All posts by Mike Slawson

December 6th – 6 to 8pm – Holiday Upcycled Book Crafts

Is your house filled with old books that you don’t know what to do with?  Join us as we craft holiday ornaments, wreaths, and other festive decorations out of upcycled paperback books that will be sure to impress friends, family, and neighbors!

Books and supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own; just make sure they’re books you’re willing to transform into something else!



This event is open to all ages who can safely use scissors.  Registration is strongly encouraged through the Kingston Recreation Department: or (781)-585-0533.

This is a Kingston Community Fun Event – coordinated through the Kingston Recreation Department, Public Library, The Adams Center, and the Council on Aging.

Letters to Santa – Through December 7th

Need to get your list to Santa up at the North Pole?  Stop by the Kingston Public Library and drop off your letter in our box!  All letters will be shipped to the North Pole where Santa will read each letter and write a reply!

Santa’s mailbox can be found in the Children’s Room at the library.  Be sure to include your name and home address so Santa can write you back!


Opening Soon – New Teen Room

The Kingston Public Library is excited to announce that renovations are now underway for our new Teen Room!  Equipped with colorful furnishings, our new dedicated teen space will give young adults their own area to read, use technology, build and create, and interact with each other.

We’ll have something for teens of all interests – a big screen TV for movies, a Wii U and Playstation 4 with plenty of games to play alone or with friends, computer stations for work and play, a button maker, a craft table, a device charging station, and more.    And of course we’ll have our great selection of young adult books, magazines, and graphic novels for teens to browse through and read.

The new teen room is scheduled to open in early October.  Stop by the Kingston Public Library or give us a call at 781-585-0517 to find out more.


A New Way to Check Out! – meeScan

MeeScan is a self-checkout service that works by utilizing your smartphone or tablet’s mobile technology along with the library’s WiFi network.  Unlike conventional self-checkout stations, with meeScan, library patrons can check-out their items from anywhere in the library using their smartphone or tablet.

Available for download on iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms, meeScan is user friendly and simple to set up.  There’s no need to wait in line at the circulation desk – patrons can check out items in the privacy of their own devices, on their own time, from anywhere in the library.  In addition to a quicker, simpler, and more private check-out experience, meeScan will help you keep track of your checkouts and stay green by sending you an email receipt for every transaction.

To find out more about meeScan, visit or stop by the Kingston Public Library to see how it works in person!

Stack of books

Wednesday Afternoon Reading Club

Stack of colorful booksCome join a new children’s Reading Club for children aged 7-10. We’ll meet every other week and read from a group-selected book.

In addition, we’ll be mixing it up–discussing favorite characters; adding a related craft, game or activity; reading from a kid-friendly theater script and adding costumes for role-playing fun. The goal of this group is to support young readers! Please register your child (or children ) to help with materials planning. The instructor for this program is Angela Ball.

To register, contact Stephanie Legg at 781-585-0517 or

Our next meeting will be on November 28th at 5pm.


Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the “wild west.” Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennessean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

*Recommended by Mike