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Library News

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. 

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.

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.

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 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  

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,, 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.

Free Concert by Guitar Soloist at Keene Public Library

Peter Biedermann Performs Thursday Oct. 15, 2015

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a free guitar performance at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall, Thursday October 15, 2015 at 7 p.m.. Peter Biedermann is an instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ that has been composing and performing for over 35 years and will be appearing for the first time at the Keene Public Library. While his music covers a number of genres in various disciplines, the sounds you will hear on the evening of Thursday, October 15th will be entirely original. The music will be performed on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings combined with subtle ambient electronics. The architecture of the music is melodic and rhythmic; combining compositional structure and improvisation that embraces the influences of the last 50+ years of finger style acoustic guitar playing. Fans of artists such as Davey Graham, John Fahey, Alex de Grassi, Leo Kottke, Ralph Towner and Michael Hedges will enjoy this music.

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This program, sponsored by The Friends of the Keene Public Library, is free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street, Keene. For further information about programs at the Keene Public Library, visit the library’s website at or call 603-352-0157.

The PuppeTree presents: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Keene Public Library

On Sunday November 1,  PuppeTree Puppets of Vt. will visit the Keene Public Library to present a family performance of Sleepy Hollow at 4 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room on the Lower Level. The library will be closed, so although families are invited to the show, they will not be able to visit other areas of the library before or after the performance. The library is located at 60 Winter Street.

The PuppeTree’s production of this classic tale is done with shadow puppets and will be performed by professional puppeteers who will operate more than 100 shadow puppets designed by Artistic Director, Ann Legunn. Legunn has over forty years’ experience in professional theater and puppetry and has a long list of theater and television credits. Neal Meglathery, of the Parish Player’s and the Montshire Minute, will narrate the story in Washington Irving’s words. At the end of the show, the performers will remove the shadow screens and demonstrate how the shadow puppets are operated, providing a “backstage” view of the production.

All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public.  All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library.  For more information, please contact Gail Zachariah at the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 

Keene Public Library Holds Family Dance on Friday November 6

On Friday November 6 at 6:30 p.m., the Keene Public Library will hold a free family dance for dancers of all ages and abilities. The dance is part of a series of dances held the first Friday of the month from October through May at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall (formerly the Masonic Building). Adina Gordon of Burlington, Vt. will be the featured caller. Gordon has called contra, English, and squares both old and new in 37 US states, three Canadian provinces, and Israel.

Keene Public Library Family Dances include traditional contras, squares and circle dances of New England as well as singing squares, play-party games from around the world, and modern contras. The evening ends at 8:30 p.m. and includes live music and free refreshments.

Dances are held October through May. A schedule is available on the library's website and in the library. For more information about the family dance series or other public programs at the Keene Public Library, please call the library at 352-0157.