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Free Concert by Guitar Soloist Peter Biedermann at Keene Public Library

Guitar Soloist Peter Biedermann Performs Friday Oct. 24

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a free guitar performance at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall, Friday October 24, 2014. Peter Biedermann is an instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ that has been composing and performing for over 35 years and will be appearing for the first time at the Keene Public Library. While his music covers a number of genres in various disciplines, the sounds you will hear on the evening of Friday, October 24th will be entirely original. The music will be performed on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings combined with subtle ambient electronics. The architecture of the music is melodic and rhythmic; combining compositional structure and improvisation that embraces the influences of the last 50+ years of finger style acoustic guitar playing. Fans of artists such as Davey Graham, John Fahey, Alex de Grassi, Leo Kottke, Ralph Towner and Michael Hedges will enjoy this music.

CD's will be for sale after the performance. Please go to www.peterbiedermann.com for more information.

This program, sponsored by The Friends of the Keene Public Library, is free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street, Keene.

Library Offers Free Ebook Classes

Get ready for more reading as the nights get longer and cooler! The Keene Public Library has scheduled a series of classes to teach patrons how to download library ebooks to a variety of eReaders and tablets. Registration is required. Interested parties can call the library at 757-1838 to sign up for one of the following Fall 2014 sessions:

KINDLE workshops:  Sept. 16, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sept. 29, 2-3:30 p.m.; Oct. 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
iPAD workshops:      Sept. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.; Sept. 30, 10-11:30 a.m.; Oct. 7, 10-11:30 a.m. 
TABLET workshops:  Sept. 15, 2-3:30 p.m.; Sept. 23, 10-11:30 a.m.; Oct. 3, 10-11:30 a.m.

Signup Now for Storytimes

The Keene Public Library resumes its Storytime program for children six-years-of-age and younger. Programs will emphasize five early practices that help every child get ready to read, listen, and write. These practices include Talking, Writing, Reading, Playing, and Singing. Classes begin the week of September 2, 2014. You can call 603-352-0157, visit our online calendar or stop by to register for one of these programs:

blue bullet PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. 
blue bullet LAPSIT TIME for Babies & Caregivers: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
blue bullet TODDLER and TWO-TIMES: Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The Keene Public Library has been conducting regular preschool story times since the 1960’s, and toddler and baby programs since the 1990’s. Over the years the biggest change has been in the quantity of programs offered. But now it's time for some changes! The Every Child Ready to Read® Project, a joint program of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, provides research showing the importance of the parent’s role in young children’s early literacy skills.

New reading research defines six skills that children must know before they can learn to read.  Recently, the Keene Public Library restructured storytimes to help parents and young children as they learn these skills, which are:

blue bullet Print Motivation – a child’s interest and enjoyment of books
blue bullet Phonological Awareness – the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds of words
blue bullet Narrative Skills – the ability to describe things and events, and to tell stories
blue bullet Letter Knowledge – learning to name letters, knowing their sounds, and recognizing them everywhere
blue bullet Print Awareness – noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and to follow words on a page
blue bullet Vocabulary – knowing the names of things

Children who have these skills enter kindergarten ready to have a more successful learning experience.

Storytimes at the Keene Public Library are intentionally divided into specific age groups. Lapsit Time for Babies and Caregivers is for children ages 0-12 months and is designed to provide the parents with an opportunity to talk and read with their baby. Toddler and Two-Times, for children ages 13 months-36 months, is designed to stimulate the minds of very busy little people with short attention spans. Preschool Storytime is for children age 3—age 5. Preschoolers have the ability to sit and listen, follow a complex story line, and love to participate in the story. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to use these programs as an opportunity to develop childrens' listening and cooperative skills. The library has a few tips that can help make Keene Public Library Storytimes more fun and rewarding. But the most important thing to remember is that no matter what library storytimes will be fun and focus on early literacy!

In addition to storytime series that require registration, the Keene Public Library offers a multi-age drop-in story program at 10 a.m. each Saturday that the library is open. The Saturday storytime programs are perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required for Preschool Storytime, Toddler and Two-times, and Lapsit Time. Interested parents and caregivers should call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 to register and for further information about family and youth programs. Families can also register through the library's online calendar of events.

Help Us Evaluate Our Summer Reading Program and Plan for 2015

Please help the plan a great summer reading program for 2015 by letting us know what you liked about this year's summer reading program. We have three separate quick surveys. Please fill out one or more of these:

You can either complete the survey online or stop by the library to pick up a printed survey. Everyone that completes a survey can choose a free book. If you complete the survey online, please stopy by the Youth Department and tell us that you completed your survey online and you can choose a book.

Keene Public Library Announces Chautauqua Programs

This year, the Keene Public Library and the Horatio Colony House Museum will present the annual Chautauqua program in September. The main event will take place in Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall on Thursday September 11 at 6:00 p.m. with pre-show music performed by the Hardtacks and presentations by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman and Charles Everett Pace as Frederick Douglass at 6:30 p.m. Both performers are veterans of the Keene Chautauqua.  Quezaire-Presutti is from Hartford, Ct. She  studied under Professor Lloyd Barbee at the University of Wisconsin and has been a committed scholar of African American Studies, in particular women of color.  Pace is a full time Chautauquan living in Texarkana, Ark. He performs as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. DuBois, Langston Hughes and Malcolm X. The Hardtacks is an educational musical group specializing in music from the Civil War era made up of Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett.

Although many people have sat in the Chautqauqua audience in Keene, they may not know of the important Chautauqua tradition. Former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt is believed to have said that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America". Chautauquas were highly popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bringing the most timely educational lectures and programs to small towns throughout America. The first Chautauqua was held at Lake Chautauqua in western New York in 1874. In 1878, the New York Chautauqua initiated our country’s first book club. Chautauquas were immensely popular for many years. Reborn as a public humanities program in 1976, today’s Chautauquas feature scholars portraying significant historical figures in first-person performances followed by a questions and answer period with the character and then questions and answers with the scholar. Keene has had a Chautauqua for many years during the summer months but this year, organizers decided to make a change offering the Chautauqua in what should be moderate fall weather.

Those who would like to study up before the big event are invited to participate in book discussions at the Horatio Colony House Museum located at 199 Main Street. On Wednesday August 27 at 7 p.m., the book “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup will be discussed and on Wednesday September 3, at 7 p.m. the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriett Beecher Stowe will be discussed. Following the Chautauqua, the book “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride will be discussed at the Keene Public Library on Thursday September 16 at 7 p.m. All books will be available from the Keene Public Library.  

The Young Chautauqua performance will be held on Saturday September 13 at 2 p.m. in Heberton Hall. Local students have been researching and preparing monologues throughout the summer. Under the guidance of teachers Dan Petit and Kim Dupuis, the Artistic Director of the Edge Ensemble Theatre Company, they will present short Chautauqua style performances.        

This year, the Chautauqua is part of two larger multi-year initiatives offered by the Keene Public Library: a film discussion series called “Created Equal” and the traveling exhibition “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963”. The progam series is jointly sponsored by the City of Keene's Martin Luther King Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Committee and the Historical Society of Cheshire County. The next film and discussion event will take place on Thursday October 16.

“Changing America” examines the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in the larger story of a struggle for liberty which brought together different races, classes and ideologies and had a profound impact on the generations that followed.

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963”is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see http://createdequal.neh.gov). “ Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

The Changing America traveling exhibition, which will visit the Keene Public Library during the summer of 2015, is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

For information about this book group  please contact Gail Zachariah at 352-0157.

Your input is needed! Help us plan future Maker programs.

The Library was fortunate to have been selected as a Maker Corps site this summer. Now that the end of summer is within sight, we have begun to plan for the future. We would appreciate it if you took a moment to complete this quick survey and provide your input into the project. One of our ideas is to develop a tool lending library for families so that they can tinker and make at home. What tools would you most like us to lend and how would you use these tools?

Join us for Maker Camp this summer!

Google and the company behind Make magazine and Maker Faire have teamed up to make summer less boring by creating a flexible “Maker Camp” on Google+, where teens can learn to do projects, take virtual visits to high-tech labs, and have a chance to share creations with a million other young people. Maker Camp is online with local meetups, and it happens for the next six weeks via the Maker Camp community. 

MakerspaceEvery Monday at 2:00 p.m. EST, Google hosts an hour-long Google+ hangout with an expert maker. They’ll introduce the week’s theme (there’s a different one every week; the first week it’s “Makers in Motion”) and talk about what kinds of projects you can be doing. On Monday evening, Keene campers can meet and work on projects at the Keene Public Libary at 5:00 p.m. for a Maker Camp Popup Makerspace. You can bring your own supplies or call the library and reserve a spot in and we will provide the materials you need to work on a project. The Keene Public Library is a local Maker Camp affiliate — there are 120 around the country in places like other libraries, where teens can get together with other makers and work on your projects together.

On Fridays, the week’s theme will culminate with a “virtual field trip,” which is another Google+ Hangout, in a cool location all over the U.S. 

Maker Camp goes from today to July 7 through Aug. 15. Last year, about one million kids participated (not necessarily in the whole summer, though — teens can do as much or as little as you like).

For more information, call the library at 352-0157 and follow KeenePublicLibrary Kids on Google+.

Young History and Acting Buffs Invited To Join Young Chautauqua Troupe

The Keene Young Chautauqua program returns to the Keene Public Library this summer.  The library is now recruiting young lovers of reading, acting, and learning to form the 2014 Keene Young Chautauqua Troupe. The first meeting of participants will be held Monday July 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Keene Public Library’s Trustees Room. This summer, local teach Dan Petit will again head the Young Chautauqua program up. Interested young people who will be attending the equivalent of fifth through 12th grade next fall should contact the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 for an application and more information about Young Chautauqua. The library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Young Chautauqua is an intense program of scholarship, research, rehearsing, and performing. Participants begin by selecting a character out of American history. They research that character, comb through consignment shops to create a costume, read biographies, learn stories, and memorize speeches and writings. Young Chautauquans attend regular meetings at the library to rehearse with experienced Chautauqua scholars and acting coaches.

Young Chautauquans also create a costume for their characters. The culmination of weeks of hard work will be free public performances that will be held the end of August. Following each performance, students will remain in character and answer questions from the audience. Past Young Chautauqua characters have included Samuel Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Juliette Gordon Low, Henry David Thoreau, Harry Houdini, and Jane Addams. 

The Young Chautauqua program is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library  and the Horatio Colony House Museum. 

Sign up for a Library Summer Reading, Making, and Learning Program

“Fizz, Boom, Read!” is the theme this summer at Keene Public Library. Readers and listeners of all ages will explore science, art, and technology this summer with books and activities such as tinkering, science experiments, crafts, and art projects. The 2014 Summer Reading Programs begin June 20 and are open to young people, preschool through young adult, as well as adults of all abilities. You can sign up now!

The 2014 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, as well as adults of all abilities with programs, prize drawings, story hours, a reading club, and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. Registration will begin on June 1 but our programs will kickoff on June 20 with a special evening with one of the finest storytelling performers in New England, Rona Leventhal. Levnthal has gained a reputation as an exuberant and dynamic storyteller who brings a cornucopia of voices and characters in a fun, engaging and dramatic fashion. The stories will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Department but activities and snacks will be available at 6:00 p.m, so families can come early or stay late when the rest of the library closes at 6:00 p.m.

As part of our summer reading programs, the Library provides research on the benefits of summer reading as well as tips for parents on incorporating reading in family activities. The library's summer programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Endowment Fund of the Trustees of the Keene Public Library. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157.

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Frank Behrens Gives Summer Series on Musical Films at Keene Library

The Keene Public Library invites local music and film fans to “A Morning's Musical Miscellany,” a five-part discussion given by Frank Behrens, a local lecturer and reviewer of films and musical recordings. The discussions will take place on Wednesdays July 9 through August 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Keene Public Library’s Auditorium located at 60 Winter Street. Each morning, Behrens will one of his five most favorite musicals and lead a discussion. Among the diverse topics will be the life and career of Beverley Sills, a talk seen on the old Omnibus program by Leonard Bernstein about the art of conducting, and Frank's own thoughts on how NOT to do opera. 

The lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157.