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Digital Magazines Being Discontinued

The New Hampshire Digital Book Consortium is disappointed to announce that the Nook Periodicals will be discontinued this winter. As much as we wish to continue providing digital magazines, Barnes & Noble*, the company providing the digital magazines, no longer collaborates with our eBook and audiobook vendor, OverDrive. About half of the magazine titles will expire in early January and the remainder of the titles will expire in March.  We hope to be able to provide you with digital magazines again in the future.

Contact Cary Jardine, Keene Public Library's Digital Services Librarian, at 603-757-1838 with any questions about OverDrive. And ask at our Reference Desk for ways to get online magazine content through our other resources!

*Note that your existing Nook device should continue to work as it always has with eBooks and audiobooks.  And any Nook magazine issues that you've already downloaded to your device are yours to keep.

Keene Public Library Now Offering SELF-e

Keene Public Library is proud to announce that it will provide its valued patrons access to the Library Journal SELF-e program. 

SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard® that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to eager readers looking to discover something new. Using SELF-e, The Keene Public Library will be able to take submissions from its local indie authors and make those ebooks available to any participating library across the state on BiblioBoard’s award-winning PatronsFirst™ platform. Libraries can make these ebooks available with no checkouts or returns and no multi-user limitations.

“We are planning several more writing workshops and local author events in the next year. We are excited about offering SELF-e to our local writers and readers. SELF-e is a gives independent authors the opportunity to distribute their ebooks to new audiences through the Keene Public Library” says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. 

Indie authors who submit their work to Keene Public Library also have the opportunity to opt-in to have their book selected by Library Journal editors to become part of a unique discovery platform for participating libraries across the United States. This emerging indie discovery platform enables patrons to read ebooks on any device, at any time. 

“Leading indie authors agree that discovery and building an audience of readers is the biggest challenge faced by Indie authors. This program marries a great ebook experience with the validation of the most respected library review resource in the world. The result is a program that is built to drive author discovery in their local communities and in libraries around the country,”says Mitchell Davis founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioBoard.

To watch the SELF-e author video, visit

To learn more about SELF-e, visit

To learn more about BiblioBoard®, visit

The library will celebrate Harry Potter on Sat., Dec. 31

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a special Harry Potter party to be held at the library located at 60 Winter St. on Saturday, December 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Anyone that has read the Harry Potter books, knows that for those who stay at Hogwarts for the Winter holidays, enchantment and extravagance await. This year, all muggles and magical beings are invited to the special festivities at the Keene Public Library. The magical day of crafts and activities for all ages will include spellbinding fun, including but not limited to: activities and crafts, a scavenger hunt, a photo booth, a trivia contest, a holiday feast and treats in the Great Hall. The event includes a free holiday luncheon and a special New Year's Noon Day Celebration. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information library programs, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.


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Children Invited to Vote for Favorite Book

There are only a few days weeks until voting closes for the N.H. Ladybug Picture Book Award, a readers' choice award for children in preschool through third grade. Drop by the library anytime this month and vote for your favorite title from the list of nominees:  “How to Share with a Bear” by Eric Pinder and Stephanie Graegin, “Interstellar Cinderella” by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt, “It’s Only Stanley” by Jon Agee, “Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins, “My Blue is Happy” by Jessica Young and Catia Chien, “Nerdy Birdy” by Aaron Reynolds and Matt Davies, “Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event” by Rebecca Bond, “Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook” by Anne Vittur Kennedy, “Water is Water” by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin, and “We Forgot Brock!” by Carter Goodrich. 

Last year, 22,845 children voted in the statewide contest to select the winner "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.

The Keene Public Library celebrated the 2016 Ladybug Picture Book Award on Saturday, November 5 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the library’s Kay Fox Meeting Room. Approximately, 45 children and families attended the event to listen to read-alouds and take part in activities related to each nominated book.  

Each year a committee of New Hampshire children’s librarians around the state selects ten picture book titles for the Ladybug Picture Book Award. Children in Keene will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite book during this family event. To learn about all the books, the event will consist of activity stations for each book, a voting booth, and free food. Activities will be created and staffed by members of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society at Keene State College.

The library is located at 60 Winter Street. All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about the New Hampshire Ladybug Book Award or about library programs, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

National Novel Writing Month Activities at Keene Library

The Keene Public Library is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a nonprofit event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November.  The month of writing programs and activities actually kick-off on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. when local writer Jamie Sheffield leads an introductory writing workshop to help writers prepare for NaNoWriMo.  Sheffield is a four-time NaNoWriMo winner. Featuring writing tips and a question-and-answer session, this workshop provides advice on how to manage your writing time and maximize your progress. Sheffield will also offer a program called “Ready, Set, Write: NaNoWriMo Sprints” each Saturday in November at 10 a.m. WriMos and others can bring a laptop or paper and pen and WRITE. Meet other writers, get advice, and try some "word sprints." The library will offer a dedicated and welcoming place to write with “Write Ins” to be held each Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The library invites all aspiring and veteran writers can get together and simultaneously pen NaNo masterpieces. The library has scheduled a meeting room so that there is room to write. Simple refreshments and inspiration will be provided.  

NaNoWriMo participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes. The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty. “When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month.”

Young people can also take the NaNoWriMo challenge. The Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years-of-age and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.  

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 or visit the library’s website at 


Teens "Read for the Fun of It" During Teen Read Week, Oct. 9-15

During October 9-15 teens are encouraged to “Read for the fun of it!” at Keene Public Library for Teen Read Week! Stop by your library today to find something great to read for your enjoyment. We have a little something for everyone, including fantasy titles, adventure books, sci-fi stories and more. 

Teens all around the world can start casting their votes for their favorite titles for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten now through October 15 at The voting page, hosted by DOGObooks, showcases all 26 nominees with their respective book covers and summaries and gives teens the opportunity to leave comments about their favorite titles. The “top ten” titles will be announced the week following Teen Read Week™, which takes place October 9-15.

KPL Celebrates All Hallows Read

The brainchild of author Neil Gaiman, All Hallows Read is marking its seventh year with book lovers around the world making lists of their favorite scary titles, creating free spooky downloadable materials, and arranging contests and book swaps.

All Hallows Read is now in its seventh year and the Keene Public Library is doing our part to help make this a holiday tradition. On Saturday, October 15, 2016, of our “skeleton staff” will be at the Monadnock Pumpkin Festival to hand out spooky and other favorite books. We'll also have a table with a bookmark making activity that you can use to keep your place in any book that you are reading.

Looking for a scary read? Stop by the library or visit our online catalog to check out some tales of vampires, werewolves, zombies and other supernatural beings. Get some decorating and party ideas. Find a new paranormal or gothic romance novel. We also have nearly 80 titles by Gaiman; wonderful stories for adults, teens, and children. This could also be a great time to explore classic horror like the works of Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, or Edgar Allan Poe. Stock up in time for Halloween! 

There really is something for every reader. Since, technically, Gaiman’s suggesting you give scary books as gifts consider this an opportunity to give a friend or family member the free gift of an introduction to the library. It’s a great chance to remind a friend or family member the gift that gives them books, computers, and the ability to travel through time and space. And if your friend or family member is not a resident of Keene, you could also give them the gift of a library card, which will provide them with all of the library's resources.

International Games Day@Your Library brings community together to read, learn and play

The Keene Public Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on November 19, 2016, for the ninth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library. Like so many other libraries across the country and around the world, the Keene Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.  

Libraries are known as the place to go to share culture in the form of books, music, movies and even technology. But, more and more they are becoming a place to gather as a community for the purpose of playing games.Gaming is yet another example of how we are fulfilling the desire to learn, play, and yes, read at your library. “Libraries are becoming family destinations, and are continuously offering new formats and innovative programs and services that educate, entertain, and expand interaction with their users,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services at the Keene Public Library. “Gaming is yet another example of how libraries are becoming more than just educational resources for the communities that they serve. They are also places where users of all ages are welcome to have fun together. Kids can play video games at home but the library is a safe, non-commercial environment. Library programs such as International Games Day, a weekly Open Play Games Day, and a monthly tabletop games night, kids and adults can socialize with friends, play games surrounded by books and supportive librarians. Game playing at the library encourages patrons to interact with diverse peers, share their experience with others, and develop new strategies for gaming and learning.”  You can learn more at So on November 21, we invite everyone to visit the Keene Public Library during International Games Day @ your library. Bring Grandma and Grandpa and the kids and take a new look at what your library has to offer – it just might surprise you. 

International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day please visit the International Games Day blog For more information on the events at Keene Public Library, please contact Jay Fee at 603-352-0157.

Keene Public Library To Read For The Record On Oct. 27

Help build children’s vocabulary and be a part of the global movement to close the word gap by joining Keene Public Library and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record on 10.27.16 when children and adults worldwide will take action by participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience. Drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for special activities and shared readings of the book "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" by Julia Sarcone-Roach, a tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, that you will not see the surprise ending coming!

Each year, Jumpstart selects one children’s book as the catalyst for Read for the Record. This year’s campaign book, "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich," written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. With vivid illustrations and expressive language, the story is sure to engage children and adults of all ages. Help us break the world reading record (again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all children. By participating in Jumpstart’s year-long program, children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to lifelong success. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 40,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 87,000 preschool children nationwide.