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Library Announces the End of Summer Reading

We hope everyone had a great summer of reading. Sadly, the program is about to end. Saturday August 23 is the last day readers will be able to log into our summer reading program to update their reading. If summer readers are unable to to do this by Saturday, they can call into the library at 603-352-0157 to report their reading. Prizes can be collected through Monday September 1. 

Kids Buddy Up To Promote Reading At Keene Public Library

Young children and older teens and 'tweens interested in developing a love of reading need look no farther than the Keene Public Library. The program called “Book Buddies” pairs rookie readers with trained veteran readers. Students entering first, second, or third grade are encouraged to sign up now so that they can be matched with older students entering the fifth through the twelth grade. For six weeks starting the week of June 30, 2014 these “Book Buddies” will meet regularly at the library to read, write, and talk about books.  Meeting times are either Monays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The “Big Buddy” mentors promote an interest in books, reading, and writing as well as encourage the “Little Buddy” to practice new reading skills at home.  With the help of “Big Buddies,” young children will gain confidence in their reading and themselves while building an interest in books and a love of reading and writing. 

The library is currently recruiting both Little and Big Book Buddies.  Applications are availble in the Library's Youth Department. You can also download pdfs of both Little Buddy Applications and Big Buddy Applications. On the application, you can choose whether you want to particate in the Monday or Tuesday Book Buddy program.  Big Book Buddies will attend a fun orientation session on either Monday June 30 at 2:00 p.m. or Tuesday July 1 at 9:00 a.m.

Little Buddies may be struggling with reading or they may just want a little extra help. Please provide as much information as possible so that we can match pairs according to schedule needs. Book Buddies may strike a chord with teens and 'tweens looking to do something especially meaningful this summer.  

This is the eighth year of the Book Buddy Program at the Keene Public Library. Last year, there were 23 pairs of reading buddies at the library. To get ready, the library has been beefing up its collection of beginning readers. This year, there will be plenty of materials for each pair.  Some of the popular themes for beginning readers are animals, comics, superheroes, and humorous books. 

Registration for Book Buddies has begun and will continue through Monday, June 23. Participants will be notified of their partners and meeting as soon as possible after June 25.

For more information, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

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Library Presents Brown Bag Lunch Series with Local Artists and Crafts People

The Keene Public Library invites community members to bring a lunch on Thursdays, at noon and listen to a local maker, crafter, or artist talk about his or her work and the creative process. Librarian Sheila Williams will host the brown bag series, which begins on June 12 and continues through August 14. 

• June 12: Hans Schepker, Glass Artist and Mathematician 

• June 19: Luann Udell, Polymer Sculptor  

• June 26: Bob Askey, Painter

• July 10: Jim Murphy, Blues Band Leader

• July 17: Gary Spykman, Furniture Designer 

• July 24: Mary Iselin, Painter

• July 31: Alice B. Fogel, Poet and Custom Clothier

• August 07: Jason Koerber, Musician and Elm City Music's Director

• August 14: Emily Derosier and Laura Bolduc, Keene Public Library Maker Corps Interns

Coffee, tea, and lemonade will be provided at each session. This series of curated conversations is an opportunity for discussion between makers, designers, artists, and crafters. The events are designed to bring together a variety of makers who share a common interest in design processes, innovation, and creativity in making objects both objects and experiences.  

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. 

Keene Public Library Offers Writers’ Workshops

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 at the library on Monday evenings continues through July 28. 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.

Young Children Invited To Drop-In For Storytime this Summer

Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to drop in to a wonderful world filled with songs and rhymes, clapping hands and smiling faces, wide eyes and comfortable laps at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. The summertime series of drop-in storytime programs begins the week of June 16 and continues through the month of July.  During summer, Preschool Storytime will be offered on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Toddler and Two-Times will be held on Fridays at 10 a.m., and Lapsit Time for Babies and Caregivers takes place on Thursday at 10 a.m.. Programs for school-aged kids begin once the “Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Learning Program” kicks off on Friday June 20th.

Library storytimes are free, fun, and entertaining but they are valuable learning tools for young children as well.  Keene Public Library story programs were developed in response to new research that shows the importance of sharing language with very young children. Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers must be informed of their critical role as their children's first teacher. Sharing books help 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 a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn to read and love books.

All Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public. Interested parents and caregivers should call the Keene Public Library at 603 352-0157 for further about the library’s summer reading program and summertime activities for family and youth programs.   

Summer Saturdays: Library Closes at 1 p.m.

Beginning June 7, 2014 the library will be closing at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.  The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in June, July, and August. The library will resume extended Saturday hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) beginning September 6, 2014.

Help! I have a Kindle/iPad/tablet!

Do you have a Kindle? An iPad or a Nook, a Galaxy or Nexus? Would you like to learn how to download our ebooks? Registration is required; class size is limited. Sign up for an August 2014 gadget class! Call 757-1838 to sign up.

Kindle classes: August 4, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. or August 12, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

iPad classes: August 7, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. or August 13, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Tablet classes: August 5, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and August 11, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Kids Learn to Play the Recorder @ your Library!

The recorder is an excellent instrument for children as an introduction to music making. This summer, the library will offer two separate recorder classes for kids to get familiar with fingerings while learning to read music and play simple songs.  Classes start on Wednesday July 2 and continue through August 14. 2014. A class for beginners who have not yet played recorded will be offered at  3:30 p.m. A separate class for children that have attended one our series for beginners or have played recorded in school before can attend our Beginners 2 classed at 4:00 p.m. Youth librarian Lesley Arnold will teach both classes. If children have a recorder, they should bring it. If participants don't have a recorder, don't worry. We'll provide one for those that need one. For this reason, we request that all participants register by calling the library at 603-352-0157.  In the free six week series, kids in 1st to the 4th grades will get familiar with fingerings while learning to read music and play simple songs. Space is limited; please register now to reserve your space.This program series is generously sponsored by the Oak Meadow School, which is providing music books to all registered children and recorders to those who need one. Oak Meadow provides secular homeschooling curricula for students in grades K-12.  The curricula can be used independently or through its fully-accredited distance learning school.

Make, Create, Learn @ your Library!

Join us for a Summer of Making. . . 

This summer, making is at the center of Keene Public Library as we invite visitors to engage in a wide variety of activities including hacking, programming, coding, animation and practically every form of crafting imaginable.

From basic introductions to the tools of making, to micro-controller programming, our programs will collaborate on activities, resources, and talent to create a stimulating and unforgettable summer of making. Some of our programs include:

  • Monday Popup Makerspace Dropins. We will be tinkering with favorite Maker technologies, from MaKey MaKey that turns bananas into pianos or video game joysticks to Squishy Circuits that turns Play-Doh into colorful circuit-building tools. 
  • Friday DIY Crafternoon and Virtual Field Trip. Come join friends and participate in Maker Camp July 11 through August 15.
  • Weekly Workshops. Sign up for one or more and learn to make a bow and arrow, stop motion videos, electronic fashions.
  • Weekend Family Challenges. This will be extra fun for adults and kids of all ages.

The Keene Public Library has been selected by the education initiative Maker Ed as a 2014 Maker Corps site – one of only 34 locations nationwide. With support from this national organization, your library will embark on a special summer of making. Our mission is to create more opportunities for people of all ages to develop confidence, encourage creativity, and spark an interest in science, technology, and the arts. Our two Maker Corps interns will start working with us on June 16. They will be our primary Summer of Making mentors. They will helping us plan for future Making programs too.

Get Involved!

Participate: Check our calendar to find the what, when, and the where for the many activities we have planned starting June 20 and going through August 23.

Volunteer: For volunteer opportunities, contact Gail Zachariah.

Support: Looking for sponsorhip opportunities? You can contribute through our Rally fundraising campaign. For more information, please contact Gail Zachariah.

Call for Summer Volunteers

The Keene Public Library is looking for volunteers to help us offer more programs for our summer program. “Fizz, Boom, Read!” is designed to encourage children to continue reading and learning during vacation so that valuable skills won’t be lost. We hope to offer a variety of book, art, science, and technology activities for children. If you are interested in helping us, please let us know by calling Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 or submitting a Contact Us form.

Some of the things volunteers or interns may do this summer include:

  • Helping with registration and recording of books read by children;
  • Helping to coordinate the Big and Little Book Buddy Literacy Program matching experienced youth readers with younger new readers;
  • Scheduling and mentoring teen volunteers;
  • Soliciting donations of incentive prizes from local businesses;
  • Listening to children give oral book reports and talk about the books they've read;
  • Assisting the librarians with storytime, movies, gaming, or other programs;
  • Offering or helping with a craft program;
  • Preparing questions for future book discussion programs;
  • Creating a display or helping decorate the library spaces;
  • Chaperoning a reading party or special event;
  • Providing refreshments for a special event;
  • Offering a workshop using a special skill;
  • Helping the librarians tidy up and sanitize the play areas.

Volunteers will be required to provide references and undergo a background check. Volunteers under the age of 16 will need parental permission and a work permit.  More information about volunteer requirements can be found on our Volunteer Page.

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