Adult Programs


MBSR Meditation Workshop / Kingston Free Library 

Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library for an MBSR meditation workshop with Jessie Ferrol. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based therapy found to help reduce a variety of mental and physical symptoms.  MBSR draws upon Buddhist philosophy, neuroscience, and somatic psychology to provide its practitioners a practice that reduces anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and hypertension.  In this workshop, Jessie will introduce the four components of MBSR through lecture and experiential learning.    

Jessie Ferrol is a licensed holistic mental health therapist located in Westerly, Rhode Island. She provides counseling services and specializes in helping clients navigate anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, body image issues, and general life transitions. Jessie is presently enrolled in the MBSR Teacher Training at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. If you would like to learn more about Jessie’s practice, please visit her website: 

To register, please contact Britta at or 783-8254 ext. 4303.  

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A Readable Feast: A Cookbook Book Group / Kingston Free Library 

Thursday, September 21, 6:30 PM

Participants bring a dish to share prepared from that month's cookbook. There is a discussion about the book while we sample all the dishes. This month we will be reading and cooking from the following Polish cookbooks:

  • Fresh from Poland: new vegetarian cooking from the old country / Michael Korkosz (2020)
  • Polish Classic Recipes / Laura Zeranski (2011)
  • Wild Honey & Rye: modern Polish recipes / Ren Behan (2018)

Registration is required; we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. Contact Britta at or 783-8254 ext. 4303 for more information.

Please be aware that food/drinks available at meetings may contain or come into contact with common allergens. Attendees choosing to partake in the food/drink available at meetings do so at their own risk.

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Ida Lewis: The Legendary Lady Light Keeper of Lime Rock / Kingston Free Library 

Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as local author and historian, Brian L. Wallin, visits to give a presentation about Ida Lewis.

Ida Lewis was only 11 years old when her father Hosea was appointed keeper of Newport’s Lime Rock Lighthouse in 1853. Four years later, he suffered a debilitating stroke and his teenaged daughter began assisting her mother in tending the light that marked the often stormy harbor. As a young woman, she gained worldwide fame in the late 19th and early 20th century for saving the lives of numerous individuals from the turbulent waters surrounding the light station. Ida devoted her life to her work, spending some six decades at the light. Following the death of her parents, first her father and then her mother, she was appointed keeper in 1879 at the annual salary of $750 making her the highest paid light tender in the country. Ever modest of her achievements, she remained devoted to her duties until her death in 1911. She is buried in Newport’s Common Ground Cemetery. Lime Rock was later renamed in her honor and a yacht club on the site bears her name. The first of a new class of US Coast Guard buoy tenders, now stationed in Newport, also bears her name. This richly illustrated lecture portrays one of the most famous women of the 19th century and highlights the role other women played in the care of lighthouses across the country.

Presenter, Brian L. Wallin, is a graduate of Stonehill College and earned his master’s degree from American International College. He spent the first half of his career as a radio-television reporter-anchor in New England, then turned to health care administration, serving in many executive positions. He is a recognized author and historian and a frequent lecturer throughout the state. 

To register, please contact Britta at or 783-8254 ext. 4303.  


Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Elise Hedglen / Kingston Free Library 

Thursday, October 26, 6:00 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as avid hiker and Appalachian Mountain Club leader, Elise Hedglen, visits to give a presentation about hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200 mile long-distance hiking trail that passes through 14 states, from Georgia to Maine. She will share photos, bring some gear, and provide tips for successful hikes. Elise leads hiking trips for the Narragansett Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and has climbed the 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire in both summer and winter, 5 in Vermont, and 14 in Maine, totaling 67.

To register for this presentation, please contact Britta at or 783-8254 ext. 4303.  

Online resources available for reading and research: 

Ocean State Libraries E-Zone: downloadable books, audiobooks, movies. Any valid Ocean State Libraries card will work, and you can download up to 8 items at a time. 
Hoopla: downloadable books, audiobooks, movies, tv series, comics, and music. You need a South Kingstown Public Library card for Hoopla, and you get 3 checkouts per month.
AskRI.orgmagazines, language-learning, auto repair, consumer health, and lots more.
Book Sizzle: Book lists, "Books on the Air", author interviews, and more. Updated weekly.

One-on-One Tech Help 

If you have a tech and/or reference question, or would like to learn a new skill, email our reference librarian Britta at to set up an appointment. Please put "Tech Help" in the subject line of the email and let us know what project or skill you need help with.

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Thinking of joining a Book Group?
We have options for you at each of our 3 locations! - Many of these are now being held virtually!

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
Kingston Free Library: Beyond Words Book Group, meets 2nd Wednesdays at 7 PM, except July and August
Kingston Free Library: A Readable Feast, meets 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 PM
Robert Beverly Hale Library: Bookmarks, meets last Thursday of the month, September--May