 to 1:30 PM

Start your week off with this introductory yoga workshop every Monday with local instructor Christina Byron-Steen. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Free.

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.

Tech Time

Thursdays 2 to 4 PM

Are you flummoxed with your phone? Having trouble with your tablet? Stop by the library to have your basic technology questions answered. Or call 845-331-0988 to reserve a session.

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 Story Hour on Tuesdays (18 mos. to 3 years) and Preschool Story Hours on Wednesdays (3 years to 5 years) followed by crafts and music.

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