Youth Librarian's blog

Free SAT Prep @ your Library!

The College Board says on its website that over 2 million kids will take the SAT this year. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage will feel as though they're ready. And you should know that high school students that take the test in 2016 will face a very different test than those that took it before them. Changes include an increase in curriculum-based questions to a revamped essay, evidenced-focused reading, and more graphs and charts.

Keene Public Library Holds Family Dance on Friday November 6

On Friday November 6 at 6:30 p.m., the Keene Public Library will hold a free family dance for dancers of all ages and abilities. The dance is part of a series of dances held the first Friday of the month from October through May at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall (formerly the Masonic Building). Adina Gordon of Burlington, Vt. will be the featured caller. Gordon has called contra, English, and squares both old and new in 37 US states, three Canadian provinces, and Israel.

Let's Keep Making!

Tinker, hack and invent at the library's After-School Popup Makerspace. Make your own Booby Traps (with LED ghosts) for this week's Maker Camp challenge!   

Maker Camp is a free, online (and in-person) community for young Makers interested in DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and learning. It combines the best parts of camp and with sure-fire starter projects, so that young Makers across the country and the world can make together.

Keene Public Library Awarded for Tutoring Service

The Keene Public Library is the runner-up in the 2015 Keene Sentinel's Readers Choice Awards in the Best Local Tutoring category. This is the second year that we have been honored with this award. Our tutoring program uses volunteer youth and adult tutors to help students. We also have a virtual tutoring service which connects anyone in the library and library cards holders from home with a professional tutoring to assist with school work, test preparation, and career coaching.

Painting the Sky: The Northern Lights with Alexa Halford, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

The Northern lights have fascinated humanity from our beginnings inspiring everything from literature to architecture and scientific pursuits. These lights are perhaps the most visible and beautiful displays of space weather described by fellow guest lecture Dr. Sarah McGregor. We’ll look into the lore of the aurora and how it how it has been scientifically studied.

What do you want the Keene Public Library to look like?

The Keene Public Library has a lot of plans and we need your input!

Engage! Teens, Art and Civic Participation

Mondays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 17 (There is no meeting on Oct. 13)

This is a six-part program is dedicated to helping teens discover themselves through discussion of the visual arts. Select pieces of great American art provide a centerpiece for participants to talk about who they are and where they belong in their community. Engage! Teens, Art and Civic Participation, a pilot project based on the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Picturing America” program.

There's a Dance Party at the Library every Month!

Dancing is a great way to bond with your child and burn a little energy at the same time. Join us once a month on the second Monday at 4:00 p.m. for a Song and Dance Party!

Not only are you having fun but you are developing helpful skills. Here are just a few skills children develop while dancing: 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2014

Last night the library hosted a memorable Valentine's Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Take a look at the crazy things these animals did after their friends dropped them off at the library.

Connect with Your Kids: Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

– Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream,” 1963

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Did you know:

-- King's first civil rights action began with a protest of the segregated bus system in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955.