The Kingston Public Library is located at 6 Green St.
The Kingston Public Library, located at 6 Green St., is open Mondays from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 781-585-0517 orgo to www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org.
FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Legos at the Library: 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. All creations will be on display in the Children's Room.
Storytime: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Community members interested in starting their own garden can browse through a large assortment of vegetable, flower and herb seeds. When the growing season is over, gardeners can harvest their seeds and donate them to the library to share with other community members next season.
Seed libraries provide the community with a free and easy way for new gardeners to gain experience starting their own garden and growing their own food. Veteran gardeners looking for local, rare or heirloom varieties may also find what they’re looking for in the seed library. In addition to supplying gardeners with seeds, seed libraries also allow garden enthusiasts to connect with other gardeners in the community and help contribute to the sustainability of the region’s biodiversity.
The Seed Library at the Kingston Public Library can be found in the lobby inside a card catalog designed by Kingston residents Jess Kjellander and her daughter, Olivia. In addition to an extensive collection of seeds, visitors can choose from a diverse selection of gardening books. To complement the Seed Library, the Kingston Agricultural Commission will offer programs on growing from seed and seed saving.
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots are now available for checkout at the Kingston Public Library. Hotspots are ideal for staying connected during vacations, road trips, long commutes, power outages and more. With over eight hours of battery life and support for up to 10 devices at 4G speeds, residents and their families can stay connected. Whether it’s a laptop, tablet, phone, or gaming console, mobile Wi-Fi hotspots will help keep data usage down, no matter the location. For more information on mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, contact the library at 781-585-0517 or visit http://kingstonpubliclibrary.org.
If you would like to use the library’s electronic resources but don’t know how, then Niche Academy was made with you in mind. The Kingston Public Library provides free access to Niche Academy with its simple to use online video tutorials that cover library services such as Overdrive, and Hoopla as well as other services like Instagram, Twitter, Gmail and many more. All you need is a Kingston Public Library card.
For more information visit or call the library at 781-585-0517 ext. 6279 or just go to my.nicheacademy.com/kingstonpubliclibrary.
Friends of Kingston Public Library offers Boston Children's Museum pass
Experience the power of play at the Boston Children's Museum. Take them to this museum and experience the exhibits and programs that are available for kids and families to enjoy. You can reserve this pass online or by calling 781-585-0517. This pass is one of the many museum passes sponsored by the Friends of the Kingston Public Library.
MeeScan is a self-checkout service that works by utilizing a smartphone or tablet’s mobile technology along with the library’s WiFi network. Unlike conventional self-checkout stations, with meeScan, library patrons can check-out their items from anywhere in the library using their smartphone or tablet.
Available for download on iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms, meeScan is user friendly and simple to set up. In addition to a quicker, simpler and more private experience, meeScan will help patrons stay green and keep track of their checkouts by sending them an email receipt for every transaction.
To find out more about meeScan, visit http://meescan.com or stop by the Kingston Public Library to see how it works in person.
The KPL has joined up with Burbio.com, a free website and app that puts school, library and other local events all in one calendar. Users can create a personalized event feed and even sync events to a Google or iPhone calendar. Users will also be notified when events change or get cancelled. The Library, town and Silver Lake school calendar feeds are already available in Burbio. Residents who are involved in a group or organization and want to get their events on Burbio, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
KPL Book Group
The Kingston Public Library Book Group meets from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Newcomers are always welcome.
Friends of the Kingston Public Library
The Friends of the Kingston Public Library is a group dedicated to volunteerism and fundraising to supplement and sponsor library programs. Proceeds from the Friends’ spring and fall book sales, library book cart and your membership help support the availability of museum passes, library programs, the Youth Advisory Council and early literature programs for children. To join the Friends, download the application on the library’s webpage and return it to Friends of the Kingston Public Library, 6 Green St., Kingston, MA 02364, with your donation of $10 and help your library do even more to serve the community.
Come to the Kingston Public Library for Device Advice. We’ll be happy to assist you with your questions about using the library’s digital services. Bring your device and account information with you, and we will show you how to download eBooks and digital audiobooks from anywhere. We’ll also show you our other online services, such as: Streaming and downloadable movies, music, and audiobooks; Digital magazines; Online event calendar; Historical materials – maps of Kingston, genealogy databases, house histories, and finding aids; Practice tests; Consumer Reports and other consumer information online; Language instruction; Legal information; Tutorials for self-instruction; Career and education help; Research help; Information for Travelers; and much more. Ask any time at the Reference Desk, or if it’s too busy we’ll make an appointment with you. You can also book a 30 minute session with a Librarian by calling 781-585-0517 ext. 6272 or emailing us at email@example.com.
OCLN website accessibility
The Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), of which the Kingston library is a member, has formed a new partnership with Ai Squared to provide “sitecues” for OCLN’s shared library catalog. This will improve the usability of the catalog by providing magnification and screen reading capabilities for seniors and anyone with a disability that impacts their ability to read print. For more information, contact David Slater at 781-794-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Old Colony Library Network (www.ocln.org) is a cooperative of 29 member libraries on the South Shore that enables its members to provide services they would not be able to afford on their own.
The Local History Room at the Kingston Public Library is open for drop-in visits from 1 to 8 p.m. most Mondays (but closed the second Monday of most months); from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Appointments are required for Saturday visits, extensive research projects and times outside those listed above. To get more info or make an appointment, email email@example.com or call 781-585-0517, ext. 6277.