Get library news in your inbox.

Join the Social
Become a fan of Kingston Library on Facebook Follow Kingston Library on Twitter Follow Kingston Library on Google+
KINGSTON YMCA FARM PROJECT MOBILE MARKET AND FARM STAND
RETURNS TO KINGSTON LIBRARY
Tuesdays 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM beginning June 16th
Connecting Kingston with chemical-free produce grown at the YMCA
SNAP, WIC, and Department of the Aging FMNP checks accepted
Click here for more information
Kingston Library ~ 55 Franklin St. ~ Kingston, NY 12401 ~ (845) 331-0507

Upcoming Event Highlights

View the full events calendar

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Chess Club (Tuesday)

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

Also being held at 7 other times

Led by Ken Evans and Mitch Dominus. For ages 7 through teens. This program is a wonderful introduction for beginners and a great way to develop chess skills for more advanced players.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Writing Box Program

This Tuesday from 1:15 PM to 1:30 PM

This Tuesday from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

Also being held at 5 other times

For ages 8 and up. (No class on July 28).Weekly activities that will encourage children to express themselves through writing. Write stories, postcards, news articles, keep a journal, and make your own books.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Chess Club (Wednesday)

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

Led by Ken Evans and Mitch Dominus. For ages 7 through teens. This program is a wonderful introduction for beginners and a great way to develop chess skills for more advanced players.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Atlantis: Legend of a Lost Civilization

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

Discover ancient Minoan culture, art, and archaeology. Crafts, activities and snacks.
Registration is required for all Children’s Summer Reading Programs. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! The 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Red Carpet Premiere Party

This Friday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join us for the Red Carpet Premiere of our Teen Summer Reading Program for 2015. We’ll be premiering videos made by teens at the library. Dress up in your fanciest attire and have your photo taken on our red carpet. Learn more about and sign up this year’s line-up of programs. The Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library is open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Teen Art Lab: Image(ine) Your World

Monday, July 13 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 14 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 14 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Wednesday, July 15 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 16 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Personal geographies and photographic storytelling | Instructors: Deborah DeGraffenreid and Jessica Poser

In this week-long (Monday-Thursday) workshop, students will create stories both real and imagined using digital photos and text. They will map these narratives in Kingston and leave traces of our stories using on-site photo and art installations. Classes will guide students through daily assignments in photography and journaling techniques and strategies. Cameras will be provided, no experience necessary. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Registration is limited. Ages 12-19. Visit our Calendar of Events to sign up.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Chess Club (Wednesday)

Wednesday, July 15 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Also being held at 6 other times

Led by Ken Evans and Mitch Dominus. For ages 7 through teens. This program is a wonderful introduction for beginners and a great way to develop chess skills for more advanced players.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Athena to Zeus: Greek Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and the Magic of Mythology

Thursday, July 16 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Dynamic storyteller Jonathan Kruk tells exciting classic Greek Myths with lots of audience participation. For ages 5 and up
Registration is required for all Children’s Summer Reading Programs. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! The 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

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.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Cupcake Clash Competition

Friday, July 17 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Concoct the most interesting and tasty cupcake creation for our special guest judges to sample. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Understanding Anger: Plutarch

Saturday, July 18 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.

Teen Art Lab: Video Lab

Monday, July 20 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 21 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, July 22 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 23 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Instructor: Keiko Sono

Do you like watching Youtube videos? Have you wondered how the flashy editing is done? Do you have good ideas for a horror movie scene or a comedy skit? Come to the Teen Video Lab! We will make our own storyline, write a script, plan the shoots, work on storyboards, shoot, and edit. We’ll combine live action video with stop-motion animation to add a magical touch. Any genre or style is possible, from music video to short movie, from horror to comedy—the focus is on the fun. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Registration is limited. Ages 12-19. Visit our Calendar of Events to sign up starting June 19.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Story Book Art

Thursday, July 23 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

David Soman and Jacky Davis, the creators of The New York Times Bestselling series, Ladybug Girl, will read from their new books, and David will illustrate some of the characters. Then make your own book in a creative and fun workshop. For ages 5 -12.
Registration is required for all Children’s Summer Reading Programs. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! The 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Children's Summer Reading 2015 Special Event: Lego Snapology Mini-Camp Lego Robotics – Crazy Contraptions

Thursday, July 23 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Students create super-fun robots like a spinning top and a crazy spin art machine. Working in teams of two under guided instruction, children build and program robotic models featuring working motors, motions and tilt sensors. Attendance is limited. Presented by Snapology Mid-Hudson. Ages 7 – 12. Registration is required for all Children’s Summer Reading Programs. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! The 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Get a Life Masks

Friday, July 24 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We will create and decorate life masks using simple techniques. Margaret Britton will lead the workshop. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Teen Art Lab: Beastiary: Animals in Art

Monday, July 27 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, July 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 30 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Instructor: Susan Siegel

In this workshop, you will explore animals in art through anatomy studies, direct observation, sketching and painting. You will learn about creating value, form and tone in your representations of creatures great and small.This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. Registration is limited. Ages 12-19. Visit our Calendar of Events to sign up starting June 19.

Children's Summer Reading 2015 Special Event: Secret Agent Lab - Mad Science of the Mid-Hudson

Tuesday, July 28 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Wednesday, July 29 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Thursday, July 30 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Calling all sleuths and agents! This camp is part forensics and part spy science; uncover the science in evidence gathering and analysis. Learn to use science in a hands-on investigation that is challenging and fun. for Grades 3 – 6. Attendance is limited. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! Kingston Library’s 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Test Your Brain Trivia

Friday, July 31 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Show off your smarts and compete for prizes in our Teen Trivia Tournament. Trivia lovers will play on teams. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Comic Artist Unmasked

Tuesday, August 4 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Charles Barnett III, a veteran comic book inker who has worked with some of the legends of the industry, will offer teens insight into the world of comic book art. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work for input from Barnett, who is currently inking the comic book, American Dark Age by Megabrain Comics. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Teen Summer Reading '15: 7th Annual Pizza Taste Off

Wednesday, August 5 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

You decide who makes the best pizza in town in our Seventh Annual Pizza Taste-Off Party. We will taste test pizzas from all over Kingston and decide whose pie is the best in all the land. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Treasure Your Library! Sea Theme Costume Party and Program

Thursday, August 6 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Come as a pirate, mermaid, sailor or sea creature! Crafts, activities, and refreshments. Registration is required for all Children’s Summer Reading Programs. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! The 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

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.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Candy/Science Mashup

Tuesday, August 11 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bring your sweet tooth and your thinking cap to this program! We mix ingredients and apply heat at different stages to see what kind of different candies we can create. This program will be presented by Diane Reeder, owner of the Kingston Candy Bar in Uptown Kingston. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Time Warp Party

Wednesday, August 12 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We will celebrate the past, present, and future with this program. We’ll have snacks from way back. Come dressed in your favorite retro fashions. We’ll watch vintage cartoons. Bring an item to include in our Teen Time Capsule! This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: Making Superheroes Fly: Charles Barnett III

Thursday, August 13 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Learn how comic books are made and watch drawing demonstrations by this renowned artist and illustrator for Marvel Comics and books. For ages 7 – 12. Registration is required for all Children’s Summer Reading Programs. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! The 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Children's Summer Reading 2015 Special Event: Lego Snapology Workshop: Lego Superstructures

Thursday, August 13 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Can you design the next skyscraper? Students design and build the future in this exciting Lego® architecture program. Attendance is limited. For ages 5-10. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! Kingston Library’s 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Ready! Set! Go! Video Games

Tuesday, August 18 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Get out those controllers and join us for a little friendly competition on the video game circuit. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Teen Summer Reading '15: Fandom Foods

Wednesday, August 19 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We’ll end our Teen Summer Reading with festivities dedicated to our favorite fandoms! Bring a treat inspired by or taken from your favorite YA series (book, TV, movie, or game). Costumes strongly encouraged! Prizes for the teen summer reading program will be presented as well. This program is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Library. Open to teens ages 12 to 19. For more information, contact Kristin at 845-331-0988 or reference@kingstonlibrary.org. Registration is required for all programs. Please visit our Calendar of Events to sign up online.

Children's Summer Reading 2015: The Jester Jim Show – Every Hero Has a Story! Summer Reading Closing Party

Thursday, August 20 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Be amazed and laugh with Jim Maurer’s great high-energy juggling and comedy. Performance followed by crafts and refreshments. Pick up certificates and rewards. Registration is required for all Children’s Summer Reading Programs. Contact the Children’s Library at 845-331-0507 ext. 7 for information, a flyer, or to register. Remember, programs do fill up quickly! The 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program is funded, in part, by a New York State legislative grant from Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.

Classics in Religion: Simone Weil

Wednesday, September 9 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 examine themes such as love, evil, suffering, affliction, and atheism in the thought of Simone Weil. Considered a Christian mystic, Weil's insights were gathered from her notebooks after her death in 1943 and published as "Gravity and Grace." Mary Ann Mays, a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), will present the material. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

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.

Classics in Religion: Criminal Christologies

Wednesday, October 7 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 venture into a new area. Instead of reading "the best" of a particular tradition, the group will explore a "bent" tradition using Christian language and symbols. The sessions will focus on Jesus's transmogrification by Nazi idealogues into a Teutonic Savior free of Jewish taint. The leader of this series will be the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Gram, pastor of the Hurley Reformed Church. For more information, contact Albert Ahlstrom at 845-334-8404 or aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com.

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

No Classes in July. Will resume in August with evening hours.

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.

Photo of Kingston Library
Calendar Tumblebooks Audiobooks & eBooks Databases Wi-Fi Hotspot

Full Calendar of Events

Children's Books Online

Digital Book Downloads

Research Databases