Category Archives: Happening Now

Post appears on What’s Happening at the Library page, and on the related primary page. The date should be within the next month. Applies to only one of a series at a time, so that the next Locavore meeting or the current Art exhibit is marked Now and those scheduled for the future are marked “Upcoming.”) NOTE: you can use either Now or Monthly, but not both.

Fish Out of Water Raffle – North and South Rivers Watershed Association

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, in conjunction with WaterSmart South Shore, is holding a custom painted wall hanging raffle. The Fish Out of Water raffle is being held to highlight the importance of water conservation, so that there is enough water in our streams and rivers for wildlife. The NSRWA collaborated with 11 artists and groups on the South Shore for this public art project.

The wall hanging for Kingston was painted by Deanna van Lear of Scituate, and is on display at the Kingston Public Library at 6 Green Street. Paper entries will be accepted at the library or you can enter online on the NSRWA website.  Entries should be submitted before September 18th.

Deanna is the Kidney Walk National Director for the National Kidney Foundation. She is from Philadelphia and has lived in Massachusetts for the last two years. When asked why she decided to participate, Deanna said, “Since moving here (and starting a family), working to help protect the environment to improve what gets passed along to our children has become more and more important to me. We love being on the water and the ability to participate in this project is the perfect combination of all the above plus my creative side. The nautical flags spell love.”

August Gallery Exhibit – Nancy Kepus: A Journey In Art

This August, our gallery features the oil paintings of Nancy Kepus.  In this exhibit, ‘Nancy Kepus: A Journey In Art’, her love of nature comes through to the viewer. In the painting titled ‘Horses On the Move’ the power and the beauty of each the horses will take your breath away. From bears to rabbits and scenic views, each painting will draw you in to that world.

About the Artist:

Nancy was born in Kingston in 1922. She was just a baby when her parents moved to Michigan where her father found steady work.

Her art journey began when she moved to the state of Washington in the early ’70’s. She lived near an art center and being inspired by the beauty of the mountains, flowers and animals, she began painting classes.

Nancy’s natural talent came through as she delved into watercolors and oils. She was encouraged to enter her works in nearby fairs and many won awards. Her proudest was the ‘Drinking Horse’ painting which won Best In Show and People’s Choice. Nancy was also up to challenges when a neighbor mentioned that horses were hard to paint. As a result, Nancy completed the ‘Horses On the Move’ (24×36 oil on canvas) in less than three weeks. She extended her creativity to calligraphy and added writing with her own poetry. Using these works, Nancy entered contests. Her successes included winning trips to Alaska and Hawaii, as well as miscellaneous gifts. She continued watercolors when she moved to Florida. The flowers and beaches were her inspiration.

In 2007 she returned to her hometown, Kingston, where she participated with Violet Berry’s painting class at the Kingston Senior Center. Then at the age 80 and 90+, Nancy came to cherish the New England lighthouses and nature. She appreciated opportunities to paint with the group and welcomed the challenges to develop her skills with Violet’s keen instruction.

I am proud to share my mom’s story in art. Her presence can be felt through the way she saw the beauty around her.



August 22nd at 6pm – Magic: The Gathering Club for Teens

Join us for the weekly meeting of Kingston’s Magic:  The Gathering Club!  A starter deck will be provided for each attendee, and we welcome both new and experienced players.

This club is for ages 13 to 18 and meets weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 7:45pm in the Teen Room at the Kingston Public Library. For more information contact Mike at the Library at 781-585-0517 or

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August 22nd at 6pm – Animal World Experience

Animal World Experience incorporates animal lover Matt Gabriel’s mission of providing the funnest, most interactive, and educational animal presentations to audiences of all ages.  Please register online using the form below. Registration is required and this program is best suited for folks ages 4 and older.


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September 4th at 5pm – Wednesday Afternoon Reading Club

The Wednesday Reading Club meets every other week. We are currently reading The Last Kids on Earth by Matt Ballier. In addition, we’ll be mixing it up–discussing favorite characters; adding a related craft, game or activity; reading from a kid-friendly theater script and adding costumes for role-playing fun. The goal of this group is to support young readers and the instructor for this program is Angela Ball.

September 12th at 5:30 – Kingston Public Library Book Group

Join us for interesting discussions of classic and contemporary literature, with a special focus on fiction. We welcome newcomers!

We meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Kingston Council on Aging. We begin each meeting with a brown bag supper, and sometimes we bring supper for everyone.

This month, we’ll be reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. If you would like the Library to help you locate a copy, please call 781-585-0517. Come and join the discussion!