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December 3rd at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Christopher Klein

In his book, When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom, Christopher Klein tells how thousands of Civil War veterans who had fled to the United States rather than perish in the wake of the Great Hunger still considered themselves Irishmen first and Americans second. With the tacit support of the U.S. government, the Fenian Brotherhood carried out a series of five attacks on Canada. This motley group established a state in exile, planned prison breaks, weathered infighting, stockpiled weapons, assassinated enemies, and managed to seize a piece of Canada—if only for three days.

Christopher Klein is a Drew University graduate. He’s the author of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores, and The Die Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston.

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November 12th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Jennifer Sinsigali

In the historical novel Before the Mayflower, Jennifer Sinsigalli enters the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a time of transition from Queen Elizabeth to King James in England, and in the Netherlands, the Dutch Golden Age. The story of the thirty-three years leading up to the famous Mayflower voyage is told in this meticulously researched novel, combining known names like Brewster and Bradford with the fictional family of printer Nicholas Okes.

Jennifer Sinsigalli, whose pen name is J.L. Rose, is a Massachusetts native and a 1996 graduate of Williams College. She has called Duxbury home since 2015.

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KPL Seed Library@Home!

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 SeedLibrary@Home

Thank you to all who ordered seeds!  We hope you have a great growing season!

At the moment, we are not taking any more seed orders.  Due to an overwhelming response, our seed supply has been depleted.  If you would like to donate seeds, you can mail them to us at 6 Green Street, Kingston, MA 02364.  Or come by and drop them in the book drop!


Gardening Resources

Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Umass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment

National Gardening Association

American Horticultural Society

SeedSavers Exchange – Planning a garden

GardenWeb – an online gardening forum

Guerrilla Gardening – a growing forum for gardeners with limited space

The Kingston Garden Club on Facebook

The Helpful Gardener Forums – resources for younger gardeners

A Series of Unfortunate Events – The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

I am sorry to say that the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and the one you are holding may be the worst of them all.

If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this audio will probably fill you with despair.

Book cover - Caroline by Sarah Miller

“Caroline” by Sarah Elizabeth Miller

In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.

In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril.

The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline’s new world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles’ hands into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses.

For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier’s most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly reimagines our past.

*Recommended by Hannele