Community Calendar October 21 – 27, 2019


Oct 21 - Oct 27


October 21: 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 21: Soup Social In Support Of The United Way

Join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the CNIB Community Hub (826 Princess St.) for a bowl of delicious soup to help support our local United Way of KFL&A.


October 22: 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 23: Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Event

The Ban Righ Foundation invites you to a night of women-centered positivity and inspiration. The 4th annual ‘Inspiring Women: An Evening at the Isabel’ event will be held at 7:30pm at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. During this event, we will celebrate Dr. Louise Rang, recipient of the Faculty Mentorship Award, and Georgina Riel, recipient of the Community Leadership Award. Our keynote Speaker will be Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion at Queen’s. Toronto poet Britta B, jazz singer Michelle Kasaboski and The Four Directions Women’s Singers will provide entertainment. This is a free event – no registration or tickets are required and everyone is welcome.


October 26: 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 at the Sydenham branch at 2 p.m. 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 26: Wolfe Island United Church Turkey Supper

Including a craft & Bake sale table. Doors open at 4:30pm. Adults $15. Children under 12 $7 and under 6 free. Take Outs available. Ferry leaves Kingston on the hour.


October 26: Sydenham Women’s Institute Fall Sale

“WI Sydenham members invites you to their annual Fall Bake and Craft Sale. Come and have your tea/coffee or lunch/sandwich and browse the many vendor tables. You may just find your Christmas gift. And why not take home a baked goodie for you afternoon tea. At the Grace Center, 4295 Stagecoach Road, Sydenham, from 9am to 2pm. A quilt will be raffled off. See you there.”


October 28: 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 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,

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