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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  • MayflowersMayflowers
    “April showers bring Mayflowers,” especially lately with all the recent rain and particularly in Massachusetts, where these fragrant little blossoms are our state flower. Commonly called Mayflowers, trailing arbutus or less elegantly, the gravel plant, Epigaea repens can be found hiding under pine needles ...
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  • Water for KingstonWater for Kingston
    On April 12, 1886, workers broke ground for the construction of a reservoir as part of Kingston’s new municipal water system. Located just south of Russell Pond off Round Hill Road, the reservoir was used by the Water Department until 1996. Reservoir, circa 1923 In his paper “Problems of the Water Department” ...
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  • Hoppy Easter!Hoppy Easter!
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  • Greetings from Kingston, Mass.Greetings from Kingston, Mass.
    The exhibit for April in the Local History display case is a selection of early 20th century color postcards showing Kingston buildings and places. Stop by and take a look!
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  • Crash!Crash!
    Conductor at trolley accident, 1910 Here are two views of a trolley accident in Kingston from sometime in 1910. The cars shown here belonged to the Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company, which was originally called the Plymouth & Kingston Street Railway.  For more information on the company, which still runs buses ...
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  • The Town LandingThe Town Landing
    Lying at the foot of River Street, the Town Landing provides access for boaters to the Jones River, as well as a lovely place to sit and watch the water flow into Kingston Bay.  These two photos were taken by Ted Avery in April 1975. Forty years earlier, this was the ...
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  • The “Short Reach” of the Jones RiverThe "Short Reach" of the Jones River
    The “Short Reach” of the Jones River, 1920 Emily Fuller Drew took this photograph “expressly for the booklet” The Story of Jones River, which she and Sara Y. Bailey completed in 1920.  The original caption reads “Flat House Dock. The home of Joseph Bradford, youngest son of the Governor.  It is ...
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  • George E. Cushman’s delivery wagonGeorge E. Cushman's delivery wagon
    Even before the days of online ordering and overnight shipping, groceries and other necessities could appear at your door on demand, delivered perhaps by the horse-drawn wagons of Kingston merchant George E. Cushman. From 1864 when he began clerking in Azel Sampson’s dry goods store at 196 Main Street to ...
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  • Vital RecordsVital Records
    Vital records are the most basic paperwork of human life, the tangible evidence of the three most important events: birth, death and marriage. In Massachusetts, these events have been registered at the local level since 1635 and formally collected by the state since 1841.  On display this month are a ...
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  • “Proficiency in Typewriting”"Proficiency in Typewriting"
    Here is a recent acquisition, a fragment of the past that made its way into the Local History Room. This wallet-sized certificate attests to the speed and accuracy of the typwriting skills of one Esther De Marzio. Who was she, we ask? A 1927 Kingston High School graduate, Literary Editor and ...
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  • Happy holiday!Happy holiday!
      Source: Joseph Cushman Finney Papers MC11
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  • KINGSTONOPOLY!KINGSTONOPOLY!
    The Local History Exhibit for February starts with the game of Kingstonopoly, a customized version of the classic board game Monopoly done for the PTO of Kingston Elementary School in 2000.  Looking through the collections of the Local History Room, we find not only a pair of adorable wooden boxes ...
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  • The Adams BlockThe Adams Block
    The original Adams Block consisted of avariety of buildings picked up here and there by Horatio Adams, moved onto Summer Street and joined together in a new kind of retail conglomeration. A novel idea in the 1840s, the business block was a bold experiment. The nature of the structure, however, ...
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  • “The White Rose of Savoie” tradition"The White Rose of Savoie" tradition
    The house now known as 53 Lake Street was once the home of “Squire Holmes” whose father Jonathan Holmes Sr. built it at the time of his marriage to his second wife, Rebecca Tilden in 1752. Although it was a small structure, it was a double house and easily accommodated ...
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  • The only steamer built in KingstonThe only steamer built in Kingston
    In the spring of 1898, noted Kingston ship-builder Edward A. Ransom launched the largest vessel constructed on the Jones River since 1874, the steamer Tiger.  She was, in the words of Henry M. Jones, author of Ships of Kingston, “a handsome vessel” of 30 tons with an overall length of ...
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  • The Old Bay PathThe Old Bay Path
    The Old Bay Path Well before the Pilgrims landed, the Native Americans of southeastern Massachusetts had an extensive network of  well-worn trails, among them the Old Bay Path shown in these two lantern slides.  By 1637, the colonists had adopted the Bay Path as the main highway through Kingston. Eventually the ...
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  • New Exhibit: Ichabod Washburn Benevolent FundNew Exhibit: Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund
    The Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund was established over 130 years ago through a bequest to the Town of Kingston. Washburn, who was born and raised in Kingston, made his fortune as a wire manufacturer in Worcester but never forgot his hometown or the struggles of his mother, who raised her ...
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  • Treasure in a Shoe BoxTreasure in a Shoe Box
    Treasure in a Shoe Box Among the treasures describing the history of Kingston that Emily Fuller Drew bequeathed to the community is a common ladies shoe box.   The box itself probably qualifies as an antique on Ebay, but the real value lies in the contents: hundreds of 3″ X 5″ cards. ...
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  • Thanksgiving 1875Thanksgiving 1875
    In 1875 Kingston celebrated with a Grand Thanksgiving Ball on November 25. Cover of dance card, Grand Thanksgiving Ball, November 25, 1875 This dance card tells us that Bowle’s Quadrille Band played 17 numbers, 14 of which were listed as quadrilles. This was not as unvaried as it might sound, as there ...
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  • Equal timeEqual time
    After the dog photo last week, the cat demanded equal representation.  Here is an undated photo of Martha Bradford in costume holding a substantial and apparently contented tabby. Miss Martha Bradford and cat
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