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Your input is needed! Help us plan future Maker programs.

The Library was fortunate to have been selected as a Maker Corps site this summer. Now that the end of summer is within sight, we have begun to plan for the future. We would appreciate it if you took a moment to complete this quick survey and provide your input into the project. One of our ideas is to develop a tool lending library for families so that they can tinker and make at home. What tools would you most like us to lend and how would you use these tools?

Join us for Maker Camp this summer!

Google and the company behind Make magazine and Maker Faire have teamed up to make summer less boring by creating a flexible “Maker Camp” on Google+, where teens can learn to do projects, take virtual visits to high-tech labs, and have a chance to share creations with a million other young people. Maker Camp is online with local meetups, and it happens for the next six weeks via the Maker Camp community. 

MakerspaceEvery Monday at 2:00 p.m. EST, Google hosts an hour-long Google+ hangout with an expert maker. They’ll introduce the week’s theme (there’s a different one every week; the first week it’s “Makers in Motion”) and talk about what kinds of projects you can be doing. On Monday evening, Keene campers can meet and work on projects at the Keene Public Libary at 5:00 p.m. for a Maker Camp Popup Makerspace. You can bring your own supplies or call the library and reserve a spot in and we will provide the materials you need to work on a project. The Keene Public Library is a local Maker Camp affiliate — there are 120 around the country in places like other libraries, where teens can get together with other makers and work on your projects together.

On Fridays, the week’s theme will culminate with a “virtual field trip,” which is another Google+ Hangout, in a cool location all over the U.S. 

Maker Camp goes from today to July 7 through Aug. 15. Last year, about one million kids participated (not necessarily in the whole summer, though — teens can do as much or as little as you like).

For more information, call the library at 352-0157 and follow KeenePublicLibrary Kids on Google+.

Sign up for a Library Summer Reading, Making, and Learning Program

“Fizz, Boom, Read!” is the theme this summer at Keene Public Library. Readers and listeners of all ages will explore science, art, and technology this summer with books and activities such as tinkering, science experiments, crafts, and art projects. The 2014 Summer Reading Programs begin June 20 and are open to young people, preschool through young adult, as well as adults of all abilities. You can sign up now!

The 2014 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, as well as adults of all abilities with programs, prize drawings, story hours, a reading club, and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. Registration will begin on June 1 but our programs will kickoff on June 20 with a special evening with one of the finest storytelling performers in New England, Rona Leventhal. Levnthal has gained a reputation as an exuberant and dynamic storyteller who brings a cornucopia of voices and characters in a fun, engaging and dramatic fashion. The stories will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Department but activities and snacks will be available at 6:00 p.m, so families can come early or stay late when the rest of the library closes at 6:00 p.m.

As part of our summer reading programs, the Library provides research on the benefits of summer reading as well as tips for parents on incorporating reading in family activities. The library's summer programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Endowment Fund of the Trustees of the Keene Public Library. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157.

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Frank Behrens Gives Summer Series on Musical Films at Keene Library

The Keene Public Library invites local music and film fans to “A Morning's Musical Miscellany,” a five-part discussion given by Frank Behrens, a local lecturer and reviewer of films and musical recordings. The discussions will take place on Wednesdays July 9 through August 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Keene Public Library’s Auditorium located at 60 Winter Street. Each morning, Behrens will one of his five most favorite musicals and lead a discussion. Among the diverse topics will be the life and career of Beverley Sills, a talk seen on the old Omnibus program by Leonard Bernstein about the art of conducting, and Frank's own thoughts on how NOT to do opera. 

The lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157.

Young History and Acting Buffs Invited To Join Young Chautauqua Troupe

The Keene Young Chautauqua program returns to the Keene Public Library this summer.  The library is now recruiting young lovers of reading, acting, and learning to form the 2014 Keene Young Chautauqua Troupe. The first meeting of participants will be held Monday July 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Keene Public Library’s Trustees Room. This summer, local teach Dan Petit will again head the Young Chautauqua program up. Interested young people who will be attending the equivalent of fifth through 12th grade next fall should contact the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 for an application and more information about Young Chautauqua. The library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Young Chautauqua is an intense program of scholarship, research, rehearsing, and performing. Participants begin by selecting a character out of American history. They research that character, comb through consignment shops to create a costume, read biographies, learn stories, and memorize speeches and writings. Young Chautauquans attend regular meetings at the library to rehearse with experienced Chautauqua scholars and acting coaches.

Young Chautauquans also create a costume for their characters. The culmination of weeks of hard work will be free public performances that will be held the end of August. Following each performance, students will remain in character and answer questions from the audience. Past Young Chautauqua characters have included Samuel Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Juliette Gordon Low, Henry David Thoreau, Harry Houdini, and Jane Addams. 

The Young Chautauqua program is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library  and the Horatio Colony House Museum. 

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.