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Drawing with the Apple Pencil

The Kingston Public Library is, again, offering a three week course for adults and children to introduce you to the iPad and Apple Pencil.

Classes are held in the Adams Center located at 33 Summer Street in Kingston. All materials are provided.

Please register online using the register links on this page or call the library at 781-585-0517 and ask for Stephanie or Mike. Class size is limited and registration is required. Classes build on each other so please be prepared to attend all three.

Class Information

Session 1 Ages 13 and up:  This course will run on consecutive Thursdays September 12, 19 & 26 from 7 PM to 9 PM. It is free and all materials are provided. The instructor for this program is artist and Kingston resident, Steve Clinch.

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Session 1 Ages 8 to 12: This course will run on Saturdays September 14, 21 & October 5th, from 9 AM to 11 AM. It is free and is for Kids ages 8-12. All materials are provided. The instructor for this program is artist and Kingston resident, Steve Clinch.

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Session 2 Ages 13 and up:  This course will run on consecutive Thursdays October 10th, 17th, & 24th from 7 PM to 9 PM. It is free and all materials are provided. The instructor for this program is artist and Kingston resident, Steve Clinch.

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Session 2 Ages 8 to 12: This course will run on Saturdays October 12th, 19th, & November 2nd from 9 AM to 11 AM. It is free and is for Kids ages 8-12. All materials are provided. The instructor for this program is artist and Kingston resident, Steve Clinch.

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Little Free Library Logo

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!

Libraries AND online booksellers

You might have seen that article last July in Forbes, which breezily suggested that libraries are obsolete in the brave new world of Amazon. Or, maybe you missed it because the large and furious backlash quickly prompted the magazine to pull the article.

To follow up on the story, and the story after that story, the library group OCLC conducted a study with an Ohio public library to find out how their patrons use libraries and Amazon.  This blog post details the research, making the

quantitative argument that libraries are not just important to the people who use library services, but to the businesses in adjacent spaces.

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Changes to eBook and eAudiobook Collection

On July 1st, we’re introducing a change to our eBook and eAudiobook collection that we’re pretty excited about. We have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks on a number of platforms in recent years. On July 1st, we’ll be streamlining those services a bit and building up the services that work best for Kingston library users.

Axis 360 will be discontinued, but you will find even more books and video on Overdrive and Hoopla in the coming months. Of course, you can continue to stream and download digital music from Hoopla.

We’re excited about making things a little simpler for you!  And remember, we can also help you find digital research resources. If you want help with any of this, drop in to see us or give us a call at 781-831-6272.

For additional information, visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Website.