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Library News

There's still time! Join the Big Library eRead!

This worldwide program enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until the morning of March 5, 2014.

The selected title is “Keys to the Kitchen” by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp. During this reading period, Aida’s comprehensive reference guide to becoming a more accomplished, adventurous cook will be available for every patron that wishes to read it—no holds, no waitlists. Join the online discussion at

By participating in the Big Library Read, you can join a global movement of passionate readers and library patrons who support the availability of eBooks and audiobooks at your local library.

Andrea Davis Pinkney Presents the 2014 Maureen Hayes Award Lecture at Keene Public Library

On Thursday, April 10 well-known author, Andrea Davis Pinkney will visit two Keene schools and speak about her work in children’s book publishing and the Civil Rights Movement. She will present a public lecture for the community at the Keene Public Library at 7 p.m. These programs are part of a collaboration between the Keene Public Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Committee, and the Historical Society fo Cheshire County to present programming about civil rights activist Jonathan Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement. This programming will highlight the 75th anniversary of Jonathan Daniels’ birth and the 50th anniversary of his death. 

Pinkney is a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, and nonfiction. Pinkney’s novels include “With the Might of Angels,” a book in the Dear America series, and “Bird in a Box,” hailed by the New York Times as “a powerful middle grade novel” told with “tenderness and verve.” Pinkney’s picture books include “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down”, a Parenting Publication Gold Medal winner, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people, the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Award, and the Flora G. Stieglitz Strauss Award for Nonfiction; “Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride,” a Jane Addams Honor Book and School Library Journal  “Best Book of the Year,” the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, “Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters”, which also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people; and “Duke Ellington,” a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 

Pinkey was recently named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, a publication for Black professionals. And was named among “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine.

In addition to writing books, Pinkney is also an editor with Scholastic. During the course of her career, Pinkney has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company. Pinkney has acquired and edited many titles, including the Newbery Honor Book “Elijah of Buxton” by Christopher Paul Curtis and “March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World” by Christine King Farris (the sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Pinkney’s presentations are part of the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award, which was received by the Keene Public Library. The award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and sponsored by Baker & Taylor to provide up to $4,000 to an ALSC member library to fund a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to hear from a nationally known author/illustrator. “All of the Maureen Hayes Award committee members felt stakeholders collaborated to plan an event with great meaning to the community,” said Nancy Baumann, grant administration committee chair.  “Focusing on an important local person connected to the Civil Rights Movement provides children and adults a look into a piece of history that changed America and their own community."



Keene Library to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day

The Keene Public Library is pleased to participate in Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday February 1, 2014.  

Take Your Child to the Library Day is a fun a way for libraries to welcome and encourage families to become regular library users by celebrating and showing what they have to  offer. Connecticut librarians Nadine Lipman and Caitlin Augusta initiated the first Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 4, 2012. This annual celebration takes place on the first Saturday in February.

"A lot of families are not aware of all that their local library offers," says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. "Some parents come in when a report is due and are surprised to discover that the library is a fun place and that we offer much more than just books." The library has a large collection of DVDS and recorded music to borrow. Board and computer games can be played in the library. Many toys like a train set, kitchen area, and puppet stage encourage both creativity and language development in children.

Libraries offer programs throughout the year for children and families. On Take Your Child to the Library Day you can sample activities throughout the day.  At 10:00 a.m., children of all ages can enjoy a storytime in the Youth Program Room.  At 10:30 a.m., families and children ages six and up can join a free Elephant Origami Workshop with local origami enthusiast Linda Singer. At 2:00 p.m., children can attend "Gung Hay Fat Choy! A Chinese New Year Celebration." The event will include stories, crafts,  and activities. A variety of board games will be available all day in the library’s Youth Department. Families are encouraged to get library cards during Take Your Child to a Library Day. Anyone getting a new library card on Saturday, February 1 will be entered in a free raffle for books and other prizes.

The Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Board of Trustees of the Keene Public Library sponsors Take Your Child to the Library Day at the Keene Public Library. For more information about free programs for youth at the Keene Public Library, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.



DIY @ your library® during Teen Tech Week™ 2014

Keene teens will be tuning in at the Keene Public Library as we celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week March™ 9-15, 2014. We join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, DIY @ your library ® 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 Lyndsey Runyan, 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.” 

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 Runyan. “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. Teen Services Librarian Lyndsey Runyan hopes to attract a wide variety of teenagers and increase teen technology literacy locally by offering a series of programs including: 

  • ​​​Tuesday, March 11​​, ​​​4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: 3D Printer MakerLab​​​​. ​​​Want to learn to make something yourself using our 3D Printer? Come to our 3D printer MakerLabs! 
  • Wednesday, March 12​, ​​​4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.​: ​​​TTW Movie: Back to the FutureCelebrate Teen Tech Week with an awesome MAD INVENTOR movie from the 80's​ 
  • ​​Thursday, March 13​, ​​3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.: DIY Cooking: Chocolate Apple Bites OR Gaming!​​ ​​YUM! Who doesn't love chocolate AND sprinkles? Come make these extremely cute apple bites. Or play Wii U or PS3 games downstairs​ 
  • ​​Friday, March 14​, ​​3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.​: ​​​Minecraft Meetup​. ​​We will talk tips, strategy and how we can play together at the library! Ends with free play so bring your own computer and/or Minecraft account information​.

And if you want to see the library offer Teen Tech programs this summer, you'll want to help the library with our fundraising Rally. We were thrilled to have the Maker Education Initiaive a summer Maker Corp select us as 2014 Maker Education Initiative site. We immediately began planning but now we need to raise some money. You can help by visiting our Summer of Making Rally Site.

Learn to use your new e-reader at the library!

Are you the proud new owner of a Kindle, Nook, Nexus, iPad, or other gadget?  Would you like some help learning to use it to download ebooks? The library has scheduled some workshops in January where patrons can learn to use their new toys in a comfortable, low-stress, hands-on session. Call 603-757-1838 for more information, or to sign up. Registration is required.  Patrons can also register through our online events calendar. Classes are limited to five participants; more classes will be scheduled depending on demand. Can't make it to one of the scheduled times?  Call to arrange one-on-one instruction!  Please note that an active library card from a library that participates in NH Overdrive is required to access the ebook collection we will be learning about in this class.

Keene Public Library Adds Early Literacy Station™ to its Children’s Library

The Keene Public Library announces the acquisition of the Early Literacy Station™ (ELS), a comprehensive, turnkey educational solution loaded with over 60 educational software titles for kids ages 2–8. The Early Literacy Station™ offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging. 

The Early Literacy Station's educational software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages. The computer station features a colorful and intuitive interface that makes it easy for children—pre-readers and readers alike—to navigate and explore on their own. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games and extension activities. 

AWE’s Early Literacy Station™ educational software titles on Version 10 include:

  • La Casa de Dora
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Typing
  • Giggles Kids My Musical World/ABCs and 123s
  • Kid Pix 3D
  • Math Doodles
  • Know Your USA
  • Sesame Street
  • Speakaboos interactive storybooks
  • World of Goo

The Early Literacy Station has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration by readers and pre-readers alike. Since it is a self-contained computer, the need for adult intervention and technical support is greatly minimized.

“The Early Literacy Station is an invaluable resource for our toddlers to 5th grade students,” says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “The new computers are really inviting. Kids have so much fun that and many times they don’t know they are learning!” 

AWE’s Early Literacy Station, the company’s flagship product, is found in over 35% of the public libraries across the United States as well as in many communities in Canada and abroad. 

Library Reading Program & Incentives Encourage Winter Reading

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a Winter Reading Program created to give kids, teens, and adults incentive to use their 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 online or drop by the library to pick up winter reading materials at the library starting December 14, 2013. The Winter Reading Program will run through January 18, 2014.

The Winter Reading Program will conclude with a marionnette puppet show of the "Snow Maiden" performed bythe Cobb Meadow Puppeteers on Saturday January 18 at 2:00 p.m. In the story based on a beloved classic Russian fairytale, an old woodcutter and his wife are lonely and sad because they have no children. Then they find a magical snow child. The Cobb Meadow Puppeteers, under the direction of Libby Haddock, are a troupe of Waldorf teachers, who have performed throughout New England and beyond. 

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. 

December Issue of the Friends Newsletter Available Now

The Friends of the Keene Public Library have released the December issue of their newsletter. It is available to download and read online.

Keene Navigator Visits the Keene Public Library each Thursday

Have you had difficulty signing up for Affordable Care? A certified Marketplace Assister will be on-site to help you through the process between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. each Thursday through March 31, 2014. Stop by for an informal conversation.

Whether you have health insurance or no coverage at all, find out what the health care law means for you and your family.

The Affordable Care Act set up the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened on October 1,  to enable the uninsured and people who have had to shop on the open market for health insurance. It’s important to get this purchase right and that means having good information. You want coverage that reflects what’s important to you, meets your health care needs, and fits your budget.

You can apply and enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace at Health coverage starts as early as January 1, 2014, and open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Through the Marketplace, you can apply, compare all your options, and find out if you can get lower costs on monthly premiums or get free or low-cost coverage.

There are four basic ways to apply for coverage through the marketplace.

  • Apply online. Visit to get started.
  • Apply by phone. Call 1-800-318-2596 to apply for a health insurance plan and enroll over the phone. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
  • Apply in person. Visit a trained counselor in your community to get information and apply in person. Find help in your area at
  • Apply by mail. Complete a paper application and mail it in.  You can download the paper application form and instructions from

Before you choose a plan, you may want to explore your options. You can use this calculator to see if you qualify for lower costs on coverage and preview Marketplace plans here.

With so much to learn about the health care law, it can be difficult to figure out what it all means for you and your family. Download a brochure, which explains the Health Insurance Marketplace and lists simple things you can do to make good health insurance choices. Visit the library's Health Links to find more information. For practical, personalized information on how the new health care law affects you and your loved ones, explore the interactive tool at (or in Spanish at And to learn more about the law’s provisions, go to

Library Offers Strategy Gaming for Adults and Families

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.