Community Calendar October 7 – 13, 2019


Oct 7 - Oct 13


October 7: Grownup Storytime

Many adults enjoy audiobooks, but there’s something special about listening to someone read aloud live and in person. It lets you enjoy not just a story but the company you’re in. Meghan Cox Gurdon, children’s book critic for the Wall Street Journal, has written about the physiological rewards of hearing a story read aloud in her new book The Enchanted Hour: the Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction. “Stress hormones are decreased and bonding hormones increase,” she explains. KFPL, which has long offered read-alouds for children and families, is launching a new program beginning September 9 called Grownup Storytime, with the tag-line “Why should kids have all the fun?” Adults of all ages are invited to drop by the Sydenham branch each Monday to listen to stories, essays, excerpts or articles read by Programming Assistant Margi McKay—one week it might be something by Bill Bryson; another, it might be something by Stephen Leacock or Richard Wagamese. Feel free to bring your lunch, or perhaps your knitting. Beverages will be provided. If the group feels like staying to talk about what they’ve heard, there’ll be time for that as well. Grownup Storytime will run from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Sydenham branch, from September 9 through October 21 (except on Monday, October 14, when the library will be closed for Thanksgiving.) Each weekly session of this drop-in program is open to adults of all ages, and no registration is required. Come to as many sessions as you like! For more information, visit Questions? Contact: Anne Hall, 613-549-8888, ext.3528,


October 7: National Novel Writing Month at KFPL

Since 2007, November has been designated National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Aspiring writers worldwide are encouraged to track their progress online as they try to produce 50,000 words in a new manuscript between the first and last of the month. Focusing on quantity, rather than quality, the goal is to get writing, to write with a buddy or in a group, to combat writer’s block, and to produce a substantial first draft that can later be edited and rewritten to form a finished novel or the first part of a novel. By registering on the NaNoWriMo website writers can track their progress and connect with and encourage other writers, particularly in their own community. Pep talks from published writers also help, especially when they come from authors whose published works originated in NaNoWriMo, like Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl), and Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants). Kingston Frontenac Public Library is again teaming up with Kingston NaNoWriMo to provide space for local writers participating in National Novel Writing Month. In addition to four Write Ins during November, there will be two prep sessions in October. At these two-hour sessions, adult and teen writers can meet with fellow writers to get some work done in a fun, supportive space with free WiFi and electrical outlets (and possibly a few snacks). These are drop-in sessions and no registration is required. This year’s sessions at KFPL will be held:
Monday, October 7, at Central branch at 2 p.m.
Monday, October 28, at Calvin Park at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 4, at Central at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 11, at Isabel Turner at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 18, at Calvin Park at 2 p.m.
Monday, November 25, at Central at 2 p.m.
Questions? Contact: Anne Hall, 613-549-8888 ext 3528,


October 8: Tuesday Evening Genealogy Drop-Ins

These days, millions of people all over the world are exploring their family histories. Genealogy is one of the most popular pastimes for people of all ages. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced researcher, there is always more to learn and to share! Starting on Tuesday, September 17, the public library will make it easier for you to connect with others who share your interest in genealogy. On Tuesday evenings, our local history librarian and members of the Kingston Branch of Ontario Ancestors (formerly the Ontario Genealogical Society) will be on hand to answer questions and offer assistance. Work on your family tree, explore research sources, meet new friends and share strategies with others. No registration is necessary, and all are welcome. Bring your laptop or tablet (or pencil and paper) and drop in to the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings from September 17 to November 5. KFPL Central Branch, 2nd Floor, Local History Room. We’ll look forward to seeing you there! For more information, visit Questions? Contact: Joanne Stanbridge, 613-549-8888, ext.3590,


October 8: How to Prevent Fires in Your Home

Kingston Fire and Rescue personnel will be at two KFPL branches to talk about home fire prevention and to answer your questions at the Calvin Park branch at 2 p.m. and then at the Isabel Turner branch at 7 p.m. Both sessions will be the same, and both are open to adults and families. There is no admission charge, but seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at or by phone at (613) 549-8888 as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 28. In Canada most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they’re safest. You may have as little as one to two minutes from the time a fire alarm sounds to escape safely from a house or apartment — which may be even more difficult at night if you’re awakened in the dark. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of that small window of opportunity. How prepared is your family? Does each of you know what to do and how to get out? Have you practised what to do in different seasons? Advance preparation can make all the difference.


October 10: Self Defense for Personal Safety Course

The course is being held at Glenburnie United Church. It will consist of five one-hour classes starting Thursday, October 10 from 7-8 pm or 8-9 pm. Cost is $50 and is open to all ages. This program focuses on the use of pressure points and does not involve throws or falls. To register, please contact Rodger Corcoran at 613-217-9256.


October 10: KFPL Live: Estate Litigation 101: Will, Guardianship & Power of Attorney Challenges

With today’s aging demographic the estate litigation world is expanding. In spite of careful estate planning and the choosing of a Power of Attorney, sometimes disputes arise. Perhaps someone wants to challenge a will, or feels that the person with power of attorney is using the funds for their own benefit. Sometimes a newly incapable parent needs to be placed in long-term care but their children disagree about the choice of home. How can these issues be resolved? At this installment of the KFPL Live monthly speakers’ series, local lawyer Paul Andrews will discuss issues in estate litigation which are becoming increasingly important as our population ages. Mr. Andrews will cover the procedural steps in disputing Powers of Attorney, applying for guardianship, or making will challenges, and he will review the grounds on which those strategies can be pursued. This talk will be of particular interest to everyone with an estate plan, children who are managing their parents’ affairs, families coping with dementia, and anyone who is expecting to be a beneficiary under a will. This presentation will take place twice: first at the Central branch on Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. and then at the Sydenham branch on Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m. Both sessions will be the same and both are open to adults and seniors. There is no admission charge, but seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please register in advance at or by phone at (613) 549-8888. For more information, visit Questions? Contact: Anne Hall, 613-549-8888 ext.3528,


October 12: 41st Annual Autumn Festival

Take the 45 minute drive, over the river and through the woods to The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island, NY, located within the Wellesley Island State Park. Our non-profit group “Friends of the Nature Center are hosting their 41st annual Autumn Festival, along with celebrating their 50th anniversary as well. This is a family fun event. From 10:00am – 4:00pm we will be featuring new demonstrating craftsmen, new vendors, great food, K-9 Dog & Handler Team, West’s Live Birds of Prey, music, games, pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids, along with our famous scarecrow building contest with cash prizes and so much more! This is a cash only event. Tickets are only; Adults $3 *Seniors(65+) & Military $2 *Children (12 & under) $1 or free with non-perishable food item. Come enjoy a great family fun day!


October 13: Walk For Claire

Registration at 11am at the Tamworth Ball Diamond and walk begins at 12 noon. Join us for our 7th annual 5 km walk in the village of Tamworth to raise awareness for Childhood cancer in memory of a special girl, Claire Rogers. All money raised goes to local children and their families and children undergoing treatment at KGH.

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