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Transform your ideas about the library: celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

The Keene Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer. April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status. Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond. The Keene Public Library serves the Keene community by offering nearly 1,000 free public programs each year and by providing an extensive collection of books, DVDs, recorded music and audio books, streaming and downloadable books, and remote access for library card holders to a number of subscription databases such as Chilton Library Auto Repair, Gale Legal Forms, Value Line Investment, Mango Languages, and Tutor.com Learning Center. “The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.” Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever. The Keene Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with variety of programs throughout the week. The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9. The sale starts at 9 a.m. each day and ends at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. On 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, children can learn the basics of electronics through hands-on projects at Circuit Circus. Makers will create things that light up, heat up and spin! On Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m., families with young children can play at the first session of our 1, 2, 3, Play with Me Workshop Series. These fun learning times are for children 1 to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. Infant and preschool siblings may attend with a registered toddler. Throughout the week of April 8 - April 15, library lovers invited their appreciation for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. What is your favorite librarian an expert in—storytime, medieval history, recommending books—or is he or she an expert in making you smile? Let the world know that you appreciate your "expert in the library" during National Library Week 2017. Your response can be text, a photo or a video posted Twitter, Instagram, or posted directly to www.ilovelibraries.org/. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the hashtag #expertinthelibrary and post between Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. for a chance to win the $100 Visa gift card. Official rules are available on the I Love Libraries website. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. For more information, visit the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street, call 603-352-0157 or see the library’s Web site at www.keenepubliclibrary.org. Current library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. After Memorial Day, the library will close at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.