Adult Programs

Adult Summer Reading Program at All Branches
Monday, July 8 - August 26

The Adult Summer Reading Program begins July 8th. Win prizes for doing what you love best in the summer...reading!

How does it work?
  • Read or listen to a book. E-Books and Audio too!
  • Fill out an entry form at one of our braches:
  • Kingston Free, Peace Dale, or Robert Beverly Hale
  • Entries will be drawn weekly for prizes at each library
  • At the end of the program, final prize winners will be drawn combining all entries

Contact: Britta Obertello, 401-783-8254,
Pam Kaczynski, 401-789-1555 ext. 104 or 108,

Prizes were graciously donated from several local businesses including:
Baked. By Jessica, Sweenor's Chocolates, Jennifer's Chocolates, Wakefield Books, Panera Bread, Auntie's Kitchen, and Java Madness

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Ukulele Workshop with In Bed by Ten at Kingston Free Library
Thursday, July 25, August 22, September 5, 5 PM
Wednesday, August 7, 5 PM

In Bed by Ten, a local ukulele jam group will be hosting ukulele lessons and a ukulele jam session, free of charge, at Kingston Free Library.

The workshops will begin at 5 PM for beginning students only. At 6 PM the workshop will be for more advanced and experienced players. Bring your ukulele and get together with other ukulele enthusiasts to play blues, rock, and traditional music.

Register at the library by calling 783-8254 or contact Mike Fabre and / 401-552-3060. Please note if you are a beginner or experienced player upon registration.
Tour of Peace Dale Library at Peace Dale Library
Monday, July 22, 6 PM

Join  us for our 4th Annual Tour of Peace Dale Library's 1891 building and grounds. We start with a slideshow and continue with a self-guided walk-through afterwards. Free and open to the public. Registration preferred but not required. For more information, contact 401-789-1555 xt 108 or 
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Climate Change: A Fresh Approach to Moving Forward at Kingston Free Library
Wednesday, July 24, 6 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library for an interactive workshop about climate change. The workshop will be led by Sharon Gold.
Sharon has been a resident of Wakefield for 30+ years. She holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from the City University of New York. Sharon works with residents and legislators at the local, state and national level to address climate change issues.

The workshops she delivers are designed to raise awareness about the impact these environmental changes are having on Rhode Island residents, and allows each participant to reflect on their own understanding of climate change, its impact on our environment, and how to become engaged in crafting solutions. The audience is encouraged to gain a better grasp of the science and see how communities in Rhode Island are being affected.

Registration is preferred. To register, please call 783-8254 or email
Author Visit with Frank Heppner at Kingston Free Library
Wednesday, July 31, 6:30 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as Dr. Frank Heppner, author of Railroads of Rhode Island, gives a slide presentation based on his latest book, The Seventy Year Train Trip; 500,000 Miles by Rail. Dr. Heppner is an Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at URI, where he taught 25,000 freshman in his introductory biology classes during his 41 year career. 

Dr. Heppner has been riding trains since before he was born. His father was a doctor for the Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco. By the time he was 10, he'd accumulated about 10,000 miles aboard a train, and he subsequently rode trains in 28 countries, including Morocco, and Malaysia. The Seventy Year Train Trip; 500,000 Miles by Rail is a lighthearted memoir that recounts his global adventures (and misadventures) aboard trains around the world.

Registration is preferred. To register, call 783-8254 or email
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Samuel J. Potter, Elisha R. Potter, and a Shipwreck at Peace Dale Library
Thursday, August 1, 2 PM

Join us at Peace Dale Library with Prof. Richard Vangermeersch as he illuminates the lives of prominent South Kingstowners Samuel J. Potter (1753-1804) and Elisha Reynolds Potter (1764-1835), along with the story of a shipwreck off the Narragansett coast. 

Prof. Vangermeersch has researched numerous aspects of local history and helps bring to light previously forgotten individuals, eras, and events.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, contact 401-789-1555 xt 1080 or 
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Caroline Hazard and South County Hospital at Peace Dale Library
Monday, August 5, 6 PM

Join us as Betty Cotter illuminates the instrumental role of Caroline Hazard (1856-1945) in the founding of South County Hospital in the 1920’s. Hear the story of her remarkable ability to marshall community talent and resources towards this goal, and her involvement from the hospital’s beginnings through its first decades.

Betty Cotter is the author of an ongoing series of newspaper articles on the history of South County Hospital.  A former newspaper editor herself, she now teaches writing and has published two novels and a number of books on local history.

Registration preferred but not required at 401-789-1555 xt 108 or

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Sporting a Senior Smile at Kingston Free Library
Wednesday, August 14, 6 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as Sam Zwetchkenbaum from the RI Department of Health visits to discuss preventative strategies to help adults and seniors keep their teeth and mouth healthy!

Registration is preferred. To register call 783-8254 or email
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Rare Books Talk with Kenneth Gloss at Kingston Free Library
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as proprietor, Kenneth Gloss, visits for a discussion on old and rare books. Mr. Gloss has appeared as a regular appraiser on PBS's "Antiques Road Show."

Patrons are encouraged to bring in items they feel might have value to be appraised by Mr. Gloss. These items may include books, manuscripts, and ephemerae. He will identify peoples' treasures - and duds.

Registration is preferred. To register call 783-8254 or email
One-on-One Tech Help at Kingston Free Library

If you have a tech question or would like to learn a new skill, book a 30-minute tech tutorial with a reference librarian and get hands-on computer help.

If you need help with a Kindle, iPad, or other tablet or e-reader, bring in your own device. For everything else, we have library computers you can use.

Book your session by visiting or calling 401-783-8254, or send an email to Britta at Please put "tech help" in the subject line of the email and let us know what project or skill you need help with.

Yoga at Kingston Free Library

Ongoing yoga class at the Kingston Free Library, Fridays, 10-11 AM. Hosted by All That Matters, this class is low impact, focusing on stretching, breathing, and meditation. Good for all levels. Please bring a towel or mat. Register at 783-8254.

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Thinking of joining a Book Group?
We have options for you at each of our 3 locations!

Peace Dale Library: Evening Book Group, meets 1st Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Peace Dale Library: Afternoon Book Group, meets 2nd Fridays at 2 PM
Kingston Free Library: Brown Bag Book Group, meets 1st Thursdays, 12:15-1:15, except July
Kingston Free Library: Beyond Words Book Group, meets 2nd Wednesdays at 7 PM, except July and August
Kingston Free Library: A Readable Feast, meets 2nd Thursdays, 6:30 PM
Robert Beverly Hale Library: Bookmarks, meets last Thursday of the month, September--May