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

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Kingston Library New Classics Book Club: On Beauty

This Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Kingston Library Community Engagement Committee is excited to present a new, all adult, roving book club, focusing on modern retellings of classic novels. The New Classics Book Club will meet once a month off site. This month, the group will discuss "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith, which is loosely based E.M. Forster's "Howards End." Smith's 2005 novel is an analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. Join us at Kingston's only bar and bookstore, Rough Draft Bar & Books, located at 82 John St., for some good books, good drinks, and good company. Registration encouraged. To sign up, visit more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/knglib-newclassics0326.

Classics in Religion--Robert Alter translation of The Hebrew Bible

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

Cantor Bob Cohen will be exploring the new Robert Alter (2019) translation of The Hebrew Bible (known in Hebrew as "Tanach" which are the 5 Books of Moses, The Prophets, and the Writings including Psalms, Job, and Jonah). Alter's new English version challenges all previous translations going back to and beyond the King James Version. His most important point is that translation should not be explanation, but as close to the original language as possible, capturing its meanings and rhythms. We shall explore various books of The Hebrew Bible under Alter's fabulous notes that challenge our beliefs and our dreams. Beginning with "In the beginning" (not his translation) and going forward. Some copies of Alter's notes will be available - plus a singing prayer or two at each session based on the Prophets, the Psalms and other religious writings. Cantor Bob, just turned 80, is the song leader at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley (CEHV). Lecturer at Lifespring and Lifetime Learning, and writer of singing prayers from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Graduate of the Folk Revival, Freedom movement and Peace movements of the 1950s, 60s, & 70.s and now living in current times!

Adult Craft Night: Memory Collage

This Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For our next Adult Craft Night, please bring a photocopy of a special photo of a child, parent, friend, pet, etc. (no larger than 5"x7") and we will create a collage to keep for yourself as a lasting memory or give to someone special. Margaret Britton, a Kingston Library clerk and local artisan will lead the class.
Registration required. Visit https://tinyurl.com/knglib-craftnight0327 or contact the Reference Desk at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org to sign up. 

Kingston Library LEGO Club

This Thursday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 3 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Also being held at 2 other times

The Kingston Library LEGO Club will meets one Wednesday a month at 4:30 p.m. and one Thursday a month at 6 p.m. Have some LEGO building fun! What do you like to build? For designers and engineers ages 5 through 12. Call the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 to sign up or register online at https://tinyurl.com/knglibc-lego0328.

Radio Kingston Community Conversation / Radio Kingston Conversando con la Comunidad

This Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Learn more about what Radio Kingston is up to and how you can be a part of it! Aprende mas acerca de lo que hacemos y como puedes ser parte!
Hear from hosts & staff about their experiences making radio for Kingston. Oiremos de nuestros conductores y trabajadores
Discuss plans for our new studios on Broadway. Discutiremos los planes de nuestros nuevos estudios en Broadway
Get involved with our Podcast Program. Involucrarte con nuestro programa de podcast
Join our Tech Team. Volverte parte de nuestro Equipo de Tecnicos
Childcare and light refreshments will be provided. Habra ciudado de niños y refrigerios.

New York Reads: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming

This Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join Kingston Library and Sustainable Hudson Valley Saturday afternoons in March for a weekly action-oriented discussion of "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming." Along with communities throughout New York State, we will come together in conversation around science-based solutions that can help participants take purposeful action to slow and eventually reverse global warming. By using Drawdown as a guide to setting priorities for the 100 most impactful solutions, citizens and whole communities can spend our time, energy and enthusiasm on making a true difference for our future. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/knglib-calendar.

Reading to Lola

Wednesday, April 3 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Also being held at 2 other times

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.

Celebrating Pete Seeger and The Great American Folk Song Revival with Caroline Doctorow

Saturday, April 6 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Musician Caroline Doctorow will return to the Kingston Library on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the life and music of Pete Seeger. The show, "Celebrating Pete Seeger and the Great American Folk Song Revival," will celebrate the life and legacy of Seeger, who would have been 100 on May 3. Doctorow will perform songs by Seeger, who died in 2014, as well as songs by those he influenced and also including, of course, songs by his mentor Woody Guthrie. The show is free and open to the public.

Super Saturdays: I'm From the Sun: The Gustafer Yellowgold Story

Saturday, April 13 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Join us for a delightful morning with Morgan singing his new songs to us while we watch his animation of Gustafer Yellowgold's story. Two-time Grammy nominee, cartoonist and author, Morgan Taylor brings his one of a kind multimedia presentation of music, storytelling and moving illustrations. Taylor’s all ages friendly program will feature new material from his #1 Best Selling Audible Original , “I’m From the Sun – The Gustafer Yellowgold Story.” 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: Live Hawks and Owls

Saturday, May 11 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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.

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. Full Classics In Religion Information Here

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 Time Tuesday (18 mos. to 3 years) and Preschool Wednesday (3 years to 5 years) followed by crafts and music.

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