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Get Moves! focuses on Ball Room Dancing

The Keene State College Ballroom Dancers teach our next series of dance classes in the new dance program 'Get Moves.'  Dances include: salsa, tango, swing, and more!  Join us every Wednesday, March 31 through April 21 from 5 pm - 7 pm in Heberton Hall and learn some new moves for the dance floor!

Join your friends for relaxed and informal dance instruction for learners of all ages and abilities.

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Woman’s Day magazine wants to know why you think the library is important to the community

As the economy continues its slump, libraries nationwide continue to play an important role in communities everywhere, as people turn to them for free entertainment, to connect to the Internet and look for jobs.  This spring, the Keene Public Library, the American Library Association (ALA) and Woman’s Day magazine want to hear your thoughts on why the library is important to your community. 

Enter the Woman's Day Library ContestFrom now until May 9, 2010 women ages 18 and over can submit their story in 700 words or less to womansday@ala.org.  Up to four stories will be featured in the March 2011 issue of Woman’s Day or on womansday.com.  Official rules are available on the Woman’s Day Web site at womansday.com/ala. 

“People of all ages and backgrounds come to the library to work on resumes, gather for book discussions, attend storytime with their children, get help with homework, check out books, movies or games or just spend time together.  With so many resources for everyone, the library is truly the heart of the community,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services at the Keene Public Library.

The initiative was developed by Keene Public Library, Woman’s Day and the Campaign for America’s Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations that advocate the importance of the library in American society.

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The Library now loans MP3 players

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce that we now circulate MP3 players.  The SanDisk Sansa Fuze players circulate for one week and are available at our Checkout Desk. Library cardholders are able to borrow these MP3 players to experiment with downloading music and books using the free audio book service NH Downloadable Books, a cooperative of 150 New Hampshire libraries.  Now you can try this out and see how you like it before purchasing your own player.

Through NH Downloadable Books, you can browse and search hundreds of great titles andNH Downloadable Guided Tour download them to your computer, transfer them to a portable device or burn  titles onto a CD for your enjoyment anywhere, anytime. This service includes many bestselling and classic authors, free software, automatic return, no late fees and they are available anytime on a high-speed connection. 

If you need help using NH Downloadable Books, please ask one of our librarians for assistance - we would love to get you started using this great convenient 24/7 library service.

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New museum pass to the EcoTarium in Worcester, MA

The Friends are pleased to offer library patrons access to another popular regional museum. Keene Public Library card holders will now be able to check out a museum pass to visit the EcoTarium, in Worchester, MA at a reduced rate.  Each pass allows half-price admission for two adults and two children. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 2 through 18. The museum, located at 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA, is open Tuesdays through Sundays year round.This and 12 other museum passes are provided by the Friends of the Keene Public Library.

Check out a museum pass to the EcoTariumThe 55,000-square-foot museum housed in a new facility, featuring three floors of interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and 40 acres of surrounding woodlands and wetlands, offers visitors a unique opportunity for unlimited exploration of our natural environment. Indoors, natural science exhibits explore wetland ecosystems, life in New England forests, the properties of minerals, and energy use and conservation. The EcoTarium also cares for diverse collection of animals-- insects, reptiles, fish, rodents, birds and large mammals all on exhibit. Outdoors, visitors may stroll the Vibram Walking Trail along the lower pond and enjoy a quiet moment in the water pavilion at the shore; trace the human, geological and botanical history of Central New England on the Timescape Trail; or look for butterflies and birds along a trail through a naturalized meadow.

The more adventurous can strap on a harness and helmet for a walk among the treetops on a Tree Canopy Walkway suspended 40 feet high in an oak and hickory forest. The Freedman Playground offers a fun space for children to run, climb and play. And the Explorer Express Train winds through the grounds, a favorite attraction for little ones and train buffs alike.

The private, non-profit institution was founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History. In 1998, the name was changed from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium to emphasis the museum's roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. Today, the EcoTarium is on the forefront of bringing science and nature education to schoolchildren in grades K-12.

To reserve a museum pass, please call 603-352-0157 or visit the Keene Public Library.

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Science and Water Fair Help is Here!

It's that time of the year for science fairs and water fairs. At the Keene Public Library, we are seeing students darting about trying to gather resources to begin working on their projects. We have put together a few pathfinders that may help.  Science and Water Fair Help provides resources specificially chosen to help fourth grade science students completing a water project.  Science Fair Projects offers resource suggestions that will help students completing science fair projects of all types. 

If students need some extra help, the Keene Public offers a variety of free tutoring and mentoring services:

Free Online Science Tutors Available from Tutor.com! 

  • Each Wednesday through March 2010, volunteers from Timken Super Precision will be available from 4 pm until 5:30 pm in the library's Youth Department. They will provide scientific advice and guidance for Keene fourth graders participating in the City's Water Fair.

  • In-house tutors for science as well as other subjects can also be scheduled at other times. Call Christina Giorgio at 603-352-0157 to arrange for a tutor.

  • Finally free online science tutoring and resources from are available through Tutor.com! Students can work with a science tutor to brainstorm ideas, refine their project and write the report. They can even get advice on how to display their conclusions. To get a Tutor.com science tutor follow the link or click on "tutor.com" in the "quick links" column on our homepage at www.keenepubliclibrary.org. A Keene Public Library card is required to connect with Tutor.com from outside of the library. 

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Mango Languages Adds Voice Comparison Feature

Mango's online language learning system now includes a voice comparison feature to help you improve your speaking skills. It's completely integrated within each Mango Basic Lesson, so you never have to exit or lose your place. All you need is a microphone and a passion for perfectly proper pronunciation!

Mango Languages Voice Comparison ToolThis is how it works:  after a learner completes a Mango slide, a voice compare button will appears. 

At this point, you can record your voice and play it back to hear yourself speak.
Align a visual representation of your recording with one from a native speaker, and see where yours is different.
Adjust your pronunciation until it lines up with the Mango's - you'll speak like a native in no time!

You can find a link to Mango Languages on our Database Page.  You can access Mango Languages for FREE with your library card here.

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Learn Create Share @ Your Library® during Teen Tech Week

Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Keene celebrates the third annual Teen Tech Week March 7-13, 2010. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, "Learn Create Share @ Your Library®.” Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.


Youth Librarian Gail Zachariah feels that "Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering a variety of technologies and providing top notch education about these resources is key in getting them in the door. Once they’re in the door, anything is possible.”


Recent studies from Pew Internet & American Life Project show that, on average, 8-18 year Teen Tech Week 2010olds spend more than 6 hours per day using technology including TV, DVDs, video games, audio media, and computers. “Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology,” says Michael Soldati, a PlusTime NH AmeriCorps Member serving with the Keene Public Library. “Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing technology literacy has become more and more important, equal to that of reading literacy.”


Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week. Gail Zachariah hopes to attract a wide variety of teenagers and increase teen technology literacy locally by offering a series of programs including:


Monday March 8th at 3 pm - Digital Video Camera Workshop

Tuesday March 9th at 3 pm Scratch Game Design Workshop

Wednesday March 10th at 3 pm – Teen Tech Week Movie

Thursday March 11th at 3 pm - Mario Kart Wii Tournament

Friday March 12th at 3 pm - Podcasting Workshop and Radio Station Field Trip.

To participate in the podcasting field trip, teens will need to return an off-site permission slip that has been signed by a parent of guardian.


For more information about Teen Tech Week programs or the library’s regularly scheduled teen events, please contact the Keene Public Library’s Youth Department at 603-352-0157 or visit the library’s website at www.keenepubliclibrary.org.


Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For an updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.


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Learn to dance @ your library

The Keene Public Library will be hosting a series of free dance instructional programs for people of all ages and abilities.  The series “Get Moves” will take place in Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall every Wednesday evening between 5pm and 7pm starting March 3, 2010.  The first hour of the program will focus on instruction while the final hour provides free practice time. In March, the series will focus on Hip-hop and Break Dancing.  Our second series will focus on Ballroom Dancing and our third will focus on Modern Dance.

Michael Soldati is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with the Keene Public Library.  He explains that " 'I can’t dance' s might be a line you hear from a lot of people, but the fact of the matter is that everyone with a body can dance, and do on a daily basis (though they may not know it yet.)  Ever do some cool move in the mirror?  Have some strange way of walking to class or the urge to climb all over some obstacle?  Then let me tell you friend, you’re a dancer, and we have just the thing for you." “Get Moves” is an opportunity for the dances of all ages and abilities to learn a variety of dances and dance styles.  No experience is necessary, and it’s absolutely free, all you need is a warm and willing body and some clothes you can move in.  

For more information about the library’s regularly scheduled teen events, please contact the Keene Public Library’s Youth Department at 603-352-0157.

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Keene Public Library Is Part of Statewide Big Read in March

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce that 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird and that during March 2010 we will participate in The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird. This is a statewide project of the Center for the Book at the NH State Library that will include hundreds of “Big Read” events throughout the state. Throughout the month of March, adults and high school students can attend book discussions, movies, and lectures all related to the classic book by Harper Lee. 

Share your comments about the book on our DearReader Forum.

The Keene Public Library will host seven special events as part of the Big Read:

* Film: To Kill a Mockingbird
Six-year-old Jean Louise "Scout" Finch (Mary Badham) is growing up in the Depression era of the early 1930s in a small Southern town in this highly acclaimed motion picture based on Harper Lee’s semi-autobiographical novel. Jean’s father (Gregory Peck), the town lawyer, is a wise, quiet man with a great sense of justice who defends a poor, black man accused of rape.

Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

* Food and Social Justice in To Kill a Mockingbird
Miss Maudie’s Lane cake; Calpurnia’s crackling bread, fried chicken for breakfast on the day after the trial, dewberry tarts and charlottes at the Ladies’ Missionary Circle meeting…. Food itself is an important character in To Kill a Mockingbird. This lecture is presented by a Keene State College Dietetic Intern who will examine the role of food in the novel and how it contributes to the book's themes of equality and social justice.

Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

* NH Film & Television Office presents: From Page to Screen -- The Art of Adaptation
Did you know that 59 of the 81 films awarded Best Picture at the Academy Awards were based on another medium? 44 of those films were adapted from novels and short stories. Since the dawn of Hollywood, filmmakers have been adapting previously published material for the big screen, including the 1962 Oscar winner To Kill a Mockingbird. This panel discussion, presented by the New Hampshire Film & Television Office as part of The Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird, will focus on the art of adaptation and will present attendees with first-hand insight from regional writers who have either penned an adapted screenplay or have had their original material turned into one.

Date: Thu, Mar 11, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

* Film: To Kill a Mockingbird
Six-year-old Jean Louise "Scout" Finch (Mary Badham) is growing up in the Depression era of the early 1930s in a small Southern town in this highly acclaimed motion picture based on Harper Lee’s semi-autobiographical novel. Jean’s father (Gregory Peck), the town lawyer, is a wise, quiet man with a great sense of justice who defends a poor, black man accused of rape.

Date: Sat, Mar 13, 2010
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

* Book Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird
Join us in the Trustees Room to explore this American Classic. Books will be available for checkout prior to the event.

Date: Tue, Mar 16, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

* Reconstructing Atticus Finch and the Role of the Public Defender
Come to a presentation by a New Hampshire criminal defense attorney about the role of defense lawyers in the criminal justice system. Taking the portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird as a jumping off point, the question of how perceptions of defense attorneys have changed will be discussed. The NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers sponsored this program as part of Big Read: NH Reads To Kill a Mockingbird.

Date: Thu, Mar 18, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

* Big Read Read-In: To Kill a Mockingbird
Celebrate the conclusion of New Hampshire's month long exploration of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee by joining a participatory reading of selected scenes.  Interested participants can pick up a copy of the play after 11 am on Friday, March 26.  Even if you can't stop by to pick up a play, join us.  This event is co-sponsored by the Keene Public Library and the Keene's Hourglass Readers.   The Hourglass Readers are dedicated to doing public readings, free of charge, of the plays of Shakespeare and other playwrights. The group hopes to encourage interest in the plays by lively readings in versions abridged to one to one-and-a half hours.

Date: Monday, March 29, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that gives communities the opportunity to come together and read, discuss and celebrate one of 30 selections from U.S. and world literature. In New Hampshire, the program is organized by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, which received a grant to coordinate the statewide effort. The Center for the Book chose to focus on To Kill a Mockingbird because of its relevant themes of standing up for what is right, relationships between the races, courage, justice and more.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library is one of 268 nonprofits nationwide—including libraries, municipalities and arts, culture and science organizations—to receive a grant to host a Big Read project in this grant round. In 2007, its program “The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads Fahrenheit 451” was only one of two statewide Big Read programs focusing on a single book.

For more information about The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird, Big Read NH 2010visit www.BigReadNH.org.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was established in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy and the literary heritage of New Hampshire, and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

The NEA, which designed The Big Read as a way to restore reading to the center of American culture, presents the program in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for the Big Read is provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

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Two separate book discussions for teens and almost teens at the Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library invites teen boys and girls to two separate book discussion groups. Each group meets once a month to discuss a book, a genre, and create a craft.   Books are available for checkout.  Call the library at 603-352-0157 or visit the library's online teen calendar to see what is currently being read. The library welcomes all teens to "Just for Girls" and "Guys Read."  These activities are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library.

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