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Library Reading Program & Incentives Encourage Winter Reading

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a Winter Reading Program, which has been created to give kids, teens, and adults incentive to use that library card and get ready to spend cozy winter times with a soft blanket, warm mug and a good book. Readers and listeners can sign up and pick up winter reading materials at the library starting December 19, 2014. The Winter Reading Program will run through January 20, 2015. The goal of the program is simple: read books and visit the library. Young people will be challenged to read five books and to visit the library three times. Adults are asked to read three books and visit the library three times. Reads can win bookmarks, books, learning toys such as a Makey Makey and Play-Doh, and a digital tablet (KOBO ARC 10" TABLET, 10HD, 16GB).

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. 

Keene Public Library Offers Programs for Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers & their Caregivers

Register Now for Winter Session of Storytimes

Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to enter a wonderful world filled with songs and rhymes, clapping hands and smiling faces, wide eyes and comfortable laps at the Keene Public Library. Registration for the next session of Preschool Storytime, Toddler Two-Times, and Lapsit Time at the Keene Public Library has begun. The nine- week session of programs starts the week of January 5, 2015 and concludes March 6, 2015. Registration will continue throughout the series, as space is available.  

During Preschool Storytime, children will enjoy age appropriate stories, songs, poetry, and activities. Preschool Storytime is designed for children aged three to six and is held  on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Lapsit Time for infants and caregivers is held  Thursday mornings at 10 a.m and is designed for pre-talking babies and their caregivers. Each lapsit program includes simple age appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and handouts. Toddler and Two-Times is an introduction to books and the library for talking toddlers and their caregivers. Toddlers who are can say at least 50 words are ready for the Toddler Two-Times program. Toddler and Two-Times is held Fridays at 10 a.m.

Additionally, the Keene Public Library a drop-in Saturday Stories program each Saturday morning, which the library is opened, at 10 a.m. Saturday Stories will include stories, fingerplays, and often a simple craft or take-home project. This drop-in program is perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

The story programs at the Keene Public Library are carefully planned in response to continuing research that shows the importance of sharing language with very young children. Sharing books helps to create a deep and lasting bond between child and caregiver. The early introduction of language play, books, rhymes, and songs into a child’s life offers him or her a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn to read and love books. “Reading is the basis for all learning,” 

Youth Services Librarian Gail Zachariah explained. “Encouraging your kids to read and use the library is the best thing you can to help them do better in school and keep learning throughout their lives.”

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required for Preschool Storytime, Toddler Two-Times, and Lapsit Time. To register for Preschool Storytime, Two-Times, or Lapsit Time or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157.

Second enrollment period under Affordable Care Act begins

The second enrollment period for those interested in buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act is underway, and the Keene Public Library is ready to help area residents learn more about their coverage options. We have teamed up with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to host a series of informational events. A certified Marketplace Assister will be at the Keene Public Library most Mondays from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. to help you through the process. Stop by for an informal conversation.

Consumers first had the chance to get covered under Obamacare during the initial enrollment period from Oct. 1, 2013, to March 31. The second period runs through February 15, 2015.

Can't stop by? Call 1-866-476-1321 or email to setup an appointment to learn about your health care options.

National Novel Writing Month Activities at Keene Library

“Come Write In” the Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a nonprofit event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November.  The library offers a welcoming place to write with a Kick-Off Party on Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m., weekly Write Ins, an informal talk with tips by local writer Ben Robertson, and a culminating party on Saturday December 6 at 1:30 p.m.

NaNoWriMo Write Ins will be held each Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The library invites all aspiring and veteran writers can get together and simultaneously pen NaNo masterpieces. The library has scheduled meeting rooms so that there is room to write. Simple refreshments and inspiration will be provided.  

On Saturday November 14, 2014 at 4 p.m. local writer and actor Ben Robertson will present tips on writing and publishing based on his experiences writing and publishing his book "The Last Generation," which he published in October.  His novel is set in Greenland during the Norse Colony around the year 1000 and features a teenage girl and her adoptive brother who set sail for the New World.

The Thank Goodniess It’s Over Party will be held on Saturday, December 06, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.  It will be atime to relax and revel in our collective accomplishments of the last month. This is a great opportunity to network with other writers in the community, share your stories, and look back over another year of NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes. The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty. “When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month.”

Young people can also take the NaNoWriMo challenge. The Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years-of-age and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.  

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 or visit the library’s website at 

Readers Invited To Join Keene Public Library Book Discussions

The Keene Public Library invites readers to join a book discussion group.  The library has two ongoing book discussion groups and several standalone programs. In October, the library is focusing on community by reading and discussing “Live Free or Die” by Ernest Hebert on Thursday October 23 at 7 p.m. and “Our Town” by Tracy Kidder on Monday October 27 at 4 p.m.

The library is honored to host author Ernest Hebert who will speak about “Live Free or Die” on Thursday October 23 at 7 p.m. His novel follows the lives and loves of the people of a small New Hampshire town called Darby. Hebert lives in Westmoreland, N.H. and teaches writing at Dartmouth College. “Among Hebert’s themes here are the alienation of parents and children, of natives and newcomers, and of rich and poor. His eye for social nuances is acute a, and he illuminates issues of class and culture with wry humor and compassion.” (Publishers’ Weekly).

The discussion of “Our Town” by Tracy Kidder will be led by librarian Gail Zachariah. Northampton, Massachusetts, is the town in this work of creative nonfiction. We’ll talk about sense of place, town characters (notable and notorious) and changes that come with time to all towns. Kidder handles these topics in his work. We will also examine similarities and differences between Northampton and Keene. This discussion will be held Monday October 27 at 4 p.m.

These book discussions are part of the City Council Meeting series of programs develop by the Redfern Art Center in collaboration with the Keene Public Library. The series was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project also was made possible with support from the New Hampshire humanities Council, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other ongoing discussions at the Keene Public Library include the Nobel Readers, which reads winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature or books by authors who might one day be honored with the Nobel Prize and the Great Books discussion series, which reads and discusses classics using discussion methods developed by the Great Books Foundation. For more information about these two groups, please contact Gail Zachariah at 352-0157 or

Books are available at for borrowing; ask at the library’s check-out desk. All library programs are free and open to the public. For further information about library programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157.

Community Members Invited to "Connecting Our Library; Connecting Our Future" Discussion

We know you care about our library’s future. But have you heard about the library’s plans for expansion and renovation? Last year, the library facilitated several planning sessions and made a preliminary presentation to City Council on December 5, 2013.

We hope to take this to the next level soon so this is another opportunity to help the library plan for the future and be in from the beginning!

The Partnership of the Keene Public Library Trustees, the Friends of the Library, and the City of Keene cordially invite you to participate in a Community Meeting led by Jeff Hoover on what could be the most exciting and significant change our library will ever experience.

Please join us to:

  • Meet architect Jeff Hoover of Tappé Associates.
  • Hear the results of last year's Community Visioning Process and what comes next.
  • Discover what is new and exciting in library programming & design countrywide.
  • Be a part of the discussion.  What opportunities do you see for our Keene Library?

DATE:  Sunday, December 7, 2014
TOURS: 4-4:30 and 5:30-6
VENUE: Heberton Hall 

Come early or stay late to take a tour of the undeveloped areas of the Library Annex Building (Former Masonic Temple)
TOURS:  4-4:30 and 5:30-6
Our library will always be a community cornerstone for learning, creating and interacting.  There is no time like the present to plan for our future! Connect with us!

Engaging Teens at Keene Public Library

Discussing and making art helps teens discover their place in the world

Every day teens are confronted with complex challenges. Along with the obligations of school, they are also working to figure out where they belong in their social circle, their family, and their global community. The Keene Public Library is helping local teens explore interest in art and current issues along the way with a series of programs titled, “Engage! Teens, Art, and Civic Engagement.” The program starts at the library on Monday October 6 at 3 p.m. Participants will meet from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. for six weeks .There will be no meeting on Monday October 13 when the library is closed for Columbus Day. The series concludes on Monday November 17.

After sitting through school all day, most teenagers don’t want their out-of-school hours to be filled with additional class work. Fortunately, Engage! is not a class. The artwork in question serves as a point of reference for participants to discuss what it is they want for their lives. Who do they want to be? Where do they stand on issues like gay rights and the role of the military?

Take, for example, the American flag. It has historically been seen as a symbol of liberty. But in the classic World War II icon Rosie the Riveter, another symbol of liberty is presented. The Engage! program encourages teenagers to look at these pieces of artwork and discuss the new way freedom is presented. How does this new representation affect how they see themselves as citizens of the free world? In this way, though the teens will be viewing art, the main focus is on what the teens think. This program is all about their views.

The next step in the program is to get teenagers involved with the community. Project organizer and Youth Librarian Gail Zachariah wants participants to ask themselves, “How will I change my community?” After discussions with their peers and the program leaders, they will come to a conclusion and say, “Here’s how I can help!”

Though viewing images of any kind (whether artwork or advertisements) is often a passive process, the Engage! program is centered on action. The participating teens won’t just look at the art; they will discuss it with their peers. Then they will take their ideas into the community. At the end of the series, teens will have a better idea of who they are and what their role is within civil society.

Engage! Teens, Art and Civic Participation is a pilot project of the Public Programs Office of the American Library Association, in cooperation with the Chicago Public Library. Project funding is provided by the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust and from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This six-part program is dedicated to helping teens discover themselves through discussion of the visual arts. Select pieces of great American art provide a centerpiece for participants to talk about who they are and where they belong in their community. Engage! Teens, Art and Civic Participation, a pilot project based on the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Picturing America” program.

Registration is suggested. To register or for information, please call the library at 603-352-0157 or contact Gail Zachariah at All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. This series is part of the City Council Meeting series of programs developed by the Redfern Art Center in collaboration with the Keene Public Library and was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project also was made possible with support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


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, September 15 through Monday, November 10, 2014. On Monday October 13 the library will be closed Columbus Day 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 Gets Outside the Lines

National Initiative Aims to Shift Public Perception of Libraries

Keene Public Library announced today that it will participate in a bold, new campaign designed to reintroduce the library to the Keene community and get people thinking – and talking – about the library in a whole new way. Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, 2014, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. 

During Outside the Lines, organizations from across the U.S. and Canada will host either an event or campaign that helps people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement and are more relevant than ever to people’s lives. 

“If you haven’t been to the Keene Public Library for a while, you may be surprised by the scope of our programs and collections,” says Keene Public Library Director Nancy Vincent. She invites the community to visit the library’s website at “to see all our online resources both databases and books for downloading and streaming, all free with a library card.” 

Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services stresses that “students of all ages can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. They can even use their library cards to access a online tutor from home.” Zachariah encourages community members of all ages to “make the effort to try the free programming and resources at the Keene Public Library—and see what you may be missing!”

Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities. Including a kick-off Open Hack Night on Wednesday September 17 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. According to Zachariah, Open Hack Nights will be a monthly event for local tinkerers and Makers of all ages 

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“to come hack with friends! “Makers can work on various projects, help each other solve problems and share what we do with anyone who stops by to check us out and our new equipment including a MakerBot 3D printer.”  

For information on library programs and for information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the library in person or visit the library online at


Friends of the Library Book Sale Donations

Message from the Friends: 

Until October 27 2014, no new donations can be accepted. We're sorry if this is an inconvenience. It is necessary so that final preparations can be made for the fall sale on October 24, 25, and 26. We will be delighted to have your donations from October 27,2014 until the spring sale on April 10, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you at our outstanding sale of books, CDs, DVDs, books on tape, and other delights. Our next sale begins Friday October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continues on Saturday October 25 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The final day will be Sunday October 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thank you for your ongoing support.