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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 Display Case Exhibit – ‘Raingutter Regatta and Pinewood Derby 2019’ by Kingston Cub Scout Pack 49

This June, our display case features the sailboats and cars created by the members of Kingston’s Cub Scout Pack 49.

Each year, Kingston’s Pack 49 gathers together to take part in two fun and exciting Cub Scout traditions; the Pinewood Derby and the Raingutter Regatta.

The Pinewood Derby has been an annual tradition in scouting since 1953. With the help of their parents, the scouts must take a seven inch long block of wood, four nails, and four plastic wheels that have been provided to them, and then tap into their imaginations to come up with a design for their car. Next, they take that design and devote countless hours of hard work bringing that design to life. All of the scout families then gather together on race day and the Scouts take their cars and race against each other down the long, sloping track, putting their faith in gravity to get their car down the track the quickest.

The Raingutter Regatta is the sailboat equivalent of the Pinewood Derby. Only this time, the Scouts take their freshly crafted sailboats and go head-to-head in an exciting race down a water-filled rain gutter using nothing more than a straw to blow wind into their sails in an exciting dash towards the finish line.

Both of these events are about much more than just winning a race or who came up with the best design. In fact, these events teach the scouts many valuable skills and traits such as sportsmanship, engineering, craftsmanship, and creativity. Furthermore, it is an excellent way for children and their parents to spend time bonding while crafting these projects. This display represents just a few of the many spectacular sailboats and cars that came directly from the imaginations of the crafty Cub Scouts in Kingston’s Pack 49.