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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

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 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,, 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 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.

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 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.

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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 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  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.

Keene Public Library celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros

On Saturday, April 30, the Keene Public Library will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country to honor the 20th anniversary of Día, a national program that embraces and celebrates diverse books, languages and cultures, by hosting multicultural events for children and families, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy programming. The Keene event will start at 10 a.m. with a special story time. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., families are invited to learn about different cultures by visiting displays from around the world.  Members of our community will share photographs from their home countries. Photos will include homes, towns and cities, and families. They will also answer questions about life in their country.  Each display will include books about the country and a takeaway craft. Families can also take part in a number of science, engineering, and math activities anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The concluding event will be a story concert, N.H. performing artist Michael Caduto will present songs, stories, and dance from several different cultures are used to present a picture of humankind as a cultural garden--a rich, interesting and exciting variety of peoples. Participants are encouraged to realize the value and importance of approaching cross-cultural relationships with tolerance, understanding, and appreciation. Emphasis is placed on the fact that we are all native to some region(s) of the world, and that our roots reach out and mingle in the fertile soil of humanity. The library is located at 60 Winter St.

For 20 years, libraries have been connecting children and literacy through Día. Experts say children must have access to and awareness of books that reflect their culture and language. The library is the only venue charged with providing these resources for free of charge.

A recent report by Pew Research Center shows that Hispanics and African Americans are more likely to say that libraries impact their lives and communities more than other Americans. They also say libraries have special roles and should embrace new purposes. Through programs such as Día, libraries are providing more opportunities for community engagement and deliver new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs.

The Keene Public Library was awarded one of 10 mini-grants to bolster the implementation of Building STEAM with Día programs in public libraries. These grants were funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through a generous donation to ALSC.

 “Libraries are critical to family literacy and multicultural awareness,” said Andrew Medlar, president of the Association for Library Service to Children. “Día reflects a library’s commitment to include and celebrate a variety of cultures every day, recognizing diversity as a powerful tool for strengthening families and communities.”

At libraries nationwide children’s materials are some of the most popular. Libraries lent more than 835 million children’s books and materials, according to the latest figures available. This is a 10-year increase of 22.7 percent. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Día is a commitment by libraries to link children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures all year long, culminating annually on April 30.

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, is the national home for Día and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) is a founding partner of the initiative. Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which started in 1925 and was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found Día.

For more information on Keene Public Library Día events please call Donna Straitiff at 603-352-0157 or   Programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene. 


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

The Keene Public Library, along with the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club, will be hosting a series of Astronomy lectures every Monday at 7 p.m., February 8, 2016, through March 28, 2016. The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents’ Day and there will be no Astronomy Lecture on March 21. The Keene PUblic Library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Dr. Dan Milisavljevic will present “Exploding Stars” on Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. He explains that approximately once every second, somewhere in the universe a star ends its life in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova. These cosmic blasts shape and enrich their parent galaxies, produce exotic objects like neutron stars and black holes, and manufacture the heavy elements that make planets like Earth – and its life – possible. Milisavljevic is a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-

Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics exploring cutting-edge research that is unraveling the many mysteries of supernova explosions and highlight recent breakthroughs in our ability to survey supernova debris fields in 3D and diagnose a star's impending doom.

On Monday, Feb. 29, Dr. Colin Bischoff will present “Observing the Origin of the Universe from Antarctica.” Bischoff is a senior scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His work focuses on the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), particularly the search for inflation via B-mode polarization at large angular scales. To pursue this research, his team builds and operates sensitive microwave telescopes and carefully analyzes the data produced to detect incredibly faint signals.

On Monday, March 7, the Astronomy Lecture will be presented by architect and astronomer Claudio Veliz. Born in South America, and growing up under clear, dark skies in Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin, he holds a deep appreciation for the impact the night sky can have on us all. In the 1980's and 90's he consulted to NASA's Johnson Space Center and Ames Research Centers on the design of astronaut's work stations and living quarters for the International Space Station. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Aerospace Architecture Subcommittee (ASASC). In the 1990's he taught at Columbia University's Department of Astrophysics, where he also hosted the Public Astronomy Observing Program. He is the founder and President of the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group (SoVerA), based in Chester, Vt.

On Monday, March 14, “Sweating the Small Stuff: The Fear and Fun of Near-Earth Asteroids” will be presented by Dr. José Luis Galache. The explosion of an asteroid over Russia in 2013 caught by hundreds of dash cams, and the perennial reminder of the dinosaurs' demise due to an earlier, and bigger, asteroid impact, serve to illustrate the fear that asteroids may inspire in us. But near-Earth asteroids, our closest neighbors in the Solar System, also offer hitherto unimagined opportunities for exploration and resource harvesting. They might even be the stepping stones we require to seed the solar system with space colonies. The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, located at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is on the front line of asteroid discoveries and is vital to the research of asteroid scientists the world over. This evening, the Center's astronomer Dr. José Luis Galache will explore its inner workings and how it contributes to both the fun and fear of near-Earth asteroids.

The final lecture will be held March 28. “Everything Out of Nothing? - The Story of the Universe Seen with Modern Instrumentation” is an inquiry into the origins of the universe with UNH Professor Eberhard Möbius. Möbius is a Professor in the Physics Department and the Space Science Center. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and at he received the Arthur K. Whitcomb Professorship in 1997, the Class of 1940 Professorship in 2008, and the Distinguished Professor Award in 2010. His research is centered around the acceleration of particles in and their transport through space using state-of-the-art instruments on spacecraft.

If you would like more information about these lectures, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-757-1845

Library Offers Free Tax Assistance Through April 12, 2016

The Keene Public library will again participate in the American Association of Retired People’s Tax Assistance Program. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. Electronic filing (e-filing) is offered at the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. First-come, first-serve assistance means that you might have to wait for assistance at the library. Although you may come as early as 2:30 p.m. People with complicated tax returns are encouraged to seek paid tax assistance. There is no charge to the taxpayer.

AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. It is available to taxpayers with low- and moderate-incomes and gives special attention to people age 60 and older.

When you come to an AARP Tax-Aide site you will need to bring the following documents with you:

- Copy of previous year tax return.

- W-2 forms from each employer.

- All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-misc., etc.) showing interest and/or dividends as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of your sold assets.

- If you were paid Social Security benefits, bring your SSA-1099.

- If you received a pension or annuity, bring your 1099R.

- All forms indicating federal income tax paid.

- If applicable, unemployment compensation statements.

- Child care provider information (name, employer ID, SSN).

- If itemizing deductions, bring all receipts or canceled checks for items such as medical expenses, taxes paid, mortgage interest paid, and charitable contributions. - Social Security numbers for all dependents.

- If available, bring social security cards and a driver's license.




Students Invited To Prepare For Science Research at Keene Library

On Wednesday, March 30 at 4 p.m., the Keene Public Library will host a special event to help young fourth-grade scientists complete their science and water fair projects. Young scientists will learn the secrets of science fair success including how to research and write your paper, as well as how to prepare your presentation board. Attendees will be given a strategy guide with the program's information to take home as well. This will review some information from the first session but will also deal with display boards and presenting a science fair project. Information and some materials for display boards will be available for students that need them. 

If your child needs help starting or finishing the project, he or she should attend this opportunity. The Keene Public Library is an amazing resource if you know how to use it. Join fellow scientists at the library for a hands-on introduction to science research. Participants will discuss science fair ideas and to find out what about successful and not so successful past projects.

The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter St. All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 603-352-0157.