Community Calendar September 16 – 22, 2019


Sep 16 - Sep 22


September 16: 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,


September 17: 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,


September 18: The Gut-Brain Connection: Fact or Fiction?

Consuming probiotics, the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented foods, can help your digestion by reducing the growth of harmful bacteria in your gut. And probiotic supplements are increasingly available over the counter as an alternative to eating probiotic-rich foods. But did you know about the relationship between your gastrointestinal tract and your central nervous system, known as the gut-brain connection? Probiotics can affect our appetite, our mood, our sleep habits, and the symptoms of a variety of mental health disorders. Researchers are studying how we react to different probiotics as well as how probiotics interact with other treatments. Since we can each be affected differently by the same disorder, a “one-size-fits-all” treatment is unlikely, but the research is fascinating! Caroline Wallace is a PhD student in the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s University who is running a study examining the effects of a probiotic supplement on symptoms of depression. At 7 p.m. KFPL will host Caroline and special guests PhD candidates Kasia Szyszkowics from McGill University and Ana Santos from Carleton University at the Central branch as they discuss the connection between the gut and the brain, and how diet and nutrition can affect our mental health through the microbes in our gut. This presentation is open to adults. 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 7. For more information, visit


September 21: Apollo 11: The Quest for the Moon

In honour of Science Literacy Week (September 16 to 22) the KFPL Live monthly speakers’ series will host a presentation on Apollo 11: The Quest for the Moon by amateur astronomer Frank Hitchens. Rarely in history has humanity embarked upon an enterprise as audacious and adventurous as sending the first of our own kind to explore another world. The Apollo 11 mission of 1969 and the people who made it happen represent what is arguably history’s greatest achievement in science and engineering. Those who watched Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” from the Eagle to the moon’s surface 50 years ago remember not just the news coverage but also sharing the experience in real time with the rest of the world. Please join us at 2 pm at our Isabel Turner branch to hear Frank share stories behind Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing. This presentation is open to adults and teens. 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 7. For more information, visit


September 21: Stop 5G Rally

11am – 12pm. Confederation Park outside Kingston City Hall. Expert Panel Discussion 12:30pm – 2pm inside City Hall.  For more information on the rally visit


September 22: Bellrock Hall Repair Café

Repair Cafe South Frontenac will be in Bellrock from 2-4:30 pm. Bring your tired and broken small appliances, clothing that needs mending, lamps, clocks, etc. and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Our Fixers love the challenge of diagnosing and trying to fix things to make them usable again. Coffee, tea, treats will be served while you wait for your repair. Cost to you is simply a free-will offering. This month we have on-site a terrific electronics/software fixer—can probably help you with simple repairs to your devices and maybe help solve some of those software problems you’ve been puzzling over….
Bellrock Community Hall is a lovely heritage school building nestled in beautiful Downtown Bellrock. It’s only 6 minutes from Verona. If passing through Verona towards Kingston on 38, turn right at the Bellrock sign, then turn right onto Leveque Rd (just past Bellrock Mill Street.) The address is 6034 Leveque Road, on the right. See you there! Bring a friend! All are welcome – Repair Cafe@Frontenac serves all of Frontenac County and beyond. And if you have any useful “fixing” skills, we could happily accept your volunteering for us sometime. Reduce, Reuse, Repair.

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