Adult Programs


From Hell to Paradise: Celebrating 700 Years of Dante Alighieri / Kingston Free Library

Thursday, November 4, 6:30 PM
 Location: Kingston Free Library

The year 2021 is very special for Italians and those who love Italian culture, as it marks the 700th anniversary of the death of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri. From Hell to Paradise: Celebrating 700 Years of Dante Alighieri is a multimedia presentation which provides a brief history of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, followed by a discussion of his literary works, with a focus on his famous allegorical poem The Divine Comedy. The presentation is a lecture type format interspersed with slides and video clips. From Hell to Paradise: Celebrating 700 Years of Dante Alighieri is intended for a general audience and offered by Dr. Alfred R. Crudale of the Italian department at the University of Rhode Island.

Alfred R. Crudale is a lecturer in the Italian department at the University of Rhode Island. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. in Italian Literature. Dr. Crudale has presented and published several essays on Dante Alighieri and the poets of the “Dolce Stil Nuovo.” His essay entitled “Versi d’Amore e Prose di Romanzi: Are the Poets of the Dolce Stil Nuovo still Relevant?” was published in the International Journal of the Humanities, and he presented his latest essay, “The Body Damned, the Body Saved, the Body Glorified: Portrayals of the Body in Dante’s Commedia” at the John D. Calandra Institute in New York City. His forthcoming book entitled, The Voices of Italy: Italian Language Newspapers and Radio Programs in Rhode Island, is scheduled for release in 2022.

Registration is required. To register, please email Britta at, or call 783-8254 ext. 4303.

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

Thursdays, November 18, December 16, 6:30 PM
 Location: Kingston Free Library

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. 

In November we will be reading and cooking from Dinner for Everyone by Mark Bittman.

In December we will be reading and cooking from The Best of America's Test Kitchen.

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 of the food and/or drink available during the event do so at their own risk.

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A Creepy Christmas with Jeff Belanger/ VIRTUAL

Thursday, December 2, 6:30 PM
 Location: ZOOM

“There'll be scary ghost stories / And tales of the glories / of Christmases long, long ago…”

Join us on Zoom with Jeff Belanger as he brings back the legends, monsters, and ghosts of the Yuletide season. This will be an evening you won’t forget!

One of New England’s premiere legend storytellers, he’s the award-winning, Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS and Amazon Prime, and is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages). He also hosts the popular New England Legends weekly podcast.

Belanger is a noted speaker and media personality who has lectured at libraries, universities, corporations, MENSA’s national conference, and has given a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City.

Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs.

Click HERE to register!

During the Library closure due to Covid-19, our online resources are still 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.
Virtual 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 a phone call. 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, 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