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Library Closed for Thanksgiving

The library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and remain closed through November 23 and 24 (Thursday and Friday) for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 25.  Don't forget our 24/7 online resources when we're closed!

Our website is changing!

Beginning the week of November 20, the library website will be changing over to the new city web design.  It can take a few days for all of our pages to redirect properly so keep trying!  And if you have questions or can't find something, please give us a call at 603-352-0157 and ask to speak to Cary or Gail. The site will be a 'work in progress' for a while but we are making the switch now to avoid the frequent down-time that our site has been experiencing recently.  The website address will remain the same:

Check out what's new!

Library Announces Board Game Collection Available for Checkout

The Keene Public Library nows checks out board games! Games are housed in the Youth Department. There are games that will interest young kids through adult players but we are actively seeking family-friendly games.

Why Does the Library Have Board Games?

Strategy games encourage in-person interaction, and people from any background can learn the rules and play a game together.

Can I Suggest Games to Add to the Collection?

Yes! The Library welcomes suggestions (and feedback) from the community to continue cultivating a game collection that fits the needs and interests of our community. Please send your inquiries, comments, and suggestions to Gail Zachariah.

What Games do you Have? Can I Donate Games?

You can find our collection in our catalog. We are open to donations of any game in good and playable condition!

Get Ready to Vote for Your Favorite Ladybug Book

Have you read one of the ten nominated Ladybug Books yet?

Lots of kids and families in New Hampshire will be spending the next few months reading each book so that in November 2017 they can vote on their favorite title. Look for these books at the Keene Public Library. 

The award, sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. 

National Novel Writing Month at the Library

The Keene Public Library is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a nonprofit event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November.  The month of writing programs and activities kick-off on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. when local writer Jamie Sheffield leads an introductory writing workshop to help writers prepare for NaNoWriMo.  Sheffield is a five-time NaNoWriMo winner. Featuring writing tips and a question-and-answer session, this workshop provides advice on how to manage your writing time and maximize your progress.  Sheffield invites everyone to “come find out NaNoWriMo is, how it's done, what makes it a great writing tool/strategy. Get some tips on successfully completing the challenge. I will share the benefits, and possible pitfalls of NaNoWriMo, along with some thoughts on planning, time management, setting realistic goals, and other things, based on my experiences with NaNoWriMo.”

In November, writers are invited to meet-up at the Library each Saturday from 1 p.,m. to 4:30 p.m. The Keene Public Library will offer a dedicated and welcoming place to write with “Write Ins” to be held each Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. WriMos and others can bring a laptop or paper and pen and WRITE. The library invites all aspiring and veteran writers can get together and simultaneously pen NaNo masterpieces. WriMos and others can bring a laptop or paper and pen and WRITE. The library has scheduled a meeting room so that there is room to write. Simple refreshments and inspiration will be provided. 

NaNoWriMo participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes. The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty. “When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month.”

Young people can also take the NaNoWriMo challenge. The Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years-of-age and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals. 

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.


Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program a the Keene Public Library. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157 or visit our 1000 Books web page.

Longlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

Forty-six books, 25 fiction, 21 nonfiction, have been selected for the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on October 25, 2017. The two medal winners will be announced by 2018 selection committee chair Victoria Caplinger at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, Feb. 11, 5 -7 p.m.

The ALA Midwinter Meeting now offers all ALA book and media award announcements in the same 24 hours, with the adult Book and Media Awards announcements preceding the Monday morning Youth Media Awards announcements.

The awards are funded in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and are cosponsored and administered by Booklist and RUSA. Booklist also sponsors the Michael L. Printz Award, Odyssey Award and Alex Awards. RUSA’s CODES administers the Notable Books List, The Reading List, The Listen List and the Sophie Brody Medal.

The first single-book awards for adult titles given by the ALA, the Andrew Carnegie Medals reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. The Medals and the lists leading up to the selection of the winners serve as a guide to selecting quality reading material.

The winning authors of the fiction and nonfiction medals will speak at the ALA Annual Conference in June at the popular celebratory reception honoring the previous year’s winners. NoveList is the lead sponsor of both the RUSA Book and Media Awards and the Annual Conference reception.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction selection committee includes Booklist editors or contributors, past members of RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section’s (CODES) Notable Books Council, and a representative of the American Booksellers Association. The 2018 selection committee includes chair Victoria Caplinger, NoveList; Sarah Jaffa, Kitsap Regional Library, Bremerton, WA; Elizabeth M. Joseph, Ferguson, Stamford, CT; Annie Bostrom, Booklist, Chicago, IL; Neil Hollands, Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, VA; Mark Laframboise, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.; and Donna Seaman, Booklist, Chicago, IL.

Find out more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

Library Offers Fall Storytime Series. Sign Up Now.

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a new calendar of events. Book discussions, story programs, and technology. The fall series of storytimes for babies, toddler, and preschoolers begin the week of September 11, 2017. The fall series will run November 3, 2017. Registration is ongoing, although some programs may reach enrollment limit. Preschool Storytime is offered on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. In Preschool Storytime, children will enjoy age-appropriate stories, songs, poetry, and activities. A special program for babies, toddlers, and caregivers is offered on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Library storytimes are free, fun, and entertaining but they are valuable learning tools for young children as well.  Keene Public Library story programs were developed in response to research that shows the importance of sharing language with very young children. Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers must be informed of their critical role as their children's first teacher. Sharing books help to create a deep and lasting bond between child and caregiver. The early introduction of language play, books, rhymes, and songs into a child’s life offers him or a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn to read and love books.

All Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public.  Interested parents and caregivers should call the Keene Public Library at 603 352-0157 for further about the library’s summer reading program and summertime activities for family and youth programs.  Information is also available online at

Keene Public Library Holds Indie Author Day on Oct. 14

The Keene Public Library invites the readers and writers to the second annual Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 14, 2017. This event, which will be hosted by almost 300 libraries across the country, is designed to bring local writing and reading communities together in their libraries to participate in author panels, book readings and signings, workshops, presentations, and more. It is an opportunity for the indie community to come together in the library to help local authors get discovered and for readers to find great new books from local writers. The doors open at 1 p.m. for refreshments and mingling. Authors working in a variety of genres and for a variety of audiences will be present. Some of the authors participating include Rodger Martin, Megan Applegate, Ceara Comeau, Betty L'Ursula (Rebecca Woodward), Michele Moore, Jaimie Scanlon, Ellen Tumavicus, Nancy Paquin, Kerri Cuevas, and Jessica Aiken-Hall.­

Presentations will Self-Publishing 101 with Vermont author Megan Applegate, Researching for Non-fiction Writing with author Michele Moore, and readings by Nancy Paquin and Rodger Martin. Children won’t be left out either. At 2 p.m. local author Rebecca Woodward will teach kids how to write and make their own books. Rebecca writes as Betty L’Ursula and has written 10 books for kids and adults. At 3 p.m. Brattleboro author Jaimie Scanlon and artist Ellen Tumavicus will talk about the process of working together on the picture book "Ralph Flies the Coop." Their presentation includes a reading, as well as discussion of the themes multiculturalism, intercultural understating, and foreign language learning, an art activity. Children and adults can learn some International games, representing the countries that Ralph visits.

The library is located at 60 Winter St. For more information, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.