All posts by Mike Slawson

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 – January 7th at 6:30pm

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.

January 8th at 7:30 – Toastmasters

The Kingston club, South Shore Soliloquy, was chartered in 1996, and currently has about 30 members. We meet at the Adams Center, 33 Summer Street, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7:30 — 9:30. For more information please call Ed Craven at 781-771-9302 or e-mail Ed at ejcraven@comcast.net.

This program is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library.

Bookcover - Master and Commander

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Here is the maiden voyage of Patrick O’Brian’s acclaimed ‘Aubrey-Maturin’ series, which follows the unique friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent. It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon’s France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson’s navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense.

With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched. O’Brian renders in riveting detail the life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson’s navy: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

*Recommended by Al

Changes to eBook and eAudiobook Collection

On July 1st, we’re introducing a change to our eBook and eAudiobook collection that we’re pretty excited about. We have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks on a number of platforms in recent years. On July 1st, we’ll be streamlining those services a bit and building up the services that work best for Kingston library users.

Axis 360 will be discontinued, but you will find even more books and video on Overdrive and Hoopla in the coming months. Of course, you can continue to stream and download digital music from Hoopla.

We’re excited about making things a little simpler for you!  And remember, we can also help you find digital research resources. If you want help with any of this, drop in to see us or give us a call at 781-831-6272.

For additional information, visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Website.