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Keene Public Library Recruits High School Aged Students for Poetry Out Loud Competition

The Keene Public Library is conducting a Poetry Out Loud (POL) program open to high school students in grades 9-12 who are either home-schooled or who are attending a non-participating high school. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.

Download a promotional flyer here. To sign up, call 603-352-0157 or visit keenepubliclibrary.org.

Our projected timeline:

1. Sign up now and memorize 2 poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology. One poem must be 25 lines or fewer and one must be written before the 20th century. The same poem may be used to meet both criteria.

2. Attend Work Session on Tues., Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. or Sat. Jan. 9, 2016 at 1 p.m.

3. Work with Keene Public Library's Poetry Out Loud Coach Dan Petit to perfect understanding and presentation of two to three poems.

The library is located at 60 Winter Street. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library. 

A complete list of rules and eligibility is available at www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/rules-and-eligiblity. For more information, please contact Gail Zachariah at the Keene Public Library, 603-352-0157, gzachariah@ci.keene.nh.us.

 

 

Library Expansion Project!

The Library Expansion Project

Have you heard about the library’s plans for expansion and renovation?  There have been several presentations at City Council meetings outlining the library’s vision to connect the Keene Public Library and Library Annex buildings and to bring the Annex into compliance with the City Code making the second-floor spaces accessible. Our library will always be a community cornerstone for learning, creating, and interacting. There is no time like the present to plan for our future! 

Videos of these presentations are available at the City website; take a look and see what's in store!

City Council Presentation Dec. 5, 2013
City Council Presentation July 16, 2015
City Council Presentation Feb. 4, 2016

Take a virtual tour of the Library Annex.

The Keene Public Library Joins Millions in "The Hour Of Code"

– A national initiative to encourage students of all ages to explore computer coding and consider a career in computer science –

Ninety percent of American schools do not teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. And yet, technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live.

That’s why the Keene Public Library is participating in The Hour of Code, a weeklong campaign, which aims to have 10 million students in the United States experience one hour of computer science in school. The overall goal is to increase students’ interest in computer science and code writing as future career paths. Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two-times the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Science Foundation, by 2020, there will be one million more jobs than students entering the field.

Children and teens are invited to attend an “Hour of Code” event in the Keene Public Library's Youth Department on Monday, December 7, 2015; Tuesday, December 8, 2015; or Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Keene Public Library To Host Winter Tea For Downton Abbey Fans

The Keene Public Library will present a free “Downton Abbey” Tea Party on Saturday December 5, 2015, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. Along with tea and light refreshments, attendees can screen highlights from previous seasons of "Downton Abbey," the acclaimed British period dramas about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, who live on a fictional Yorkshire country estate. The series is part of "Masterpiece Classics," which airs on PBS. Guests can enjoy samples of what might have been served at a Crawley family afternoon winter tea, take home new recipes and gain a little knowledge of Britain's grand estates like Highclere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey.  Attendees are welcome to dress up for the occasion.

All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene, N.H. for more information, please call (603) 352-0157. 

Preschoolers through third graders can vote for their favorite picture book

Now through December 9, New Hampshire children in preschool through third grade can vote for their favorite book nomination for the Ladybug Picture Book Award. Each year a committee of New Hampshire children’s librarians around the state selects ten picture book titles for the Ladybug Picture Book Award. Children in Keene will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite book during this family event. To learn about all the books, the event will consist of activity stations for each book, a voting booth, and free food. Activities will be created and staffed by members of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society at Keene State College.

This year’s nominated books include: “Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear” by Monica Carnesi (Nancy Paulsen Books), “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (Philomel Books), “This Orq (He Cave Boy)” by David Elliott and Lori Nichols (Boyds Mills Press), “Flight School” by Lita Judge (Atheneum Books for Young Readers), “As an Oak Tree Grows” by G. Brian Karas (Nancy Paulsen Books), “The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton (Alfred A. Knopf), “Maple” by Lori Nichols (Nancy Paulsen Books), “Blizzard” by John Rocco (Disney/Hyperion), “Three Bears in a Boat” by David Soman (Dial Books for Young Readers), “Mama Built a Little Nest” by Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books).

The Keene Public Library celebrates the 2015 Ladybug Picture Book Award on Saturday November 7 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the library’s Kay Fox Meeting Room. Children from preschool through third grade and their families are invited to this fun event and to vote for their favorite nominated title throughout the month of November.

Don’t miss this celebration! Join other N.H. children and cast your vote for your favorite picture book title and enjoy a special time with family and friends.

The library is located at 60 Winter Street. All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about the New Hampshire Ladybug Book Award or about library programs, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

Downloadable Magazines Available

In case you hadn't heard, we now have 40 magazine titles available for FREE download in the NH Downloadable Books Consortium (OverDrive). Current issues are available to Keene Public Library cardholders, and they don't expire! You get to keep them forever. Check out the title list here. Questions? Contact Cary Jardine at the library, 603-757-1838.

International Games Day@Your Library brings community together to read, learn and play

The Keene Public Library joins thousands in celebrating the popularity and power of games and play on November 21, 2015, for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library. Libraries are known as the place to go to share culture in the form of books, music, movies and even technology. But, more and more they are becoming a place to gather as a community for the purpose of playing games.

On Saturday, November 21, more than a thousand libraries across the planet will showcase gaming programs and services as part of International Games Day @ Your Library. Many libraries are planning special programming revolving around celebrating the mutually-reinforcing power of play and learning. Programs at the Keene Public Library will include video game or board game competitions, large-scale role-playing game competitions, and volunteering as tribute in the International Minecraft Hunger Games tournament. Events will take place on the lower level and in the Youth Department of the Keene Public Library on November 21 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Gaming is yet another example of how we are fulfilling the desire to learn, play, and yes, read at your library. You can learn more at http://ilovelibraries.org/gaming. So on November 21, we invite everyone to visit the Keene Public Library during International Games Day @ your library. Bring Grandma and Grandpa and the kids and take a new look at what your library has to offer – it just might surprise you.

International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day please visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/article/international-games-day-2015.  

National Novel Writing Month Activities at Keene Library

 “Come Write In” the Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library is participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a nonprofit event that encourages kids and adults to tackle the challenge of writing a novel in November. The library offers a welcoming place to write with Write Ins to be held each Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The library invites all aspiring and veteran writers to get together and simultaneously pen NaNo masterpieces. The library has scheduled a meeting room so that there is room to write. Simple refreshments and inspiration will be provided.

NaNoWriMo participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes. "The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty. “When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month.”

Young people can also take the NaNoWriMo challenge. The Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years-of-age and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene, N.H. For more information, please call (603) 352-0157.

Keene Public Library To Close In Observance of Veterans Day

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in recognition of Veterans Day. The library will reopen on Thursday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m. When the library is closed, you can search our catalog 24/7 as well as check your library account, renew items or place holds. Our Online Resources such as NH DownloadablesMango Languages, Tutor.com, Learning Express, and the Auto Repair Reference Center are also available on our website whenever you need them.

Library Renovation/Expansion Project

We know you care about our library’s future. But have you heard about the library’s plans for expansion and renovation?Last year, the library facilitated several planning sessions and made a preliminary presentation to City Council on December 5, 2013 and gave an update on July 16, 2015.We hope to take this to the next level soon so this is another opportunity to help the library plan for the future. Please share your thoughts by answering a brief survey.