Kristy’s Kinston Dream

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When I moved to Kinston, I never expected to fall in love with this little town. There is a vibrancy here that mirrors its resiliency. I’ve met incredible people and enjoyed food that can’t be found anywhere else. I’ll talk more about the food later.

Five short years ago, I used to hate driving through Kinston. It was never about the reputation, but the disappointment at the urban decay I’d seen. I saw potential of what could be. When I drive down Queen Street today, I see that potential coming to life. It’s pretty awesome to watch something that was perceived as dead come back to life.

There is a small bookstore on N. Queen Street that tugs at my heart strings as I drive past it to work. One day I got brave and peeped through the windows. My stomach fell as I saw the utter destruction on the inside. The entire ceiling had fallen in, and if I’m not mistaken, there has to be a gaping hole on the roof. It would probably cost more to fix than it would make in the first ten years.

Literacy is more important to me than any other cause. As a writer, as a mother, and as a human. When we expand our vocabulary, we expand our ability to think for ourselves. I firmly believe that if we focused more on improving the literacy of our world, our socio-economic standings would improve.

I’ve started a running fantasy of what I would do if I owned this little bookstore and had disposable income to allow me to do what I wanted with it. So, I’ve decided to give myself something to work toward. I’ve never lived in one place longer than 4 years, and my average in any given location has been 1 year, yet I want to grow roots in Kinston. It reminds me of the town I spent my early childhood in, McKeesport. Both cities were once vibrant and full of lie, and both experienced an economic spiral that left many buildings vacant.

While I have many fond memories of McKeesport, the thought of putting down roots there scares me. Yet, I find myself looking at houses in Kinston that I’d like to buy. Here’s my current favorite… It has everything I’ve ever wanted in a house. I would however want to add solar power because if you ask any person who lives here what their biggest complaint about Kinston is; the #1 answer would be roads, the #2 answer would be the cost of electricity.

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The bookstore on Queen Street isn’t for sale online, so we’re going to pretend buy 109 S. Queen St. An equally adorable building.

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Welcome to Kristy’s Imaginary 

House of Books

Located some where downtown in Kinston, NC

Children’s Corner where books come to live through reading aloud:

Purpose: to introduce literacy early and give the parents of the community an opportunity to engage with one another.

Books will be read aloud with creative voices and utilizing physical props such as dress up, puppets, and pictures.

Ideal setting: Groups of 10-15, snacks and water provided.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

8 AM

Infant

Infant

Infant

Infant

Infant

10 AM

1-2 Years

1-2 Years

1-2 Years

1-2 Years

1-2 Years

12 PM

2-3 Years

2-3 Years

2-3 Years

2-3 Years

2-3 Years

2 PM

3-4 Years

3-4 Years

3-4 Years

3-4 Years

3-4 Years

4 PM

4-5 Years

4-5 Years

4-5 Years

4-5 Years

4-5 Years

6 PM

6-7 Years

6-7 Years

6-7 Years

6-7 Years

6-7 Years

8 PM

7-8 Years

7-8 Years

7-8 Years

7-8 Years

7-8 Years

Tween Hang Out for ages 9-14

Purpose: to strengthen the foundation of literacy by providing middle grade children with the opportunity to express themselves through the written word.

In addition to homework help offered, and reading poetry and classical literature aloud, the children will create a running fiction story for the community. It will be distributed to the parents. The process of writing from idea, to research, plot and character development, and editing will be implemented in the process. Book to Movie will be a two-week series where the book is read aloud, and then shown on a Saturday ‘Feature Event’.

Ideal setting: Groups of 5-10, snacks and water provided.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

4 PM

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help

5 PM

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

6 PM

Poetry

Poetry

Poetry

Poetry

Poetry

7 PM

Classics

Classics

Classics

Classics

Classics

8 PM

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Feature Event

Teen Creative Space for ages 14-17

Purpose: to strengthen the foundation of literacy by providing high school aged youths with the opportunity to express themselves through the written word.

In addition to homework help offered, and reading poetry and classical literature aloud, the children will create a local “Newspaper” for the community. It will be distributed to the parents. The process of writing from idea, to research, to fact-checking, and follow-up will be implemented in the process. Book to Movie will be a two-week series where the book is read aloud, and then shown on a Saturday ‘Feature Event’.

Ideal setting: Groups of 5-10, snacks and water provided. For the featured event, popcorn and water will be provided.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

4 PM

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help

5 PM

Community

News

Community

News

Community

News

Community

News

Community

News

6 PM

Formal Writing

Formal Writing

Formal Writing

Formal Writing

Formal Writing

7 PM

Classics

Classics

Classics

Classics

Classics

8 PM

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Feature

Event

The 18 and older Word Space

Purpose: to strengthen the foundation of literacy by providing adults with different exposure to the written word.

During the week adults can schedule private lessons for assistance with both reading and writing help. Creative writing and business workshops will run on a bi-weekly basis. Creative writing will focus on the fundamentals of writing fiction. Business writing will focus on formal writing.  

Ideal setting: Groups of 5-10, snacks and water provided. For the featured event, popcorn and water will be provided.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

8 AM

Schedule

Schedule

Schedule

Schedule

Schedule

9 AM

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10 AM

Schedule

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11 AM

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12 PM

Schedule

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1 PM

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2 PM

Schedule

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3 PM

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4 PM

Schedule

Schedule

Schedule

Schedule

Schedule

5 PM

Business

Writing

Business

Writing

Business

Writing

Business

Writing

Business

Writing

6 PM

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

Creative

Writing

7 PM

Classics

Classics

Classics

Classics

Classics

8 PM

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Book to Movie

Feature

Event

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