The Trustees of the Keene Public Library are planning for the future. We are considering both the Library and the Library Annex and how these two buildings can be used to provide library programs and services that meet our community's near and future needs.
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Young children and older teens and 'tweens interested in developing a love of reading need look no farther than the Keene Public Library. The program called “Book Buddies” pairs rookie readers with trained veteran readers. Students entering first, second, or third grade are encouraged to sign up now so that they can be matched with older students entering the fifth through the twelth grade. For four weeks starting the week of July 8, these “Book Buddies” will meet regularly at the library to read, write, and talk about books. Meeting times are either Monays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p..m. or Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The “Big Buddy” mentors promote an interest in books, reading, and writing as well as encourage the “Little Buddy” to practice new reading skills at home. With the help of “Big Buddies,” young children will gain confidence in their reading and themselves while building an interest in books and a love of reading and writing.
The library is currently recruiting both Little and Big Book Buddies. Applications are availble in the Library's Youth Department. You can also download pdfs of both Little Buddy Application and Big Buddies Applications. On the application, you can choose whether you want to particate in the Monday or Thursday book buddy program.
Little Buddies may be struggling with reading or they may just want a little extra help. Please provide as much information as possible so that we can match pairs according to schedule needs. Book Buddies may strike a chord with teens and 'tweens looking to do something especially meaningful this summer.
This is the sixth year of the Book Buddy Program at the Keene Public Library. Last year, there were 23 pairs of reading buddies at the library. To get ready, the library has been beefing up its collection of beginning readers. This year, there will be plenty of materials for each pair. Some of the popular themes for beginning readers are animals, comics, superheroes, and humorous books.
Registration for Book Buddies has begun and will continue through Friday, June 28. Participants will be notified of their partners and meeting as soon as possible after July 1.
For more information, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.
All Keene area veteran and first-time writers are invited to a series of writing workshops for advice and assistance. Randy Koons, a volunteer leading the library’s writer’s group encourages aspiring authors to “please ask questions, share their work, and provide insight into the experience.” All short and long form fiction writers are welcome. The group led by Koons at the library on Monday evenings starting Monday June 17 at 6:30 p.m. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene, N.H. for more information, please call 603-352-0157.
The New Hampshire Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Keene Public Library for Keene Chautauqua 2013. The annual living history festival is part of the library’s “Ground Breaking Reads Adult Summer Reading Program,” which encourages adults to read more and to discover groundbreaking authors. The 2013 Keene Chautauqua explores the groundbreaking achievements of expatriate Americans and includes community reads project, a film series, lectures, and a Young Chautauqua workshop and performance by middle and high school students. The Keene Public Library is partnering with a number of community organizations to present Keene Chautauqua, including the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the Horatio Colony House Museum.
The main event will take place on Thursday, July 25 at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall, 60 Winter Street, and will feature living history portrayals of authors Henry James and Edith Wharton.
"The Master" of the house of fiction, Henry James (1843-1916) observed and noted carefully the social life around him and delved incisively into the psyches of his characters. Born in New York City, James lived most of his life abroad, providing him with his "international theme": the encounter of Americans with the Old World of Europe and vice versa. Striving to be one of the people "on whom nothing is lost," James left an enduring legacy of great novels that include The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, The Wings of the Dove as well as such immortal stories as "Daisy Miller" and "The Turn of the Screw." One of the most gifted and influential novelist in American literature, Edith Wharton (1862-1937), was born into one of old New York's most established families. Wharton overcame a background that focused on wealth and manners, to become an artist. Raising her for a suitable marriage and a life in society, Wharton's family did not provide her with a tutor or any formal education, and did not even think to supply her with paper upon which to write. Self-educated and determined, Wharton broke away from "society" to discover her intellectual and creative gifts. Edith Wharton first met Henry James in the late 1880s, but they did not become friends until after 1900. She was at the beginning of her career. Although Henry James had yet to write the masterpieces of his last period, he was nearing the end of his literary career. James work often explores the cultural and psychological differences between Europeans and Americans. In the early years of the twentieth century, Wharton made Paris her home where she became a prominent literary hostess. About people raised abroad like James and herself, Edith Wharton would say that they had been “produced in a European glass-house.” They were “wretched exotics,” none of them American; “We don’t think or feel as the Americans do.” Together James and Wharton represent transatlantic travel and cultural exchange, and left a sophisticated record of the stimulations and anxieties of a generation of highly privileged, cosmopolitan American expatriates.
The Keene Chautauqua Community Reads is book discussion series featuring five books by and about James and Wharton. The first discussion will take place at the Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street, on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. The first book to be discussed is “Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton. The next Wednesday, June 12 at the Horatio Colony Museum “Daisy Miller” by Henry James will be discussed. On Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Horatio Colony House, “Age of Desire” by Jenny Fields will be discussed. The next two discussions will take place at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. On Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m., “The Master” by Colm Toibin will be discussed and on Wednesday July 17 at 1:00 p.m., “Turn of the Screw” by Henry James will be discussed. Books are available to borrow from the Keene Public Library.
On Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m., the Keene Public Library will host a lecture by Hetty Startup on Artist Colonies. This UNH Speakers' Bureau talk surveys the origins of artist colonies in the mid 1800s in Europe and their proliferation to other continents, including the United States. Artist colonies exist today but the majority of this program focuses on the period 1880 to 1920 when it was these special places that helped to nurture artists and new art movements, such as Impressionism and Expressionism. Hetty Startup is a lecturer of art history and architectural history at the University of New Hampshire. Trained as an architectural historian she has worked in the museum, higher education, and nonprofit fields, and is dedicated to creating teaching environments for art history, museum, and material culture studies that are content rich.
On Tuesday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m., the library will host a performance by Dances by Isadora. At 1:00 p.m. that same day, Dances by Isadora will offer a children’s workshop at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was an American pioneer of dance and is an important figure in both the arts and history. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. Hailed as 'powerful movers' by the New York Times, Dances by Isadora honors Duncan’s original choreography with vitality and vibrant physicality. The group received its name in 1986 when arts administrator, Alan Casso produced the company's first public performance in Boston. Since then Dances by Isadora has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MIT Council on the Arts, Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and City Parks Foundation. Dances by Isadora has performed around the globe in ancient theaters, city sidewalks, churches, parks and schools.
Two separate Chautauqua Film Series will take place at the Keene Public Library this summer on Wednesday evenings. In June, the series is showcases Fin de Siècle Films” and in July the series features “The Lost Generation.’ Call the library at 352-0157 to see what is showing. All film presentations will start at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
All Keene Public Library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Pubic Library. Additional funding for Chautauqua programs have been generously provided by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and C & S Wholesale Grocers. For more information about the Chautauqua programs, contact the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.
This summer, the Keene Public Library has two reading programs for children. There is a program designed for reading children as well as a program designed for pre-readers. We also have a program for teens. We even have a program for adults.
You can sign up for a reading program at the library in person or on the Dig Into Reading Website. When you sign up, you will be asked to create a user name and password.
Sign up begins anytime after June 3. Participants can either sign up in the Youth Department or they can sign up online. The program officially begins on Friday, June 14.
If you signup from home, make sure you visit the library to pick up your materials and a free book to get you started.
Participating online is simple. Directions and help are available throughout the process, but if you get stuck, call the Keene Public Library Youth Department at 603-352-0157.
Parents and careproviders should considered enrolling. A parent's attitude towards reading has a profound effect on children. Be a good role model; let your children see you reading.
If you haven't used a computer much, we can teach you how to log on and record your reading progress. Or, if you don't want to be bothered with learning something new, we can enter the information for you. Stop into the library's Youth Department for help!
Next, all you have to do is read! You will be tracking the amount of time that you spend reading or listening to books. You will log the time in half hour blocks of time either on a printed log or directly onto the computer program.
Our reading program members can read anything they like. You can read books, magazines, newspapers, and cereal boxes. You can read our online collection interactive TumbleBooks. We just want you to read! Even books that you read for school count. Even if you are listening to a story being read (either by a person or on an audio book) this counts too! If your family does a read-aloud, you can count the time spent listening to books on everyone's reading record! Remember, if you would like help choosing a good book, you can checkout the library's online reading suggestions or you can ask a librarian for help!
You will be awarded your first reading incentive after reading 5 hours. The other award levels are 10 hours, 15 hours, 20 hours, 25 hours. When you read for 25 hours, you will reach our goal but you can keep reading throughout the summer for additional rewards.
You can also enter a weekly drawing for readers. Anyone that has read during the week is eligible to enter the contest. The drawings will be held each Friday afternoon (June 28 through August 16) at approximately 4 PM. Winners do not need to be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone or email.
If you are motivated, you can write a review about the books that really move you. The library will donate $0.25 to the Haiti Library Fund for each review received.
All of the Library's Reading Programs start on Wednesday, June 14 and conclude on Saturday, August 24.
There is something to do almost everyday at the library! Check out our online calendar of events and see what we are offering this summer.
If you have any questions, please ask a Youth Librarian for assistance, call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 or contact us online.
The Keene Public Library is looking for volunteers to help us offer more programs for our summer program. “Dig Into Reading” is designed to encourage children to continue reading during vacation so that valuable reading skills won’t be lost. We hope to offer a variety of 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:
Volunteers will be required to provide references and undergo a background check. Volunteers under the age of 16 will need parental permission and a work permit. More information about volunteer requirements can be found on our Volunteer Page.
Dan Belshaw from Oyster River High School in Durham is the winner of New Hampshire's eighth Poetry Out Loud championship. Stephanie Bilodeau from Keene Public Library’s program was selected as alternate champion. Stephanie Bilodeau attends Keene High School. During the competition, she recited three poems: "More Lies" by Karin Gottshall, "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns, and "Poem with One Fact" by Donald Hall.
As state champion, Belshaw receives $200 from the national Poetry Out Loud program and travel expenses from the Poetry Foundation for himself and an adult chaperone to compete for the national championship. His high school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. As alternate champion, Stephanie Bilodeau receives $100 and the Keene Public Library receives $200 for the purchase of poetry books.
The national Poetry Out Loud competition takes place in Washington, D.C., on April 28 – 30, 2013; high schools students from 50 states will gather to recite their selected poems. A total of $50,000 in cash and school stipends are awarded to participants placing a various levels of the national competition. Should Belshaw be unable to attend, Bilodeau will represent New Hampshire at the event.
The N.H. State Council on the Arts sponsors the Poetry Out Loud national recitation competition for high school students in New Hampshire. The program is initiated and funded through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Funds are provided to state arts agencies to implement Poetry Out Loud in high schools around the country.
Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Participation in the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary and cultural heritage. All New Hampshire high schools – public, private and parochial – are welcome to participate, as are home-schooled high school-aged students.
The 2013 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program started in the fall with more than 9,000 high school students from 36 high schools participating. The Keene Public Library has participated in the program since 2009. Dan Petit is the library's Poetry Out Loud Coordinator.
Participating students selected poems from a list compiled by the National Endowment for the Arts and the national Poetry Foundation; criteria for judging includes physical presence, voice and articulation, appropriateness of dramatization, level of difficulty, evidence of understanding, overall performance and accuracy.
Finalists from each high school advanced to four regional semi-finals, and the top participants from the regional competitions advanced to the state championship.
“It is both inspiring and humbling to see the poise these future leaders display throughout New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud program,” said Lynn Martin Graton, acting director of the N.H. State Council on the Arts. “They are a credit to their families, their teachers and to the state.”
Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio-produced “Word of Mouth” was the master of ceremonies at the championship.
Performance judges for the 2013 N.H. Poetry Out Loud finals included Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine; poet Martha Carlson-Bradley; Byron Champlin, assistant vice president and program officer for the Lincoln Financial Foundation; poet Jennifer Militello; Michele Perkins, president of New England College; author Mike Pride; and Sheila Whitney Mable, adjunct instructor at Southern New Hampshire University. Poet Sara Willingham served as accuracy judge. Frumie Selchen, executive director of the Arts Alliance of Northern N.H., supervised the scoring team.
New Hampshire is fortunate to have many local partners for the 2013 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program, including the Putnam Foundation, the Daniel Thomas and Karen K. Moran Charitable Funds of the N.H. Charitable Foundation, the New Hampshire Writers Project, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, CavanKerry Press, the Frost Place, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, Toadstool Bookstores, and Hannaford Supermarkets, as well as New England College, Southern New Hampshire University, the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University and Plymouth State University’s School of Graduate Studies. Additional support comes from Gibson’s Bookstore and Water Street Books.
More information about New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud program, including a list of high school champions, state semi-final participants and state championship participants, is available by clicking on the “Poetry Out Loud” link at www.nh.gov/nharts. More information about the national program is available at www.poetryoutloud.org.
To learn how your high school or high school student can participate in New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud program, visit the N.H. State Council on the Arts website: www.nh.gov/nharts, or contact Catherine O'Brian Arts Education Grants and Programs coordinator, N.H. State Council on the Arts (603) 271-0795, Catherine.R.O'Brian@dcr.nh.gov.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding comes from state appropriations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.
The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce the next meeting of their LEGO® Club is Monday, May 20 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Interested parties should register by calling 603-352-0157.
"We encourage kids and families of all ages who love to build to come to the library and play together," says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. According to Zachariah, “Although everyone is welcome, this monthly LEGO Club focuses most on school age builders." The library offers a semi-regular LEGO storytime called “Read! Build! Play!., a product of a partnership between the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and LEGO® DUPLO®. The LEGO storytime is for children five and under. It is chock full of cutting edge ideas related to early literacy programming that combine preschool books with creative play in the form of a versatile collection of LEGO DUPLO bricks.
LEGO clubs have proliferated at libraries across the nation as studies reveal the benefits of creative play. In the 2009 book "Play = Learning," Yale researcher Dorothy Singer argues that games which make use of logical thinking increase scientific reasoning, problem solving skills and mathematical abilities. Cooperative LEGO clubs like the one at the Keene Public Library also encourage the development of social skills.
The Keene Public Library offers a full calendar of free public programs 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizen Science is a fun way for kids and adults to learn the scientific method, explore the outdoors and help scientists make discoveries. Families and educators are invited to find out about Picture Post, a citizen science project at the Keene Public Library. On Tuesday March 26 at 4:0o p.m., Annette Schloss of the Earth Systems Research Center (ESRC) will visit the library to introduce the project, which allows anyone to use a cell phone or digital camera to carefully monitor a particular environment over time.
Picture Posts can be invaluable in monitoring plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and other variations in climate. Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services at the Keene Public Library, is very excited about bringing Picture Post to Keene. "Both natural changes, like those that follow the seasons, and those caused by humans can be observed. Students can compare and help monitor haze; clouds; precipitation, including snow and ice; and vegetation. Plus, students can learn about photography and technology. What more could you want?"
Picture Post, part of the Digital Earth Watch network, is funded by NASA and is hosted by the University of New Hampshire.
For more information, please contact Gail Zachariah at the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.
New and Experienced Knitters of All Ages Invited to Join Knitting Circle
The Keene Public Library announces the reformation of an informal knitting circle for young knitters of all skill levels and all ages. The group will most likely be made up mostly of young knitters, but interested adults are welcome to attend as well. Come and learn to knit or bring a project you are working on. If you are interested in learning to knit, and you don't have the supplies, don't worry, the library can supply you with the basics. If you want to bring your own supplies, the library recommends that you bring a skein of bulky wool yarn and wooden U.S. size 8 (5 mm) needles. This group will start Tuesday, March 19 and continue through Tuesday, April 23 and will meet in the library’s Youth Department. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. Call the library at 603-352-0157 to register or for more information about youth and family programs.