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Library News

Children and Families Invited To Celebrate Eric Carle at Keene Public Library

On Saturday April 11, 2015 the Keene Public Library and the Keene State College Greek Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, will host  a “Carle-rific Celebration,” in honor of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle. The family friendly event starts at 1 p.m. and will include read alouds and activities for twelve different Eric Carle stories and Eric Carle themed snacks. Activities will include making hungry caterpillar necklaces, playing Don’t Catch the Sloth, taking pictures at our brown bear photo booth, and much more. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and is part of the Kappa Delta national community service initiative, Literacy Alive! All programs held at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact 603-352-0157

Keene Public Library Offers Writers’ Workshop Series

All Keene area veteran and first-time writers are invited to a series of writing workshops for advice and assistance on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Randy Koons, a volunteer leading the library’s writers 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 runs from Monday, January 12 through Monday, March 16, 2015. On Monday Jan. 19 and Monday Feb. 16, the library will be closed and the group will not meet. 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.


Keene Public Library Presents Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series

Lunch with local food producers at the Keene Public Library on the last Thursday of the month

The Keene Public Library invites community members to bring a lunch the last Thursday of the month at noon January 29 through May 28 and listen to a local food producer talk about his or her work and share taste samples of the finished product. Librarian Sheila Williams will host the brown bag series, which begins on January 29 with Tracy Keating, proprietor of Life Is Sweet Candy and Cupcake Store, who will talk about her cupcake making enterprise. This series of curated conversations is an opportunity for discussion between food producers and the Keene community..Other scheduled guests include Craig Thompson from Mayfair Farm, Sue O’Dwyer from O’Dwyer’s Dairy and Lone Wolf Cheese, and Noah Elbers from Orchard Hill Breadworks. Coffee, tea, lemonade, and taste samples will be provided at each session

All Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public. For information about programs at the library, please visit the library’s website or contact the library at 603-352-0157.   

Free SAT Prep @ your Library!

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. Many resources exist to help students prepare for the SAT. The most common preparation method is workbooks and there are literally hundreds of books from which to choose. Students who need or desire a little more guidance should consider enrolling in a classroom preparation course. There are also many of those available but most are ccostly. But do you know that there is free help available at the Keene Public Library?

For several years, the Keene Public Library and Keene Orthodontic Specialists have partnered to offer a free SAT Prep Series on four Saturday mornings in March beginning March 7, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The course series is designed to assist and motivate students in taking their SAT exams for college. This course will cover test strategies and provide opportunities to students to practice test taking in all three areas of the SAT exam. Actual questions and problems taken from the SAT exams will be addressed. Individual results from the practice tests will be examined with two highly qualified instructors who will provide feedback to participants. Students will be able to judge where their weaknesses lie and learn strategies for preparing for taking the actual exams. 

Any student planning to take the SAT is eligible for the course, although priority is given to Juniors. Students should plan on attending all four Saturdays of the course, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Space is limited and fills up quickly. To register, please call Colleen Swider at the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 and provide the following information:

  • student's name
  • home address
  • school, grade
  • cell phone number
  • email address that is checked frequently. 

Upon completion of the registration, the student will receive an email acknowledgement that must be printed out and will serve as a ticket to the first class. The email acknowledgement should be received within three business days, if you do not receive it, please call Colleen Swider at 603-352-0157.  

Additional Recommended Resources

College Power Prep - SAT and ACT Prep

Khan Academy SAT Math Test Prep

Learning Express Tests - You will need a card from the Keene Public Library to access this resource from home.  If you register on the website, you will be able to save your practice tests. 

Study Guide Zone - Free resources for students or anyone who wants to improve their score on  standardized tests. - Your Keene Public Library card lets you connect online with expert tutors. Tutors are available everyday from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Other resources like test study guides are available 24/7.

Luke Donforth Calls Free Family Contra Dance at Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is sponsoring the First Friday Family dance on February 6, 2015 at Heberton Hall, 60 Winter Street, Keene. This month, Luke Donforth will bring fresh new dances, accompanied by the new local group, the Live Free and Pie Contra Dance Orchestra.

Luke Donforth is a contra caller, choreographer, musician, and dancer. As a caller, he brings a warm and inviting playfulness to the stage. He is based in Burlington, Vt. and travels far and wide to spread his enthusiasm for traditional dance. He has been all around the country calling dances, and has a growing reputation as one of the finest callers of the present generation.

Unlike gatherings of stereotypical teenagers and 20-somethings, the Live Free and Pie Contra Dance Orchestra is mostly made up of young folks in that same age range who  are engaged in playing music at the highest possible levels, learning about the old-time New England dance traditions and music, and enjoying a weekly gathering of people of all ages. The band formed out of the “Pie Jam” that meets in Nelson on Mondays before the weekly contra dance. They play fiddles, accordions, flutes and concertinas for local dances, and recently played at the NH State House as part of Maggie Hassan’s Inauguration Open House. “We evoke the sound of the contra dance bands of the early twentieth century,” says Hunt Smith, fiddler, violin maker and co-founder of the band with his wife, Allison Aldrich Smith. “We are continuing a tradition that has been unbroken in this region for over two hundred years.” The band’s members range in age from 13-70, with most of the musicians in their teens and early twenties. Close to ten of them will play at the dance on February 6. They have to be heard to be believed!

The Keene Public Library holds these dances every first Friday of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM. Admission is free. The series is funded in part by the Friends of the Keene Public and the Endowment Fund of the Trustee’s of the Keene Public Library. For more information about the Keene Public Library’s Family Dance Series, please call the library’s Youth Department at 603-352-0157.


Get your HOMEWORK done. Get Back to Your LIFE!

“Now it doesn’t take me 3 hours to finish my chemistry homework” 10th Grade Student can help you get your homework done, write your paper or study for your test so that you can get back to doing the things you love. Don’t get frustrated and don’t stay stuck. Instead, log on to through the Keene Public Library at to get the help you need, right when you need it. Tutors are available everyday of the week from 1 p.m. until midnight.

Students (and parents!) can get help for any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies and writing. The tutors work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and even AP level class work and intro-level college coursework as well as GED students.

The best news is that offers much more than academic tutoring. They also have specialized Career Tutors available online everyday of the week from 1 p.m. until midnight to help you navigate a job search, write your resume, prepare for an interview or apply for jobs online. You can even find online resources like sample resumes, job openings and career sites in the 24/7 Resource Library. So if you are out of work or looking for a career change, you can get anonymous, private, online career tutoring from the privacy of your own home or anywhere you have an internet connection.

Connecting with a tutor is easy. You just need a library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. Just point your computer or mobile devide with intenet connection to If you want a quick demo, watch this:

And, if you need help, just call the library at 603-352-0157. 

The most important thing to remember is: Visit our website at Click on's learning center. Enter your library card number. Connect. Learn. Go.


Keene Public Library and Keene Amateur Astronomy Club Team Up Offer Astronomy Lecture Series

The Keene Public Library, along with the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club, will be hosting a series of Astronomy lectures every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., February 10, 2015 through March 3, 2015. The programs are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street.

On Tuesday February 10, Dr. Sarah McGregor, an astronomer who lectures in the Keene State College Physics Department, will speak about her research. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Boston University. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Dartmouth. She is researching the origins of the solar wind. The solar wind is a stream of energized, charged particles, primarily electrons and protons, flowing outward from the Sun, through the solar system at speeds as high as 900 km/s and at a temperature of 1 million degrees (Celsius).

Dr. Alexa Halford will present “Painting the Sky: The Northern Lights on Tuesday February 17 at 6:30 p.m. 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. McGregor will look into the lore of the aurora and how it how it has been scientifically studied. Today we are still learning about these mysterious light and they continue to inspire us. She’ll then finish with some tips on how to photograph these amazing lights and why when flying from Boston to San Francisco you should always sit on the right hand side of the plane. Alexa Halford is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College where she is working with the Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) project. BARREL is a NASA mission operated out of Dartmouth College that works with the Van Allen Probes mission (formerly known as the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission). The BARREL project launched 20 balloons from Antarctica during each of two balloon campaigns in January 2013 and January 2014.

On Tuesday February 24 at 6:30 Marcia Bartusiak of MIT presents “The Day We Found The Universe.” This talk is based on Marcia Bartusiak's book, The Day We Found the Universe, which was awarded the 2010 Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize by the History of Science Society for best history-of-science book for a general audience. It was also selected a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology. Bartusiak is the author of five books on astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. She is currently Professor of the Practice of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On the final presentation on Tuesday March 3 at 6:30 p.m., the Keene community is invited to join Harvard University Senior Astrophysicist Jeff McClintock for a discussion of the Giant Magellan Telescope. This cathedral-sized telescope perched on a Chilean mountaintop will, like Star Trek's Enterprise, take us where no one has gone before. Stunning developments in optics technology will deliver images ten times sharper than those of the Hubble Space Telescope, allowing us to explore other earths, the first stars, black holes and the origin of our Universe. Jeff McClintock is a Senior Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His focus is the study of stellar-mass black holes in X-ray binary systems. Since the mid-1980s, he and his colleagues have been measuring the masses of these black holes and observing them closely at X-ray, optical and radio wavelengths. During the past decade, he has played a leading role in measuring the spins (rotation speeds) of these same black holes. During 2009-2013, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Giant Magellan Telescope.

If you would like more information about these lectures, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-757-1845 or 603-352-0157.

Winter St. Temporary Closure

Winter Street will be closed from Court Street to Middle Street on Monday March 2, 2015  from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time access to the library will be via Middle Street (either School Street to Summer Street to Middle Street, or Court Street to Center Street to Middle Street).

Libraries are for Making during Teen Read Week ™

Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Keene Public Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ March 8 -14, 2015. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Libraries are for Making… to raise awareness about how the Keene Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. 

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially they types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.   

Teen Services Librarian Brantley Palmer feels that "Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering gaming, access to computers, and online homework help is important, and letting them know that we can help educate them on how to use these resources will get them in the door. Once they’re in the door, we can show teens that with technology at the library, anything is possible.” In fact, Palmer is seeking the input of middle and high school youth regarding types of services and programs offered to youth at the library. 

From maker spaces, to coding classes to online knitting clubs now offered by libraries across the country, the do-it-yourself theme shows how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in the community. 

 “Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology,” says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing digital literacy has become more and more important, equal to that of reading literacy.” 

Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week. Brantley Palmer hopes to attract a wide variety of teenagers and increase teen technology literacy locally by offering a series of programs including:

• Teen Tech Week: Open Hack Night, Monday March 9 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Teens are invited to come in and make or use any of the non-print technology in the library. This includes the 3D printer which teens will be able to use and learn during this two-hour workshop. If you've ever wondered how to create fun items with a 3D printer, here's your chance! There will also be a Whack-A-Mole game program that we'll put together as a group using the Makey Makey circuits and potatoes as the sensors you hit. Teens and kids will learn about using physical computing and circuits while having fun playing Whack-A-Mole!

• Teen Tech Week: Minecraft Meetup, Tuesday March 10 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

• Teen Tech Week Special Movie Screening: Underwater Dreams, Friday March 13 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. This film, narrated by Michael Pena, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio, chronicles the true story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build underwater robots. And go up against MIT in the process.

• Teen Advisory Group Drop-in, Saturday, March 14, 2015 at noon. Teen Services librarian Brantley Palmer would love to have any interested teens age 12-18 join TAG so that they can be a voice for all Keene teenagers regarding what they want to be in the library just for them (books, DVD’s, audiobooks, special programs, events, groups, etc.). “Bring a friend! We’ll have snacks,” conversation, food, games, and various service projects.

• Teen Tech Week: Retro Gaming Day, Saturday, March 14  from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come down to the Kay Fox Room where a number of older video game systems will be set up and everyone will have the chance to play some of their favorite games from years past. A Sega Genesis Street Fighter 2 tournament will occur and other older consoles will be available for free play including the original XBox. Food and drinks will be provided.

To register for a Teen Tech Week program or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 352-0157. Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For more information, visit

Come Learn How Your New eReader or Tablet Works

If you received a tablet or eReader over the holiday and want to know how to set it up and load it up with free eBooks from the library, you can find out at the Keene Public Library. Maybe you have opened the box and had no idea how to start. Maybe you consider yourself seriously tech-savvy when it comes to desktop computers, but you realize that you can barely tap the power of the device you just received as a holiday gift. Even the tech-savviest can benefit from learning more about how the Keene Public Library, like libraries across the country, is reinventing itself as a disseminator of all sorts of digital data. No matter your needs, the Keene Public Library may have the answer: guidance from our "gadget guru," Cary Jardine. Drop-in sessions are offered on Saturday Jan. 10, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday Jan. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is required! Simply bring in your charged device and one of the Keene Public Library’s in-house experts will help you set up your device. Depending on your device, it is suggested that you bring in your Apple/Google/Amazon account information.

These drop-in, how-to introductions to your new device will be followed up in February with ebook classes designed for those who can do basic navigation on their device. For these classes, enrollment is limited and registration is required. Even the tech-savviest reader can benefit from learning how to borrow digital resources from the Keene Public Library. Cary invites everyone to “come learn to use your tech toys in a comfortable, low-stress, hands-on session.” Call the library at 603-757-1838 to register for one of the following one and one-half hour classes where you'll learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks from the library's online collection.

  • iPad workshops:  Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 at 10 a.m; Monday Feb. 9, 2015 at 2 p.m; and Friday Feb. 20, 2015 at 10 a.m.
  • Tablet workshops (Nook, Galaxy, Nexus, Kobo, etc): Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015 at 2 p.m; Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015 at 10 a.m; and Wednesday Feb.18, 2015 at 2 p.m.
  • Kindle workshops: Monday Feb. 2, 2015 at 2 p.m; Friday Feb.13, 2015 at 10 a.m; and Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Even if you cannot make it to one of the scheduled times, the library has you covered. You can call Cary Jardine at 603-757-1838 to arrange one-on-one instruction.

The library is located at 60 Winter St. Please call the library at 603-352-0157 for more information about how the library can help with digital devices and resources or about other programs offered at the library.