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Keene Public Library Celebrates 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Keene Public Library invites families with young children to come to the library and find out how they can help their kids get ready to learn by signing up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills. 

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is ongoing. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Endowment Fund of the Trustees of the Keene Public Library. Library hours during the school year are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transform your ideas about the library: celebrate Nat. Library Week April 10-16

This week, the Keene Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. 

Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including New Hampshire Downable Books and access to virtual tutors through Online resources can be accessed by anyone within the library or those with valid Keene Public Library cards can access these materials from home.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At the Keene Public Library we are transforming by offering Maker Camps, Video Game Tournaments, and Family and Child Play Times.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Library Director Nancy Vincent. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address 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, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Keene Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a West African Kora concert on Monday, a Poetry Read and Workshop on Tuesday, a Shakespeare Movie Screening on Wednesday, a Video and Strategy Game event on Thursday, Drop-in Knitting and Crocheting on Friday, and a daylong How-to Festival on Saturday. You’ll find details about these events on our online calendar.

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  Currently, the Keene Public Library’s hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Keene Public Library celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros

On Saturday, April 30, the Keene Public Library will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country to honor the 20th anniversary of Día, a national program that embraces and celebrates diverse books, languages and cultures, by hosting multicultural events for children and families, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy programming. The Keene event will start at 10 a.m. with a special story time. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., families are invited to learn about different cultures by visiting displays from around the world.  Members of our community will share photographs from their home countries. Photos will include homes, towns and cities, and families. They will also answer questions about life in their country.  Each display will include books about the country and a takeaway craft. Families can also take part in a number of science, engineering, and math activities anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The concluding event will be a story concert, N.H. performing artist Michael Caduto will present songs, stories, and dance from several different cultures are used to present a picture of humankind as a cultural garden--a rich, interesting and exciting variety of peoples. Participants are encouraged to realize the value and importance of approaching cross-cultural relationships with tolerance, understanding, and appreciation. Emphasis is placed on the fact that we are all native to some region(s) of the world, and that our roots reach out and mingle in the fertile soil of humanity. The library is located at 60 Winter St.

For 20 years, libraries have been connecting children and literacy through Día. Experts say children must have access to and awareness of books that reflect their culture and language. The library is the only venue charged with providing these resources for free of charge.

A recent report by Pew Research Center shows that Hispanics and African Americans are more likely to say that libraries impact their lives and communities more than other Americans. They also say libraries have special roles and should embrace new purposes. Through programs such as Día, libraries are providing more opportunities for community engagement and deliver new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs.

The Keene Public Library was awarded one of 10 mini-grants to bolster the implementation of Building STEAM with Día programs in public libraries. These grants were funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through a generous donation to ALSC.

 “Libraries are critical to family literacy and multicultural awareness,” said Andrew Medlar, president of the Association for Library Service to Children. “Día reflects a library’s commitment to include and celebrate a variety of cultures every day, recognizing diversity as a powerful tool for strengthening families and communities.”

At libraries nationwide children’s materials are some of the most popular. Libraries lent more than 835 million children’s books and materials, according to the latest figures available. This is a 10-year increase of 22.7 percent. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Día is a commitment by libraries to link children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures all year long, culminating annually on April 30.

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, is the national home for Día and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) is a founding partner of the initiative. Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which started in 1925 and was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found Día.

For more information on Keene Public Library Día events please call Donna Straitiff at 603-352-0157 or   Programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene. 


Library Offers Free Tax Assistance Through April 12, 2016

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. 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. Although you may come as early as 2:30 p.m. 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.




Keene Public Library and Keene Amateur Astronomy Club Team Up Offer Astronomy Lecture Series

The Keene Public Library, along with the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club, will be hosting a series of Astronomy lectures every Monday at 7 p.m., February 8, 2016, through March 28, 2016. The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents’ Day and there will be no Astronomy Lecture on March 21. The Keene PUblic Library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Dr. Dan Milisavljevic will present “Exploding Stars” on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. He explains that approximately once every second, somewhere in the universe a star ends its life in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova. These cosmic blasts shape and enrich their parent galaxies, produce exotic objects like neutron stars and black holes, and manufacture the heavy elements that make planets like Earth – and its life – possible. Milisavljevic is a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-

Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics exploring cutting-edge research that is unraveling the many mysteries of supernova explosions and highlight recent breakthroughs in our ability to survey supernova debris fields in 3D and diagnose a star's impending doom.

On Monday, Feb. 29, Dr. Colin Bischoff will present “Observing the Origin of the Universe from Antarctica.” Bischoff is a senior scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His work focuses on the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), particularly the search for inflation via B-mode polarization at large angular scales. To pursue this research, his team builds and operates sensitive microwave telescopes and carefully analyzes the data produced to detect incredibly faint signals.

On Monday, March 7, the Astronomy Lecture will be presented by architect and astronomer Claudio Veliz. Born in South America, and growing up under clear, dark skies in Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin, he holds a deep appreciation for the impact the night sky can have on us all. In the 1980's and 90's he consulted to NASA's Johnson Space Center and Ames Research Centers on the design of astronaut's work stations and living quarters for the International Space Station. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Aerospace Architecture Subcommittee (ASASC). In the 1990's he taught at Columbia University's Department of Astrophysics, where he also hosted the Public Astronomy Observing Program. He is the founder and President of the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group (SoVerA), based in Chester, Vt.

On Monday, March 14, “Sweating the Small Stuff: The Fear and Fun of Near-Earth Asteroids” will be presented by Dr. José Luis Galache. The explosion of an asteroid over Russia in 2013 caught by hundreds of dash cams, and the perennial reminder of the dinosaurs' demise due to an earlier, and bigger, asteroid impact, serve to illustrate the fear that asteroids may inspire in us. But near-Earth asteroids, our closest neighbors in the Solar System, also offer hitherto unimagined opportunities for exploration and resource harvesting. They might even be the stepping stones we require to seed the solar system with space colonies. The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, located at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is on the front line of asteroid discoveries and is vital to the research of asteroid scientists the world over. This evening, the Center's astronomer Dr. José Luis Galache will explore its inner workings and how it contributes to both the fun and fear of near-Earth asteroids.

The final lecture will be held March 28. “Everything Out of Nothing? - The Story of the Universe Seen with Modern Instrumentation” is an inquiry into the origins of the universe with UNH Professor Eberhard Möbius. Möbius is a Professor in the Physics Department and the Space Science Center. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and at he received the Arthur K. Whitcomb Professorship in 1997, the Class of 1940 Professorship in 2008, and the Distinguished Professor Award in 2010. His research is centered around the acceleration of particles in and their transport through space using state-of-the-art instruments on spacecraft.

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

Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Keene Public Library will hold their annual spring book sale on:
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and get great bargains on books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, children's books, and more!

Sunday is Bag Day! Buy a grocery bag full of books for only $5.00!

Students Invited To Prepare For Science Research at Keene Library

On Wednesday, March 30 at 4 p.m., the Keene Public Library will host a special event to help young fourth-grade scientists complete their science and water fair projects. Young scientists will learn the secrets of science fair success including how to research and write your paper, as well as how to prepare your presentation board. Attendees will be given a strategy guide with the program's information to take home as well. This will review some information from the first session but will also deal with display boards and presenting a science fair project. Information and some materials for display boards will be available for students that need them. 

If your child needs help starting or finishing the project, he or she should attend this opportunity. The Keene Public Library is an amazing resource if you know how to use it. Join fellow scientists at the library for a hands-on introduction to science research. Participants will discuss science fair ideas and to find out what about successful and not so successful past projects.

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter St. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 603-352-0157.


Teen Tech Week 2016: Create it at your Library!

Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Keene Public Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ March 6 -12, 2016. 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 7, 2016, 5 p.m. -7 p.m.  Teens are invited to come and learn about the technology available to them at the library. This includes the 3-D printer, Makey-Makey circuits, robotic material, Little Bits, and Arduinos.

• Maker Workshop Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. This making workshop will be run by Jonathan Brackett who will have ideas and projects for the beginning maker.

• Teen Tech Week Movie Screening: The Martian, Wednesday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. Astronaut Mark Watney must survive while stranded on Mars using only his scientific mind and quick wit. 

• Open Play Games, Thursday, March 10, 2016, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy open play video games on the WiiU and Playstation 3 in the basement of the library.

• Teen Tech Week: Retro Gaming Day, Saturday, March 12, 2016, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teen Tech Week concludes with a look back at some retro games and consoles. We'll have a variety of game systems set up for you to play and drinks and refreshments for you to enjoy.

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,

Register for Free SAT Prep Classes in March!

The Keene Public Library and Keene Orthodontic Speciaists are once again hosting a series of four Saturday morning classes in March designed to assist and motivate students in taking their SAT exams for college. Sessions will be held on March 5, March 12, March 19, and March 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The series 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.  Practice tests will be taken and examined with two highly qualified instructors. Students will be able to judge where their weaknesses lie and learn strategies for taking the actual exams. Because space is limited, registration is limited to High School Juniors until February 1, 2016. Please call the library at 603-352-0157 with the following information to register: 

  • student's name,
  • home address,
  • school,
  • grade,
  • cell phone number and an 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. For more information, please call Colleen Swider at 603-352-0157.  

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. 

School Age Castle Camp:  Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all knights, maidens, archers, and jesters for fun at your library. Join us during school vacation week to find out if what it would have been like to have lived in the Middle Ages. Elementary school students will learn about the days of King Arthur assemble their own castle. Other activities will include engineering, art, fairy tale readings, mad libs, and so much more! Enrollment is limited. Please register for each day that you plan on attending Castle Camp. To register, call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.

School Age Engineering Adventures: Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If you love to create, to problem-solve, to work as a team, and to challenge yourself, this program is for you! Through open-ended discussion and challenges, we will be learning the steps leading up to, and designing, your own recycled racer. Enrollment is limited. Please sign up for each afternoon that you plan on attending Engineering Adventures. To register, call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.

Monday, February 22:

Monday Night Fiction 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.    

Out of the World Astronomy Lecture Series:  Exploding Stars with Dan Milisavljevic at 7 p.m. Approximately once every second, somewhere in the universe a star ends its life in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova. These cosmic blasts shape and enrich their parent galaxies, produce exotic objects like neutron stars and black holes, and manufacture the heavy elements that make planets like Earth – and its life – possible. Dan Milisavljevic explores cutting-edge research that is unraveling the many mysteries of supernova explosions and highlights recent breakthroughs in our ability to survey supernova debris fields in 3D and diagnose a star's impending doom. Dan Milisavljevic is a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Tuesday, February 23: Open Hack at 6 p.m. in the Youth Department.

Come hack with friends! During an Open Hack Night, you're encouraged to come and work with others to do any kind of making. If you're interested in learning how to use the 3D printer or any other piece of technology in the library, this is the place to come.

Wednesday, February 24: 

Afternoon Movie: The Walk at 4 p.m. In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon. Rated: PG, 123 minutes.

The Bard’s Film Series: Hamlet at 7 p.m. Perhaps the reason there are so many filmed versions of Hamlet is that in each decade every great Shakespearean actor, and almost any movie actor with a yen to prove his versatility wants to tilt at this particular thespian windmill. Aside from the much more difficult King Lear, it is also one of the few plays by the master that can serve as a star vehicle. This 1969 version of the Bard's great play features the ardent mumblings of the actor Nicol Williamson, who brought his non-Standard British to the role. Williamson's esoteric enunciations were all the rage at the time of this film's revision of Shakespearian tradition, and his vocal mannerisms were arguably more authentic than usual. Scholars tell us that the English of Londoners in Shakespeare's time sounded very much like that spoken by Highland Scots today. Columbia Pictures, 1969, 119 minutes, Rated G.

Thursday, February 25:

Keene Public 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. 

Cookies and Coloring for Adults at 1:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Looking for a way to reduce some stress and unwind? Join us for an afternoon of fun and coloring. Grab a friend, sit back and have a good time. Supplies and cookies provided, as well as soothing music.

Open Play: Games @ your library! at 3:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Come play video, board games, and card games.

Strategy Game Night at 6:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. 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!  

Friday, February 26: Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting at 1 p.m in the Youth Department.

Join us to knit and crochet for charity every Friday through March 25. Drop-in Knitting and Crocheting is for adults and kids. Whether you’re new to knitting or an old pro, this club is for you. Bring a project that you are working on, or one that you would like help with.  Assistance is available for those wishing to learn new skills or to improve existing ones. 

Saturday, February 27:  Family Story Time at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department.

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. All programs held at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public.