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eBooks are here!

For those of you already using NH Downloadable Audiobooks, you know what a fantastic service it is. But you may not know that its name has just been changed to NH Downloadable Books, with the addition of eBooks to the list of downloadable titles. Download NH Audiobooks and ebooksCurrently, the eBooks collection numbers 150 titles, but more will be added shortly.  You can browse titles on the NH Downloadable Books website or search in the Keene Public Library catalog using the subject heading "ebooks kpl."

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Audiobooks and ebooksThe first time you use this, you will have to download and install Adobe® Digital Editions, which runs on Windows® and Macintosh™ computers with recent operating systems. Then you check out a title just like you would an audiobook and it quickly downloads to your computer. You can then read the ebook on your computer or you can transfer it to some eBook devices such as iPod®, Nooks, and Sony® Readers™.  Unfortunately, the service is not yet combatible with Kindles. There is a Quick Start Guide to get you going.

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OverDrive for iPhone, plus other app updates

It's a big day for audiobook lovers with Apple devices. Today, OverDrive released OverDrive's audiobook app for iPhone, which enables users to wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive-powered library websites directly to iPhone®, iPad™, and iPod touch®. Now Keene Public Library card holders can wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from our OverDrive-powered library website

iphone with OverDriveBest-selling and new release audiobooks from OverDrive are divided into parts for convenient mobile downloading and can be navigated using MediaMarkers™. With the audiobook app, users can also create bookmarks and resume from the last point played. Audiobooks from the public library automatically expire so there is never a late fee.

OverDrive’s free audiobook app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can be accessed in iTunes® and on the Apple App Store.  Just search for "OverDrive Media Console" in the Apple App Store. And like all OverDrive audiobook apps, the iPhone app is free. Once you have the App downloaded, you will need to access New Hampshire's OverDrive website. You can either search for our website on your device or you can go directly to The New Hampshire Downloadable Books website.

Other OverDrive Media Console for Windows updates released today include: 

  • OverDrive for Windows v3.2.0.5 includes improved support for transfer to OverDrive's BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Android audiobook apps.
  • OverDrive for BlackBerry v1.0 moves the app from beta to official release, with a few fixes to enhance the user experience.
  • OverDrive for Windows Mobile v1.1 updates the user interface to match other OverDrive mobile apps. (Required update)

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Keene Public Library holds Visual Poetry Photo Contest for local teens

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Keene Public Library encourages teens to enter our first annual Visual Poetry Photo Contest for students in the 6th through 12th grades. The deadline for submissions is May 3, 2010.  Entry forms and information regarding photo criteria and contest rules is available by contacting the Youth Department at (603) 757-1856  or by visiting the library's Visual Poety webpage.

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The Visual Poetry Photography Contest Deadline Has Been Extended!

The deadline to submit entries for the Visual Poetry Photography Contest has been extended to Monday, May 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm. The photography contest is for students in the 6th through 12th grades. Entry forms and information regarding photo criteria and contest rules is available by contacting the Youth Department at (603) 757-1856  or by visiting the library's Visual Poety webpage

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It Is Time Young NH Readers in the 4th - 12th Grade to Vote for Their Favorite Book

This month, young New Hampshire readers are voting for their favorite book in three separate statewide Readers' Choice Awards for young people. The three awards are:  the Great Stone Face Book Award for readers in the fourth through the sixth grades; the Isinglass Award for readers in middle school; and the Flume Award for high school readers.  Although targeted to specific age groups, the mission of each award is to encourage children to value the importance of recreational reading and to promote a life-long love of reading.

Now's the time to vote. We've made it easy for you this year. You can vote online for your favorite title on our online ballots:

Just in case you are wondering what's the point of these awards?  We do them because we've found that they really increase excitement about books and reading. A recent article by Valerie Bang-Jensen in the journal Language Arts makes a convincing case for readers' choice award programs and the role they play in motivating young readers. The article, "A children’s choice program:  insights into book selection, social relationships, and reader identity," discusses Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award but the points can be extrapolated to other state awards.  


There is one other statewide award in New Hampshire. The Ladybug Picture Book Award is for preschool through third grade aged children.  Voting for the Ladybug Award takes place each November. The nominees have been selected and we've purchased the books.  Start your reading now! 

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Library Hosts Lecture Series featuring the Picturing America collection

The Keene Public Library and the Monadnock Area Artists Association invites all adult learners and older home school students to attend a free three-part art history lecture discussing what makes American Art distinctly American. The History of American Painting 1776-1920 program series features Humanities Scholar Felicia Menard. The program will be held on the Keene Public Library on Tuesday mornings April 20 – May 4, 11 am – noon. The library is located at 60 Winter Street.

George Caleb Bingham's The County ElectionThis program will feature the Picturing America collection. Picturing America is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) that brings significant works of American art into thousands of communities across the country. The Keene Public Library was one more than 3,600 public libraries and 56,000 sites across the country selected to receive 40 high-quality reproductions of great American art. The New Hampshire Humanities Council also provided funding for this program, 

This three-part course facilitated by Felicia Menard examines the American style of Realism and Impressionism in art that resulted from significant political, religious, and social changes that led to a modernity that ignited a world culture.  Felicia Menard received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.  

For more information, contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157. 

George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), The County Election, 1852, Oil on canvvas, 
38 x 52 in. (96.5 x 132.1 cm.) Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis,
Mo. Gift of Bank of America.

Picturing America


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Library Hosts Refelections Local History Film Series

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a free local history film series taking place at the library in April and May.  The films are part of the Reflections project launched in the fall of 2007, when approximately 150 people now in their 70s, 80s, and 90s attended story circles at the library to recollect and share memories of and events from the area.  People attending the story circles were then invited to return for a more formal oral history interview.  These interviews were edited. Music and historical photos were added.  The result is a series of five films that will be shown at the Keene Public Library on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoons from April 15, 2010 to May 15, 2010.

Thursday, April 15 at 7pm
Saturday, April 17 at 2 pm

The Hurricane of 1938

Thursday, April 22 at 7pm
Saturday, April 24 at 2 pm

Trolleys, Trains and Flyers: Rail Travel in the Monadnock Region 

Thursday, April 29 at 7pm
Saturday, May 1 at 2 pm

Pisgah: A Place Apart

Thursday, May 6 at 7pm
Saturday, May 8 at 2 pm

The County Complex: Farm, Nursing Home, Jail

Thursday, May 13 at 7pm
Saturday, May 15  at 2 pm

Flannels to Fuses: Textile Mills in the Monadnock Region 

Trains Trolleys and FlyersThe Reflections project is a collaborative oral history undertaking involving Cheshire Television, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, the Keene Public Library, the Keene Sentinel and Keene State College. The producer of Reflections films is the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH.

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A Chemical Reaction Recap and Program Handouts

On Thursday, April 1, approximately 50 community members attended the film screening of the documentary “A Chemical Reaction: The Story of a True Green Revolution.”   The critically acclaimed film questions many of the products and practices used to create and maintain lawns. After the film, Mr. Chip Osborn of Osborne Organics, a nationally recognized turf management firm, discussed pesticide-free lawn care methods that are practical, effective, and affordable. Handouts from the program are included at the bottom of this page.

Chemical ReactionThe documentary film by Brett Plymale, tells the story of a powerful and effective community initiative. It started with one lone voice in 1984. Dr. June Irwin, a Canadian dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides. She brought her concerns to town meetings and the result was a historic court case in 2000-2001 between the town of Hudson, which enacted a by-law to ban the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, and some of the most powerful chemical companies in North America.

Former HGTV host and founder of the U.S. nonprofit organization, Tukey appears in the film, interviewing key figures in the anti-pesticide movement in Canada and the U.S. “Canadian doctors and the Canadian courts have looked at the toxicity associated with chemical lawn care and have banned these products in much of that nation,” he says. “Our hope is that people watch the movie and say, Canada has banned these products, why do we still use them in the United States’"


Bees, bats & frogs dying off in droves, pesticides implicated

Common Misconceptions about Organic Athletic Turf Management

Compost Provides an Alternative to Pesticides and Fertilizers

A Cost Comparison of Conventional (Chemical) Turf Management and Natural (Organic) Turf Management for School Athletic Fields

It's Time to Lean from Frogs - Op-Ed Columnist from

Kerry, Moran Respond to Phenomenon of Intersex Fish

Lawn Pesticide Facts and Figures from Beyond Pesticides

NH House Bill 1456

Organic Lawn Care Calendar

Organic Turf Programs Cost Less Than Chemical Programs, Report Shows

Overview of Endocrine Disruption

Pesticide Parkinson's Link Strong from BBC News

A Spring Alert A Public Health Message from the Marblehead Board of Health

A Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management

Tips for Organic Lawns

Town of Marblehead Statement on Pesticides

A Typical Lawn Service "Written Pre-Notification"

What is a Pesticide? 

This program was co-Sponsored by the Keene Public Library and Concerned Citizens Promoting Safe Lawns.  Please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 for information about future free programs offered at the library.

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Neil Gaiman is Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2010

National Library Week 2010 Poster

Keene Public Library Celebrates National Library Week

It's National Library Week (April 11-17, 2010), a time when schools, campuses and communities across the country celebrate libraries and remind the public about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day. 

In today’s tough economy, libraries offer free resources to help people find jobs and learn Communities Thrive @ your library! National Library Week 2010new skills.  People of all ages and backgrounds find entertainment, develop skills and come to find their place in the community.  People gather for book discussions, for storytime with their children or to volunteer or look for volunteer work.  Our library helps the community thrive. 

What makes the library unique is access to trained professionals – librarians –  to help people find and interpret the information they need to make a difference in their lives.  Our libraries also help keep us connected, providing a space for people of all ages, classes and races to come together, while keeping us connected to events and people around the world. 

Here are just a few of the things you can do this week at the Keene Public Library:

  1. Attend preschool storytime, Toddler Two-Times, or Lapsit Time for Babies and Caregivers
  2. Attend a Music Together demonstration program for young children and their caregivers on Monday, April 12 at 10 am
  3. Join the "Just for Girls Book Discussion Group," which will be exploring the book "The Body of Christopher Creed."
  4. Participate in a Webinar Event with Neil Gaiman on Monday, April 12 at 6 pm
  5. Join the Kids Knitting @ your library group on Tuesday, April 13 at 3 pm
  6. Get tax assistance from AARP volunteers on Tuesday, April 13 at 5 pm
  7. Enjoy a bedtime story and song on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 pm
  8. Attend a resume writing webinar on Wednesday, April 14 at 4 pm
  9. Learn ballroom dancing at "Get Moves!" on Wednesday, April 14 at 5 pm
  10. Attend a film screening of "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Wednesday, April 14 at 7 pm
  11. Join the Keene Public Library Painting Group on Thursday, April 15 at 10 am
  12. Play a game during the library's weekly Open Play: Games @ your library! on Thursday, April 15 at 2:30 pm
  13. Watch the locally produced historical documentary Reflections: The Great Hurricane of 1938 on Thursday, April 15 at 7 pm or Saturday, April 17 at 2 pm
  14. Join the Great Books Discussion Group, which will be reading and analyzing the essay "Culture and Anarchy" on Thursday, April 15 at 7 pm
  15. Contribute to the Teen Zine. Join the group for their weekly editorial board meeting on Friday, April 16 at 3 pm
  16. Join our weekly "Dungeons and Dragons Campaign" on Saturday, April 17 at 12:30 pm

How can the library help you thrive?   National Library Week is the perfect time to find out.  Communities thrive @ your library.