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It’s almost Town Meeting Time

Town Meeting begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 8. As of July 27, the venue is the Kingston Collection, 101 Kingston Collection Way, in the space next to the movie theater,  formerly occupied by K1 Speed.

mall map with town meeting space hightlightedKingston’s Town Meeting is run according to Town Meeting Time: A Handbook of Parliamentary Law, by the Massachusetts Moderators Association.

You can borrow a copy from KPL and other local libraries, or read it  online at the Internet Archive (account required, but it’s free).

Volunteer form

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Read more about these volunteer roles here.


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Thanks again for your generous offer to help the Kingston Public Library! We will be in touch soon!

Volunteer roles

These are our current and upcoming opportunities for volunteers.


Greeters will be scheduled for 2-hour shifts and will be stationed near the Library entrance.

We will train you to

  • welcome the public back to the Library
  • let people know what to expect and what’s required
  • monitor the number of people entering and leaving the building so we stay within occupancy limits
  • answer routine questions or refer questions to us
  • direct people to the right staff member or area

Storytime Readers and Presenters

Library programs are now online, both live on Zoom and as prerecorded videos. We’ll work with you to coordinate scheduling, solve technical issues, and promote your program.

We hope before long to resume offering programs in person.

Storytime Readers

Our first priority is for readers to create online storytimes for children from preschool to grade 2. Storytimes run for 30 minutes.


Are you interested in creating other programs? We know there are many talented people in Kingston, and we invite you to propose a program for any age. You could teach a craft or a skill, or share your interests with the community.

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Thanks for offering to help us re-invent and re-open the Library!

green highligher emphasizes volunteer in a page of textWe’re working towards welcoming the public back into the Library. Because we’ve had staff reductions, we need some help from volunteers.

The first opportunities are for volunteer greeters, storytime readers and program presenters. Other opportunities may be added to this list. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate everyone who applies, and that staff and volunteers will follow all recommended covid-19 safety requirements, including PPE.

To volunteer, please complete this form. If we’re able to match you with an opportunity, we’ll need you to sign a release form and agree to a CORI check.

If you have questions, please call Library Director Mike Slawson at 781-831-6273 or send him an email.

Thank you so much for your interest in the Kingston Public Library.

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From the Library of Congress

Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day.

The Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in Confederate states at the start of 1863,  and the 13th Amendment ended slavery across the U.S. almost three years later. In the year between, the news of freedom spread slowly. It was only when the Union Army reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that an officer read aloud the order “that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free”


Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of thousands of people in Texas that day.  In the 155 years since, Juneteenth has been joyously celebrated,  solemnly observed and virtually erased, all at the same time. In the conflicting ways that we know our shared history, and how we acknowledge and resolve those differences, lies the liminal lesson of Juneteenth:

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner

What will our next Juneteenth be like?

Printing for curbside pickup

Pickup hours are Mondays 1 – 7 and Tuesdays-Fridays 11 – 4.

More details can be found here.

If you submit a form and don’t hear from us within 3 days, please call us at 781-585-0517 and we’ll straighten it out.

Thanks for your patience.


If you need color, please check the box.

Attach your file here.

Curbside pickup email form

Pickup hours are Mondays 1 – 7 and Tuesdays-Fridays 11 – 4.

More details for this service can be found here.

If you submit a form and don’t hear from us within 3 days, please call us at 781-585-0517 and we’ll straighten it out.

Thanks for your patience.

Which would you like?

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Printing for Curbside Pickup – Available Now

line drawing of a computer printerThe Kingston Public Library is now offering printing with curbside pickup.

Your first five pages are free and the charge is 20¢ per page after that. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee complete privacy, though we will place your print jobs in an envelope for pickup.

Please complete the “printing for curbside pickup” form and attach the file to be printed.

Hours for curbside pickup:

  • Monday: 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: 11 am to 4pm

What we can print for you:

  • Plain paper, letter or legal size, black & white or color
  • Maximum file size is 1 MB.
  • Acceptable file types are
jpg jpeg png gif pdf
doc docx ppt pptx odt
  • If your print job is over 20 pages, we’ll let you know the estimated cost before we print.
  • You can pay online if the balance is over $5.00; log in to your OCLN account for more information.
  • You can pay in cash when the Library reopens.

When your print job is ready:

  • We’ll call you when your items are ready for pickup.
  •  We’ll also let you know the cost of printing, which is charged to your library card as “Printing.”
  • 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 document on the table and re-enters the building.
  • Please make sure to wear a mask and maintain social distancing with other library visitors.