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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Next YAC meeting

YAC meetings are currently postponed until further notice.

  • New Exhibit: The Elm Street BridgeNew Exhibit: The Elm Street Bridge
    Sometime before 1920, Emily Drew photographed the wooden dam at Elm Street before it was replaced by a concrete structure.  She also captured the old iron bridge constructed in 1889 to carry Elm Street over the Jones River.  Stop by the library to learn more about the bridge.  
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  • Only the finest imports…Only the finest imports...
      “Drugs, Chemicals, European Leeches, and Cigars.”
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  • Picnic on the lawnPicnic on the lawn
    Back when the Library was on the other side of the street, the Kingston Inn occupied our current site at the corner of Green and Summer.  Originally called the Patuxet House, the hotel was built in 1854 by Josiah Cushman to capitalize on the arrival of the Old Colony Railroad ...
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  • Travelling in stereoTravelling in stereo
    Sometime early in the last century, someone at the Frederic C. Adams Public Library bought just over 600 stereoviews.  The views date from 1893 to 1907 and show a wide variety of places around the United States and the world, with commentary from Baedecker’s and other travel guides on the ...
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  • MotormenMotormen
    In the search for photographs for the summertime exhibit, these three images turned up.  As seen in earlier posts, the Plymouth & Kingston trolley, which started in 1886, merged with other lines and expanded until the tracks reached Brockton in 1900.   The emergence of Kingston as a summer destination and ...
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  • New Exhibit: SummertimeNew Exhibit: Summertime
    This month’s exhibit celebrates summer in Kingston with picnics and parades, fresh sweet corn from the farmer’s market, swimming, fishing, and just lounging on the grass eating ice cream. Here’s the front of a float in Kingston’s 200th Anniversary Parade, which rolled on August 20, 1926.  The four boys behind the ...
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  • Vacation!Vacation!
    The Local History Room is closed through August 1.
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  • 113 years ago113 years ago
    The Frederic C. Adams Library was dedicated. There was speechifying, praying, poetry and hymns. Thanks to Frederic C. Adams, Kingston got a library.
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  • Lets go to the beachLets go to the beach
    Why is this cabinet card of two lovely gals on the shore of Lake Michigan here in the Kingston Public Library? Who knows?
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  • RiverRiver
    Some time ago, an unknown photographer captured this moment of tranquility on the river.  The Old Colony Railroad bridge can be seen in the distance at left, along with at least one of the boathouses that stand between Landing Road and the riverbank. The stone wall at right is the ...
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  • A Safe and Sane FourthA Safe and Sane Fourth
    Kingston’s first Fourth of July parade rolled in 1910.  Stop by the Library to see photographs of the festivities, or check out this earlier post.
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  • VisitorsVisitors
    On June 2, 1911, one of this upstanding pair wrote to Michael McGrath announcing an imminent visit. In the 1910 federal census, Michael McGrath is listed as a 57 year old foreman and farmer who owned a home and land on Elm Street.  He appeared in an earlier post posing with a team of ...
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  • Let’s take a trip out to the WestLet's take a trip out to the West
    They say the coast is the most and the west is the best. Here Kingstonian Margaret Holmes and an unidentified friend pose at the Tunnel Tree, a giant sequoia and well-known tourist attraction in Yosemite National Park.  
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  • Captain Charles W. GelettCaptain Charles W. Gelett
    Though he was from Fairhaven, Captain Gelett married Kingstonian Jane Russell on March 14, 1843.  It’s not recorded where this photograph was taken, but Fairhaven seems likely, given what’s nicely inscribed on the back of the panel card. And a detail shows that the legs are vertebrae!
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  • Kingston’s Civil War Soldiers, Sailors and NursesKingston's Civil War Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses
    A native of Kingston, William Simmons served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, not as an officer, but as a master shipwright and later Constructor at the Navy Yard in Charlestown. On exhibit for Memorial Day are photographs of Simmons and other residents of Kingston and nearby towns who ...
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  • And now, a wish for summer…And now, a wish for summer...
    And now, a wish for summer...
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  • “Divided States of America,” April 28, 1861"Divided States of America," April 28, 1861
    Pages 1 and 4 of a letter dated April 28, 1861  to “My Dear Tom” from Will in Kingston, Mass, Divided States of America. Sunday Apr 28 1861 Kingston Mass. Divided States of America My Dear Tom It is now nearly seven weeks since you left here and as I did not write by the ...
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  • Yum, yum, rum.Yum, yum, rum.
    Capt. Ezra Fuller To Charles Adams Dr. 1827, Jan 4 To Powder + Shot ..56 ” Paying Pilotage at the Bar 10..00 ” 2 Gallons Rum 1..20 ” 4 lb. Nails ..40 ” 1 qt Rum ..15 ” 1 lb. Tobacco ..20 ” 1 qt Rum ..15 ” 4 3/8 Gallons Rum 2..62 1/2 1 Bushel Peas ..50 Cash12..00 $27.78 1/2
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  • “I care not a whit for the laugh or the sneer…”"I care not a whit for the laugh or the sneer..."
    April is National Poetry Month, so here is a poem by Kingston’s own romantic versifier, Benjamin “Cousin Benja” Mitchell.  Born in 1828, Benja lived with his parents and sister in picturesque Thatchwood Cottage on what is now Brookdale Street near the Duxbury line.  He spent much of his life roaming ...
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  • TaxesTaxes
    New (and very timely) exhibit on taxes in the Library.
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