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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

Open a Card and Use it From Home

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Using Your Card From Home

There’s lots you can do from home with your library card.  Check out an ebook, watch a movie, read a newspaper and more!

New Services!

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Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─  titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers.  You’ll need your Kingston Public Library Card to log in.  Don’t have a card?  Open one online here!

Movies and Books


Magazines & Periodicals

RB Digital for Magazines

For Kids

Overdrive for Kids and Teens

Digital Collections

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Little Free Libraries

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