Library News

Keene Public Library Announces Free Digital Magazines

We are excited to announce that we now offer 40 of the most popular magazines for digital lending through New Hampshire Downloadable Books. You can download and read your favorite periodicals such as WIRED, Bon Appétit, Organic Gardening, Game Informer and more! The magazines can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices such as tablets and smart phones. The technology digitally recreates the magazine page by page, including full color pictures. Additionally, once the magazine is checked out, it is yours to keep. All you need is a Keene Public Library card, a free NOOK® account and NOOK® app. You'll find step-by-step instructions on New Hampshire Downloadable Books.

If you have questions about this new service, please call Cary Jardine, Digital Services Librarian, at 603-757-1838 for assistance!

Free New Math Club for School Aged Kids at the Keene Public Library

This March, the Keene Public Library will be offering two Crazy 8s Math Clubs after school. The meeting time for Kindergarten through second grade students is Thursdays at 4 p.m. starting March 12 and the meeting time for children in third through fifth grade is Tuesdays at 4 p.m. starting March 10.

Each week for eight weeks, participants will build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess and more! Children will experience fun mathematical activities that will both entertain and educate. Activities include Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics. Join us for eight weeks of fun!  These weekly events provide an opportunity for children to interact with their peers while learning basic math skills. Programs will be from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

On Saturday April 25, a four-week half-hour Crazy 8s Math Club for four-year-old children will begin. All of these programs reguire registration. You can register by visiting our online calendar at

The Crazy 8s Math Clubs is a project of the Keene Public Library and Bedtime Math. Bedtime Math launched in February 2012, serving up wacky nightly math problems on topics kids love, from flamingos to frogs to roller coasters. The playful, zany stories entertain both kids and their parents – and introduce math in a way that gets kids hooked fast. Since our start, we've garnered more than 50,000 loyal fans of our email and Facebook page and nearly 400,000 unique visitors to our website, earning us coverage in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and others.

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required for the Crazy 8s Math Clubs. To register for the Crazy 8s Math Club or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157.

About Bedtime Math Foundation

Bedtime Math is a nonprofit operating foundation, funded by charitable donations made by private donors and the proceeds from both Bedtime Math books. Our mission is to help kids love numbers so they feel confident with the math in everyday life. Bedtime Math does not award grants to other nonprofits; it funds its own charitable activities, such as publishing the free daily math problem and the parents’ blog, and producing programs like Crazy 8s and Summer of Numbers.

Students Invited To Prepare For Science Research At Keene Library

Participating in a Science Fair is a great way for kids to enhance their research skills and learn what makes things tick. From choosing a topic to understanding the scientific method or from organizing the project to presenting the results, every step is a learning experience.  The Keene Public Library has many resources to help students who are participating in a Science Fair project. One of these resources is an Internet-based service that connects students with qualified, experienced science tutors. From any Web-enabled computer at the library or at home, a student can click on the Learning Center on the library’s Web site at and engage in controlled chat with a science expert. Students and tutors can also work on an interactive white board, share educational Web sites and send files back and forth for a rewarding learning experience. Science tutors are available everyday from 1 p.m. until 12 a.m.“ tutors can help students with all aspects of their Science Fair project,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Communty Services. “Tutors can brainstorm ideas for projects, based on the students’ interests, and chat with them about what makes a good, safe and practical project. Tutors can also provide guidance on completing their projects, assist in setting the tone or proofreading their final papers and help prepare students for the Fair. This is a free service the library provides and a great opportunity for students who have never participated in a Science Fair to get started.”On Wednesday April 1 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. 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. Information and materials for display boards will be provided. This free event will give you the boost you need to complete your science fair project! In addition to science tutors, also has tutors available in math, social studies and English to help with general homework assignments. Tutors are available to help students prepare and study for tests such as SAT, ACT, advanced placement tests, graduate school entrance tests, civil service, GED and much more. Tutors can help job seekers navigate a job search, write your resume, prepare for an interview or apply for jobs online. To access the program, click on the Live Homework Help link on the library’s Web site at

Library Holds 1st Annual How-to Festival

On Saturday April 25, the library teamed up with the Keene Senior Center, Make It So Makerspace, Cheshire TV, and the Keene Community Kitchen to offer our 1st annual How-to Festival. We are still compiling evaluation forms but if you attended and didn't fill out a form, you can still offer input by visiting

The day was a tremendous success. More than 100 people took part at the library by attending how-to sessions throughout the library. Take a look at these pictures that tell the story of the day.

If you missed out, don't worry we'll be scheduling next year's date soon. If you have a skill to share and want to be involved, please let us know by contacting Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

Waking at Oak Creek Screening at Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is hosting a free screening of Waking In Oak Creek on Thursday March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Auditorium. “Waking In Oak Creek” profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshippers at a Sikh Temple are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all. The screening of the 33 minute film will be followed by a discussion led by Adriana Elliot of Cheshire Mediation Center and Barbara Woods of Redbird Communication who will ask what local residents can do to prevent intolerance in our town and how we can ensure a safe and inclusive community. The film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

COPS Office Director Ron Davis said, “Community policing concentrates on preventing crime and eliminating the atmosphere of fear it creates. “Waking in Oak Creek” explores the unique aspects of addressing the needs of the victims and healing of communities in the aftermath of hate violence. The film will serve as a road map for discussions about best practices in community engagement to prevent hate crimes, support victims, and encourage proper hate crime enforcement.” Not In Our Town CEO and the film’s Executive Producer Patrice O’Neill said, 

“’Waking in Oak Creek’ presents not just the tragedy, but the courageous response of police officers, and the inspiring leadership and response of the Sikh community, city leaders and community members. Their stories show us what's possible when people join forces to face the danger of hate and intolerance, and commit to making their town safe for everyone.”  

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. Please call Gail Zachariah at 352-0157 with questions.

Keene Public Library Offers Free Winter Yoga Classes

The Keene Public Library announces free yoga classes to be held on Mondays March 2 through March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Yoga @ your Library is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens. No experience is required. Cindy Sterling Clark, a certified yoga instructor, will guide participants through the 60-minute session that includes strength building, a body-balancing workout, and a quick cool down. Like all library programs, the class is free of charge! Yoga mats are available for use during the class or you can bring your own. Cindy Sterling Clark is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher (2000), a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (2004), and a non-practicing RN (2006). She has been a Keene resident for 23 years and is the founder of Sterling Studios, LLC, and Impact Earth, an environmental grant writing and education business. Cindy teaches with the philosophy that Yoga is good for everyone, no matter what your shape, size, health status or age may be. To register for Yoga @ your Library or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 352-0157.

Unlimited possibilities @ your library: celebrate National Library Week

The Keene Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities – transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status.  

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and meet 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, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Keene Public Library serves the Keene community by offering nearly 1,000 free public programs each year and by providing an extensive collection of books, DVDs, recorded music and audio books, streaming and downloadable books, and remote access for library card holders to a number of subscription databases such as Chilton Library Auto Repair, Value Line Investment, Mango Languages, and Learning Center.

“The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “Whatever your interest or need, the library and the library staff are here to provide you the resources you need to accomplish your goals and dreams.” Increasingly, libraries are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. "Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities" explains Zachariah.

The Keene Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a Open Hack Night on Wednesday April 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Open Hack Nights are both an introduction to the library's 3D printer and other equipment and an opportunity to work on various projects, help each other solve problems and share what we do with anyone who stops by to check us out. Open Hack Nights a great place to come out and meet us for the first time and see what we do and have a chance to chat with us.

Throughout the week of April 13 - April 17, library users are invited to share what they've made with the help of library on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed or Amazon. Promotion begins Monday April 13 at 1 p.m. ET and ends Friday, April 17 at 1 p.m. ET. Official rules are available on the #LibraryMade promotional page on I Love Libraries website.

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 Current library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. After Memorial Day, the library will close at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.


Bread & Puppet Theater takes on big issues at Keene Public Library

On March 26, at 7 p.m., Bread & Puppet Theater will be coming to the Keene Public located at 60 Winter St. to perform one of its very first productions, “Fire.” This is a 50th anniversary revival tour of “Fire,” a series of living tableaus of daily life in a Vietnamese town that has been firebombed. The action is slow, quiet, and indelible. The show was a sensation when it was first performed in New York City in 1965, and was Bread & Puppet's first show to catch the attention of festival curators in Europe, where it toured for several seasons.

The theater critic George Dennison wrote of it then, "’Fire’ (which I count among the finest plays I have seen) more than any play I have seen has the quality of prayer… It is not a protest play and is not propagandistic, rather it responds to the horrors of Vietnam, responds modestly and truly and enables us to respond. To some extent, it is a service to the dead. Beyond this it manifests certain of the deep premises of the human condition, the unequitableness of life, our dependencies on each other, the social nature of the self."

Peter Schumann, the author and director, that "’Fire’ is dedicated to three Americans who immolated themselves in protest against the war in Vietnam.” Although “Fire” was created during the Vietnam War, it expresses the subtle and universal horror of war, and remains eerily timely as the U.S. continues to set fire to the world in Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, and elsewhere.

The Bread & Puppet Theater is one of the oldest and unique self-sustaining nonprofit theater companies in the United States. Based on a large farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Bread & Puppet Theater was founded by Peter Schumann, German born artist-dancer, in 1963. For the next decade, his giant puppets figured prominently in anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations in New York City, Washington D.C. and other cities in the U.S. and abroad. The politics were also local – during the summers of ’65 and ’66, Bread & Puppet created large-scale outdoor pageants in some of the poorest neighborhoods of New York City, and in collaboration with the residents addressed urban political and social issues of the day. In 1968, Bread & Puppet presented “Fire,” an understated yet hard-hitting indoor piece about the Vietnam War, to critical acclaim at the Nancy Theater festival in France. This launched the theater into international prominence and helped secure over a decade of seasonal touring in Europe and beyond. During this period, Bread & Puppet was often associated with the New American Theater – a loose-knit avant-garde movement that included companies as diverse as the Living Theater, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Robert Wilson, and others. In 1970, an invitation from Vermont's Goddard College to be theater-in-residence facilitated a longed-for change to country life. 

Heberton Hall is in the Keene Public Library Annex. The performance, sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, is free and open to the public. For more programs at the Keene Public Library, please call Gail Zachariah at the library at 603-352-0157.


Children and Families Invited To Celebrate Eric Carle at Keene Public Library

On Saturday April 11, 2015 the Keene Public Library and the Keene State College Greek Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, will host  a “Carle-rific Celebration,” in honor of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle. The family friendly event starts at 1 p.m. and will include read alouds and activities for twelve different Eric Carle stories and Eric Carle themed snacks. Activities will include making hungry caterpillar necklaces, playing Don’t Catch the Sloth, taking pictures at our brown bear photo booth, and much more. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and is part of the Kappa Delta national community service initiative, Literacy Alive! All programs held at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact 603-352-0157

The Big Library eRead hath returned with a true Shakespearian tale!

We’re excited to announce that the latest Big Library eRead is now live, offering readers around the globe the opportunity to join the largest global book club in the world. For the next two weeks Shakespeare Saved my Life by Laura Bates will be available to borrow through New Hampshire Downloadable Books without any wait lists or holds.

From March 17th through the 31st users from 20,000 libraries can read Dr. Bate’s story of teaching Shakespeare in a supermax solitary confinement prison and how she formed a lasting friendship with a convicted murderer that saved more than one life.

Dr. Bates has been featured on MSNBC-TV and just recently sold the rights to her book to be turned into a movie! You can learn more about her and Shakespeare Saved my Life at where you'll be able to download a discussion guide. Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #BigLibraryRead. On Friday, March 27th at 2 pm (ET) you can join a twitter chat and ask Dr. Bates questions so be sure to tweet @OverDriveLibs your questions for the author!