Youth Advisory Council

teen-pokemon1The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of volunteers, ages 11-17, who meet monthly to plan fun programs and fundraisers. Sometimes the fundraisers are for YAC, sometimes for the Library, and often they are to support organizations that help people.

YAC kids also help us choose new books, movies, music and video games for the Library’s Teen Space.   If you would like to see if YAC is right for you…feel free to join the group’s next scheduled meeting.  There is almost always pizza!

Interested in joining YAC?  Email Hannele at

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YAC meetings are currently postponed until further notice.

  • VacationVacation
    The Local History Room will be closed from July 21 through August 4. If you click on the photo to display a larger size, you may be able to make out what looks like the Bug Light on the horizon on the right side of the the photo (under the black dashed line).   Sources: ...
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  • What’s in a name?What's in a name?
    There’s a spot in Kingston just west of Exit 9 on Route 3, elevation about 68 feet, which has been long known as Thomas’ Hill. In her 1933 description of Kingston place names, Emily Fuller Drew tells us ...
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  • Tura’s PharmacyTura's Pharmacy
    From the 1870s until last October, Kingston had a drugstore on Summer Street. Tura’s Pharmacy has a long history, and it’s on display in the Local History Room’s exhibit case this month. Stop by the Library and check it out.
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  • Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
    From the fabulous Finney postcards comes this touching glimpse of two mischievous vandals and their squirrel sidekick pranking Santa while he naps. For more Christmas goodness from the Local History Room , see here and here.   Source: Joseph Cushman Finney Papers MC11 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and ...
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  • Laddie: A Christmas StoryLaddie: A Christmas Story
    Just for the holidays! Stop by the Library and see Laddie. This is Elspeth Hardy’s first grade class at the Faunce School (then called Center Primary) in 1915. In 1928, she would help another group of students write a book, as she explains in the preface.
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  • Happy Halloween from 1952Happy Halloween from 1952
        Source: School Photographs IC5 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • Welcome Home from the War to End All WarsWelcome Home from the War to End All Wars
    For more on Kingston’s Welcome Home parade, see this post.   Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Negatives scanned with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and digitized at the Boston Public Library in conjunction with the Digital Commonwealth) For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, ...
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  • A lovely little launchA lovely little launch
    Yes, the Local History Room is full of old stuff, but sometimes we get new old stuff, new to us anyway.  One of our recent accessions is a small trove of photographs, most not well identified, of boats built by George W. Shiverick in his shop on the Jones River. ...
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  • Carved in StoneCarved in Stone
    Kingston has grave stones that predate the town.  Photos of some of them are in the display case this month.     Source: Jones River Village Historical Society Lantern Slides IC4 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • It’s National Library Card Sign-up MonthIt's National Library Card Sign-up Month
    Do you have a library card? If not, please stop by the Library and get one, and take a look at this month’s Local History exhibit featuring some older library registers and cards. Source: Frederic C. Adams Library and  Kingston Public Library Collection MC22 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local ...
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  • Working on the boatWorking on the boat
    Are they getting ready for a late summer cruise, or putting her away for the season? Source: Mary Hathaway Collection MC21 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • August 22 was a Saturday in 1863 tooAugust 22 was a Saturday in 1863 too
    The Local History Room recently received a trove of old ledgers from H. K. Keith & Co.  These hand-written record books track inventory in the general store, customer accounts and daily sales, like this apparently busy Saturday exactly 153 years ago today. It appears that the column between the item and ...
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  • Two people, one house and a clerihewTwo people, one house and a clerihew
    This is the Reverend Augustus Russell Pope (1819-1855), minister of Kingston’s First Parish Church, or as it was then known, First Congregational Society, from 1844 to 1849.  The biographical piece linked above lauds Pope’s work in Kingston, particularly his work with the Town’s schools. This is Lucy Ann Meacham Pope (1820-1870), the Reverend’s wife, who was originally from ...
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  • Photobombing is not a new thingPhotobombing is not a new thing
    One August in the middle of the 1930s, Emily Fuller Drew took some photos to document the Old Lucas House on Pembroke Street. Her file card for one of the lantern slides made from these negatives reads: William Cooke was son of Jacob Cooke Jr. mentioned in #38. He inherited & bought a ...
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  • SummertimeSummertime
    There’s a new exhibit in the Local History case in the Library lobby.  Stop by to see photos of summers past in Kingston: ice cream, beaches, picnics and more.   Source: Mary Hathaway Collection MC21 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • Here come the First Comers!Here come the First Comers!
    In 1920, the South Shore celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in a six-month frenzy of Pilgrim-related activities, including a sprawling outdoor pageant — more detail here — featuring Kingstonians like Emily Fuller Drew in full Pilgrim dress. In 2020, just five short years from now, the 400th anniversary will be upon ...
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  • The devil is in the detailsThe devil is in the details
    Emily Fuller Drew wrote an extensive caption on the back of a print of this image: 1925 Lyman Cushman’s barns and shed on Elm St. Taken from the now Harper barn. A freshet tore down thro the valley, the Winter Meadow Brook and the canal which took its place, washing out ...
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  • Memorial DayMemorial Day
    Decoration Day, which we now know as Memorial Day, started in 1868.  Kingston’s first documented observance was 1879, with formal Town funding starting in 1881.  Stop by the Library to see photographs of Memorial Day parades dating back over a century. Source: Mary Hathaway Collection MC21
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  • Rock bowl?Rock bowl?
    These two negatives have no accompanying information whatsoever, but the intriguing rock formation may be the result of the glaciers that covered the area about 23,000 years ago, and could well show one of the “punch bowls” Emily Fuller Drew wrote about in her 1933 notes on places around town. The Punch Bowls ...
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  • Well, well, well, that’s the PointWell, well, well, that's the Point
    One of the many lantern slides collected by Emily Fuller Drew for the Jones River Village Historical Society, this image shows the Point, where Summer Street peels away from Main Street. It was the center of Kingston before the railroad came through. The index card of Emily’s notes on this slide reads: 20. ...
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