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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!

Children’s Summer Reading Program – A Universe of Stories

K-6 Summer Reading Begins June 11th!

This summer, the Kingston Public Library will be using Beanstack – an online tool where kids can get book recommendations and earn badges for their reading accomplishments!

 

How It Works

Register Online  or In-Person anytime between June 11th and August 1st  to Begin Your Summer Reading Program.  Register online here.

Stop by the library to receive your free book for registering.

Log your reading online or on paper to receive badges and a free book for every 5 books you record.

All registered readers will be invited to our End-of-Summer Reading Cupcake Party on August 14th. RSVP is required–link to be provided in August.

Summer Reading Contest for All Ages – What’s Your Story?

The library holds a universe of stories, what’s yours?

 

 

Share your original story, poem, song, image, or video and earn an additional chance to win this summer!

For more information, contact the Library at 781-585-0517

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s how it works:

1. Submit your story, poem, song, image, or video to http://bit.ly/creatorsraffle

2. Enjoy stories shared by other participants and view your own online at http://bit.ly/creatorscollection

3. Be entered to win a raffle prize!

 

Teen Summer Reading Program

 

 

 

 

 

How it Works

Teen Summer Reading kicks-off on June 21st for tweens and teens ages 11 and up.

– Get a goody bag and free book when you sign up!

– Read an age appropriate book and submit a one  paragraph book review.

– For each book review completed, you’ll be entered into a gift card drawing!

-Each participant can submit up to 15 book reviews

-The last day to submit book reviews is August 17th

To sign up

Fill out the teen summer reading sign up form and bring it in the Library, or email it to hminsk@kingstonpubliclibrary.org.   The second page of this form is where participants can write their book review.