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Library Status Update

Dear Kingston Residents,

The recent changes to the Commonwealth’s reopening plan include allowing public libraries to increase their visitor capacity to 50%.  Some neighboring town library buildings are open, and others are planning to expand their indoor services in the coming weeks.

The staff at the Kingston Public Library have done everything to prepare a safe and welcoming environment in anticipation of reopening the library building.  One obstacle remains – staffing.  In July, four of ten library positions were cut from the town budget, leaving the Library without the capacity to provide some of the basic services Kingston residents have come to need and expect.  Most important, the loss of Kingston’s Children’s Librarian has greatly diminished the Library’s ability to provide children’s services and programming.

Still, the remaining staff have adapted services, programs, and procedures to safely provide:

  • curbside pickup and printing
  • outdoor browsing
  • grab-and-go crafts
  • virtual programs

Making the decision to open the building to the public brings an array of new challenges that library staff must address.  The most critical and difficult:  the Library cannot safely open the building and provide curbside service at the same time.  In consultation with the Kingston Reopening Task Force, the Library Trustees and I have made the decision that with the current staffing level, the best way for the Library to safely serve the greatest number of people is to concentrate on curbside pickup, virtual programming, and outdoor services, while keeping the building closed to the public.  Library staff will continue to focus on how to provide and improve these services in a way that’s safe and allows for the most access possible.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Mike Slawson
Library Director

October 15th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Wayne Miller

In the early 1980s, a conspiracy of nine men, including three Boston cops and a Boston firefighter, burned the city and surrounding communities. For over two years these men torched 264 buildings, caused millions of dollars in damages and hundreds of injuries. Boston was ablaze with nightly fires with sirens wailing through the streets and people too afraid to sleep. Retired ATF Special Agent Wayne Miller lived this case for three years.

Mr. Miller was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Boston for 25 years.

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September 10th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Hank Phillippi Ryan

Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise in The First to Lie.

After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. But she doesn’t know that she isn’t the only one plotting revenge. There’s an affluent daughter of privilege, a glamorous manipulative wannabe, a determined reporter who is in too deep, and a grieving widow who has to choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?

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Bonus Borrows from Hoopla

Hoopla is offering Bonus Borrows to our patrons. These are checkouts that will not count against your 10 checkouts per month. To see a list of Bonus Borrows, go to the format you would like borrow such as eBook, movie, audiobook,  or music then click on categories. There you will see various Bonus Borrows lists. Click on any of them to see a list of what is available.  Click on the link to see a list of some movies that are Bonus Borrows.

If you have any questions, email them to kiref@kingstonpubliclibrary.org.

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