Teen Book Groups

Page Turners

Check out the Page Turners, the Kingston Public Library teen book group!   Join us after every YAC meeting for a lively discussion about books you’re currently reading, past reads, and favorite books!  For more information contact Hannele –  hminsk@kingstonpubliclibrary.org or 781-585-0157 x6284

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  • Lives Alone – The Story of Kingston’s Famous HermitLives Alone - The Story of Kingston's Famous Hermit
    Thinking of those who are under-represented in archival collections, of the undocumented figures of history,  hermits have to be in the top ten, right?  That just doesn’t seem right, so… here’s the story of Kingston’s famous hermit, drawn from a cabinet card, a few entries in town records, a newspaper article, ...
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  • “I send you…"I send you...
    patriotic greetings on his birthday.”   From the chock-full-of-holiday-goodness of the Loring Postcard collection.
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  • Bills, Bills, Bills!Bills, Bills, Bills!
    January is not only cold and snowy, but usually swamped with bills from the previous month’s holiday extravagances. For example, in December of 1893, the Town of Kingston spent $2.50 at John C. Dawe’s establishment.  Eschewing groceries and grains, bypassing sails and spars, avoiding coffee and varnish, the Town settled ...
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  • Happy New Year!Happy New Year!
    From Helen Foster again.
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  • A Holiday Treat!A Holiday Treat!
    It’s heartwarming to know that on a planet somewhere far away, Christmas means Cupid with a whip riding snails pulled by dragonflies.
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  • Holiday OrnamentsHoliday Ornaments
    This month’s exhibit features a collection of holiday ornaments created by the Kingston Lions Club between 1991 and 2001.  Each limited edition glass ball bears the likeness of a Kingston icon — from the old Town Hall and Soldier’s Monument to Bildad Washburn’s Tavern on Main Street and the fish ...
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  • Ichabod Washburn Benevolent FundIchabod Washburn Benevolent Fund
    Applications for Kingston’s 2011 Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund are now online. Completed forms are due at the Town Clerk’s Office by January 31, 2011.  Funds will be distributed in March 2011. To learn more about Ichabod Washburn, check out this earlier post.
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  • A little walk on Summer StreetA little walk on Summer Street
    WARNING: For the historical thought experiment that follows, imagine there’s no traffic on Route 3A/Summer Street. Yes, it’s not easy, and if you can’t persuade yourself, please DON’T stand in the middle of the street! You have been warned! Stand in the middle of Summer Street just south of Evergreen and ...
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving!
    Last year, a great color postcard really captured the festivities of the holiday, and the year before, a little dance card prompted a step into the many varieties of the quadrille.  This year, Helen Foster provides a look back at Thanksgiving in Kingston history.  Above, a preliminary sketch she drew ...
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  • Kingston CopsKingston Cops
    In 1954 Town Meeting Voted: That the sum of $2,200 be transferred from unappropriated available funds in the treasury for the purchase of a so-called station wagon type vehicle, to be used as an ambulance for the Police Department and authorize the Selectmen to turn in the present Hudson now owned ...
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  • An Army to Gather the Crop.An Army to Gather the Crop.
      This month’s exhibit is a glimpse into the long history of cranberries in Kingston. Stop by the Library to gather some trivia to show off at Thanksgiving dinner!
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  • Back to the tropics?Back to the tropics?
          Sometime back, coconuts mysteriously appeared in a “Kingston” photo. Today, the mystery was nearly solved, but not quite.  This print by Huc Mazelet Luquiens, a Massachusetts-born artist known for his images of Hawaii, had been hidden between a silhouette of Abby Bosworth Holmes Jones and the back of the frame that ...
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  • Howland’s Lane BridgeHowland's Lane Bridge
    Two years ago, we noted that the wooden planks in the Howland’s Lane bridge over the railroad tracks needed to be replaced, an  issue had been under discussion for a decade.  The bridge, built in the 1870s and renovated during the 1930s, is now closed for repairs.  Rocky Nook’s primary ...
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  • 202 years ago next Monday…202 years ago next Monday...
    On September 20, 1808, the President sent this to the inhabitants of Kingston in response to their earlier petition about the Embargo Act of 1807.  As form letters go, this is a good one.
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  • For medicinal purposes and no otherFor medicinal purposes and no other
    To Mr. Seth Drew In accordance with the provisions of the statues of 1855 Chap. 215 you are hereby appointed an Agent of the Town of Kingston to purchase Spiritous or Intoxicating liquors and sell the same at your residence to the inhabitants of said town to be used in the ...
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  • Back in the classroom, open your booksBack in the classroom, open your books
    Captioned by the teacher’s grand-niece, this photograph shows the seventh and eight grades at the Center Primary. This school house is now known as the Faunce School.  For another class photo, see here.
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  • Sailing, SailingSailing, Sailing
    Kingston’s storied history of building ocean-going sailing vessels stretches from about 1713, when shipwright Samuel Drew and his son Cornelius set up shop on the Jones River, until 1874, when Edward Holmes launched the brig Helen A. Holmes, or perhaps until 1898 when Edward Ransom built only Kingston’s only steamer, ...
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  • Cushman’s Store – Outside and InCushman's Store - Outside and In
    The house at 196 Main Street, partially visible on the left in the photo above, stands on land purchased in 1785 by David Beal, and was probably built around then.  The store wing was added in 1794.  Beal’s son, David Jr., then his son-in-law Horace Collamore ran the store until ...
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  • Building the Bailey PlaygroundBuilding the Bailey Playground
    Drop by the Library to see a selection of photos and a few other things that tell the story of the Bailey Playground.
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  • I hear that train a-coming…I hear that train a-coming...
    For more about Old Colony Railroad, check out the Local History Room’s exhibit case. At one of their earliest meetings, the Directors of the Old Colony Railroad  voted to give the engines historical names related to Plymouth. The “Mayflower” along with the “Miles Standish” pulled the very first trainload of dignitaries ...
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