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Youth Librarian's blog

The Silent Library

Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Heberton Hall

Do you think you have what it takes to complete silly challenges while remaining silent in the library? Then turn your voices off, keep your giggles at bay, and work as a team in this fun library event modeled after the hit MTV game show. 

WARNING: Challenges may include having (soft) food thrown at you, completing tasks without using your hands, and acting ridiculous in front of others.

Summer Reading Programs


Online registration for all of our Summer Reading and Learning Clubs has begun! Find the club that is right for you and sign up now!

We’re celebrating Harry Potter Book Night at the Keene Public Library on February 2nd, 2017

February 2017 will see the third annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world and here at the Keene Public Library we’re getting ready to celebrate the Professors of Hogwarts. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Youth Department of the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street.

Family Dance @ your Library! -- Brendan Taaffe and Shirley White

Friday, November 4, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Come enjoy family-friendly contra, square, and circle dances. This dance series continues the first Friday of the month, every month through May.

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Computers in Libraries

Last week, I went to Washington DC for the Computers in Libraries conference. I believe I heard that this was the 27th annual conference. I'm not sure but I knew that this was the first that I've attended. I had a great time and left DC with lots of inspiration to transform the Keene Public Library into a place of innovation and creativity.

Out of this World Astronomy Lecture Series: Sweating the Small Stuff: The Fear and Fun of Near-Earth Asteroids

Monday, March 14, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

The explosion of an asteroid over Russia in 2013 caught by hundreds of dashcams, and the perennial reminder of the dinosaurs' demise due to an earlier, and bigger, asteroid impact, serve to illustrate the fear that asteroids may inspire in us. But near-Earth asteroids, our closest neighbors in the Solar System, also offer hitherto unimagined opportunities for exploration and resource harvesting. They might even be the stepping stones we require to seed the solar system with space colonies.

Family Dance with David Kaynor

Friday, March 4, 2016, at 630 p.m. in Heberton Hall

On Friday, March 4, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., the Keene Public Library will offer an evening of free family contra, square, circle dances. The dance will be held at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall (formerly the Masonic Building). David Kaynor of Montague Center, Mass. will call the dances. Kaynor is the primary caller and organizer of the Guiding Star Grange Hall in Greenfield, Mass. He will be accompanied by Allison Aldrich Smith and Hunt Smith of Nelson, N.H. Refreshments will be provided.  

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.