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.

  • New Old Business: Kingston Wants You!New Old Business: Kingston Wants You!
    There’s a lot of talk about Kingston’s business community these days, so here’s a look at efforts 50 years back to bring new business to town. Published in 1965 by the Industrial Development Commission, this colorful pamphlet lays out the advantages of mid-20th century Kingston: a strategic historic location, efficient town ...
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  • Election returnsElection returns
    Here are the returns from 1820.  Kingston’s 2015 town election is this Saturday, April 25. Be sure to vote! Source: Town House Attic Collection MC27 6.13 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • GarageGarage
    This is one of those with little information attached; we have only what’s depicted in the image.  It looks like it may have been taken between 1920, when the garage was built, and 1925, when the Fire Department moved the Surprise Hose Company in. The building at right was the second train ...
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  • Warmer weather’s coming (soon, we hope!)Warmer weather's coming (soon, we hope!)
    Time to scrape the barnacles off the hulls, check the lines and gear, and get the fleet ready for the season! Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • “This place will suit you.” Kingston’s first hotel, 1854-1970“This place will suit you.” Kingston’s first hotel, 1854-1970
    We’ve got a new exhibit in the Library lobby. Stop by and take a look. The spot where the Kingston Public Library stands was once the site of Kingston’s first hotel, built in 1854, just nine years after the Old Colony Railroad first chugged through town. Former boarding house proprietor Josiah ...
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  • The last Presidents Day (this December)The last Presidents Day (this December)
    Tomorrow, December 30, is the last Presidents Day here at the Library.  We’ve had our letters from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Quincy Adams and  Thomas Jefferson (who apparently didn’t have a middle name) on display for a few selected day this month, but this is the last time for a while. They’ll ...
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  • File under: What the…?File under: What the...?
      Okay, it’s a business pitch to the Board of Selectmen, but what exactly  is a lungmotor? Our friends at the Library of Congress can help!   If you need to know more about the Lungmotor (like I did), the Boston company put out a whole book on their product. Popular Science reported on ...
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  • Evergreen Cemetery PondEvergreen Cemetery Pond
      84. Evergreen Cemetery Pond, 1876 Naturally a damp, spring spot. When cemetery was planned , the spot was drained and curbed as shown. Later the pines were cut down or broke down from winter ice, and the spot was landscaped. Mr. Edgar Reed gave the granite seat on the north ...
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  • Saturday’s cemetery tour postponedSaturday's cemetery tour postponed
    The tour of Evergreen Cemetery planned by the Jones River Village Historical Society for this Saturday, October 4, has been postponed. As a small consolation, here are few interesting tombstones, headstones, gravestones, or as the Thesaurus of Graphic Materials from the Library of Congress would have it, Tombs & sepulchral monuments from Kingston’s ...
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  • Dam!Dam!
    The Elm Street dam may go the way of its upstream relative, the dam at Triphammer Falls just off Wapping Road, which was removed in 2011.  The question of dam removal is a complex one, made doubly so in Kingston and other New England towns by the age of many of the dams. To find ...
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  • Happy Blog-a-versary, with bonus mapsHappy Blog-a-versary, with bonus maps
    This blog started six years ago this  week with this post.  Thanks for reading! And it’s a great time to announce a new page Maps of Kingston on the Local History Room Online site, which (as the clever title suggests) has links to a nice bunch of maps of Kingston from 1795 ...
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  • Super suave!Super suave!
    One of the most fun things about working in a local history collection is that sometimes people just show up with things to add to the collections.  This week, a former member of the Kingston Mother’s Club dropped off three scrapbooks of Club activities 1965 to 1978, full of membership directories, ...
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  • Summertime, and vacation!Summertime, and vacation!
    Two summer-related announcements. First, the new exhibit in the LHR’s lobby display case featured selected images of Kingston summers gone by. Just as we do today, past Kingston residents and visitors enjoyed the warmth of the brief New England summers. Stop by and have a look! Second, the Local History Room will ...
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  • FishingFishing
    This is Emily Fuller Drew’s copy negative of a panel card probably taken by someone else sometime earlier.  There’s not a lot more information about it: just two boys fishing in the pond that provided water power to C. Drew & Co., the long-lived Kingston tool manufacturer.  (There’s a great deal ...
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  • Happy 4th!Happy 4th!
    In 1910, Kingston’s first 4th of July parade rolled through town. More photos from this parade are here and here.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • Name the Town of Kingston’s new boat!Name the Town of Kingston's new boat!
    Kingston’s Town Administrator wrote yesterday As many of you know, the town is awaiting a new Harbormaster Patrol Boat, which is estimated to arrive around July 17th, and perhaps sooner. This purchase was authorized at this year’s special town meeting. The Board of Selectmen have offered a “contest” to name the boat for the ...
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  • The Bradford House opens June 21The Bradford House opens June 21
        There’s a reception!  And an exhibit! Breakfasts start later in the summer. Check the Jones River Village Historical Society’s website for more information.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at
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  • 111 years ago next Wednesday…111 years ago next Wednesday...
    The Liberty Bell came through Kingston! Yes, THAT Liberty Bell!  And we have five glass plate negatives to help tell the tale. Between 1885 and 1915, the Bell gallivanted around the country — down to New Orleans, across to Chicago, all the way to California — on a special flatbed railcar. In 1903, ...
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  • Beach day!Beach day!
    Sooner or later, summer will come.  We’ll all be hot and sticky and we’ll welcome a cooling breeze near the waterfront.  Just like this crew.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at  
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  • Memorial Day paradeMemorial Day parade
    Another Memorial Day is upon us.  Here are a few photos from the Local History Room collections which provide a glimpse of one of Kingston’s Memorial Day parades sometime before 1961.*   *This date is based on a flag carried by the color guard, which reads “U.S.S. Des Moines.” This heavy cruiser was ...
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