Getting a Read on South Shore Libraries: Kingston–Brick wall library has sunny inside

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Kingston can present a rocky exterior, with its stone walls along Main Street and its iconic stone wharf at Rocky Nook. Its library shows passers-by a windowless brick wall, but, like so many Kingstonians, it has a sunny interior.

Library Director Sia Stewart oversaw the move from the classic, 19th century Frederic C. Adams Library across the street to the former AT&T long distance operator building in the mid 1990s. Stewart had a very slim budget that did not include cutting in outside windows.

“Fortunately, for us, it’s built around a central courtyard with wonderful glass walls that provide all our natural light,” Stewart said.

Kingstonians volunteer their time to many causes, and they volunteer in high numbers to the library. They also donate thousands of books a year, so the collection directly represents the reading tastes of the town.

“A hundred years ago, Kingston residents would have been sitting on the porch of Cobb’s General Store on Main Street every morning, sharing news with friends,” Stewart said. “Every morning we see people sitting in the library reading newspapers and talking with their friends.”

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