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How-to Festival Planned for May 13

Today libraries are not just about the lending of materials, 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 create art. The Keene Public Library offers access to the tools and technology and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

We invite you to celebrate to see what’s new at the Keene Public Library and to take part in the celebration at the Keene Public  Library’s 3rd Annual How-to Festival on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Keene Public Library, located at 60 Winter St. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., local organizations, community members, and librarians will lead short, 45-minute interactive classes on lifestyle, crafting, education, and more. A complete schedule is available at the library and online.

Inspired by a similar program developed by the Louisville Free Public Library, the How-to Festival will feature more than 20 sessions on topics ranging from how to write a resume to how to juggle plates. Other How-to sessions include:

• Basic Knitting 101

• Homework and Resume Help 

• Zentangle

• Cosplay Costume Design

• Juggling

• How to Use a Telescope

• How to Play with Circus Toys 

• Needle Felt a Little Lamb

• Learn to Easily Self-publish a Book -

• Make a Tussie Mussie

• Do Circus Yoga

• Sew a Kids Book

• Crochet 101

• Light Up a Bookmark with e-Sewing 

• How to Make Art with Recycled Books

• How to Make a Picture Mosaics

Acquiring new skills stimulates areas in the brain that encourage positive thinking and well-being, which can lead to making people happier as individuals and oftentimes more marketable as job-seekers. Research also suggests that this creative outlet enhances self-esteem and confidence, so mark your calendars and stop by the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter St. and attend as few or as many How-to sessions as you like.  

For more information, please call the library at 603-352-0157. Current library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Science Fair Help At 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 programs and resources to help students who are participating in a science fair project. One series of programs, is Science Fair Help Days.  On these days, the Keene Public Library invites young water scientists to get extra help with science fair projects. The first Science Fair Help Day will be Wednesday, March 1 at 4 p.m. At this time, Youth Librarian Amy Kraemer will introduce young scientists to the research process and explain how the Keene Public Library can guide students through the entire process.  

A good starting place for your research is our Science Fair Projects Pathfinder, which provides resources specifally chosen to help fourth grade science students complete a water project.  

Another resource 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 Live Homework Help link from the library’s Web site and engage in controlled chat with a science expert.

get online tutors through tutor dot comStudents 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 Monday through Sunday from 1 p.m. through midnight.

 “Live Homework Help" tutors can help students with all aspects of their Science Fair project,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community 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 is a great opportunity for students who have never participated in a Science Fair to get started.”

In addition to science tutors, Live Homework Help also has tutors available in math, social studies and English to help with general homework assignments. To access the program, click on the Live Homework Help link on the library’s Web site at  Anyone can use the service from within the library, but to access the website from home or somewhere outside of the library, a student will need a Keene Public Library card. 

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. For more information about these and other library programs and resources, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.


The 3rd Annual How-To Festival is Coming

Have you heard about the How-To Festival coming to the Keene Public Library on May 13? Dozens of presenters will be doing demonstrations and giving presentations all through the library and you get to pick the topics that you want to learn more about. The library will be transformed into a giant classroom. It's free fun. We are looking for presenters who have awesome information to share with the community. The sky is the limit!! A preliminary schedule is available online and at the library. For more information or a presenter registration form, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

Library Offers Free Finance Seminars for People of All Ages

The Keene Public Library has declared April as “Money Smart Month” and has partnered with VALIC Financial Advisors to offer a free series of finance seminars. The first seminar, Retirement Strategies for Women, will be offered on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Focusing on overcoming the financial hurdles specific to women as they plan and invest for the future, this program emphasizes the importance of having a personal plan, a sound strategy and a consistent approach to saving. Planning for Financial Security - Cash Management will be offered on Monday, April 10th at 6:15 p.m. On Monday, April 17, at 6:15 p.m. a special seminar for Millennials will include issues of student loan debt and underemployment—and provides guidance and strategies that can help with early planning for a more secure financial future. The program on Wednesday, April 19 at 1 p.m. focuses on the new retirement realities and how the essential income planning process can help attendees address the five risks associated with retirement: longevity, healthcare, inflation, investment, and withdrawal. On Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. the program focuses on Investment Planning. Each seminar is 45 minutes in length.

On Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. children are invited to “Happy Money Smart Week” where they can learn about money, as well as how to save money. Children will also make their very own piggy-bank to take home. Children of all ages are welcome! "Money Smart Week," April 22-29, a national initiative in its seventh year, is collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances. 

“Money Smart Week is an incredible opportunity for anyone to access free advice on all areas of personal finance,” said Heather Greenwell, Outreach Program Lead, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which coordinates the campaign. “We hope individuals and families will take advantage of these educational offerings and ultimately improve or enhance their financial success.”

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.

Keene Public Library Offers Fiction Writers’ Workshop Series

All Keene area veteran and first-time prose writers are invited to a series of writing workshops for advice and assistance on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through March 13, 2017. Randy Koons, a volunteer leading the library’s writers group, encourages aspiring authors to “please ask questions, share their work, and provide insight into the experience.” Short and long form fiction and memoir writers are welcome. 

The Keene Library’s Monday Night Writers Group provides a friendly forum for people who like to write. This is a small group of people who share their work and get feedback to improve their writing. Never written anything before and don’t know how to start? This is for you. Are you working on a project you want to publish? This is a group for you. The act of writing may be a solitary experience, so this group lets you share your work with other people interested in writing. The power of the group is that you can get a fresh set of eyes on your work that may help you get through difficulties in your writing.

-The group will meet for six weeks. The final meeting will be March 13, 2017. There is no commitment required, although you should register by calling the library at 603-352-0157 or visiting the library’s calendar at Come and check it out and see if it works for you. Each week, two people will read their work, which can be fiction or memoir, and the reading is followed by an open discussion of the work. The group focuses on storytelling rather than grammar, so if you have a story to tell this could be your opportunity to express your creativity. 

This is the fourth year Randy Koons has moderated the Library’s Writers Group. He is a professional writer and has published creative short stories. The Writers Group meets Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for six weeks in the winter, summer, and fall. Experienced or novice, all writers are welcome.

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. 

Tax Information

The 2017 AARP tax assistance schedule and other information about tax forms and instructions can be found here.

Signup Now for Storytimes

The Keene Public Library resumes its Storytime program for children six-years-of-age and younger. Programs will emphasize five early practices that help every child get ready to read, listen, and write. These practices include Talking, Writing, Reading, Playing, and Singing. Classes begin the week of March 20, 2017, and they end the week of May 12, 2017. You can call 603-352-0157, visit our online calendar or stop by to register for one of these programs:

blue bullet PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. 
blue bullet LAPSIT TIME for Babies & Caregivers: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
blue bullet TODDLER and TWO-TIMES: Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The Keene Public Library has been conducting regular preschool story times since the 1960’s, and toddler and baby programs since the 1990’s. Today our storytimes follow the guidelines of The Every Child Ready to Read® Project, a joint program of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. The is research bases and focuses on the importance of the parent’s role in young children’s early literacy skills.

New reading research defines six skills that children must know before they can learn to read.  Recently, the Keene Public Library restructured storytimes to help parents and young children as they learn these skills, which are:

blue bullet Print Motivation – a child’s interest and enjoyment of books
blue bullet Phonological Awareness – the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds of words
blue bullet Narrative Skills – the ability to describe things and events, and to tell stories
blue bullet Letter Knowledge – learning to name letters, knowing their sounds, and recognizing them everywhere
blue bullet Print Awareness – noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and to follow words on a page
blue bullet Vocabulary – knowing the names of things

Children who have these skills enter kindergarten ready to have a more successful learning experience.

Storytimes at the Keene Public Library are intentionally divided into specific age groups. Lapsit Time for Babies and Caregivers is for children ages 0-12 months and is designed to provide the parents with an opportunity to talk and read with their baby. Toddler and Two-Times, for children ages 13 months-36 months, is designed to stimulate the minds of very busy little people with short attention spans. Preschool Storytime is for children age 3—age 5. Preschoolers have the ability to sit and listen, follow a complex story line, and love to participate in the story. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to use these programs as an opportunity to develop children's' listening and cooperative skills. The library has a few tips that can help make Keene Public Library Storytimes more fun and rewarding. But the most important thing to remember is that no matter what library storytimes will be fun and focus on early literacy!

In addition to storytime series that require registration, the Keene Public Library offers a multi-age drop-in story program at 10 a.m. each Saturday that the library is open. The Saturday storytime programs are perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required for Preschool Storytime, Toddler and Two-times, and Lapsit Time. Interested parents and caregivers should call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 to register and for further information about family and youth programs. Families can also register through the library's online calendar of events.

Help Keene Recruit a New City Manager

The City is beginning to recruit a new City Manager.  You can help the process by providing your input on traits, characteristics, and priorities for the next Keene City Manager.  Please complete this survey before February 7th.  Thank you for your help in this important process.

Keene Public Library and Keene Amateur Astronomy Club Team Up Offer Astronomy Lecture Series

The Keene Public Library, along with the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club, will be hosting a series of Astronomy lectures beginning Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 7 p.m. The first lecture “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gravitational Waves (But Were Afraid to Ask)” will be given by Salvatore Vitale, an Assistant Professor at MIT.100 years after Einstein discovered general relativity, gravitational waves have been detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), opening a new window on the universe. This talk will address some of the most exciting areas of research advanced LIGO will allow us to explore in the coming years, focusing on characterization of compact objects such as neutron stars and black holes.

Salvatore Vitale joined the MIT Physics Department as an Assistant Professor in January 2017. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in physics at the University of Bologna, and his Ph.D. in physics at the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, in 2010. He has been a postdoctoral associate at the Nikhef of Amsterdam. Before joining the faculty, he has been a postdoctoral associate and a research scientist at the MIT LIGO Lab. His research interests lie in gravitational waves data analysis, such as parameter estimation  -- including black holes' masses and spins; tests of General Relativity; sky localization of gravitational wave sources; measurability of the equation of state of neutron stars; as well as the effect of instrumental calibration errors on data analysis.

The second lecture, “Photographing Our Galaxy’s Black Hole,” will be given on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. by Michael Johnson. Johnson is an Astrophysicist at the Institute for Theory and Computation at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and studies the most compact objects in the universe – neutron stars and black holes – primarily through imaging at extreme resolutions. Over the past three years, he has pursued direct observations of magnetic fields and orbital dynamics near a black hole through Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Previously, his graduate research imaged pulsar emission regions, utilizing scattering in the ionized interstellar medium as an enormous cosmic “lens.” Connections between these disparate studies have also led to critical and surprising realizations for Earth-space VLBI with RadioAstron and for imaging black holes with the EHT.

A black hole is so dense that not even light can escape it. So we can't possibly photograph one, can we? Yes, we can. More accurately, we can observe its silhouette or shadow against the glowing disk of material it’s swallowing. The Event Horizon Telescope will unite facilities around the globe to form an Earth-sized telescope. With it, we will get our first detailed look at the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way. And we will put Einstein’s theory to the ultimate test.

Lectures will also be given on Thursday, March 2 and 9, 2017 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. If you would like more information about these lectures, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-757-1845.

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.