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