Children of all ages and their parents are invited to join Keene Public Library's LEGO® Club. Meetings will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. each Monday through August 26, 2013.
Books will be available for members to read to get ideas about projects they want to create. Then the fun begins. Members are provided blocks to build their projects.
Parents are encouraged to take part and stay for the meetings and build with their kids. In fact, the library is looking for parental volunteers and welcomes their involvement. If you are interested in volunteering to help during the LEGO Club, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157. Volunteers will be requested to make a commitment of six months and to undergo the required background checks.
The library is also seeking donations of LEGO sets and pieces. If you know of families that have outgrown their Lego set, please encourage them to contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 and to make a donation.
Our summer reading programs run through August 24, 2003. 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 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.
Please take a few moments to fill out this short survey and share your ideas.
The Keene Public Library is recruiting young history and acting enthusiasts to be part of the 2013 Young Chautauqua Workshop series, which meets for the first time on Monday, July 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. Get to know Dan Petit, coordinator of the Keene Young Chautauqua program, and begin your journey as a Young Chautauquan.
Participants should plan on meeting with the Coordinator either at a scheduled workshop or at another time once a week for assistance. Workshops are scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, run through August. Attendance is suggested but not necessary for participation. Young Chautauqua workshops allow participants to practice and receive feedback. Young Chautauqua culminates in youth performances at the Keene Public Library in September. Registration for the Young Chautauqua program is open now and ongoing. For registration forms are available online or you can register at the first meeting on July 15. The program welcomes young people ages 8 to18. Participation is free. Assistance to help cover minimal program expenses, such as costumes, are available to families in need. For more information contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.
Imagine inhabiting a character out of history -- speaking in that person's very words -- in costume and before an audience of your friends and family and taking imprompu questions from the audience. That's Young Chautauqua.
Students will be researching a deceased historical character that they find interesting in some way. They will learn all about the character's life, write a monologue as that person and present thier findings to an audience while dressed in character. After presenting the monologue they will be given a chance to answer questions by the audience about the character and about themselves as a participant in the program.
Young Chautauqua requieres a commitment of time, study, and practice. In return, you have the experience of a lifetime, working with a wonderful, highly motivated group of kids. Plus, you get to perform on stage!
You should plan on meeting at the libray once a week for at least an hour to do reseach, work on your monologue and think of costume ideas. You can count on doing additional work at home or in the library on your own.
If you are interested please fill out our online application or pick up a printed application in the library. If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask by calling Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.
Converse with America's past on September 7, 2013.
The Keene Public Library hosts its annual Young Chautauqua performance on September 7th.
Young Chautauqua is a nationally recognized youth program in which young scholars portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars-in and out of character-engage the audience in lively discussions with people from the past, and then provide insight into historical study.
This year's performers will portray computer scientist Grace Hopper, President Abraham Lincoln, actor Christopher Reeve, and astronaut Sally Ride. The performance will take place on Saturday September 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Heberton Hall.
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 via our Conact Us form.
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.