Adult Programs

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Kenneth T. Mars, Jr.  Photograph Collection at Peace Dale Library
On display through Saturday, June 15

Kenneth T. Mars was a life-long resident of South Kingstown who took thousands of pictures documenting daily life in South County. See the South County History Center's traveling display of selected images from this collection at Peace Dale Library through June 15. Panels are on display in the Old Main Reading Room and the Rhode Island Room, along with books for viewer comments. 

Meditation and the Near Death Experience at Peace Dale Library
Saturday, June 15, 2 PM

Join us at Peace Dale Library on Saturday, June 15, 2 PM, with Dr. Alan Post for "Meditation and the Near Death Experience."

Dr. Alan Post, a contributing author to "Meditation as Medication for the Soul" by Rajinder Singh, will provide an introduction to the multi-faceted nature of Meditation and Near Death Experiences, and their unique "Universal Connection". A brief meditation session will be included in the program. 

Free and open to the public. Registration is preferred but not required at 401-789-1555 xt 108 or 

Dyadic Duo Concert at Kingston Free Library
Saturday, June 15, 2 PM

Join us for an afternoon concert with the Dyadic Duo. Andrew Maddock and Ying Sung will perform classical music for guitars in Potter Hall. Registration is preferred by calling 783-8254 or email

Free and open to the public.
Local Author Visit at Kingston Free Library
Wednesday, June 19, 6 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as Dr. Michael Fine visits to discuss his new book, Abundance.
Dr. Fine is a family practice physician in Pawtucket, RI and formerly served as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. His work has been dedicated to healthcare reform and the care of underserved populations. 

Abundance is a fiction novel which takes place in Liberia in 2003; a time when the country was experiencing a long period of brutal civil wars. In the novel, two young Americans visit Liberia to find something missing in themselves. They find one another, are separated by war, and then struggle to find each other again.

Registration is preferred. To register, please call 783-8254 or email
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Ukulele Workshop with In Bed by Ten at Kingston Free Library
Thursday, June 27, July 18, 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.
Adult Summer Reading Program at All Branches
Monday, July 8 - August 26

The Adult Summer Reading Program begins today! 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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Nautical Wreath Workshop at Kingston Free Library
Saturday, July 20, 10 AM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library for a morning craft. We'll be making nautical themed wreaths! All materials will be supplied.

Free and open to the public. Made possible by the Friends of the Kingston Free Library.
Registration is required by calling 783-8254 or email
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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
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