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.

  • Day of the Triffids by John WyndhamDay of the Triffids by John Wyndham
    In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare.” Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England ...
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  • We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. TaylorWe are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
    Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that ...
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  • “Caroline” by Sarah Elizabeth Miller"Caroline" by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
    In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved ...
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  • Are you ready for some football?Are you ready for some football?
    1933 South Shore Football Champions Kneeling, left to right: Bob Bailey, Raoul Corazzari, George Candini, Clyde Melli, Eddie Cadwell, Stephen Reed, Bob Davis In 1933, the Kingston High School football team won the South Shore Championship.  Over the course of this season, they won five games, lost two, and tied one. 13 ...
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  • “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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