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.

New Museum Pass – Peabody Essex Museum

Thanks to the Friends of the Kingston Public Library we’re excited to announce our newest discounted museum pass to the Peabody Essex Museum!  One of the nation’s largest museums, PEM features art and culture from New England and around the world.

You can see what’s currently on exhibit here.

 

To book a discounted pass, visit our museum pass reservation site.

To see the rest of our museum passes, visit the museum passes section of our website.

 

 

Little Free Library Logo

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

Kingston Community Seed Library

What is a seed library?

Our beautiful seed library, designed and painted by Kingston resident Jess Kjellander and her daughter Olivia.

Seed libraries are a grassroots movement designed to help support local growers, keep up crop diversity, and connect gardeners of all experience and interest levels.

Seed libraries work through the efforts of the community to save seeds and share them with their neighbors.  Gardeners can browse the library and take home seeds they would like to grow.  Growers who wish to donate can collect seeds according to the seed saving instructions and check their seeds into the library for others to use.

Kingston’s Seed Library

Our seed library features dozens of varieties of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  The seed packets contain basic information about each seed, but if you would like more detailed information on specific plant types, check out one of our books or use a computer to research how to most effectively grow your plants.  To find out more, visit our Seed Library Page, or stop by and get growing!

May Art Exhibit – ‘Vision of 2023’ an exhibition of artwork by the Silver Lake Middle School 8th Grade Art Students

This May,  the Kingston Public Library will feature those talented young artists from the Silver Lake Middle School 8th Grade Art Class.  In this exhibit, ‘The Vision of 2023’ , the out of this world paintings and sculptures will inspire your imagination. This is your opportunity to see their creativity and imagination on display. You will be delighted when you see these works in our gallery, display case and the flat panels.

We are pleased to exhibit the work of the art students of Erica McGhee. This is their sixth annual exhibition here at the library.

From Erica McGhee to her Students:

Dear Students,

I cannot express with words how proud I am of you. You have accomplished so much this year in art class. Art two is an advanced, fast pace class with many challenges and you all excelled beyond my hopes. We dove into many projects with many different materials and with each project you each took on the adventure and improved drastically.

What I love most about teaching you is your enthusiasm for art and your creativity. This year you have all made me a better teacher. You have allowed me to design projects for you that are advanced and fun. You should be proud of the work you have created over these past eight months. I was also your seventh grade art teacher and to be able to see where you have come from  and the amount of improvement that has happened in two years has been wonderful and inspiring.

Art does not have to be a career in your future (unless you want it to be). What I want you to take away from this year in art is the love of creating. Being able to look at something and see the beauty in it. Being able to be creative is a gift that you have all explored this year. You have all pushed yourself through these projects, some days were harder than others, some projects we found more challenging than others, but in the end you all completed these projects  with great attitudes and some amazing art came out of it.

Please continue your love of art. Please continue to stay creative people, and please always be proud of whatever you create because it comes from within you.  Your art can be made to hang on a wall, it can be made for someone else, or it can simply be made for you, whatever the reason you make art allow yourself to enjoy it.

Thank you all for a wonderful year and I look forward to seeing what high school brings for each one of you 🙂

Love,

Mrs. McGhee

 

May 24th at 7pm – Tick and Tick-Borne Diseases Workshop

Join Plymouth County entomologist Blake Dinius for a workshop on ticks and tick-borne diseases.  Learn when ticks are most active, how ticks can impact our health, and the best prevention strategies.  All information is based on peer-reviewed, published scientific data.  This program will take place at the Adams Center located at 33 Summer Street in Kingston. Registration is requested.

This is the first program in the Healthy Kingston speaker series, a collaboration between the Kingston Board of Health and the Kingston Public Library. More programs are being scheduled for the fall.  To register, click on the button below or contact the Library at 781-585-0517.

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May 25th – Handy Volunteers Needed!

Handy volunteers needed!

Do you have fix-it skills? Are you a tinkerer? If so, then come share your knowledge with the community!

We’re looking for volunteer coaches with the knowledge and skills to teach their neighbors how to prepare and repair tools for yard work, gardening tools, and bicycles.

Kingston’s first Fixit Clinic will take place on May 25th at the Highway Barn from 9am to noon. If you have the skills and want to help out your neighbors, contact Jean at jln12@comcast.net to sign up as a fix-it coach!