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.

  • 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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  • The Samurai’s Garden by Gail TsukiyamaThe Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
    The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to ...
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  • Hotel Paradise by Martha GrimesHotel Paradise by Martha Grimes
    Spirit Lake is not far from Hotel Paradise; it’s a small lake, neglected, partly covered with water lilies and overhung by tall, blowing grass. To those who have lived in the town for a while, it’s also notorious because a small child drowned there over forty years ago – a ...
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  • The Double Blind by Chris BohjalianThe Double Blind by Chris Bohjalian
    When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while out riding her bike one Sunday afternoon, her life is changed forever. She begins work at a shelter for the homeless and there meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box full of photos he won’t let anyone ...
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  • Seveneves by Neal StephensonSeveneves by Neal Stephenson
    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with ...
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  • They Came Like Swallows by William Keepers Maxwell Jr.They Came Like Swallows by William Keepers Maxwell Jr.
    To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive.  To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town.  To James Morison, his wife, ...
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  • The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie MacomberThe Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
    A Seattle knitting store brings together four very different women in this earnest tale about friendship and love. Lydia Hoffman, a two-time cancer survivor, opens the shop A Good Yarn as a symbol of the new life she plans to lead. She starts a weekly knitting class, hoping to improve ...
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  • The Color of Magic by Terry PratchettThe Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
    Terry Pratchett’s profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen. The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins ...
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  • Rebel Seoul by Axie OhRebel Seoul by Axie Oh
    After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, ...
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  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan GraudinWolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
    The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball in Tokyo. Yael, ...
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  • Windfall, by Jennifer E. SmithWindfall, by Jennifer E. Smith
    Admit it—you too have fantasized about what you would do if you won the lottery and suddenly had millions of dollars to spend. However you fantasize about pending that money, one thing is for certain: your life would change forever. Like most of us, Teddy’s fantasies about getting lucky enough ...
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  • Happy Halloween!Happy Halloween!
    Take a look at these Halloween costume winners at Kingston Elementary School back in 1952!   Source: This image is from the School Photographs Collection (IC5).
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  • Ted Avery’s Costume ShopTed Avery's Costume Shop
    While going through a box of photographs, I came across this striking image of Ted Avery, holding a mask in front of his face just inside the doorway of his costume shop on Summer Street. With Halloween just around the corner, it was too fitting not to share!   Source: Image from ...
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  • On this day in 1919…On this day in 1919...
    October 18, 1919 was a known as “Welcome Home Day” in Kingston in honor of its servicemen and nurses returning from World War I. The “Welcome Home Committee” presented each with a bronze token of appreciation for service to the town and country, and sponsored festivities that included the parade ...
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  • Kingston Gravestones & Their CarversKingston Gravestones & Their Carvers
    For the entire month of October, the lobby display case will feature a selection of photographs of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Kingston gravestones, but rather than focusing on those interred in the Old Burying Ground, this exhibit will examine the men who carved these markers. Stop by to check it out!   Source: ...
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  • Kingston in VerseKingston in Verse
    In celebration of National Poetry Month, this month’s local history exhibit features poems  inspired by Kingston’s environment, history, and community. Come check out selected works by Benjamin Mitchell (1827-1865), Thomas Drew Stetson (1827-1916), and Katherine L. Ward!
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  • Hello to Autumn!Hello to Autumn!
    Happy first day of fall! In celebration of the occasion, check out this postcard from around 1915. The message on the back reads: “We need you on Rally Day. Remember the date: October 29. Do not disappoint. Help us make this our best Rally Day. Cordially yours, Grace W. Cobb”. ...
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