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Waking at Oak Creek Screening at Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is hosting a free screening of Waking In Oak Creek on Thursday March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Auditorium. “Waking In Oak Creek” profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshippers at a Sikh Temple are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all. The screening of the 33 minute film will be followed by a discussion led by Adriana Elliot of Cheshire Mediation Center and Barbara Woods of Redbird Communication who will ask what local residents can do to prevent intolerance in our town and how we can ensure a safe and inclusive community. The film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

COPS Office Director Ron Davis said, “Community policing concentrates on preventing crime and eliminating the atmosphere of fear it creates. “Waking in Oak Creek” explores the unique aspects of addressing the needs of the victims and healing of communities in the aftermath of hate violence. The film will serve as a road map for discussions about best practices in community engagement to prevent hate crimes, support victims, and encourage proper hate crime enforcement.” Not In Our Town CEO and the film’s Executive Producer Patrice O’Neill said, 

“’Waking in Oak Creek’ presents not just the tragedy, but the courageous response of police officers, and the inspiring leadership and response of the Sikh community, city leaders and community members. Their stories show us what's possible when people join forces to face the danger of hate and intolerance, and commit to making their town safe for everyone.”  

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. Please call Gail Zachariah at 352-0157 with questions.

Keene Public Library Offers Free Winter Yoga Classes

The Keene Public Library announces free yoga classes to be held on Mondays March 2 through March 30 at 6:30 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 23 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.

Unlimited possibilities @ your library: celebrate National Library Week

The Keene Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities – transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. 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, Value Line Investment, Mango Languages, and Learning Center.

“The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “Whatever your interest or need, the library and the library staff are here to provide you the resources you need to accomplish your goals and dreams.” 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 record their own music. "Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities" explains Zachariah.

The Keene Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a Open Hack Night on Wednesday April 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Open Hack Nights are both an introduction to the library's 3D printer and other equipment and an opportunity to work on various projects, help each other solve problems and share what we do with anyone who stops by to check us out. Open Hack Nights a great place to come out and meet us for the first time and see what we do and have a chance to chat with us.

Throughout the week of April 13 - April 17, library users are invited to share what they've made with the help of library on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed or Amazon. Promotion begins Monday April 13 at 1 p.m. ET and ends Friday, April 17 at 1 p.m. ET. Official rules are available on the #LibraryMade promotional page on 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.


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

The Big Library eRead hath returned with a true Shakespearian tale!

We’re excited to announce that the latest Big Library eRead is now live, offering readers around the globe the opportunity to join the largest global book club in the world. For the next two weeks Shakespeare Saved my Life by Laura Bates will be available to borrow through New Hampshire Downloadable Books without any wait lists or holds.

From March 17th through the 31st users from 20,000 libraries can read Dr. Bate’s story of teaching Shakespeare in a supermax solitary confinement prison and how she formed a lasting friendship with a convicted murderer that saved more than one life.

Dr. Bates has been featured on MSNBC-TV and just recently sold the rights to her book to be turned into a movie! You can learn more about her and Shakespeare Saved my Life at where you'll be able to download a discussion guide. Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #BigLibraryRead. On Friday, March 27th at 2 pm (ET) you can join a twitter chat and ask Dr. Bates questions so be sure to tweet @OverDriveLibs your questions for the author!  

Bread & Puppet Theater takes on big issues at Keene Public Library

On March 26, at 7 p.m., Bread & Puppet Theater will be coming to the Keene Public located at 60 Winter St. to perform one of its very first productions, “Fire.” This is a 50th anniversary revival tour of “Fire,” a series of living tableaus of daily life in a Vietnamese town that has been firebombed. The action is slow, quiet, and indelible. The show was a sensation when it was first performed in New York City in 1965, and was Bread & Puppet's first show to catch the attention of festival curators in Europe, where it toured for several seasons.

The theater critic George Dennison wrote of it then, "’Fire’ (which I count among the finest plays I have seen) more than any play I have seen has the quality of prayer… It is not a protest play and is not propagandistic, rather it responds to the horrors of Vietnam, responds modestly and truly and enables us to respond. To some extent, it is a service to the dead. Beyond this it manifests certain of the deep premises of the human condition, the unequitableness of life, our dependencies on each other, the social nature of the self."

Peter Schumann, the author and director, that "’Fire’ is dedicated to three Americans who immolated themselves in protest against the war in Vietnam.” Although “Fire” was created during the Vietnam War, it expresses the subtle and universal horror of war, and remains eerily timely as the U.S. continues to set fire to the world in Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, and elsewhere.

The Bread & Puppet Theater is one of the oldest and unique self-sustaining nonprofit theater companies in the United States. Based on a large farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Bread & Puppet Theater was founded by Peter Schumann, German born artist-dancer, in 1963. For the next decade, his giant puppets figured prominently in anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations in New York City, Washington D.C. and other cities in the U.S. and abroad. The politics were also local – during the summers of ’65 and ’66, Bread & Puppet created large-scale outdoor pageants in some of the poorest neighborhoods of New York City, and in collaboration with the residents addressed urban political and social issues of the day. In 1968, Bread & Puppet presented “Fire,” an understated yet hard-hitting indoor piece about the Vietnam War, to critical acclaim at the Nancy Theater festival in France. This launched the theater into international prominence and helped secure over a decade of seasonal touring in Europe and beyond. During this period, Bread & Puppet was often associated with the New American Theater – a loose-knit avant-garde movement that included companies as diverse as the Living Theater, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Robert Wilson, and others. In 1970, an invitation from Vermont's Goddard College to be theater-in-residence facilitated a longed-for change to country life. 

Heberton Hall is in the Keene Public Library Annex. The performance, sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, is free and open to the public. For more programs at the Keene Public Library, please call Gail Zachariah at the library at 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.

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