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.

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Wednesday Afternoon Reading Club

Stack of colorful booksCome join a new children’s Reading Club for children aged 7-10. We’ll meet every other week and read 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.

Our next meeting will be on September 19th at 5pm.


Opening Soon – New Teen Room

The Kingston Public Library is excited to announce that renovations are now underway for our new Teen Room!  Equipped with colorful furnishings, our new dedicated teen space will give young adults their own area to read, use technology, build and create, and interact with each other.

We’ll have something for teens of all interests – a big screen TV for movies, a Wii U and Playstation 4 with plenty of games to play alone or with friends, computer stations for work and play, a button maker, a craft table, a device charging station, and more.    And of course we’ll have our great selection of young adult books, magazines, and graphic novels for teens to browse through and read.

The new teen room is scheduled to open in early October.  Stop by the Kingston Public Library or give us a call at 781-585-0517 to find out more.


October Gallery and Display Case Exhibit – Kingston Senior Center Oil Painting Class Exhibit

This October, the Kingston Public Library will exhibit work by the students of A. Violet Berry in their Wednesday morning oil painting workshops. The students featured in this exhibit are Diane Wilson, Ruth Littman, Richard Stevens, Sue Mrosk, Rita Bento, Gail Burgess, Armando Enriquez, Bill Mello, Gladys McGarry, Maralyn “Gig” Paris and Bruce Faber. Their exhibit features a variety of animals, landscapes and more.

All of the students are senior citizens, most from Kingston. Some have painted before, but for many this class has been their introduction to painting.

For the past 15 years, Mrs. Berry, for many years an art teacher in the Kingston school system, has been teaching oil painting through the Council on Aging. Former Council on Aging Director Muriel Boyce made the original suggestion to Mrs. Berry and her late husband Patrick, and worked with them to plan and promote the class to seniors, and it has proven very popular; most of the students from the first class have continued through several years. Classes are held in the spring and fall at the Senior Center on Wednesday mornings.

The exhibit will be on view in the library’s gallery and display case throughout October.

Are You Registered to Vote?

If you need help registering to vote, stop by the Kingston Public Library and ask a staff member.  We can help you find information about how to register, ballot questions, where to vote, and more.

Where can I find information on voter registration and voting in Massachusetts?

Visit the Massachusetts Secretary of State Voting Information page.

How do I check my voter registration?

Visit the Massachusetts Secretary of State web page and enter your information.  You’ll need your name, date of birth, and zipcode to find out your status.

How do I register to vote?

Visit the Massachusetts Online Voter Registration System and click the button labeled “Register or Pre-register to vote”.  You’ll be asked to answer some simple questions and provide date of birth and license number.

How do I update my personal information or change my party affiliation?

Visit the Massachusetts Online Voter Registration System and click the button labeled “Update Address and or Party” or “Update Name”.

Where do I go to vote?

To find your polling location visit the Massachusetts Elections and Voting page and enter your address and town of residence.

What questions are on the ballot?

There are 3 ballot questions for Massachusetts residents.  To find information about each question, visit the 2018 Ballot Questions page from the Massachusetts Secretary of State.

How do I get an absentee ballot?

Download and fill out this Massachusetts official absentee ballot application short form and bring it to Town Hall

October 13th 9am to 3pm – The Friends of the Kingston Public Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Kingston Public Library annual Book Sale will be held outside on Saturday, October 13, 2018 Rain or Shine from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Kingston Public Library, 6 Green Street.  This year’s collection includes thousands of paperbacks, children’s books, novels in almost perfect condition, art books, and a whole Dewey Decimal System of other subjects. We have a great collection at great prices.  Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Kingston Public Library, which supports the Library through programs, sponsorship of museum passes, books, and other special purchases.


Volunteers are still needed for help in the afternoon on the day of the sale.   Please call the Library at 781-585-0517 to volunteer.  This is a great community service project for kids.  Donations of books (no textbooks or magazines, please) will be accepted at the Library during open hours.

Thursday, October 18 at 6:30pm – Jumpstart Your College Essay Workshop

High school students are more than their grades, test scores, or activities. Experiences and interests shape what the future holds, too, which is what the college essay is all about. If you are preparing to head to college, the essay is the best way to let schools know who you really are and why you should be considered for acceptance.

The Kingston Public Library is offering a free presentation for seniors on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30pm at the Kingston Council on Aging, 30 Evergreen Street. This two-hour session, which will include the opportunity for Q&A, is designed to help seniors. The topics that will be covered are how to consider the application process and school selection in ways that help tailor essays and applications, understand what colleges want and don’t in an essay. You will learn tricks for approaching the essay and creating a first draft that is really yours, and review how to edit and finish a good essay.

This program is being conducted by Hannah Roveto, a professional marketing writer. She has helped several high school students plan and work through essays and at several presentations conducted at the Kingston Public Library. Roveto is a local writer and marketing strategist whose c areer list includes industry-leading companies, non-profits, and public sector organizations. In addition to writing professionally, she volunteers her skills to help local organizations in which she is active. As a mom she has experienced the college application process first hand, and shares lessons learned with other parents.

This workshop is free. Registration is required and space is limited to 12 participants. To register please call the Kingston Public Library at 781-585-0517 or click on the register button below.

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Thursday October 18th at 6:30 – Phoenix Book Group

The Phoenix Colorful books, spine up, leaning to the rightBook Group for sixth graders meets monthly in the Activities Room for dinner, book discussion and arts/crafts.

The Phoenix Book Group for sixth graders meets monthly in the Activities Room for dinner, book discussion and arts/crafts. This month we are reading Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Please RSVP using the online form or by calling Stephanie Legg at 781-585-0517 x6282.