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Overdrive Goes into Overdrive

Did you know overdrive has movies now? And a comic collection? And children’s and young adult materials? ¿Y Libros en Español? Isn’t that wild?

Overdrive, if you don’t know, is a resource for eBooks, Audiobooks, comics, and (now) movies, available for free with your library card! It has titles for adults, teens, and children. Access it through their website as well as through their official app and their streamlined Libby app (available for iPhone and android devices).

So, whether you’re in the mood for newest Ali Smith stories, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a nonfiction audiobook about libraries, or a documentary by Michael Franti, Overdrive has you covered! There’s something for everyone. Read, listen, and watch anytime on almost any device.

A Visit from our neighbors at Farmstock Tuesday, March 12th at 6 PM

Photo credit = Farmstock

"Shortening the path from dirt to mouth not only has the benefits 
of providing more flavorful and nutritious foods to consumers, 
it is also more cost-efficient, environmentally sustainable, 
and can provide more jobs than the current mega-farming model 
that dominates the current agriculture industry."
- Kingston Happenings, Doers and Dreamers June 2018

#4 Plant-Rich Diet, #60 Composting

Curl Up and Watch a Movie with Kanopy!

Wish you could stream movies from home with your library card?

Now you can! Introducing Kanopy, a streaming service that partners with libraries to provide films that “inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives”.

Choose from over 30,000 films. Watch award-winners, international, series, classics, documentaries, and/or instructional films, right from your phone, tablet, and/or computer.

Have kids? They have a great selection of movies, series, animated classic books specially selected for children.

Here’s how it works: You get five movie passes a month, which you can use to stream any of the movies in Kanopy’s catalog. Once you make your selection, you can stream that movie as many times as you’d like for three days. If that’s not enough time, you can use another pass for another three days. Your passes refill on the first of the month.

Happy streaming~!

Speak Up For Libraries!


Advocacy Alert!

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently released his 2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal. The Governor pitched his Executive Budget as a “Democracy Agenda” — but it includes the third straight year of drastic cuts to library funding: a 5% cut to Library Aid and a $20M cut to Library Construction Aid.


Libraries are fundamental to democracy and education and we must guarantee information equity for all New Yorkers through investments in library services.  Library systems could see 4% or greater loss to all state aid funding categories, which affects programs for all of New York’s libraries, including public libraries.

Access to information is a fundamental human right. Rather than a of a cut to library aid, we need to see an investment and increase in library funding. State Library Aid must increase to provide school, public and academic libraries and library systems adequate funding to advance information fluency through collaborative action.

All day today hundreds of library staff, trustees, patrons, and friends from all around the state travel to Albany to meet with state Senators and Assemblymembers and make their voices heard. Please speak up and let your legislators know that state library aid must be increased in this year’s state budget:
Visit NYLA’s online advocacy center for easy to access pre-scripted letters to you local representatives.
Through Social Media – use the New York Library Association’s Virtual Advocacy Day Activities support page to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the word out about #NYLALAD19
Don’t forget to call your legislators so they can see the level of interest among their constituents when it comes to supporting libraries. Let them know that you support $200M for Statewide Library Aid and Restoration of State Aid for Public Library Construction Program to $75 million.
Assemblymember Cahill 518 455 4436
Senator Amedore 518 455 2350

Opposing viewpoints– from multiple sources!

Looking for cool sources on issues, but you want to explore it from every angle? Trying to get a quick feel for an issue and why people are arguing about it?


Much Like Opposing Viewpoints (a resource available to you through your library card), presents contemporary issues from multiple angles. Procon covers issues on all sorts of topics, from Abortion and Banned Books to the health benefits of milk. Each issue provides background information and multiple pros and cons to every issue, allowing its readers to draw their own conclusions from the information provided. Browse through a topic and gain a basic grasp on it and why it’s controversial.  It’s perfect for school research, debate projects and anyone interested in expanding their knowledge in an increasingly partisan world.

Try it out!

Let your Search be Unbound!

Have you checked our online catalog recently? If so, you may have noticed some cool new features!

Thanks to Syndetics Unbound, we now have access to a host of new information about the book you’re looking to order right from our catalog, including author information, plot summary, similar books, other formats in which the book is available, reader reviews, and tons more! We previously had some of this information available, but Syndetics Unbound provides a much more uniform presentation of the information and adds a ton of features, all of which adds up to a wealth of information at your fingertips!

To access this new information, just keep scrolling down on any book’s page. You’ll find your next great read waiting for you.

Black History Month in Kingston

February is Black History Month. Join the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library in celebrating with a whole host of historic, educational, and engaging activities all throughout the month, all over Kingston. For example, The first annual Sojourner Truth Life Walk will be held on the 9th, there’s going to be a showing of The Wiz on the 15th, and the TMI Project will be hosting BLACK STORIES MATTER: AN EVENING OF STORIES FROM ACROSS GENERATIONS on the 16th, and this is just scratching the surface!

For more information on the month or on upcoming events, make sure you visit the Black History Month Kingston website, as well as A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library’s website.

Find your Next Good Movie!

Are you crippled with indecision? Can’t find anything good to watch on TV?

Try A Good Movie to Watch!

A Good Movie to Watch is an aggregate site filled to the brim with movie suggestions from both users and staff, separated by tons of different categories. There are the obvious ones, like Action, Comedy, and Drama, but they also get more specific. Feeling Happy? Try Song of the Sea!  Feeling sad? Try Brigsby Bear! you can also get completely random suggestions, if you so choose.

Once you have your recommendation, aGMtW will show you on which platforms the movie or show is streaming, saving you yet more hassle! Of course, if you don’t want to stream it, you can always come to the library and pick it up on DVD or Blu Ray. Regardless of the way you watch movies, A Good Movie to Watch is your one-stop shop for good recommendations.

Give it a try! It beats staring blankly at your Netflix recommendations.

Family Movie Night Monday, January 28th  5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 Paddington 2! The program is open to all ages, and snacks will be served.  Please note that the movie is rated PG. For a review, visit

Take Your Child to the Library Day!


Saturday, February 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Special Story Hour open to all ages. Stories, songs,and a craft!
Debbie and Zoey, a certified therapy dog,
are visiting the library during our story hour!

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Scavenger Hunt – Complete it and receive a prize!

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Legos! Bring your imagination! Make a Lego creation.