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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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Center, Middle, Winter St. Construction Continues

The City of Keene resumed construction on the Winter, Middle, and Center St. Infrastructure Project on Monday April 14, 2014. This project includes the replacement of underground utilities, the reconstruction of the roadway, and the installation of new sidewalks and granite curbing on Center St., Middle St. and Winter St. (From Middle St. to Court St.).

S.U.R. Construction West, Inc. from Winchester, N.H. will be the general contractor working for the City.

Construction Schedule

Middle Street: April 14 through Early June

Winter Street: (Middle Street to Central Square) June 2 through Early August

Center Street: August 4 through Mid-September

Access to the Keene Public Library will be available during construction via Middle Street. Access to Middle Street will remain open from both Summer Street and Center Street.

Please note that parking will not be allowed on streets under construction during working hours, however, all streets will be open for through traffic and parking during nights and weekends.

Flaggers will be present to assist motorist through or around the construction areas.

We appologiize for any inconvenience this causes and appreciate your patience during these project.

Please contact the Public Works Department at 603-352-6550 with any questions or concerns.

Help! I have a Kindle/Nexus/iPad!

The Keene Public Library has scheduled a series of workshops in June to help patrons learn to use their Kindles, Google tablets, Nooks, iPads, and other devices to download books from the library's digital book collection. Check our calendar to see the details and call the library at 757-1838 to sign up or for more information.  Registration is required! 

Kindle workshops:  Monday June 16, 10-11:30 am & Friday June 27, 1-2:30 pm

Tablet workshops (Nexus, Nook, Samsung, Kobo): Friday June 20, 9:30-11 am & Tuesday June 24, 2-3:30 pm

iPad/iPod/iPhone workshops: Tuesday June 17, 2-3:30 pm & Monday June 23, 10-11:30 am

Donate to Keene Public Library's Summer of Making!

We need your help so that we can bring new cutting-edge programs to Keene!

The Friends of the Keene Public Library is raising money for the library so that we can create more opportunities for young people to develop confidence, creativity, and an interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making. The library is thrilled to offer Makerspace programs like 3D design, modeling and printing using our 3D printer. And we are even more excited to keep developing innovative and exciting programming.

Maker EdThis summer the library is participating in a program through the Maker Education Initiative ( KPL will have two interns who will work at the library will be collaborating with librarians to further develop existing Makerspace programs including a weekly drop-in for community members. They will staff and provide support to community members, like you, in tinkering and interactions with new technology. In addition library interns will create, promote, and facilitate a six-week maker’s series exploring science and technology targeted to middle school students. This summer project will introduce youth to new technology and encourage deeper and experiential learning. For more information you can visit:

If you can, please support us in our innovative programming by meeting our fundraising goal of $10,000. You can donate directly to the library or online at and as always your donation to the library is tax deductible. 

Thank you for supporting Keene young people!

Public Library Continues Cultural Exchange Program for Seniors

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce the continuation of a conversation between Ukrainian and Keene library patrons started in January. The next in the series of moderated conversations will take place at the Keene Public Library on Thursday April 24 at 9:00 a.m. when senior patrons of the Hadiach Central Regional Library in Hadiach, Ukraine and Keene Public Library patrons will meet virually through Skype to continue a dialogue on living conditions. Previous participation is not necessary. The discussion will focus on the coming spring and gardening preparations. Ukrainians grow their own food whether they live in a city apartment or in the country with it’s own plot of land. The morning will include introductions by both sides, demonstrations, and finally a question and answer. Refreshments will be served. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. The goal of this partnership between the Hadiach and Keene library is to emphasize cultural exchange, develop personal connections, and familiarize participants with new technologies. 

This unusual exchange program came about when a Peace Corps Community Development volunteer with Monadnock ties contacted the Keene Public Library to set up a program. Robin Picard graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 1982 and fell in love with the Monadnock Region. She pursued a career in higher education administration and worked at Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, and at The United World College in New Mexico. Picard became a regional manager for MicroCredit-NH program of the NH Community Loan Fund, helping communities and entrepreneurs establish and grow micro business with  technical support and education and a peer review small loan program. She began humanitarian work with Doctors Without Borders and Action Against Hunger in Eastern Africa and Pakistan. Since March 2013, she has been a Community Development Specialist with the Peace Corps in Hadiach, Ukraine. 

For more information about cultural exchange conversations at the Keene Public Library, please contact Gail Zachariah at at 603-352-0157.

Keene Public Library Offers Eight Week Film Studies Seminar

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a free film history seminar series called “The Language of Film,” which will be offered four eight Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. beginning March 3, 2014. The program series takes place in the library’s auditorium. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. The series is particularly suitable for high school students and adults will be presented by Karl Schurman who teaches English, History, Social Studies, Model UN and Drama at Monadnock Waldorf High School in Keene, N.H.  Schurman attended NYU Film School and worked in the film business for over 30 years in New York and around the world. To register for the series, please visit the or call 603-352-0157.

New database! Safari Tech Books Online

The library has subscribed to a new database of ebooks on a variety of technology-related subjects.  You will find books on Windows 8, iPads, Kindles, website development, digital cameras and photography, Photoshop, and much more.  Log in here [call the Reference Desk at 757-1855 for the remote access username and password].

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.

Saturday, February 22:

Family Story Time at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department.

Monday, February 24:

Help! I have an iPad/iPod/iPhone! at 10 a.m. Come to this 90-minute workshop where we'll help you with basic navigation and show you how to download ebooks. This will be a low-key, fun, hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Also required is an active Keene Public Library card, available for free to Keene residents! Call 603-757-1838 to sign up. Class size is limited. 

History Book Club: In the Shadow of Cedars at 4 p.m. 'In the Shadow of Cedars: The Life and Times of a Disgraced Citizen Soldier in Revolutionary Westmoreland, New Hampshire' tells the true story of Maj. Isaac Butterfield and a little-known tale about the invasion of Canada during the American Revolution.  

Block Party: LEGO® Fun @ your library! at 4 p.m. in the Youth Department. The library's LEGO club is open to kids of all ages.  

Monday Night 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.    

Tuesday, February 25:

Kings, Queens, and Castles on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Join us during school vacation week to find out if what it would have been like to live as a king or queen in the Middle Ages. Elementary school students will learn about the days of King Arthur and assemble their own castle. Enrollment is limited. Please register early to ensure a space. 

DIY Crafternoon Winter Vacation Program! ZenDoodle at 2 p.m. Zentangle is all the rage these days. Learn to make a structured, contained doodle. It is a great way to relax and be creative. We will provide the tools and some basic instruction and you get to go with the flow and doodle! Open to those 12-years-of-age and older.  

Help! I have a Nexus/Nook/other tablet! at 3 p.m. Come to this 90-minute workshop where we'll help you with basic navigation and show you how to download ebooks. This will be a low-key, fun, hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Also required is an active Keene Public Library card, available for free to Keene residents! Call 603-757-1838 to sign up. Class size is limited. 

1-2-3 Kids Knitting at 4 p.m. in the Youth Department. Come learn to knit or get help with a project you are working on. Please bring a skein of bulky wool yarn and knitting needles if you have them. Wooden U.S. size 8 (5 mm) is recommended. Don't worry if you don't have needles and yarn. We can loan you a pair of knitting needles but you might eventually want your own pair. 

Honestly Now Poetry Reading at 7 p.m. in Heberton Hall.Local poet Deb McLay reads from her new collection of poetry and photographs 'Honestly Now.'  

Wednesday, February 26 

Winter Vacation @ the Library: Lip Balm! at 1:30 p.m. Learn to make your own natural lip balm. Makes great presents or save it for yourself! Mint, Orange and more! For crafters 12-years-of-age and older. 

Afterschool Throwback Movie Matinee: Napoleon Dynamite at 4 p.m. (PG, 82 minutes) in the Auditorium

Count Down to the Oscars® Film Series: Gravity at 7 p.m. (PG-13, 91 minutes) 

Thursday, February 27:

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. 

Teen Hadiach, Ukraine and Keene Google + Chat at 11 a.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Teen library patrons of the Central Rayon Library in Hadiach, Ukraine and the Keene Public Library, N.H. will get to know each other in a moderated Google + Chat. Refreshments will be provided.  

Open Play: Games @ your library! at 2:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Come play video, board games, and card games.

Affordable Care Act Drop-in Office Hours at 4 p.m. Have you had difficulty signing up for Affordable Care? A certified Marketplace Assister will be on-site to help you through the process between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. Stop by for an informal conversation.   

Strategy Game Night at 6 p.m. 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!  

Explosive Universe with Edo Berger at 6:30 p.m. A gamma-ray burst represents Nature's biggest explosion since the Big Bang. First spotted by satellites hunting for Earthly nuclear blasts, gamma-ray bursts pump out more energy than our Sun will in its entire life. 

Friday, February 28:

LEGO® Storytime: Read! Build! Play! @ Your Library at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department. Designed for children under the age of five (accompanied by their parents!) this fun hands-on program will spark children's creativity, develop fine motor skills, provide recognition of shapes/colors and lay the foundation for future readers by increasing children's early literacy skills.   

Help! I have a Kindle! at 1 p.m. Come to this 90-minute workshop where we'll help you with basic navigation and show you how to download ebooks. This will be a low-key, fun, hands-on workshop. Registration is required. Call 603-757-1838 to sign up. Class size is limited. Also required is an active Keene Public Library card, available for free to Keene residents!  

Saturday, March 1:

Family Story Time at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department.

Dr. Seuss Literacy Alive Festival at 1 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. There will be classic Dr, Seuss read alouds, arts and crafts, games, and other activities   

Touching the Sky Dome: Stories of the Sun, Moon and Stars with Michael Caduto at 4 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Come hear how Coyote becomes the moon (Kalispel), how Grandmother Spider steals the Sun (Muskogee/Creek), how Fisher goes to Sky Land and changes into the Big Dipper (Anishinabe/Chippewa) and how Nagah, the mountain goat, becomes the North Star (Paiute). This performance uses songs, chants, native instruments and stories that are carefully chosen from among the native cultures found throughout North America and beyond. 

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

KPL and Keene Amateur Astronomy Club Offer Lecture Series

The Keene Public Library, along with the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club, will be hosting a series of Astronomy lectures every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., February 20, 2014 through March 6, 2014. The programs are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Matthew Bayless presents “Nature’s Telescopes” on Thursday Feburary 20 at 6:30 p.m. Clusters of galaxies form the largest lenses in the universe. Their gravity bends light from more distant objects, allowing us to see those background galaxies in high definition. Learn about these natural telescopes and how they can reveal the properties of the universe over cosmic time. Matthew Bayless is an astrophysicist in the physics department at Harvard University and the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 

On Thursday February 27 at 6:30 Edo Berger presents “Explosive Universe.” A gamma-ray burst represents Nature's biggest explosion since the Big Bang. First spotted by satellites hunting for Earthly nuclear blasts, gamma-ray bursts pump out more energy than our Sun will in its entire life. Edo Berger is a John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences and an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Harvard. His research interest is the study of gamma-ray bursts, optical transients (mainly from the Pan-STARRS project), and magnetic fields in low-mass stars and brown dwarfs. He uses observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to γ-rays.

The final program “Explore! Marvel Moon,” on Thursday March 6 at 6:00 p.m., is a program for families combining science and activities. Explore! Marvel Moon will acquaint you and your family with NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon. Discover our scientific, cultural, and personal understanding of Earth’s nearest natural neighbor. As the children complete each activity, they collect pages to assemble into their own comic books!

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