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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.

Play Ball @ your library!

The launch of the fifth season of the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Step Up to the Plate @ your library program coincides with the start of baseball season. The program teams up two American classics - baseball and libraries - to promote the importance of information literacy skills and increase awareness of the library as an essential information resource.Step Up to the Plate features a baseball trivia contest. People of all ages are encouraged to visit their library and answer a series of trivia questions inspired our national pastime. The questions, developed by the library staff at the Hall of Fame, are based on exhibits at the museum in Cooperstown, NY. Trivia questions are now available to library users on the program's Web site.One grand-prize winner will receive a trip to the Hall of Fame in October 2010.Librarians are encouraged to register for free tools to help promote the program locally on the program Web site. Tools include program logos in both English and Spanish and a toolkit that includes sample press materials and programming ideas. Thousands of school and public librarians register for the program each year.Librarians who bring in the most entries can win incentives for participation. The library that brings in the most entries will get a $100 bookstore gift certificate. The next three libraries will receive a $50 ALA Graphics gift certificate.The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a Partner in The Campaign for America's Libraries, 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 in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.Other Partners include Carnegie Corporation of New York, Disney Book Group, Dollar General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Univision Radio and Verizon.

YA Novelist to Teach Writing Workshops During Spring Vacation Week

Angela Frazier, author of the upcoming debut young adult novel Everlasting (Scholastic, June 2010), will be leading a Historical Mystery Writing Camp for middle school students during school vacation week (April 19th- April 23rd, 2010).  This will be a great opportunity for aspiring writers to learn from a published author. The week will end with a “Whodunit” mystery party on April 23rd! Register for the weeklong writing series today. Space is limited.

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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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