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Thanks again for your generous offer to help the Kingston Public Library! We will be in touch soon!

Volunteer roles

These are our current and upcoming opportunities for volunteers.

Greeters

Greeters will be scheduled for 2-hour shifts and will be stationed near the Library entrance.

We will train you to

  • welcome the public back to the Library
  • let people know what to expect and what’s required
  • monitor the number of people entering and leaving the building so we stay within occupancy limits
  • answer routine questions or refer questions to us
  • direct people to the right staff member or area

Storytime Readers and Presenters

Library programs are now online, both live on Zoom and as prerecorded videos. We’ll work with you to coordinate scheduling, solve technical issues, and promote your program.

We hope before long to resume offering programs in person.

Storytime Readers

Our first priority is for readers to create online storytimes for children from preschool to grade 2. Storytimes run for 30 minutes.

Presenters

Are you interested in creating other programs? We know there are many talented people in Kingston, and we invite you to propose a program for any age. You could teach a craft or a skill, or share your interests with the community.

Juneteenth

Portrait of two children
From the Library of Congress

Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day.

https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth

The Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in Confederate states at the start of 1863,  and the 13th Amendment ended slavery across the U.S. almost three years later. In the year between, the news of freedom spread slowly. It was only when the Union Army reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that an officer read aloud the order “that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free”

 

Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of thousands of people in Texas that day.  In the 155 years since, Juneteenth has been joyously celebrated,  solemnly observed and virtually erased, all at the same time. In the conflicting ways that we know our shared history, and how we acknowledge and resolve those differences, lies the liminal lesson of Juneteenth:

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner

What will our next Juneteenth be like?