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Library News

Library Seeks Volunteers

The Keene Public Library is always seeking volunteers to do a variety of tasks. Volunteers do a variety of jobs around the library and allow us to offer services that we would not otherwise be able to provide. Days and hours are often flexible. 

Currently we are recruiting volunteer book discussion leaders, film docents to help organize and show our film series,  homework helpers, and chess coaches.  For more information on volunteering at the Keene Public Library, please visit

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Join the Library's Dungeons and Dragons Campaign

Join other gamers of all ages at the Keene Public Library for Dungeons and Dragons every Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  If you are an old pro, come armed with your dice and character sheet. Please be ready to help newbies get started. If you are new, bring your imagination. 

Dungeons and Dragons or D&D is a role playing game where players take part in an imaginary adventure. D&D is played with books, dice, paper and pencils. The game was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974.  D&D helps kids develop reading, math, creativity and problem-solving skills. It is also a social game where players work together using their unique skills to accomplish a goal. Players use storytelling, imagination and creativity to play the game instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer.  

For more information about Dungeons and Dragons you can go to

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

This February, the Keene Public Library will host a four part Astronomy Lecture Series. Interested community members are invited to attend any or all of the lectures that will be held each Thursday in February in the library’s auditorium. The series is planned in conjunction with the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club

Last year, the library and the Keene Astronomy Club worked together to bring the traveling exhibit “Visions of the Universe” to the region.  The exhibit and programming series was so successful that both groups decided to continue the partnerships.  “Hopefully, we can make this February Astronomy Series an annual event” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services at the Keene Public Library. 

This year, there are four very timely programs planned. The series kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 with ”Black Holes, Worm Holes and the 'Star Trek' Dilemma.” On Feb. 11, 2010, the speaker Patrick Slane from The Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics brings together the Beatles and astronomy in his presentation "Because the World is Round." On Feb. 18, 2010, Professor Emeritus of Geography Vincent Malstrom explores Archaeoastronomy and the Mayan calendar in the presentation Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon. Finally, on Feb. 25, 2010, architect and astronomer Claudio Veliz discusses recent discoveries in Life in Our Time: The Search for Extraterrestrial Organisms on Mars and Europa.

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Keene Public Library will be part of statewide Big Read in March

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce that during March 2010 we will be part of 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.

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 Keene Public Library, visit For more information about The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird, visit

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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Welcome to Our New Website!

We've been working for many months to create this new website, which matches the City of Keene's site. Let us know what you think of the changes. We hope that you like the new look! There may be some broken links and we will be fixing these as we find them. It is also possible that you will need to update your browser's bookmarks or favorites links for our pages. If you need to locate a page on this new site, try the Search box above, or the Site Index on the left.

Keene Public Library Receives Grant from Target for Kids Read @ Your Library

The Keene Public Library announce a partnership with Target in recognition of its efforts in Kids Read @ Your Library.  The three-thousand dollar grant given to the library by Target will be used to provide programs and books mainly to boys ages of six through eight who are just beginning to read.

“At the Keene Public Library, we are looking forward to doing a series of programs that will encourage the beginning readers and set them off to a lifetime of reading,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services, Keene Public Library.

This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that equals more than $3 million every week.

“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve,”
said Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with
the Keene Public Library as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

Teen Zine Seeks Youth Writers for Seasonal Publications at the Library

The Keene Public Library seeks youth writers to write in the library’s publication of the Teen Zine. Writers will learn to express themselves and what they like in a sophisticated manner. Lessons include interview procedures, grammar, spelling, editing, newspaper writing style, and an introduction to active voice.

Creative writers are also welcome to debut their work in the Teen Zine.  The Teen Zine meets at 3 p.m. every Friday

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library.

Keene Public Library Painting Group

Thursday mornings at 10 am

The Keene Public Library and the Monadnock Area Artists Association have joined together to offer all interested artists a unique opportunity. Anyone interesting in learning and practicing painting or drawing is invited to join the group that meets weekly through Dec. 18. Participants can come and watch or bring their own supplies and paint.