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Free SAT Prep @ your Library!

The College Board says on its website that over 2 million kids will take the SAT this year. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage will feel as though they're ready. And you should know that high school students that take the test in 2017 will face a very different test than those that took it before them. Changes include an increase in curriculum-based questions to a revamped essay, evidenced-focused reading, and more graphs and charts.

Many resources exist to help students prepare for the SAT. The most common preparation method is workbooks and there are literally hundreds of books from which to choose. Students who need or desire a little more guidance should consider enrolling in a classroom preparation course. There are also many of those available, but most are costly. But do you know that there is free help available at the Keene Public Library?

For several years, the Keene Public Library and Keene Orthodontic Specialists have partnered to offer a free SAT Prep Series on four Saturday mornings in March. The course series is designed to assist and motivate students in taking their SAT exams for college. This course will cover test strategies and provide opportunities to students to practice test taking in all three areas of the SAT exam. Actual questions and problems taken from the SAT exams will be addressed. Individual results from the practice tests will be examined with two highly qualified instructors who will provide feedback to participants. Students will be able to judge where their weaknesses lie and learn strategies for preparing for taking the actual exams. 

Any student planning to take the SAT is eligible for the course, although priority is given to Juniors. Students should plan on attending all four Saturdays of the course, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Space is limited and fills up quickly. Registration begins Jan 2, 2017, and is limited to Juniors until February 1, 2017. After that, Sophomores may register as space permits. To register, please call Colleen Swider at the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 and provide the following information:

  • student's name
  • home address
  • school, grade
  • cell phone number
  • an email address that is checked frequently. 

Upon completion of the registration, the student will receive an email acknowledgment that must be printed out and will serve as a ticket to the first class. The email acknowledgment should be received within three business days, if you do not receive it, please call Colleen Swider at 603-352-0157.  

Additional Recommended Resources

College Power Prep - SAT and ACT Prep

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep - Download a real, full-length SAT practice test, watch Sal work through real SAT problems, and get even more practice using our interactive questions.

Learning Express Tests - You will need a card from the Keene Public Library to access this resource from home.  If you register on the website, you will be able to save your practice tests. 

Study Guide Zone - Free resources for students or anyone who wants to improve their score on standardized tests. - Your Keene Public Library card lets you connect online with expert tutors. Tutors are available every day from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Other resources like test study guides are available 24/7.

Fight Those Winter Blahs With A Good Book and a Craft Join The “Be A Smart Cookie” Winter Family Reading Book At The Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a Winter Reading Program “Be A Smart Cookie Read.”  The program has been created to give kids, teens, and adults an incentive to use their library cards and get ready to spend cozy winter times with a soft blanket, warm mug, and a good book. Readers and listeners can sign up and pick up winter reading materials at the library starting December 10, 2016, when there will be special programs for people of all ages. At 11 a.m. in Heberton Hall, children and families are invited to a Gingerbread Friends read-aloud, which will be followed by cookie decorating and winter crafts. In the afternoon, celebrate the season and craft beautiful cards for family and friends at a Drop-in Card Making Workshop.  All supplies, including an Accucut die cutter and beautiful papers, as well as examples, will be provided. And then during the Winter Reading Program, the library will provide weekly drop-in craft activities in the Youth Department. Come by each week and make something new and different.

The Winter Reading Program will run through January 28, 2017, when the special closing event will be a Give the Mouse a Cookie party. This party is for children ages three to twelve and will start at 2 p.m. Details for this event will follow shortly.

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. Additional information about the Winter Reading Program and other library programs is available by calling the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157. The library is handicapped accessible and all library programs are free and open to the public.  


The Keene Public Library is a Family Place Library- Building Foundations for Early Learning

The Keene Public Library has joined the Family Place Libraries™ national network, providing a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children's development and early learning during the critical first years of life. To help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn, our new Family Place offers:

-A specially designed space in the children's area for families with young children to relax, play, share books and meet other families.

-Parent-Child Workshops- a five-week series of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. Rich with toys, books and art activities, the Workshops provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy. 

-Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and caregivers.

-Librarians specially trained in child development and family support.

As a Family Place Library, the Keene Public Library will partner with local family-serving agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning.  Research has proven that the ways adults respond to and interact with children from birth-to-five years have dramatic effects on the brain, stimulating a child's social, emotional, and intellectual development. Parents and caregivers are their children’s first teachers and the Library is here to help them in that role. 

The Family Place Libraries™ model is now in over 400 libraries in 29 states serving thousands of young children and their parents/caregivers. The Keene Public Library is proud to be among them.  In our library, this expanded public library role is made possible with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Keene Public Library.

For more information and to join special events and programs, please call the library at 603-352-0157.

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.