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Fan Art Contest – Submissions due by June 22nd

Are you passionate about art?  Do you have a favorite television show, movie, celebrity, or cultural icon?  If so, then put your skills on display at the Fan Art Exhibit and Contest at the Kingston Public Library.

More than just something interesting to look at, fan art expresses an artist’s connection to a character or story that has had a meaningful impact on their life.  Creators of fan art enrich our understanding of our favorite tales, and can offer new perspectives into much-loved characters and stories. Our heroes inspire us on stage, in books, and on the screen; and fan artists take this inspiration to the next level.  Through their art, fan artists breathe new life into old tales, and inspire other fans to think about their favorite characters in new ways.  Imaginative and inspirational, the fan art exhibit at the Kingston Public Library seeks to provide a thought provoking experience for all visitors.

The fan art exhibit will be on display starting in July, but artists should begin working on their projects soon.  Creations can be submitted through June 22nd.  All media will be accepted, and submissions will be on display in the main lobby of the Kingston Public Library through the end of July.  The Kingston Public Library Art Committee will be judging the contest, and there will be prizes for the winners.

For more information, visit the library’s online calendar at, contact the library at 781-585-0517 x 6284 or email

Browse through some of our submissions from last year:

Ariel Dreaming by Brook Thetonia
Ariel Dreaming by Brook Thetonia
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Teen members of YAC

Monday June 25th at 5pm – YAC Meeting

The next Youth Advisory Council meeting will be May 18th at 3:30.

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.

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Monday July 16th at 3pm – Chess Lessons for Teens

Kristen Anderson from Hudson Chess will be at the Kingston Public Library on July 16th at 2pm  to offer pointers and guidance to players of all skill levels.


To register, click the button below.  For more information, contact the library at 781-585-0517 x6284 or visit our online calendar at:

*space is limited
*registration required

Teen Summer Reading Kicks off June 25th

Join us for the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Public Library!  Sign-ups begin on June 25th, and the program will run through August 24th.  All teens who sign up will receive a free goodie bag!

Teens who submit a book review will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Regal Cinemas, Target, or iTunes.  Participants can submit up to 10 reviews.

For more information, contact Hannele at, or 781-585-0517 x6284

Please attend Special Town Meeting on June 26th!

You may have been wondering what’s next for the library building. Here’s an update, including one very important and time-sensitive announcement.

On June 26th at 7 pm Kingston will be holding a Special Town Meeting. The warrant includes only a few articles, but they are all important to the future of Kingston. We hope you will attend, to hear the issues and vote.

As you know, last December Kingston voters decided not to build a new library. In the months since then, library trustees and staff have held many discussions with town officials and residents about how to make the best, most efficient use of the building we have, and solve ongoing issues with an aging building designed for a smaller town and an earlier era.

We listened to the voters, we are considering all the suggestions that people have made — including some very creative ideas from our talented town officials and residents — and we’re ready to move forward.

To do that, we will need the help of an architect and engineers to turn those great ideas into a detailed, workable plan for the building. One of the articles on the June 26th Town Meeting warrant is a request for funds to create plans, drawings, and cost estimates — a practical plan to protect and update this aging municipal building, built in 1971 and remodeled as a library in 1994, and create a modern library Kingston can be proud of.

June 27th – Musical Performance by Joe Flood

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood will perform songs from his album A Troubadour’s Tour of Historic Nantucket at the Adams Center on Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Flood has released five albums under his own name and has played or recorded with such giants of American music as Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, John Sebastian, and has won a Gold Record for his work with Blues Traveler. Joe has also written and recorded with stalwart roots rockers the Bottle Rockets and producer/artist Jono Manson. Joe has also had one of his songs performed on the Conan O’Brien Show by country singer Laura Cantrell.

To register, click the button below or contact the library at 781-585-0517.

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Monday July 16th at 5pm – Chess Lessons for Adults

Kristen Anderson from Hudson Chess will be at the Kingston Public Library on July 16th at 5pm  to offer pointers and guidance to adult players of all skill levels.

This class is for adults aged 18 and older.


To register, click the button below.  For more information, contact the library at 781-585-0517 x6284 or visit our online calendar at:

*space is limited
*registration required

June 28th at 7pm – Laugh and Rock with Robert Rivest

Kick-off the Kingston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program with a great family program full of music and laughter. Robert Rivest will perform at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm in a one-of-a-kind program just for Summer Readers.

Tickets are required and we will happily hold them on call, but you will need to register online or by calling the library at 781-585-0517. This program is provided free-of-charge through the efforts of the Kingston Public Library, the Duxbury Free Library and the Duxbury Senior Center.

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