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March Book Madness

Help celebrate the books you loved in 2017! Over the course of five weeks, Old Colony Library Network is inviting readers to vote online round by round to whittle 32 of the most popular and talked about adult fiction titles of 2017 down to our “champion” book.  Winners of each round will be announced on Fridays and the new round of voting will open online the same day.  The book of the year winner will be announced on April 6th.

Haven’t read some of the competitors?  Stop by the display in the library and check one out!

Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer

Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winner Black Radishes is a suspenseful WWII/Holocaust story, in which one boy learns what it means to be Jewish and French at a time when everything is changing.

Gustave doesn’t want to move from the exciting city to the boring countryside, far from his cousin Jean-Paul and his best friend, the mischievous Marcel. But he has no choice. It is March of 1940, and Paris is not a safe place for Jews.
When Paris is captured by the Nazis, Gustave knows that Marcel, Jean-Paul, and their families must make it out of the occupied zone. And when he learns that his new friend Nicole works for the French Resistance, he comes up with a plan that just might work. But going into Occupied France is a risky thing to do when you are Jewish. And coming back alive? That is nearly impossible.

Boston Bruins 11th annual PJ Drive – Fines for PJs

Fines for PJs 
From March 12th to the 17th, the Kingston Public Library will waive late fees $10 and under with each donation of PJs!

Over the last 11 years, the Boston Bruins PJ Drive has raised thousands of dollars, and given thousands of PJs to families in need. This year, with a goal of 15,000 new PJs, the drive is poised once again to help thousands of children across the state. To reach this goal, the help of all communities in Massachusetts is needed.  In years past Kingston residents have shown their kindness by contributing generously to this drive. This year, the Kingston Public Library has raised the bar and set a goal of collecting 100 pairs of new PJs.   In addition to helping local families in need, each donor will receive a ticket for a drawing in March to win a prize from a selection of Boston Bruins gear.

The drive runs from February 1st to March 15th. Those interested in making a donation can drop off their new PJs at the collection station in at the Kingston Public Library. With the help and support of Kingston residents, thousands of children across Massachusetts can have access to a warm set of PJs, something no kid should be without.


*PJs cannot be used towards processing fees, lost card fees, or lost books.
For more information visit the library’s website at or call the library at 781-585-0517 x125