Audio-visual room

Library News

Keene Public Library Offers Free Yoga in June

The Keene Public Library announces free yoga classes to be held each Monday in June at 6 p.m. Yoga @ your Library is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens. No experience is required. Cindy Sterling Clark, a certified yoga instructor, will guide participants through the 60-minute session that includes strength building, a body-balancing workout and a quick cool down. Like all library programs, the class is free of charge! Yoga mats are available for use during the class or you can bring your own. Cindy Sterling Clark is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher (2000), a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (2004), and a non-practicing RN (2006). She has been a Keene resident for more than 20 years and is the founder of Sterling Studios, LLC, and Impact Earth, an environmental grant writing and education business. Cindy teaches with the philosophy that Yoga is good for everyone, no matter what your shape, size, health status or age may be. To register for Yoga @ your Library or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 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.

The Exchange on the Road

We had a great conversation.

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. 


Science Fair Help At Library

Participating in a science fair is a great way for kids to enhance their research skills and learn what makes things tick.  From choosing a topic to understanding the scientific method or from organizing the project to presenting the results, every step is a learning experience.  

The Keene Public Library has many programs and resources to help students who are participating in a science fair project. One series of programs, is Science Fair Help Days.  On these days, the Keene Public Library invites young water scientists to get extra help with science fair projects. The first Science Fair Help Day will be Wednesday, March 1 at 4 p.m. At this time, Youth Librarian Amy Kraemer will introduce young scientists to the research process and explain how the Keene Public Library can guide students through the entire process.  

A good starting place for your research is our Science Fair Projects Pathfinder, which provides resources specifally chosen to help fourth grade science students complete a water project.  

Another resource is an Internet-based service that connects students with qualified, experienced science tutors. From any Web-enabled computer at the library or at home, a student can click on the Live Homework Help link from the library’s Web site and engage in controlled chat with a science expert.

get online tutors through tutor dot comStudents and tutors can also work on an interactive white board, share educational Web sites and send files back and forth for a rewarding learning experience. Science tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 1 p.m. through midnight.

 “Live Homework Help" tutors can help students with all aspects of their Science Fair project,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “Tutors can brainstorm ideas for projects based on the students’ interests, and chat with them about what makes a good, safe and practical project. Tutors can also provide guidance on completing their projects, assist in setting the tone or proofreading their final papers and help prepare students for the Fair. This is a free service the library provides and is a great opportunity for students who have never participated in a Science Fair to get started.”

In addition to science tutors, Live Homework Help also has tutors available in math, social studies and English to help with general homework assignments. To access the program, click on the Live Homework Help link on the library’s Web site at  Anyone can use the service from within the library, but to access the website from home or somewhere outside of the library, a student will need a Keene Public Library card. 

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. For more information about these and other library programs and resources, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.


The 3rd Annual How-To Festival is Coming

Have you heard about the How-To Festival coming to the Keene Public Library on May 13? Dozens of presenters will be doing demonstrations and giving presentations all through the library and you get to pick the topics that you want to learn more about. The library will be transformed into a giant classroom. It's free fun. We are looking for presenters who have awesome information to share with the community. The sky is the limit!! A preliminary schedule is available online and at the library. For more information or a presenter registration form, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

Library Offers Free Finance Seminars for People of All Ages

The Keene Public Library has declared April as “Money Smart Month” and has partnered with VALIC Financial Advisors to offer a free series of finance seminars. The first seminar, Retirement Strategies for Women, will be offered on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Focusing on overcoming the financial hurdles specific to women as they plan and invest for the future, this program emphasizes the importance of having a personal plan, a sound strategy and a consistent approach to saving. Planning for Financial Security - Cash Management will be offered on Monday, April 10th at 6:15 p.m. On Monday, April 17, at 6:15 p.m. a special seminar for Millennials will include issues of student loan debt and underemployment—and provides guidance and strategies that can help with early planning for a more secure financial future. The program on Wednesday, April 19 at 1 p.m. focuses on the new retirement realities and how the essential income planning process can help attendees address the five risks associated with retirement: longevity, healthcare, inflation, investment, and withdrawal. On Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. the program focuses on Investment Planning. Each seminar is 45 minutes in length.

On Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. children are invited to “Happy Money Smart Week” where they can learn about money, as well as how to save money. Children will also make their very own piggy-bank to take home. Children of all ages are welcome! "Money Smart Week," April 22-29, a national initiative in its seventh year, is collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances. 

“Money Smart Week is an incredible opportunity for anyone to access free advice on all areas of personal finance,” said Heather Greenwell, Outreach Program Lead, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which coordinates the campaign. “We hope individuals and families will take advantage of these educational offerings and ultimately improve or enhance their financial success.”

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 Offers Fiction Writers’ Workshop Series

All Keene area veteran and first-time prose writers are invited to a series of writing workshops for advice and assistance on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through March 13, 2017. 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.” Short and long form fiction and memoir writers are welcome. 

The Keene Library’s Monday Night Writers Group provides a friendly forum for people who like to write. This is a small group of people who share their work and get feedback to improve their writing. Never written anything before and don’t know how to start? This is for you. Are you working on a project you want to publish? This is a group for you. The act of writing may be a solitary experience, so this group lets you share your work with other people interested in writing. The power of the group is that you can get a fresh set of eyes on your work that may help you get through difficulties in your writing.

-The group will meet for six weeks. The final meeting will be March 13, 2017. There is no commitment required, although you should register by calling the library at 603-352-0157 or visiting the library’s calendar at Come and check it out and see if it works for you. Each week, two people will read their work, which can be fiction or memoir, and the reading is followed by an open discussion of the work. The group focuses on storytelling rather than grammar, so if you have a story to tell this could be your opportunity to express your creativity. 

This is the fourth year Randy Koons has moderated the Library’s Writers Group. He is a professional writer and has published creative short stories. The Writers Group meets Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for six weeks in the winter, summer, and fall. Experienced or novice, all writers are welcome.

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. 

Tax Information

The 2017 AARP tax assistance schedule and other information about tax forms and instructions can be found here.