All posts by Mike Slawson

May 10th at 6:30 – Watching the Weather at Great Blue Hill

Blue Hills Observatory

Mark Twain once remarked, “If you don’t like the weather in the New England now, just wait a minute.” The folks from the Blue Hills Observatory may have a slightly more nuanced view on the subject. Watching the Weather at Great Blue Hill will feature photos of the Observatory and how it changed between 1885 and 1908, weather instruments from the 19th, 20th and 21st century, the observed trends and how they relate to climate observations around the world and stories about some of the more challenging days at the Observatory. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A.

This program will be on Zoom, May 10 at 6:30 PM and is presented by Don McCasland, Program Director Blue Hill Observatory Science Center.

Mr. McCasland grew up in Foxboro watching his father check the thermograph every morning. In fact, a fascination with weather is in Don’s blood. His parents met while his father worked at Blue Hill Observatory in the 1940s. Mr. McCasland began at the Observatory in 1999 teaching kite making when the Science Center opened and eventually became the Program Director.

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May 3rd at 6:30 – The Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance

The Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance helps you get an overview of car maintenance from Chaya Milchtein of Mechanic Shop Femme. Learn when to perform specific maintenance tasks, and of course why, including changing oil and filters, tire pressure, coolant, and much more.  This class helps you be a more educated consumer so you can protect your investment. Questions are encouraged, so come prepared to learn maintenance in a way you never have before.
Bio: Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, writer, and speaker, and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme. Her work has appeared or been featured in publications ranging from the Chicago Tribune to Shondaland. With seven years in the auto industry under her belt and three years of virtual courses, you’re sure to find her class engaging and her information easy to understand. You can find her on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Kingston Public Library Expanded Open Hours

Open Hours
Monday 1:00 to 7:00
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 to 4:00

The Library staff are excited about opening back up to the public!  In order to make the building as safe and accessible as possible, please abide by the following rules when visiting the Library.

  1.  Before you enter, take a pass from the table at the entrance.  We are opening the building to 15 people at a time.  If there are no passes available you will have to wait or come back at a later time.
  2. Masks must be worn at all times
  3. Please sign the contact tracing form in the lobby when you enter
  4. The building is currently open for browsing and limited computer use.  We are not open for tutoring, meeting space, or long visits.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Library Director Mike Slawson at 781-831-6286 or

May 12th at 8pm – Drive in Movie Event – Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck

While the year 2020 brought the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower, the new year will bring a fascinating tale of a Mayflower passenger and his influence on William Shakespeare. Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck.


In this 90-minute film, producer Andrew Giles Buckley, creator and host of Hit and Run History, and his crew follow the story of Stephen Hopkins, the only passenger who had previously been to North America before traveling on the Mayflower. A decade earlier, in 1609, Hopkins had been aboard a Jamestown-bound ship called the Sea Venture, which wrecked on Bermuda.

Along with the other colonist castaways, Hopkins sailed to Jamestown on a newly constructed ship. In a fascinating intersection of history, Hopkins’s attendance at the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe led him to escape from Jamestown and travel back to England with Pocahontas and her husband. It was this happenstance in its entirety that may have led to Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest.

Buckley, a descendant of Hopkins, grew up hearing stories of the man who may have inspired The Tempest’s own drunken and boisterous Stephano. This personal connection leads to the great retracing of steps throughout Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck.

Shot on location in Plymouth (Massachusetts and England), and the notable historic towns and villages in between, one such retracing of steps undertaken by the Hit and Run History film crew is the 50-mile route from Plymouth Rock to the Massasoit Spring in present-day Warren, RI – on foot in two days. The trek by Hopkins and fellow Pilgrim Edward Winslow, led by the Native American Squanto, was a mission of peace and diplomacy by the English colonists to Massasoit, the great sachem of the Pokanoket (now Wampanoag) tribes, visiting Massasoit’s home village of Sowams. Buckley is accompanied on the journey by Christian Wessling, a member of the Wampanoag tribe and Squanto’s descendant.

Between Hopkins’s crisscrossing voyages across the Atlantic and close relationships with historical figures such as Pocahontas and Squanto, his personal history, apparent influence, and the man’s omnipresence at the founding of America are revealed.

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Curbside Pickup

The Kingston Public Library is now offering curbside pickup.  OCLN libraries are sending and receiving materials and ComCat – the Commonwealth Catalog – is up and running once again.

line drawing of a computer printerPrinting for curbside pickup click here

Hours for curbside pickup:

  • Monday: 1pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday through Friday: 11am to 4pm

Ways you can place a hold:

After your hold is placed:

  • We’ll let you know when your items are ready by your account preferences:
    • Email OR phone,  AND text message
    • You can change your preferences in MyAccount in the catalog
  • When you arrive at the library, call 781-831-6275 and let us know you’re here.
  • Wait in your car until staff puts your holds on the table and re-enters the building.
  • Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing with other library visitors.

Projekt 1065 Alan Gratz

Here is a review from Brook, age 14, for the book  “Project 1065” by Alan Gratz:

“A very interesting historical fiction that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was exciting and I didn’t want to stop reading it.  The challenges that Michael, the main character, went through were very well described and nicely worded throughout the book.  I highly recommend it.”