All posts by Mike Slawson

October 13th at 1pm – The Friends of the Kingston Public Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Kingston Public Library annual Book Sale will be held outside on Saturday, October 13, 2018 Rain or Shine from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Kingston Public Library, 6 Green Street.  This year’s collection includes thousands of paperbacks, children’s books, novels in almost perfect condition, art books, and a whole Dewey Decimal System of other subjects. We have a great collection at great prices.  Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Kingston Public Library, which supports the Library through programs, sponsorship of museum passes, books, and other special purchases.
Volunteers are still needed for help in the afternoon on the day of the sale.   Please call the Library at 781-585-0517 to volunteer.  This is a great community service project for kids.  Donations of books (no textbooks or magazines, please) will be accepted at the Library during open hours.

Thursday October 4th at 7pm – Author Talk With George Michelsen Foy – Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro

On October 1, 2015, the SS El Faro, a massive American cargo ship that made regular runs between Jacksonville, Florida and Puerto Rico, delivering everything from deodorant to new Chevrolets, disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm. The ship, its hundreds of shipping containers, and its entire crew plummeted to the bottom of the ocean, three miles down. The sinking was the greatest seagoing US merchant marine shipping disaster since World War II. The massive ship had a seasoned crew, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and advance warning of the storm. It seemed incomprehensible that such a ship could sink so suddenly. How, in this day and age, could something like this happen?

The answer is that a ship as large as the El Faro doesn’t vanish for just one reason; it vanishes because many factors intersect—everything from hurricane-tracking algorithms to the decay of rubber gaskets on hatches to the arcane science of loading cargo containers to the psychology of a powerful ship’s captain. All of these factors and more came into play in the sinking of the El Faro.

Relying on Coast Guard inquest hearings as well as on numerous interviews, George Michelsen Foy has crafted a brilliant account that brings to life the final voyage of El Faro, a story that lasts only a few days but which grows almost intolerably suspenseful as deep-rooted flaws leading to the disaster inexorably link together and worsen. We see captain, engineers, and crew fight for their lives, and hear their actual words (as recorded on the ship’s black box) while the hurricane relentlessly tightens its noose around the ship. We watch, minute by minute, all that is happening on board—the ship’s mysterious tilt to one side, worried calls to the engine room, ship-to-shore reports, the courage of the men and women as they fight to survive, and the berserk ocean’s savage consumption of the massive hull. And through it all, the pain and ultimate resilience of the families of El Faro’s crew. Meticulous and absolutely thrilling, Run the Storm is a masterwork of stunning power.

This program will take place at the Kingston Council on Aging located at 30 Evergreen Street in Kingston.  To register for this author talk, click on the button below.  For more information, contact the library at 781-585-0517 x6279

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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

 

Teen members of YAC

Youth Advisory Council Meeting – October 26th at 4:00pm

If you are not a member of the Youth Advisory Council but are interested in learning more about it, we would love to have you join us at a meeting.  Pizza and drinks will be provided.  This meeting can be used for community service.

Please call 781-585-0517 x 6284 to sign up or find out more. Ask for Hannele.

Silver Age Yoga – Tuesdays – September 25 to November 6 at 3:30

Join Kingston resident Suzanne Staples, of Bridge to Presence, LLC, for a donation-based Silver Age Yoga class, on Tuesdays, September 25 to November 6.

Silver Age Yoga, sometimes referred to as “Chair Yoga,” provides the benefits of a traditional yoga class; light stretching, muscle strengthening poses, and guided meditation, from the comfort and safety of a chair. No yoga experience is necessary for this class. Practitioners are offered the option of a few standing postures toward the end of class, still using the chair for support. All levels of fitness and flexibility encouraged to join.

Proceeds will benefit the Kingston Public Library Foundation Technology project. Recommended donation is $5-10 per class. Class size is limited, and registration is required at the Kingston Public Library or through our online calendar. For questions or to register, call 781-585-0517.

All classes will be held at the Adams Center, 33 Summer Street.