The Friends of the Keene Public Library have released the December issue of their newsletter. It is available to download and read online.
We are pleased to announce a new monthly game night focusing on strategy board games. We’ll provide a variety of games but will focus on a specific one each meeting. Games include Dominion, Forbidden Island, Boggle, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Carcassonne, Fluxx, Can’t Stop, and more! Feel free to bring an extra copy of the featured game or introduce us to one we haven’t played before. The next meeting is Thursday January 16 at 6:00 p.m.
A new session of library storytimes begins the week of January 7, 2014. Please sign up now for one of these programs:
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 10L00 a.m.
LAPSIT TIME for Babies & Caregivers: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
TODDLER and TWO-TIMES: Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
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.
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:
Print Motivation – a child’s interest and enjoyment of books
Phonological Awareness – the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds of words
Narrative Skills – the ability to describe things and events, and to tell stories
Letter Knowledge – learning to name letters, knowing their sounds, and recognizing them everywhere
Print Awareness – noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and to follow words on a page
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 10:00 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.
What do MakerBots make? Just about everything, according to Lyndsey Runyan, Keene Public Library’s Young Adult Librarian. Considering that the printer has only been in the library for a few weeks and that is manufactured by a 3-year-old company, Runyan has been busy developing outreach and educational programs to put the printer to use.
Curious about what a 3-D printer is? Come by and see it in action and ask the librarian questions. Design your own object, download and print one, or just watch. Four Drop-In Labs have been scheduled:
Come by and see it in action and ask the librarian questions. Design your own object, download and print one, or just watch.
Libraries are now more than repositories of books for researching but active community centers inviting people to come, make, and create things. "We're really thrilled about the opportunity to get teens and others into the library, creating cool stuff, running labs, designing jewelry, and learning how to write maker software programs," said Runyan.
The Keene Public Library announces a “Thoughts on Pop” lecture series held in November at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. On Thursday November 7 at 6:30 p.m., (This lecture is temporarily postponed until further notice. Please recheck calendar for future date) UNH English professor Tom Newkirk presents “Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy and Popular Culture” and on Tuesday November 12 at 6:30 p.m., instructor Stephanie Harzewski presents “Chick Lit and Postfeminism.”Professor Tom Newkirk presents his research and talks with the audience about elementary boys and their relationship to sports, movies, video games, and other venues of popular culture. Unlike the alarmists, he sees these media not as enemies of literacy, but as resources for literacy. Using a mixture of memoir, research project, cultural analysis, and critique of published findings, Newkirk encourages schools to ask questions about what counts as literacy in boys and what doesn't, to allow in their literacy programs boys' diverse tastes, values, and learning styles. In other words, if we want boys to join 'the literacy club,' then we have to invite them in with genres of their own choosing. Thomas Newkirk's most recent books with Heinemann are The Art of Slow Reading (2011), Holding Onto Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones (2009) and Teaching the Neglected 'R' (2007, coedited with Richard Kent). His Misreading Masculinity (2004) was cited by Instructor Magazine as one of the most significant books for teachers in the past decade. A former teacher of at-risk high school students in Boston, Newkirk is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, the former director of its freshman English program, and the director and founder of its New Hampshire Literacy Institutes. In one of the first full-length studies of chick lit, UNH instructor Stephanie Harzewski analyzes the popular fiction genre that is both a commentary on the rise of the singles lifestyle and arguably the most defining writing of the postfeminist era -- a media phenomenon that has been frequently pointed to a symptom, if not the cause, of feminism’s debilitation. “The strappy $500 high heels -- on waxed or shaved legs -- we associate with chick lit book covers are a decided contrast to the Birkenstocks of second-wave 1970s feminists. Postfeminism sees itself offering sleeker, more ‘fashionable’ models to the ‘humorless’ and dowdy older generation. In some ways, chick lit’s somewhat antagonistic relation to feminism is but one iteration of an age-old battle between youth and elders. At worst, it perpetuates a misreading of second-wave feminism,” says Harzewski, author of “Chick Lit and Postfeminism.” Stephanie Harzewski is a lecturer with the Department of English at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches contemporary British and American literature, and, more generally, British literature since 1800, as well as female sexuality and popular culture. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.UNH Speakers Bureau is an outreach service made possible by volunteer speakers from among the faculty and staff who teach, conduct research, study and work at UNH. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. The Friends of the Keene Public Library sponsor this free lecture. Call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 for more information about these free public lectures or other public events.
All Keene area veteran and first-time writers are invited to a series of writing workshops for advice and assistance. Randy Koons, a volunteer leading the library’s writer’s 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 meets at the library on Monday evenings starting Monday October 21 at 6:30 p.m.and concluding on Monday December 9. 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.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and to introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, the Keene Public Library will offer a series of events in March 2014.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.
The Keene Public Library is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.
The Keene Public Library's programs will begin in the spring. We are partnering with the American Studies Department at Keene State College to plan a robust calendar of events. “These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. And we are especially excited to work with Dr. Michael Antonucci and the Keene State College American Studies Department."
Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit www.neh.gov/created-equal for more information.
The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public. www.gilderlehrman.org.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. www.neh.gov.
The temporary access road from West St. is now closed. Access to the library is again available via Winter St. As construction will continue through November, flaggers will be present to assist motorists. Remaining work will include sidewalk construction, landscaping and minor paving. Please contact the Public Works Department at 603-352-6550 with any questions or concerns.
The curbside bookdrops are once again available. There are also two book drops on the Winter Street side of the building to the right of the main entrance.
During construction periods, please remember to give yourself extra time to get to and leave the library. We understand it is difficult to get to the library and we are happy to do all we can to help. Please feel free to call ahead to have books pulled from our shelves or to get a construction update. If you want books pulled, call the circulation department at 603-352-0157 or the Youth Department at 603-757-1856.
PHASE 2 – WINTER STREET CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
(School St to Middle St)
October 14 - 18, 2013
October 21 - 25, 2013
October 28 – November 1, 2013
November 4 – 8, 2013
November 11 – 15, 2013
Note: This schedule is subject to change, and may change due to weather and unexpected delays.
The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a week of South American programming for families in conjunction with an opportunity to explore a giant map measuring 35 feet by 26 feet of the continent.
On Monday October 28 at 6:00 p.m., young children and families can enjoy a South American bedtime story.
On Tuesday October 29 at 4:00 p.m. school age children can listen to a South American and Central America folktales and make a craft. The Cuna people, Native Americans who live in the San Blas de Cuna Islands, off the northern coast of Panama, make lovely fabric called mola. They turn this traditional fabric into clothing, but others around the world frame them as works of art. Children will learn to make some simple mola designs with felt that can be hung from a willow branch as a wall decoration.
On Tuesday October 29 at 6:30 p.m., teenagers are invited to the library’s Dia de Los Finados celebration. Many cultures have similar observances to mark the passing of loved ones; in Mexico, the holiday is called Dia de los Muertos, in Brazil it is Dia de los Finados and in Bolivia it is called Dia de los Riatas. Teenagers and others can learn about these celebrations and join in making bright paper crafts and decorating beautiful skulls to honor family members who have died.
The giant map of South America is traveling though the state courtesy of New Hampshire Geographic Alliance. The map will be at the Keene Public Library on Tuesday October 28, Wednesday October 30, and Thursday October 31. Individuals can explore the map during open library hours. Groups should call the library at 603-352-0157 and schedule a time to enjoy the map.
The Keene Public Library is located 60 Winter Street. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information about these or other events, please contact the library at 603-352-0157.
Keene families will soon be exploring South America in a big way — with one of the world’s largest maps of the continent. The map, measuring 35 feet by 26 feet will provide student explorers with a fun, interactive experience through rich content and exciting activities that enliven the study of geography.
The map will be at the Keene Public Library Annex from October 29 through 5:00 p.m. on October 31. It then travels to other sites in New Hampshire. If you aren't able to see the map at in Keene, you can contact one of these site hosts to arrange a visit:
\November 1 – 5: Marlborough Elementary School, Diane Goodman, 603-876-4465
November 6 – 12: Strafford Academy, Jason Trafton, 603-664-2842
November 16 – 24: Newport Opera House, Todd Hjelt, 603-863-2412
The National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program is organized by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society. The Giant Traveling Map offers a wonderful opportunity for all ages to engage in the wonders of geography while improving geo-literacy.
The brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface of the map accurately illustrates South America’s oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. Institutions using the map are provided with a trunk of accessories that include interactive activities and props and photo cards that teach students about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its history, wildlife and varied cultures. Among the activities included with the South America map are “Cultural Geography Relay,” in which students use photos of festivals, music, crafts and sports to learn about the continent’s colorful and diverse cultural life; “Walkabout: South America,” which explores the numerous mountains, rivers, waterfalls and other geographic features; and “The Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle,” which retraces the voyage of Charles Darwin along the continent’s coastline through excerpts from his journals.
Individuals and families can visit the map during the libraries open hours. School groups should call the library at 603-352-0157 to schedule a visit.