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Keene Public Library Announces Chautauqua Programs

Actors/Researchers Bring Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X to the Heberton Hall Stage

This year, the Keene Public Library, the Horatio Colony House Museum, and the New Hampshire Humanities Council will present the annual Keene Chautauqua. The event will take place in Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall on Thursday September 10 at 6:00 p.m. with pre-show music performed by Stuart Fuchs and presentations by Marvin Jefferson as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Charles Everett Pace as Malcolm X at 6:30 p.m. 

The religious leadership and political action of these two leaders provide a vision for racial justice, a call for social and economic equality and human rights. After each presentation, audience members can ask questions to the historical character and the researcher/performer. Before the presentation and during intermission, Stuart Fuchs will play guitar and ukulele. Fuchs is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and an innovative and compassionate teacher.  He is a lifelong minstrel and plays a wide variety of styles of music on acoustic guitar and ukulele including folk, classical, jazz, rock, sacred and world music.  He also plays Latin percussion, Bolivian charango, Australian didgeridoo, Native American flute, Tibetan singing bowls, and yes - hunting calls and amplified toys.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is probably the most famous figure from the African American Civil Rights movement. King organized and led protests and marches for desegregation, suffrage, and other basic civil rights. A Baptist minister, King championed the use of nonviolent protest. He helped form and was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization designed to bring leadership to the expanding civil rights movement. King publicly opposed the war in Vietnam. At the time of his assassination on April 4, 1968, King was leading the war on poverty in the “Poor People’s Campaign.” With his powerful stage presence and in-depth scholarship of the rights movement, Marvin Jefferson is certain to inspire Keene audiences through his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Malcolm X was a Black Muslim minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. After rising from an early life of drug abuse and criminal behavior, he became a respected, yet controversial political figure in the 1960’s and a leading supporter for the cause of universal human rights. Malcolm’s driving quest for knowledge, self-critique and conversion to Islam changed his life. Pace's performance brings to light how marginal outsiders become influential insiders.

Although many people have sat in the Chautauqua audience in Keene, they may not know of the important Chautauqua tradition. Former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt is believed to have said “was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America". Chautauquas were highly popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bringing the most timely educational lectures and programs to small towns throughout America. The first Chautauqua was held at Lake Chautauqua in western New York in 1874. In 1878, the New York Chautauqua initiated our country’s first book club. Chautauquas were immensely popular for many years. Reborn as a public humanities program in 1976, today’s Chautauquas feature scholars portraying significant historical figures in first-person performances followed by a questions and answer period with the character and then questions and answers with the scholar. 

Those who would like to study up before the big event are invited to participate in book discussions at the Horatio Colony House Museum located at 199 Main Street. On Wednesday August 26 at 7 p.m., the book “The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley” will be discussed. In the book, the Black leader with assistance discusses his political philosophy and reveals details of his life, shedding light on the ideas that enabled him to gain the allegiance of a still growing percentage of the Black population. On Wednesday September 2, the book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” by Martin Luther King, Jr. will be discussed. "Where Do We Go From Here" is King's fourth and last book. In it he looks back at the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s and discusses the question of what African-Americans should do with their new, dearly fought for freedoms found in laws such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Parking is at the rear of St. Bernard's Church adjacent to the museum. Both books will be available from the Keene Public Library.  

The Keene Chautauqua is planned and presented by the Keene Public Library with grant funding from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and support from the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library, and the City of Keene’s Martin Luther King, Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Committee. The Chautauqua is free and open to the public. Contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 for more information.  

Has a librarian made a difference in your life?

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominations for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award are open through September 28.

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Questions?  Email Megan McFarlane, Campaign Coordinator, American Library Association.

In the award’s first seven years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 14,000 nominations for their librarians. A total of 70 librarians have won the award to date. Read about the previous winners: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009,and 2008.

Get A Library Card And Meet Bad Kitty At The Library On Sept. 19

The Keene Public Library will sponsor a Bad Kitty Library Party on Saturday Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. for children and their families. Bad Kitty is a character from a series of picture books and first chapter books written by Nick Bruel. The books are about a housecat named Kitty, who often wreaks havoc about her owner's home. The first Bad Kitty book was published in 2005. The Keene Public Library invites children to celebrate 10 years of Bad Kitty with reading, games, and other fun.

Although children of all ages are invited to this library event, the program is specially designed for children in grades K-3.This free event is part of the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month. The event will feature read-alouds, games, crafts, refreshments, and a visit from a life-sized Bad Kitty character (bring your camera!). 

September is Library Card Sign Up Month. After the party, Keene residents may want to sign up for a library card Library cards are free to Keene residents and may be obtained with current identification at the library’s circulation desk. In addition, the library provides library cards to all full time students attending a school in Keene. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of eighteen when they apply for their library card. 

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.  

“A library card has always been the most important school supply of all,” says Gail Zachariah, Keene Public Library Youth Librarian. “Kids can come to the library to get homework help and check out books, but they can also check out free music, DVDs and use the Internet to make after school life a little more fun. There’s a lot happening at the Keene Public Library.”

A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together. Forty-four percent of survey respondents report taking their children to the library for this reason.  

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.

For more information on how you can sign up for your library card, visit the Keene Public Library at 60 Winter St., call 603-352-0157 or see the library’s Web site Library hours during the school year are Monday through Thursday 9 am until 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Public Library and Amateur Astronomy Club Host Public Viewing

The Keene Public Library and the Keene Amateur Astronomers Club are collaborating and celebrating Observe the Moon Night with a public viewing session on Saturday Sept. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Ashuelot River Park. This public viewing is dependent on the weather. International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the moon. From looking at the moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities that celebrate our moon.

The library has a Moon Viewing Kit, which includes binoculars, a tripod, and other useful items and a Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope. Both are contained in carrying totes and are suitable for families and individuals to check out of the library. The telescope and binoculars are loaned for one week at a time to individuals that have signed the use agreement and waiver. The lunar binoculars are a gift to the library from Lunar and Planetary Institute. The New Hampshire Astronomical Society provided the telescope. It is easy to use and robust. There is nothing to assemble. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common beginner’s telescope. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the in the eyepiece longer. 

All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information about these or other events, please contact the library at 603-352-0157.


Free Yoga @ your Library!

The Keene Public Library announces free yoga classes to be held each Monday between August 10 and 31 at 6:30 p.m. Yoga @ your Library! is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens. No experience is required. Cindy Sterling Clark, a certified yoga instructor, will guide participants through the 60-minute session that includes strength building, a body-balancing workout and a quick cool down. Like all library programs, the class is free of charge! Yoga mats are available for use during the class or you can bring your own. Cindy Sterling Clark is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher (2000), a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (2004), and a non-practicing RN (2006). She has been a Keene resident for more than 20 years and is the founder of Sterling Studios, LLC, and Impact Earth, an environmental grant writing and education business. Cindy teaches with the philosophy that Yoga is good for everyone, no matter what your shape, size, health status or age may be. To register for Yoga @ your Library! or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157.

Get Outside the Lines with the Keene Public Library

When is the last time you walked into your local library? In recent years, libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement to accommodate the growing needs of their local communities. 

The Keene Public Library invites the Keene community to experience the library in a whole new way. Join us for our week-long initiative, Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced. Following daily themes, we have a host of programs planned to show how libraries can fulfill diverse roles within communities. See the schedule below for all of our exciting events--and join us for as many as possible!  

Monday, 9/14: Learn Day

Monday Night Writers at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 9/15: Create Day

International Dot Day at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 9/16: Engage Day

Dare Not Walk Along Film Screening

Thursday, 9/17: Play Day

Open Play: Games @ your Library! at 3:30

Strategy Game Night at 6:30

Friday, 9/18: Make Day

Do It Together Crafternoon at 4 p.m.

Saturday, 9/19: Celebrate Day

Bad Kitty Library Card Party at 2 p.m.

The Keene Public Library is a part of Outside the Lines, a global initiative designed to reintroduce libraries to their local communities. From Sept. 13-19, 2015, organizations from across the world will host an event or campaign designed to get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way.

Keene Library Celebrates e-Book Day September 18

Free digital titles with just a library card and an Internet-connected computer or device

The Keene Public Library announced today that it will take part and celebrate International Read an e-Book Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on digital devices on September 18. In recent years, the popularity of e-Books has soared and readers are taking advantage of the e-Book technology and popular titles available at their local library. Through July 2015, public library customers have borrowed 94.7 million e-Books and audiobooks, a 24 percent increase over the same period in 2014 (according to OverDrive). Readers with a library card can access e-Books from the Keene Public Library on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™, and Kindle® (U.S. only), anytime, anywhere by visiting

Cary Jardine, Keene Public Library's Digital Services Librarian, invites everyone to be a part of the festivities by checking out an e-Book from the library. She encourages people to call to sign up for a class in downloading e-Books. The library offers free one-hour workshops; downloading is fast and easy, and free with a library card. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 603-757-1838 to register. Can't make one of the class times? Call to arrange individual instruction!


TABLET CLASSES (iPad, Nook, Galaxy, etc.)

blue bullet Monday September 28,  2 - 3 p.m.  blue bullet Monday October 5, 2 - 3 p.m.
blue bullet Tuesday September 29, 10 -11 a.m.  blue bullet Tuesday October 6, 10 - 11 a.m.
blue bullet Friday October 2, 1 -2 p.m.  blue bullet Friday October 9, 1 - 2 p.m.

Read an e-Book Day is a celebration of modern storytelling. Readers around the world are encouraged to take part in the largest digital reading event by choosing from thousands of free e-Books from their local library. Users are encouraged to share what they are reading and how they are celebrating on social media and join the #eBookLove conversation. Readers can use the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to tell their story and share their love of e-Books or comment directly at

e-Books have proven to be a convenient, beneficial complement to traditional, physical books. When physical books are not available or practical – such as when you’d like to carry many at once, or if you can’t make it to a store or library – e-Books offer a great alternative for instant access to reading.

Read an e-Book Day falls in the middle of Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Keene Public Library joins the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. To sign up for a library card, visit the Keene Public Library in person and you can begin checking out digital titles immediately.

For more information about International Read an e-Book Day or learn how to get started, visit For help in downloading library ebooks, contact Digital Services Librarian Cary Jardine at 603-757-1838.

Go Granny D

"Go Grannie D!" has been canceled for Sunday June 28. We will let you know if we are able to schedule a new presentation. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Keene Public Library to Present Weekly Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Keene Public Library invites community members to bring a lunch to the library on Thursdays to listen to community member shares their adventures “escaping the ordinary” through extra-ordinary vacations or experiences in unusual places. Librarian Sheila Williams will host the brown bag series, which begins on June 19 and concludes on August 27, 2015.  The first meeting on June 19 will begin with a Pop-up Museum. Community members are invited to bring personal objects related to travel and share stories about them. Visitors will look at these objects and talk about them. The goal is to create conversations between people of all ages and walks of life. If you’ve got an interesting travel souvenir and a story to share, please bring it to the first in this series of summer curated conversations. "Escape the Ordinary" is a 10 week series in which local travelers share their experiences the places and peoples of the world. Join us and bring your own lunch every Thursday from June 18 through August 27. Coffee will be provided.

The destinations for the future “Escape the Ordinary” Lunches will include:

•The Bosnian Pyramids with Sandy McKenzie, Thursday, June 25, 2015

•The Everglades to Mt. Washington with John Harris, Thursday, July 09, 2015

•Palestine with Jess and Barrett Bullock, Thursday, July 16, 2015

•African Safaris with Joyce Clark, Thursday, July 23, 2015

•The Villages along France’s Dordogne River with Kathleen Williams, Thursday, July 30, 2015

•Ireland with Kathleen Murphy, Thursday, August 06, 2015

•Rwanda with Yves Gakunde, Thursday, August 13, 2015

•El Camino de Santiago with Claudia Burdett-Lerner and Judy Rubin, Thursday, August 20, 2015

•Belize with Cliff Lerner, Thursday, August 27, 2015

All Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public. For information about programs at the library, please visit the library’s website or contact the library at 603-352-0157.   


Maker Camp

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a Maker Camp affiliate.

Maker Camp Affiliate