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School Vacation Week Programs Await Families at KPL

The Keene Public Library offers numerous programs for children, teens, and families during school vacation week; story programs, craft programs, movies, lectures, and more.

Saturday, February 22:

Family Story Time at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department.

Monday, February 24:

Help! I have an iPad/iPod/iPhone! at 10 a.m. Come to this 90-minute workshop where we'll help you with basic navigation and show you how to download ebooks. This will be a low-key, fun, hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Also required is an active Keene Public Library card, available for free to Keene residents! Call 603-757-1838 to sign up. Class size is limited. 

History Book Club: In the Shadow of Cedars at 4 p.m. 'In the Shadow of Cedars: The Life and Times of a Disgraced Citizen Soldier in Revolutionary Westmoreland, New Hampshire' tells the true story of Maj. Isaac Butterfield and a little-known tale about the invasion of Canada during the American Revolution.  

Block Party: LEGO® Fun @ your library! at 4 p.m. in the Youth Department. The library's LEGO club is open to kids of all ages.  

Monday Night Writers at 6:30 p.m. Have you always wanted to write a novel or short story? Our writers' group welcomes new members and provides fiction writers a friendly and supportive environment to share their work. Participants learn from analyzing others and receive feedback on their own submissions.    

Tuesday, February 25:

Kings, Queens, and Castles on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Join us during school vacation week to find out if what it would have been like to live as a king or queen in the Middle Ages. Elementary school students will learn about the days of King Arthur and assemble their own castle. Enrollment is limited. Please register early to ensure a space. 

DIY Crafternoon Winter Vacation Program! ZenDoodle at 2 p.m. Zentangle is all the rage these days. Learn to make a structured, contained doodle. It is a great way to relax and be creative. We will provide the tools and some basic instruction and you get to go with the flow and doodle! Open to those 12-years-of-age and older.  

Help! I have a Nexus/Nook/other tablet! at 3 p.m. Come to this 90-minute workshop where we'll help you with basic navigation and show you how to download ebooks. This will be a low-key, fun, hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Also required is an active Keene Public Library card, available for free to Keene residents! Call 603-757-1838 to sign up. Class size is limited. 

1-2-3 Kids Knitting at 4 p.m. in the Youth Department. Come learn to knit or get help with a project you are working on. Please bring a skein of bulky wool yarn and knitting needles if you have them. Wooden U.S. size 8 (5 mm) is recommended. Don't worry if you don't have needles and yarn. We can loan you a pair of knitting needles but you might eventually want your own pair. 

Honestly Now Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. in Heberton Hall.Local poet Deb McLay reads from her new collection of poetry and photographs 'Honestly Now.'  

Wednesday, February 26 

Winter Vacation @ the Library: Lip Balm! at 1:30 p.m. Learn to make your own natural lip balm. Makes great presents or save it for yourself! Mint, Orange and more! For crafters 12-years-of-age and older. 

Afterschool Throwback Movie Matinee: Napoleon Dynamite at 4 p.m. (PG, 82 minutes) in the Auditorium

Count Down to the Oscars® Film Series: Gravity at 7 p.m. (PG-13, 91 minutes) 

Thursday, February 27:

Library Painting Group at 10 a.m. in Heberton Hall. This program, offered in cooperation with the Monadnock Area Artists Association, is open to the public with no fees or admission. One simply needs to provide one’s own art materials. 

Teen Hadiach, Ukraine and Keene Google + Chat at 11 a.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Teen library patrons of the Central Rayon Library in Hadiach, Ukraine and the Keene Public Library, N.H. will get to know each other in a moderated Google + Chat. Refreshments will be provided.  

Open Play: Games @ your library! at 2:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Come play video, board games, and card games.

Affordable Care Act Drop-in Office Hours at 4 p.m. 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. Stop by for an informal conversation.   

Strategy Game Night at 6 p.m. Play board games with fellow enthusiasts! These board games for adults and others are a blast. There will be several games to play, including: Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Forbidden Island, Boggle, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Carcassonne, Fluxx, and more!  

Explosive Universe with Edo Berger at 6:30 p.m. A gamma-ray burst represents Nature's biggest explosion since the Big Bang. First spotted by satellites hunting for Earthly nuclear blasts, gamma-ray bursts pump out more energy than our Sun will in its entire life. 

Friday, February 28:

LEGO® Storytime: Read! Build! Play! @ Your Library at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department. Designed for children under the age of five (accompanied by their parents!) this fun hands-on program will spark children's creativity, develop fine motor skills, provide recognition of shapes/colors and lay the foundation for future readers by increasing children's early literacy skills.   

Help! I have a Kindle! at 1 p.m. Come to this 90-minute workshop where we'll help you with basic navigation and show you how to download ebooks. This will be a low-key, fun, hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Call 603-757-1838 to sign up. Class size is limited. Also required is an active Keene Public Library card, available for free to Keene residents!  

Saturday, March 1:

Family Story Time at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department.

Dr. Seuss Literacy Alive Festival at 1 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. There will be classic Dr, Seuss read alouds, arts and crafts, games, and other activities   

Touching the Sky Dome: Stories of the Sun, Moon and Stars with Michael Caduto at 4 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Come hear how Coyote becomes the moon (Kalispel), how Grandmother Spider steals the Sun (Muskogee/Creek), how Fisher goes to Sky Land and changes into the Big Dipper (Anishinabe/Chippewa) and how Nagah, the mountain goat, becomes the North Star (Paiute). This performance uses songs, chants, native instruments and stories that are carefully chosen from among the native cultures found throughout North America and beyond. 

For the complete list of programs at the Keene Public Library, visit The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. To register for any of these special programs or for information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157. RAll programs held at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public.

KPL and Keene Amateur Astronomy Club Offer Lecture Series

The Keene Public Library, along with the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club, will be hosting a series of Astronomy lectures every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., February 20, 2014 through March 6, 2014. The programs are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Matthew Bayless presents “Nature’s Telescopes” on Thursday Feburary 20 at 6:30 p.m. Clusters of galaxies form the largest lenses in the universe. Their gravity bends light from more distant objects, allowing us to see those background galaxies in high definition. Learn about these natural telescopes and how they can reveal the properties of the universe over cosmic time. Matthew Bayless is an astrophysicist in the physics department at Harvard University and the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 

On Thursday February 27 at 6:30 Edo Berger presents “Explosive Universe.” A gamma-ray burst represents Nature's biggest explosion since the Big Bang. First spotted by satellites hunting for Earthly nuclear blasts, gamma-ray bursts pump out more energy than our Sun will in its entire life. Edo Berger is a John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences and an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Harvard. His research interest is the study of gamma-ray bursts, optical transients (mainly from the Pan-STARRS project), and magnetic fields in low-mass stars and brown dwarfs. He uses observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to γ-rays.

The final program “Explore! Marvel Moon,” on Thursday March 6 at 6:00 p.m., is a program for families combining science and activities. Explore! Marvel Moon will acquaint you and your family with NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon. Discover our scientific, cultural, and personal understanding of Earth’s nearest natural neighbor. As the children complete each activity, they collect pages to assemble into their own comic books!

If you would like more information about these lectures, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-757-1845. 

Help! I have a Kindle/tablet/iPad!

Do you have a Kindle? A Nexus, Nook, or iPad? Would you like some help learning how to use it?  Sign up for a 90-minute workshop where we'll help you with basic navigation and show you how to download ebooks.This will be a low-key, fun, hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Also required is an active Keene Public Library card, available for free to Keene residents! Call 603-757-1838 to sign up. Class size is limited.

  • Kindle workshops:
  • Feb 10, 10-11:30 am
  • Feb. 19, 1-2:30 pm
  • Feb. 28, 1-2:30 pm
  • Tablet workshops (Nook/Nexus/other):
  • Feb. 11, 1-2:30 pm
  • Feb. 18, 1-2:30 pm
  • Feb. 25, 3-4:30 pm
  • iPad/iPod/iPhone workshops:
  • Feb. 14, 1-2:30 pm
  • Feb. 21, 10-11:30 am
  • Feb. 24, 10-11:30 am

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 8th. The course series is designed to assist and motivate students in taking their SAT exams for college. This course will cover test strategies and practice test taking in all three areas of the SAT exam. Actual questions and problems taken from the SAT exams will be addressed.  There are simulated tests which are then reexamined with two highly qualified instructors.  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 8th, 15, 22nd and 29th, 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 3 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.



Library Offers Free Tax Assistance Through April 15

The Keene Public library will again participate in the American Association of Retired People’s Tax Assistance Program. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. In 2014, electronic filing (e-filing) is offered at the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. First-come, first-serve assistance means that you might have to wait for assistance at the library. People with complicated tax returns are encouraged to seek paid tax assistance. There is no charge to the taxpayer.

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. It is available to taxpayers with low- and moderate-incomes and gives special attention to people age 60 and older.

When you come to an AARP Tax-Aide site you will need to bring the following documents with you:

- Copy of previous year tax return.

- W-2 forms from each employer.

- All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-misc., etc.) showing interest and/or dividends as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of your sold assets.

- If you were paid Social Security benefits, bring your SSA-1099.

- If you received a pension or annuity, bring your 1099R.

- All forms indicating federal income tax paid.

- If applicable, unemployment compensation statements.

- Child care provider information (name, employer ID, SSN).

- If itemizing deductions, bring all receipts or canceled checks for items such as medical expenses, taxes paid, mortgage interest paid, and charitable contributions. - Social Security numbers for all dependents.

- If available, bring social security cards and a driver's license.


Why Ukraine Matters

Several months ago, the library and Peace Corps Volunteer Robin Picard initiated a series of virtual conversations between patrons at the Keene Public Library and at a library in Hadiach Central Regional Library in Hadiach, Ukraine Even though Picard has vacated Ukraine, the two libraries are continuing these conversations. The next in the series will take place at the Keene Public Library on Thursday April 24 at 9 a.m. when senior patrons of the Hadiach Central Regional Library in Hadiach, Ukraine and Keene Public Library patrons will meet virually through to chat about living conditions, the coming spring, the Easter holiday, and gardening preparations. The morning will include introductions by both sides, demonstrations, and finally a question and answer. Previous participation is not necessary. Refreshments will be served. The goal of this partnership between the Hadiach and Keene library is to emphasize cultural exchange, develop personal connections, and familiarize participants with new technologies. 

Robin Picard graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 1982 and fell in love with the Monadnock Region. She pursued a career in higher education administration and worked at Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, and at The United World College in New Mexico. Picard became a regional manager for MicroCredit-NH program of the NH Community Loan Fund, helping communities and entrepreneurs establish and grow micro business with technical support and education and a peer review small loan program. She began humanitarian work with Doctors Without Borders and Action Against Hunger in Eastern Africa and Pakistan. She has Since March 2013, she has been a Community Development Specialist with the Peace Corps in Hadiach, Ukraine. 

For more information about cultural exchange conversations at the Keene Public Library, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

Help! I have a gadget! Workshops in April

Do you have a Kindle?  A Nexus, Nook, or iPad?  Would you like to learn how to set up your gadget to download our ebooks and audiobooks?  Sign up for one of our workshops in April!  Registration is required.  Class size is limited; call the library at (603) 757-1838 to sign up or for more information.  A Keene Public Library card is required; cards are free for Keene residents!

Kindle workshops: Monday April 7, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Tuesday April 15, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday April 25, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tablet workshops (Nexus, Nook, Samsung, Kobo): Tuesday April 8, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m; Friday April 18, 1 p.m.-2:30 pm; Monday April 21, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

iPad/iPod/iPhone workshops: Tuesday April 8, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Monday April 14, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Tuesday April 22, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


Parkmobile USA, Inc. Launches Mobile Payment Solutions at Keene Public Library Annex Parking

The City of Keene and Parkmobile USA, Inc. has announced a revolutionary new service will be implemented on Monday, January 27, 2014 in the Keene Public Libary Annex Parking. Customers can pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile’s native mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows, and Blackberry smart phones. 

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers can register for free at or download the mobile app.  Once registered, they can use the mobile app, the internet, or a toll free number to pay for parking.   After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone.   They can also select the option to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session.   

"Parkmobile is very excited to launch our mobile payment parking service in Keene," said Cherie Fuzzell, CEO of Parkmobile USA, Inc.  “This technology offers customers a new and better way to pay for parking. Our mobile payment service is an example of another technology that can make our lives easier and more efficient.”  

“The City of Keene continues to look for new solutions to pay for parking.  Parkmobile is able to provide a good solution for those who would like to pay by credit card without any additional equipment or cost to the City,” said Ginger Hill, Parking Operations Manager for the City of Keene.   

This map shows the location of alternative parking lots.

For additional suggestions download or pickup a map showing additional parking lots and metered street parking.

Keene Public Library awarded 2014 Maureen Hayes Award

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award to the Keene (N.H.) Public Library.

The award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, is designed 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.

The Keene Public Library, in collaboration with the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Martin Luther King Jr./Jonathan Daniels Committee will 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.

Well-known author, Andrea Davis Pinkney, will speak about her work and the Civil Rights Movement at the elementary school and present a public lecture for the community.  Additionally, a Created Equal Grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute will provide a series of discussion programs focusing on the changing definition of freedom and equality in American.  All the programming will be offered to children as well as adults in the community.

 “All the 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."

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at

Members of the 2014 ALSC Grant Administration Committee include:  Nancy Baumann, chair, University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies; Sondra Sue Eklund, Fairfax County (Va.) Public Library; Jonathan Hunt, San Diego (Calif.) County Office of Education; Susan Poulter, Main Library Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library; Elizabeth Stalford, Bellevue (Wash.) Public Library; Julie Danielson, Deanna Mae Romriell, Salt Lake City (Utah) Public Library; Patty Saidenberg, New York, N.Y.; Destinee Sutton, Burien (Wash.) Library.