All posts by Mike Slawson

June 6th at 7pm – Daniela Lamas – You Can Stop Humming Now

Daniela Lamas is a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest and she is fascinated by the stories of what comes after for those who have had their lives extended by days, months, or years by modern medicine. Very often medical stories begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. In her book, You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and in Between, Dr. Lamas takes a compassionate and uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face.

In You Can Stop Humming Now, Lamas gives intimate accounts of patients and their families. A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near fatal overdose and returned home, alive but not the same; and a young woman navigating an adulthood she never thought she’d live to see. These moving narratives paint a detailed picture of the fragile border between sickness and health. Atul Gawande calls it gripping, soaring, and inspiring.

Dr. Lamas will speak about her book at the Spring Author Talks at the Kingston Council on Aging on Thursday, June 6th at 7 p.m.  

The ongoing author series is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library in partnership with the Kingston Council on Aging and Kingston Public Library Foundation.  The series is sponsored by WATD 95.9 FM Radio. The author will provide copies of the book for sale and signing.

Light refreshments will be offered, and although the program is free, registration is requested.  For more information or to register, visit the library’s online calendar at www.KingstonPublicLibrary.org, or call the Library at 781-585-0517 or the Kingston Council on Aging at 781-585-0512.

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New Museum Pass – Peabody Essex Museum

Thanks to the Friends of the Kingston Public Library we’re excited to announce our newest discounted museum pass to the Peabody Essex Museum!  One of the nation’s largest museums, PEM features art and culture from New England and around the world.

You can see what’s currently on exhibit here.

 

To book a discounted pass, visit our museum pass reservation site.

To see the rest of our museum passes, visit the museum passes section of our website.

 

 

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Little Free Libraries are Back!

With winter gone and warm weather on the horizon, Kingston’s Little Free Libraries are back up and running!  Looking for a good read?  Stop by one of the little free libraries and take a book!  Have a good book you’d like to share?  Drop it off in one of the libraries for someone else to enjoy!

What is a little free library?
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.

Where are the little free libraries located?
The Little Free Libraries are located in seven different locations around Kingston: Town Hall, Gray’s Beach, The Ah-de-nah,  The Police Station, The Reed Community Building, Sampson Park, and Kingston Intermediate School.  Libraries were built by the Silver Lake Regional High School Carpentry Program.

How can I donate books?
Donating books is easy!  Simply find one near you and place your donations inside!

The Little Free Libraries are a Kingston Community Fun project, a collaboration of the Library, The Adams Center, Council on Aging & Recreation Departments

June 13th at 5:30 – Kingston Public Library Book Group

Join us for interesting discussions of classic and contemporary literature, with a special focus on fiction. We welcome newcomers!

We meet on the second Thursday of each month, usually at the Kingston Council on Aging. We begin each meeting with a brown bag supper, and sometimes we bring supper for everyone.

The reading selection for this month is Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. If you would like the Library to help you locate a copy, please call 781-585-0517. Come and join the discussion!

Questions?  Contact Anna Kelley, group facilitator, at 781-585-0589 or KPLreader@hotmail.com.

Kingston Community Seed Library

What is a seed library?

Our beautiful seed library, designed and painted by Kingston resident Jess Kjellander and her daughter Olivia.

Seed libraries are a grassroots movement designed to help support local growers, keep up crop diversity, and connect gardeners of all experience and interest levels.

Seed libraries work through the efforts of the community to save seeds and share them with their neighbors.  Gardeners can browse the library and take home seeds they would like to grow.  Growers who wish to donate can collect seeds according to the seed saving instructions and check their seeds into the library for others to use.

Kingston’s Seed Library

Our seed library features dozens of varieties of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  The seed packets contain basic information about each seed, but if you would like more detailed information on specific plant types, check out one of our books or use a computer to research how to most effectively grow your plants.  To find out more, visit our Seed Library Page, or stop by and get growing!