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Library Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We will be open regular Saturday hours (9-5) on Saturday, May 27.Remember that even when we're closed, many of our online resources are still available! Search our catalog, check out a digital book, do some research, or connect with us on Facebook.

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Apply to Be a Maker Corps Intern at the Keene Public Library

Keene Public Library is excited to recruit two paid Maker Corp Members to our library for a summer of awesome making, creating, and tinkering with kids and teens. Maker Corps Members working at our library will gain job skills and have a blast collaborating with Keene librarians to develop our Makerspace programs (3D printing, soldering, DIY crafts, coding, movie-making and more). We are seeking creative individuals who enjoy science and art projects and are excited about sharing their passion for learning. If you are interested, please visit  and make sure that you select the Keene Public Library has the organization that you want to work at this summer. If you have questions, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157. 

Dr. Alexis Chesney Gives Presentation on Lyme Disease Awareness, Prevention and Treatment

Lyme disease has become increasingly common in N.H. so it is not surprising that as the weather turns warmer, Lyme disease is on many people’s minds. Please join Dr. Alexis Chesney on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Keene Public Library to take a holistic look at prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. Alexis is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in Lyme disease at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, Vermont. She holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport. Her training in Lyme disease includes extensive study under Richard Horowicz, MD at Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Chesney is passionate about Lyme education in New England. During the free public lecture, Dr. Chesney will highlight the importance of prevention, testing options, diagnosis and treatment options for tick bites and Lyme disease. 

Dr. Alexis Chesney received a Doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a Masters in acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Naturopathic physicians are trained in the art and science of natural medicine at four-year accredited medical colleges.

Passionate about Lyme education in New England, Dr. Chesney completed intensive training under Richard Horowitz, MD of Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Chesney also enjoys working with clients of all ages on chronic disease, general wellness, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling. She works at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, Vt.

The Keene Public Library offers a full calendar of more than free public events throughout the year for people of all ages. For more information about these programs, please contact Gail Zachariah at the library at 603-352-0157.

Call for Summer Volunteers

The Keene Public Library is looking for volunteers to help us offer more programs for our summer program. “Build a Better World, Read!” is designed to encourage children to continue reading and learning during vacation so that valuable skills won’t be lost. We hope to offer a variety of book, art, science, and technology activities for children. If you are interested in helping us, please let us know by calling Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 or submitting a Contact Us form.

Some of the things volunteers or interns may do this summer include:

  • Helping with registration and recording of books read by children;
  • Facilitating making and STEM experiences for kids ages 7 to 10
  • Scheduling and mentoring teen volunteers;
  • Soliciting donations of incentive prizes from local businesses;
  • Listening to children give oral book reports and talk about the books they've read;
  • Assisting the librarians with storytime, movies, gaming, or other programs;
  • Offering or helping with a craft program;
  • Overseeing and helping kids during drop-in craft events;
  • Preparing questions for future book discussion programs;
  • Creating a display or helping decorate the library spaces;
  • Chaperoning a reading party or special event;
  • Providing refreshments for a special event;
  • Offering a workshop using a special skill;
  • Helping the librarians tidy up and sanitize the play areas.

Volunteers will be required to provide references and undergo a background check paid for by the Keene Public Library which will include fingerprinting. The background check process can take a while so if you are interested, you should start the process soon. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need parental permission and a work permit.  More information about volunteer requirements can be found on our Volunteer Page.

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We Make Self-Publishing Easy with Pressbooks

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more—all through your library. 

Here is a quick tutorial for patrons to understand the process of getting started with Pressbooks:

Check out the Pressbooks Youtube Channel for more tips and tricks through their growing library of tutorial videos:

The City of Keene Wants to Hear from You

Please fill out this quick 10 question survey to let us know your thoughts. What's working well? What can be improved? The results of this survey will be used to help direct the focus of the City’s recently developed Innovation Team. This team will use the feedback received to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement.

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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 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 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 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.

How-to Festival Planned for May 13

Today libraries are not just about the lending of materials, Increasingly, libraries are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to create art. The Keene Public Library offers access to the tools and technology and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

We invite you to celebrate to see what’s new at the Keene Public Library and to take part in the celebration at the Keene Public  Library’s 3rd Annual How-to Festival on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Keene Public Library, located at 60 Winter St. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., local organizations, community members, and librarians will lead short, 45-minute interactive classes on lifestyle, crafting, education, and more. A complete schedule is available at the library and online.

Inspired by a similar program developed by the Louisville Free Public Library, the How-to Festival will feature more than 20 sessions on topics ranging from how to write a resume to how to juggle plates. Other How-to sessions include:

• Basic Knitting 101

• Homework and Resume Help 

• Zentangle

• Cosplay Costume Design

• Juggling

• How to Use a Telescope

• How to Play with Circus Toys 

• Needle Felt a Little Lamb

• Learn to Easily Self-publish a Book -

• Make a Tussie Mussie

• Do Circus Yoga

• Sew a Kids Book

• Crochet 101

• Light Up a Bookmark with e-Sewing 

• How to Make Art with Recycled Books

• How to Make a Picture Mosaics

Acquiring new skills stimulates areas in the brain that encourage positive thinking and well-being, which can lead to making people happier as individuals and oftentimes more marketable as job-seekers. Research also suggests that this creative outlet enhances self-esteem and confidence, so mark your calendars and stop by the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter St. and attend as few or as many How-to sessions as you like.  

For more information, please call the library at 603-352-0157. Current library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.