Adult Programs

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Adult Summer Reading Program / All Branches 

June 27 - August 13

Adults ages 18+ are invited to join us for some reading fun this summer! Each book read or listened to will count as an entry toward the end of summer prize drawing. Entry slips will be available at all three South Kingstown Library branches starting on June 27. Fill out your slips and drop them into the adult summer reading boxes at any branch. Contact Britta at or 783-8254 ext. 4303 with any questions. 

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Christian McBurney Author Talk and Book Launch/ Kingston Free Library 

Thursday, July 7, 6:00 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as Christian McBurney visits to discuss his new book, Dark Voyage: An American Privateer's War Against the British Slave Trade in Africa. The book is a fascinating microhistory of a Rhode Island privateer owned by John Brown of Providence during the Revolutionary War that sails to the coast of Africa and attacks a British slave trading post and British slave ships. The privateer sailed from Providence and most of the crew hailed from North and South Kingstown and Exeter. 

The book is also a vehicle to learn about the British slave trade, which dominated the worldwide slave trade at the time of the War of Independence. It further details for the first time other American privateers capturing numerous British slave ships just before they reached their destinations in the Caribbean, with the consequence of seriously disrupting and virtually halting the British slave trade.

This is Christian McBurney's fifth book on the American Revolutionary War and eighth on Rhode Island. He is President of The George Washington American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia, and is the founder and publisher of Rhode Island's leading history blog at He is an independent historian residing in Kensington, Maryland, and West Kingston, Rhode Island.

For more information, please contact Britta at 401-783-8254 ext. 4303 or at

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

Thursday, July 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 these summer themed cookbooks:

  • Home Made Summer / Yvette van Boven
  • The Complete Summer Cookbook: beat the heat with 500 recipes that make the most of summer's bounty / America's Test Kitchen
  • The Beach House Cookbook / Barbara Scott-Goodman

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

Please note that this program involves food and/or drinks prepared for and by the participants and, therefore, attendees choosing to partake in the food and/or drink available during the event do so at their own risk.


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

Wednesday, July 27, 6:00 PM

Join us at the Kingston Free Library as author and historian, Marty Podskoch, gives a Power Point presentation on his recent travel book, The Rhode Island Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt's "New Deal" to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. CCC camps were set up in a few Rhode Island towns, state parks, and forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, and dams, stocked fish, built and maintained fire towers, observer's cabins, and telephone lines, fought fires, and planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WWII.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred. To register, please email Britta at or call 783-8254 ext. 4303.


URI Master Gardener Workshop: Introduction to Composting / Kingston Free Library 

Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 PM

Is there anything more satisfying than making healthy soil? Don’t answer that — but if you’d like to learn about backyard composting, URI Master Gardener, Carol Horta, will teach you the why and how so you can generate your own nutrient-rich soil for use in your gardens! It’s all a matter of the right tools, the right materials, and the right procedures.

Carol Horta is a retired teacher who recently relocated from Massachusetts to Foster, RI.  While she has always had an interest in gardening, this property raised the bar due to its extensive existing flower gardens. Carol added vegetable beds as well. Desiring to be a good steward of the property, she promptly joined the local garden club. Carol completed URI’s Master Gardener course this spring. She is eager to participate in any and all discussions about the care and joy of green things!

 To register, please email Britta at or call the library at 401-783-8254 ext. 4303.

This and other workshops offered through the URI Master Gardener Program are a free educational service and open to all.

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 2nd Thursdays, 6:30 PM
Robert Beverly Hale Library: Bookmarks, meets last Thursday of the month, September--May