Adult Programs

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Cabin Fever: Adult Winter Reading program at Peace Dale, Kingston Free, and Hale
Thursday, January 2 - Thursday, March 19

The South Kingstown Libraries' Winter Reading Program for adults starts on January 2nd and will run through March 19th. The goal is to read as many books as you can from 1/2-3/19. Every book read equals one entry towards a gift certificate to Wakefield Books. Seven winners will be chosen and you must be 18+ to participate. Each time you read or listen to a book, stop by one of our library branches and fill out a book review slip to be entered into the prize drawing. The prize drawing will be held on 3/20.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Peace Dale Library, Kingston Free Library, Robert Beverly Hale Library, and Wakefield Books.
Knitters Helping Knitters at Kingston Free Library
Wednesday, January 15, 22, 29, 2-4 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library in Potter Hall for a casual gathering of knitters of all abilities looking to work on their projects with others who enjoy knitting.

This group meets Wednesdays from 2-4 pm. The first meeting in on January 15th. Knitters must bring their own supplies. Tea and light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack.

For more information or to join the group please call 783-8254 or email

Tools for Managing your Health and Well-Being at Kingston Free Library
Wednesday, January 15, 22, 29, Wednesday, February 5, Thursday, February 13, Wednesday, February 19
5:00 - 7:30 PM

The Kingston Free Library will be hosting a six part workshop, in partnership with The University of Rhode Island's Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center, which will provide attendees with tools for managing their health and well-being. The first class is on Wednesday, January 15th. The class meets once a week for six weeks, and is free and open to the public.

During these six sessions, topics will include improving sleep, managing symptoms, problem solving, understanding emotions, managing pain, increasing physical activity, improving communication, eating healthier, managing medications, making informed treatment decisions, weight management, goal setting, and more!

Registration is required. It is preferred that attendees sign up for all six classes. Registration is open until the third session. You will receive a free resource book and relaxation CD as part of the class!

For more information or to register, email, call 783-8254, or email

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WWII in the Pacific with Stanley Carpenter at Kingston Free Library
Part I: Thursday, January 23, 6 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library for a lecture series about WWII in the Pacific. The lectures will be led by Professor Stanley D.M. Carpenter and will include PowerPoint visuals followed by a question and answer period.

Professor Carpenter is the Strategy and Policy Department Head at the United States Naval War College in the College of Distance Education, teaches and administers the Strategy and War nonresident programs and serves as the Command Historian. He holds degrees from Florida State University (Ph.D.), University of St. Andrews (Scotland), (M.Litt.) and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (A.B. with Honors) as well as graduate studies at King's College, University of London and the U.S. Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Part I - "Tora, Tora, Tora!" - Pearl Harbor and the Coming of War
With the surprise Imperial Japanese Navy's attack on U.S. military facilities on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands on Sunday morning, 7 December 1941 followed by attacks on U.S. bases in the Philippine Islands, the United States was thrust into the Second World War. On the following day, Congress passed a Declaration of War against the Japanese Empire; Germany and Italy soon declared war on the U.S., thus the nation was fully engaged in the war in Europe, The Atlantic Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. The first lecture in the World War II in the Pacific series addresses the Pear Harbor/Oahu attack and the first few months of the war as the U.S. struggled to recover from the loss of the bulk of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Pacific air forces.

Registration is preferred. To register, please call 783-8254 or email

This program is free and open to the public and made possible by the Friends of the Kingston Free Library.
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WWII in the Pacific with Stanley Carpenter at Kingston Free Library
Part II: Thursday, January 30, 6 PM

Part II - Miracle at Midway: Turning the Tide
Few battles have been as decisive as the June 1942 Battle of Midway. In an attempt to establish a lodgment only a thousand miles from Pearl Harbor as well as to lure out and destroy the remaining U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, Admiral Isoroku Yamamota, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy Combined Fleet, crafted and launched a multi-pronged air and naval attack on Midway Island. Using exceptional intelligence gathering, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Pacific C-in-C, staged the remaining U.S. Navy carriers northeast of Midway Island where they could intercept and ambush the attacking Japanese forces. The second lecture in the WWII in the Pacific series addresses the planning for and execution of the Battle of Midway that turned the tide of the war in the Pacific and led to the destruction of four Japanese carriers, which formed the heart of the Mobile Force or Kido Butai, that had struck Hawaii six months earlier.

Registration is preferred. To register please call 783-8254 or email
On Silent Wings: The Magic of the Snowy Owl at Peace Dale Library
Saturday, February 8, 2 PM

Join us with Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph, who spends his winter days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few snowy owls during their winter migration from the Arctic tundra to New England beaches. Peter's photographs offer a rare and intimate look at the owls in their winter habitat and have won national and international awards.

Free, open to the public. Registration preferred at 789-1555 xt 108 or 
French Conversation Hour at Peace Dale Library
Wednesday, February 12, 2 PM

Join us to practice your French at our monthly French Conversation Hour! French speakers and learners at all levels of proficiency are invited to meet for casual French conversation in an informal setting. These will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2 PM. Registration preferred but not required; contact 789-1555 xt 108 or
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Narragansett Pier 1876-1898 as chronicled in the Narragansett Herald at Peace Dale Library
Thursday, February 13, 2 PM

Join us with Prof. Richard Vangermeersch as he shares his research in the Narragansett Herald newspaper, which reported on life in Narragansett Pier at the heyday of its popularity. The dramatic marriage of Gov. William and Kate Chase Sprague, the tragic death of their son, and a visit by U. S. President Chester. A. Arthur represent only a few of the stories this paper chronicled. Due to a generous gift by Prof. Vangermeersch, the Peace Dale Library now offers a full run of the Narragansett Herald on microfilm. 

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