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Library News

Summer Reading Programs


Online registration for all of our Summer Reading and Learning Clubs has begun! Find the club that is right for you and sign up now!

 

Early Literacy: Babies, Toddlers & Others 

Kids Summer Learning Game

Teen Summer Reading 

Summer Reading for Adults

 

Come to the library  to pick up materials and a free book to get you started reading this summer.
 

Remember that our digital books from OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks, BiblioBoardTumbleBookCloud and TumblieBookCloud Jr. count toward your reading totals!

 

Important Program Dates to Remember
 

  • Tuesday, June 14 - Summer Reading Clubs officially begin
  • Sunday, August 14 - Summer Reading Clubs officially end
  • Tuesday, September 6 - Last day to pick up Summer Reading prizes

 

Major Summer Events to Remember

  • Tuesday, June 14 - Drop into the Youth Department for a Big Fat Caterpillar Scavenger Hunt
  • Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m. - Fun on the Lawn with Too Human Jazz Concert and lawn games for all ages
  • Tuesdays, June 21 - August 16 at 1 p.m. - Terrific Tuesdays: programs for school age kids
  • Fridays, June 24-August 19 - Friday Family Flicks and Drop-in Crafts: Movies start at 1 p.m. but the craft projects go on all day
  • Mondays, June 20-August 20 at 3:30 p.m. - Maker Mondays: Each week we'll do something new and different like engineering with newspaper or build with straws.
  • Thursday, June 7-August 5 at 11:30 a.m. - Phenomenal Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series: Bring your own lunch and join in the discussion.
  • Mondays, July 11-August 15 at 3 p.m. - Book Buddies: Little Book Buddies (children who will be going into grades K-4) are invited to read with Big Book Buddies (students who will be going into grades 5+ and adults volunteers)
  • Friday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. - Mysteries, Puzzles, & Mind Twisters: Stories to Ponder presented by Rona Leventhal

Keene Library Participates in 2nd Annual Readathon Day

The Keene Public Library is pleased to join Penguin Random House and the American Library Association (ALA) to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016. It is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy. This year, Readathon Day is presented as part of ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign, and will benefit ALA's Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children from birth to age five in libraries across the nation. The Keene Public Library will make it easy to participate by providing library card holders with Book Grab Bags with a variety of books from science fiction to romance. Check out a bag and challenge yourself to read whatever is inside."We are thrilled to partner with Penguin Random House on National Readathon Day 2016," said Sari Feldman, president of ALA. "Not only does Readathon Day present an opportunity to generate excitement amongst readers of all ages, but it also enables children and students everywhere to get involved in an effort that supports youth literacy. The transformational power of reading is fundamental to the value that libraries provide to their communities each and every day. During #Readathon2016, individuals can contribute to ALA and Every Child Ready to Read by visiting the Firstgiving Fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/5066/national-readathon-day and sharing with their friends and family. All readers are encouraged to join in Readathon Day fun on social media, using the hashtag #Readathon2016. Visit the official website, www.readathonday.com, for more information on how to get involved online and in person at local reading parties. The Keene Public Library uses Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®,a national research-based program, developed in 2001 and updated in 2011, that empowers library professionals and other early childhood allies to build relationships with parents in their communities and model parent-child engagement activities to build early literacy skills. The initiative makes the road to school readiness and success less mysterious for parents and more fun for children while incorporating the latest early literacy research and strategies for developing pre-reading skills. The initiative’s core message speaks directly to any busy parent: “Talk, sing, read, write, and play with your children!” Last year’s inaugural Readathon Day put the national spotlight on reading in support of the National Book Foundation’s literacy programs. This year, #Readathon2016 shines a light on libraries and early childhood literacy through ALA and Every Child Ready to Read. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. The Friends of the Keene Public Library sponsor this program. All library programs are free and open to the public. Please call the library at 603-352-0157 for more information about public programs.

Beethoven’s Wig to Perform at Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is pleased to present a special family musical performance presented by Beethoven's Wig on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 60 West Street.

Created by lyricist and lead vocalist Richard Perlmutter, Beethoven’s Wig is comprised of five singers who perform as featured artists with symphony orchestras and ensembles. This solo performance presents Beethoven’s Wig songs (along with stories and anecdotes, comedy and audience participation) accompanying himself on piano.

Beethoven’s Wig songs are filled with fact and fancy about the world’s greatest composers, and their music and concerts open the door to “serious music” for all ages. Richard Perlmutter gets the audience into the act by encouraging them to sing along, dance the Can Can, and answer classical music trivia questions. Entertaining anecdotes about classical composers and their compositions are woven throughout the performance.

Beethoven once said, "If my music had words it'd be a lot more popular." His wish has come true!  Modern day “co-writer” Richard Perlmutter has added lyrics to Beethoven (and Bach, Mozart, et. al) that have propelled the works of the old longhairs to the tops of the charts, and introduced them to new audiences everywhere.

 

Beethoven’s Wig has performed as a headlining artist at world-renowned venues, performing arts centers, festivals and museums. The group has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Today Show.” Two of their albums have reached #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List. Beethoven’s Wig has won four Grammy Award Nominations and three of its albums have been honored as American Library Association “Notable Recordings.”   The Friends of the Keene Public Library generously sponsor this free event. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street.

School Vacation Programs Await Families at KPL

The Keene Public Library offers numerous programs for children, teens, and families during school vacation week April 18-23 including story programs, craft programs, movies, musical performances, and more. 

Monday, April 18, 2016
  • 10 a.m. -- Young Makers Camp: Squishy Circuits
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter Hogwarts Crafts
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Screening
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • 10 a.m. -- Young Makers Camp:PaInt with Light
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter Hogwarts Crafts
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Screening
  • 1:30 pm. -- Preschool Storytime
  • 3:30 pm. -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Screening
  • 6 p.m. -- Open Hack Makers Night
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
  • 10 a.m. -- Young Makers Camp: Light it Up, Paper Circuits
  • 10 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie and Crafts
  • 3:30 p.m. -- Afternoon Gaming Movie Matinee: WarGames
Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • 10 a.m. -- Bristlebots and Blinkybugs
  • 10 a.m. -- Lapsit Time for Babies and Toddlers
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter Hogwarts Crafts
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Screening
  • 3:30 p.m. -- Open Play: Games @ your library!
  • 6:30 p.m. -- Strategy Game Night
Friday, April 22, 2016
  • 10 a.m. -- Young Makers Camp: Make Your Own Kind of Music
  • 10 a.m. -- Toddlers and Two-Times Stories
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter Hogwarts Crafts
  • 1 p.m. -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Parts 1 & 2 Movie Screening
  • 1 p.m. -- Drop in Knitting and Crocheting
Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • 10 a.m. -- Saturday Stories
  • 7 p.m. -- Beethoven's Wig Musical Performance featuring Richard Perlmutter
 

Library Offers Saturday Craft Series for Adults

Local Crafter Susan Melander Gives Two Free Workshops at Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is pleased to offer two free crafting workshops in May. held On Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 1 p.m, adults will learn to make potpourri and on Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m., they will learn to make pressed flower bookmarks. Both workshops will be taught by local crafter Susan Melander. All materials will be provided free of charge. Enrollment is limited; call 603-352-0157 to register.

Melander raised her family in Concord and Hopkinton, N.H., and left the area to continue her career in credit management with Caterpillar. Now retired, she has returned from Princeton, N.J.. to Keene, N.H., and is busy pursuing some of the diverse interests, forced to be put on hold due to other commitments. A lifelong gardener, her craft work is inspired by flowers and an interest in history. Raised in Chicago, she has a B.A. in English from Roosevelt University and an M.S. in Administration and Organizational Development from New England College. She is a new member of the artisans whose work is featured at Hannah Grimes Marketplace, in Keene.  

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. The Friends of the Keene Public Library sponsor this program. All library programs are free and open to the public. Please call the library at 603-352-0157 for more information about public programs.

Apply to Be a Maker Corps Intern at the Keene Public Library

Keene Public Library is excited to recruit two paid Maker Corp Members to our library for a summer of awesome making, creating, and tinkering with kids and teens. Maker Corps Members working at our library will gain job skills and have a blast collaborating with Keene librarians to develop our Makerspace programs (3D printing, soldering, DIY crafts, movie-making and more). We are seeking creative individuals who enjoy science and art projects and are excited about sharing their passion for learning. If you are interested, please visit http://makered.org/makercorps/apply-now/apply-now-to-be-a-2016-maker-corps-member/

Keene Library Participates in 2nd Annual Readathon Day

The Keene Public Library is pleased to join Penguin Random House and the American Library Association (ALA) to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016. It is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy. This year, Readathon Day is presented as part of ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign, and will benefit ALA's Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children from birth to age five in libraries across the nation. The Keene Public Library will make it easy to participate by providing library card holders with Book Grab Bags with a variety of books from science fiction to romance. Check out a bag and challenge yourself to read whatever is inside."

We are thrilled to partner with Penguin Random House on National Readathon Day 2016," said Sari Feldman, president of ALA. "Not only does Readathon Day present an opportunity to generate excitement amongst readers of all ages, but it also enables children and students everywhere to get involved in an effort that supports youth literacy. The transformational power of reading is fundamental to the value that libraries provide to their communities each and every day. During #Readathon2016, individuals can contribute to ALA and Every Child Ready to Read by visiting the Firstgiving Fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/5066/national-readathon-day and sharing with their friends and family. All readers are encouraged to join in Readathon Day fun on social media, using the hashtag #Readathon2016. Visit the official website, www.readathonday.com, for more information on how to get involved online and in person at local reading parties.

The Keene Public Library uses Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®,a national research-based program, developed in 2001 and updated in 2011, that empowers library professionals and other early childhood allies to build relationships with parents in their communities and model parent-child engagement activities to build early literacy skills. The initiative makes the road to school readiness and success less mysterious for parents and more fun for children while incorporating the latest early literacy research and strategies for developing pre-reading skills. The initiative’s core message speaks directly to any busy parent: “Talk, sing, read, write, and play with your children!” Last year’s inaugural Readathon Day put the national spotlight on reading in support of the National Book Foundation’s literacy programs. This year, #Readathon2016 shines a light on libraries and early childhood literacy through ALA and Every Child Ready to Read.

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. The Friends of the Keene Public Library sponsor this program. All library programs are free and open to the public. Please call the library at 603-352-0157 for more information about public programs.

Library to Hold How-to Festival, April 16

For those who want to learn to juggle, dowse using a homemade pendulum and a chart, write and publish a book, bead a necklace – and much more --the Keene Public Libray is the place to be on April 16, 2016. On that day, the library will become a How-to extravaganza with lessons and hands-on experiences. The free event is geared for the entire family although many sessions have suggested ages for learners and participants. The library is located at 60 Winter St.  

Inspired by a similar program developed by the Louisville Free Public Library for the past four years, the How-to Festival will feature more than sessions on topics ranging from how to build a wilderness fire to how to make yarn tassel flowers. 

Most sessions run from 30 to 45 minutes and are facilitated by a volunteer instructor from local businesses and community organizations. They will join library staff to teach a wide variety of new skills, crafts, and fun activities.

The festival includes programs for children and adults, both fun hobbies and practical life skills. Children can learn to make a flip book or an early form of animation, called a zoetrope, how to make a miniature golf course, and how to make a kite. Children can also make an invention using recycled materials. They can join two Circus Minimus workshops. at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. 

Adults can learn how to download library ebooks and to use the library's resources to write a winning resume. If you are interested in arts and crafts, you can learn Zentangle®, how to bead a necklace, how to compose better pictures, and how to make yarn tassel flowers.  

There are still a few open sessions so if you have a skill to share and want to be involved, please let us know by completing this short survey or by contacting Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 or gzachariah@ci.keene.nh.us. You can also bring a skill to share during our Unconference How-to Session at noon in Heberton Hall.

A free lunch of soup, bread, and fruit will be provided by the Community Kitchen and will be served in Heberton Hall at noon. Lunch will be free to participants.

The How-to Festival is part of the Keene Public Library’s ongoing mission of lifelong learning. “We all learn from books and websites, but this event will offer lively camaraderie and social connections that add to the experience,” said Gail Zachariah, the library’s Head of Youth and Community Services. “Bringing learning alive makes it more fun and learning something new with a friend is double the fun.”

A tentative schedule and a poster are available to download and or to pick up at the Keene Public Library. 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.

The library's first How-to Festival was offered on April 25, 2015, and it was a great success. More than 100 people took part at the library by attending how-to sessions throughout the library. Take a look at these pictures that tell the story of the day.

Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/keenepubliclibrary/). Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KeenePLibrary) and tweet with the hashtag #howtofestivalKPL!

 

Keene Public Library Celebrates 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Keene Public Library invites families with young children to come to the library and find out how they can help their kids get ready to learn by signing up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills. 

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is ongoing. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Endowment Fund of the Trustees of the Keene Public Library. Library hours during the school year are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transform your ideas about the library: celebrate Nat. Library Week April 10-16

This week, the Keene Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. 

Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including New Hampshire Downable Books and access to virtual tutors through Tutor.com. Online resources can be accessed by anyone within the library or those with valid Keene Public Library cards can access these materials from home.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. At the Keene Public Library we are transforming by offering Maker Camps, Video Game Tournaments, and Family and Child Play Times.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Library Director Nancy Vincent. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

Libraries are many things to many people. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Keene Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with a West African Kora concert on Monday, a Poetry Read and Workshop on Tuesday, a Shakespeare Movie Screening on Wednesday, a Video and Strategy Game event on Thursday, Drop-in Knitting and Crocheting on Friday, and a daylong How-to Festival on Saturday. You’ll find details about these events on our online calendar.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. 

For more information, visit the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street, call 603-352-0157 or see the library’s Web site at www.keenepubliclibrary.org.  Currently, the Keene Public Library’s 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.