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.

  • “Just a word to let you know I am still alive…”: Postcards from World War I“Just a word to let you know I am still alive…”: Postcards from World War I
      When the US entered World War I in 1917 and called for a draft, Joseph Finney registered during the first round. He became one of approximately 2 million men who joined the American Expeditionary Forces, armed forces sent overseas to Europe. Throughout his service he exchanged postcards with friends and ...
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  • Feline friendFeline friend
      Since we saw a photo of Rose Delano with a litter of puppies earlier this month, it’s only fair to see a feline friend too! Here is Norma Drew holding a rather patient cat in her arms.   Source: Image from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16).
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  • Skiing down Summer StreetSkiing down Summer Street
      On a snowy, winter day a hundred years ago, these four young men strapped on their cross-country skis and posed for this picture right in the center of Summer Street, just north of the railroad tracks. The Adams Block is visible on the right, and the laundry building that was ...
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  • CyanotypesCyanotypes
    Cyanotype photographic prints are immediately recognizable. Their striking blue appearance is the result of a particular chemical combination (though the prints can in fact be toned to alter this color). Credited to Sir John Herschel—an astronomer and chemist—in 1842, the cyanotype process involves coating a piece of paper with a solution of ...
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  • PuppiesPuppies
    Here’s an especially fun photograph to enjoy. It’s clear from the blurriness that the puppies were on the move—as puppies usually are. Rose (Blair) Delano is holding one of them, while a stoic hound sits by her side.   Source: Image from the Delano Photograph Collection (IC11).
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  • Ada Brewster: Civil War Nurse, Traveler, and ArtistAda Brewster: Civil War Nurse, Traveler, and Artist
      Ada Brewster, born in Kingston on May 25, 1842, lived a fascinating life. She served as a nurse at Lovell General Hopsital in Rhode Island during the Civil War; worked at the U.S. Mint in Carson City, Nevada during the production of the first trade dollar coined by the federal government; ...
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  • Best New Year WishesBest New Year Wishes
    Happy New Year from the Local History Room!   Source: Postcard from the Joseph Cushman Finney Papers (MC11).
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  • A Season’s GreetingA Season's Greeting
    For other holiday postcards, see here and here.   Source: Postcard from the Joseph Cushman Finney Papers (MC11).
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  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter WohllebenThe Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
    Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support ...
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  • Consider the ManiculeConsider the Manicule
    When looking at historical texts, it is especially exciting to stumble upon a manicule. You may not know the symbol by this particular name, but I’d be willing to bet that you’ve seen this punctuation mark before: a pointing hand, drawing attention to a particular line or passage. I’m particularly referring to ...
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  • Major John BradfordMajor John Bradford
    Today marks the 281st anniversary of the death of Major John Bradford, as he died December 8, 1736. The inscription on his gravestone reads: Here lyes y body of Mayjear John Bradford who dec Decbr y 8th 1736 in y 84th year of his age he lived near 62 years with his wife Major John Bradford, born February 20, 1652, was ...
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  • Happy Holidays!Happy Holidays!
    In the spirit of the holidays, the Local History Room’s December exhibit features a collection of limited edition holiday ornaments created by the Kingston Lions Club between 1990 and 2002. Each one bears the likeness of a Kingston icon – from the old Town House and the Faunce School, to ...
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  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael PollanThe Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
    What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. In the ...
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  • Thanksgiving 1917Thanksgiving 1917
    With Thanksgiving in just a few days, check out these negatives taken by noted Kingston historian and photographer, Emily Fuller Drew (1881-1950), on a freezing Thanksgiving Day in 1917.         Source: Images from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16).
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  • Looking forward to seeing The Post? Don’t forget about Gobin Stair and Beacon PressLooking forward to seeing The Post? Don't forget about Gobin Stair and Beacon Press
      One of this season’s new movies, The Post, recounts The Washington Post’s efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers.  Here in the Local History Room, we have a four-volume set of the Pentagon Papers, published by Beacon Press in 1971.  As director of the publisher, Kingston’s own Gobin Stair played a decisive role in accepting ...
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  • CranberriesCranberries
    According to a recent article in the Kingston Reporter, 20% of American cranberry consumption falls during Thanksgiving week. Our love for this particular fruit is certainly not new. This image of Keith & Adams cranberry bog on Summer Street dates back to around 1885. Source: Image is from the Mary Hathaway Collection (MC21).
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  • The (Almost) Centennial of the End of World War IThe (Almost) Centennial of the End of World War I
    Today marks the 99th anniversary of the armistice agreement between Germany and the Allies, ending the actual fighting (though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919). November 11th became known as Armistice Day until 1954, when the United States ...
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  • Winter is comingWinter is coming
    The chill in the air this week reminds us that winter is right around the corner. Soon we’ll all be bundled up like these Center Primary students from the winter of 1926! Source: This image is from the School Photographs Collection (IC5).
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  • Shall We Dance?Shall We Dance?
    During November, the lobby display case will feature a selection of photos, invitations, and dance cards from throughout Kingston’s history. Did you know that ballroom etiquette once prescribed ladies to carry dance cards to pencil in the names of gentlemen who had reserved a dance? Or that in 1875, Kingston residents held ...
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  • Upstream by Mary OliverUpstream by Mary Oliver
    So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which revered poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood “friend” Walt Whitman, ...
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