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.

August Gallery and Display Case Exhibit – Watercolors By Ruth Goddard

This August,  we feature the paintings  and carvings of Ruth Goddard. In this exhibit, Ruth’s watercolors feature landscapes from New Hampshire, Rockport, and Canada. Many of her pieces highlight historical Wakefield locales and the Gloucester Lighthouse.

In the display case, Ruth’s among the carvings featured are a Box turtle, a Trojan horse, a Bald eagle, and the poet Robert Frost. She also painted on wood and metal. Her two decorative plates are included in this display.

Ruth attended the Massachusetts College of Art and then drafting school sponsored by the United States Government from there,  she worked as a draftsman at Genrad Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, She also worked as a draftsman at the National Radio Company of Malden, and Lam Lighting in Wakefield.

Ruth was a brilliant watercolor artist and created hundreds of paintings for family and friends. Many of her pieces highlighted historical Wakefield locales. She exhibited at the Co-op Bank in Wakefield and the Wakefield Library. She was one of the Wakefield Art Association founders and won several prizes for her watercolors. Ruth was the President of the Wakefield Arts/Crafts from 1966 to 1968.

Ruth was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Wakefield. She taught Sunday school and was very active in church activities. Out of the many things that she did…one was the artwork for the stone sign in front of the church, still there today.

As if she wasn’t busy enough–Ruth was a very active member in the Wakefield Garden Club for many years and, was a noted quilter, winning first prize for one of her quilts at a local show.

She and her family loved boating and spent many happy hours enjoying the ocean in Essex and Nantucket. She also loved figure skating where she met her husband of 58 years–Fred Goddard who was from Plymouth.

Ruth passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the age of 91.

Children’s Summer Reading Program – Through August 14th

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 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.

Teen Summer Reading – Through August 24th

Join us for the Teen Summer Reading Program at the Kingston Public Library!  Sign-ups begin on June 25th, and the program will run through August 24th.  All teens who sign up will receive a free goodie bag!

Teens who submit a book review will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Regal Cinemas, Target, or iTunes.  Participants can submit up to 10 reviews.

For more information, contact Hannele at hminsk@kingstonpubliclibrary.org, or 781-585-0517 x6284

Stack of colorful books

Wednesdays at 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.

To register contact: Stephanie Legg   781-585-0517   slegg@kingstonpubliclibrary.org

August meeting dates:

  • August 8th
  • August 22nd

Tuesday August 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th at 3:30pm – Silver Age Yoga

Join Kingston resident Suzanne Staples, of Bridge to Presence, LLC, for a donation-based Silver Age Yoga class. Silver Age Yoga, sometimes referred to as “Chair Yoga,” provides the benefits of a traditional yoga class; light stretching, muscle strengthening poses, and guided meditation, from the comfort and safety of a chair. No yoga experience is necessary for this class. Practitioners are offered the option of a few standing postures toward the end of class, still using the chair for support. All levels of fitness and flexibility encouraged to join.

Proceeds will benefit the Kingston Public Library Foundation Technology project. Recommended donation is $5-10 per class. Class size is limited, and registration is requested at the Library or online by visiting our online calendar.
Classes will be at the Adams Center, located at 33 Summer Street.

POSTPONED— August 15th at 6:30pm – Native Pollinators– POSTPONED

Our native pollinators are a critical piece of the world around us. There are thousands of pollinators that exist here and nowhere else and, beyond providing pollination services for our food, they help to sustain the diversity of life in our ecosystems. Prior to the introduction of the honey bee from Europe, all of our plants were pollinated by native pollinators. Due to a variety of factors, some of them, like the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, are in peril. Learn about possible solutions for lending them a helping hand.

This program will take place at the Kingston Council on Aging on August 15th at 6:30 PM and will be led by Blake Dinius. Mr. Dinius is the Plymouth County Entomologist-Educator and has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and has several years of professional experience in insect research.

This program has been postponed – check back soon for more information.