Category Archives: Happening Now

Post appears on What’s Happening at the Library page, and on the related primary page. The date should be within the next month. Applies to only one of a series at a time, so that the next Locavore meeting or the current Art exhibit is marked Now and those scheduled for the future are marked “Upcoming.”) NOTE: you can use either Now or Monthly, but not both.

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.

Girls standing around their painted rain barrel

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association – Painted Rain Barrel Raffle

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, in conjunction with WaterSmart South Shore, is holding a painted rain barrel raffle. The NSRWA is collaborating with artists and groups on the South Shore for this public art project. The rain barrel for Kingston is on display at the Kingston Library at 6 Green St.

Entries for the raffle are being collected in each of the town’s libraries and online. The winners will be drawn from paper and online entries. To enter the raffle online, go to our website.

Art Major students of the graduating class of 2018 from Silver Lake Regional High School painted the barrel for Kingston. Silver Lake Regional High School serves the towns of Kingston, Plympton, and Halifax. Art Major is a full year course that is intended for students who have a serious interest in pursuing art at the college level. This was the last project for the Art Major students. They, along with their teacher Sarah Butler, collaborated together on the design of the barrel and took on different jobs in the preparation and creation of this piece.

The WaterSmart Program is a partnership with the NSRWA and 10 towns on the South Shore; Aquarion (Hingham and Hull), Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate and Weymouth, which provides education to school children and adults on water conservation in their homes, businesses and towns.

Thank you to our WaterSmart towns and rain barrel painters for helping us to make this project a success!

June Gallery and Display Case Exhibit – ‘A Quiet Smile’ Bonnie Forsyth

This June, our gallery and display case features the monotypes and collages of Bonnie Forsyth. In this exhibit, ‘A Quiet Smile‘, Bonnie continues her journey as an artist. Bonnie began her journey of expression through her art in 1995 when she met Nancy Connolly, artist, teacher and collaborator. This exhibit represents work done over the past year.

The artist expresses her view of the world through her collages, prints, painting and other media. Currently, she has been working with monoprints and collographs using a printing press.

When Bonnie has painted in the past, the way that she paints is like dance through her strokes, swirls and dabs of her brush.

Ms. Forsyth’s art has been exhibited at the South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, the Fuller Museum in Brockton, Citizen’s Bank in Plymouth, PAC-TV in Plymouth and the Danforth Museum in Framingham at the invitation of artist Michael Dowling and Herb Lovett at a seminar on “The Theory of Intelligence”.

A reception for Bonnie will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 1 to 3 PM in the library courtyard. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Children entering grades K-6 in the fall are invited to sign-up for the Kingston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Sign-up in the Children’s Room any day between June 12 and August 9 and choose a book to keep from our Summer Reading Book Shelf. In addition, for every five books you read this summer, come back in and choose another book to keep. We’ll give you a reading log to keep track! You can celebrate with us at the end of the program at our annual End-of-Summer Reading Program Cupcake Party. This program is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library, the Friends of the Kingston Public Library, the Kingston Town Employees Union, the Massachusetts Library System, the MBLC and the Boston Bruins.

June 28th at 7pm – Laugh and Rock With Robert Rivest – A Family Program

Kick-off the Kingston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program with a great family program full of music and laughter! Robert Rivest will visit the Duxbury Performing Arts Center on June 28 at 7:00 in a one-of-a-kind program just for Summer Readers and their families. Tickets are required and we will happily hold them on-call at the venue, but you will need to register.  Register below, or call the Children’s Room at 781-585-0517 x6273. This program is free-of-charge and made possible through the efforts of the Kingston Public Library, the Duxbury Free Libray and the Duxbury Senior Center.

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Stack of colorful books

Wednesdays 5pm – 2nd and 3rd Grade Reading Club

Come join a new children’s Reading Club. We’ll meet every other week and we’ll be reading from a group-selected book. In addition, we’ll be mixing it up–discussing favorite characters; adding a related craft, game or activity; reading from a kid-friendly theater script and adding costumes for role-playing fun. The goal of this group is to support young readers! Please register your child (or children ) to help with materials planning.  The instructor for this program is Angela Ball.


May meeting dates:

  • May 2nd
  • May 16th
  • May 30th

June meeting dates:

  • June 13th
  • June 27th

Awards, Medals, and Certificates, Oh My!

Reading Certificate for Margaret Smith from the Town of Kingston Public Schools and Public Library, June 11, 1937
Reading Certificate for Margaret Smith from the Town of Kingston Public Schools and Public Library, June 11, 1937


Scattered across the collections of the Local History Room, we have a sampling of items that represent the achievements—both great and small—that marked the lives of Kingston’s residents. From volunteering with the Girl Scouts to Citizen of the Year, these objects commemorate just a few of the accomplishments of this community.

Stop by to check out the exhibit!


Source: Image from the Kingston Schools Collection PC12.


STEM Playgroup for Preschoolers

STEM logo

Children ages 3-6 with a caregiver are invited to attend a STEM Playgroup sponsored by the South Shore Community Action Council. This is a six-week program and registration is strongly suggested due to space consideration.


This program is full – To be put on a waiting list please contact Debbie Wightman 508-747-7575 Ext. 6247 or email her at This program begins Wednesday May 16th at 10:30.