Library News

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.

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.

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.

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

Keene Library Announces Summer Reading and Learning Progam

Every hero has a story. This summer, the Keene Public Library challenges residents to discover their own inner hero at the library. Encouraging kids, teens and adults to make this a summer of discovery, initiative, exploration and learning, the library's Reading and Learning Program begins June 20 and is free and open to all ages. 

The last day to entire summer reading in the program is Sunday August 16.

The final summer reading event is a puppet performance held in Heberton Hall at 1 p.m. on Tuesday August 18.

Swimmy and The Swimmer: Two Puppet Shows Performed by the PuppeTree

In Leo Lionni’s classic children’s story, Swimmy, a little black fish in a school of red fish becomes a hero when he hatches a plan that helps the red fish overcome their natural enemies. Vermont's PuppeTree brings this Caldecott Honor Book to life with shadow puppets and stunning animation. Swimmy shows that it only takes one person to change the lives of others, and that being a hero takes a little imagination and the will to take a risk.

The second story, Swimmer, is about a young girl who swims in the Connecticut River. Along her journey, she encounters pollution, mostly discarded plastic bottles. The Swimmer becomes a heroine when she confronts the problem that everyone else just ignored, by organizing a cleanup and repurposing the plastic. She, too, uses her imagination by encouraging others to change the polluting plastic into wonderful things.

Visual artists, musicians, puppeteers and craftsman have worked over 3 years to bring these two beautiful and inspiring shows to life.

There isn't much time left, so if you haven't register yet you should do it now! 

From free programs, reading incentives, special story times, and events offer interesting, educational and entertaining activities for almost every day of the summer. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more.

On Saturday June 20, kids (and parents) can dress up as their favorite superhero and enjoy a super breakfast before registering for our Summer Reading and Learning Programs and eight weeks of exciting events. At 1 p.m., the Hampstead Stage Co. will perform Hercules and the Heroes: Greek Mythology for Kids. Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination, as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry, and swordplay, you will discover the early stories of Greece.

“Experts agree that children who read during the summer improve not only their reading skills, but also their vocabulary. Reading books truly adds another dimension to a child’s life,” says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services.

The 2015 Summer Reading and Learning Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story times, a paired reading club which helps beginning readers, afternoon science and activity camps, film series, and more. The program runs through August 16. For more information, call the library at 603-352-0157 or visit our website,

The library is handicapped accessible and all library programs are free and open to the public. Keene Public Library programs are free of charge but some require registration. For more information, please call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.

Keene Public Library Celebrates “Week of Making”June 12-18

The Keene Public Library invites families and children to participate in a “Week of Making,” June 12-18, 2015. On Saturday June 13 at 11 a.m., children ages eight through twelve years-of-age are invited to Scratch Adventures to learn Scratch, the computer animation program that makes it easy to create your own interactive animations. Children will engage in design-based activities to create their own personally meaningful projects. On Wednesday June 17 at 6 p.m. families are invited to The Ultimate Family Make Night where families will work together to construct, build, and design. Families will play with cutting-edge technologies like circuit blocks, electronic sewing, and social wearables. Using simple switches made of conductive materials, participants can create a wearable circuit that lives on multiple bodies and responds to a social interaction between two or more people. At the Keene Public Library Week of Making continues Friday June 19 with a Tie-Dye T-shirt making event at 3 p.m. We'll provide the markers and other materials; you'll provide the t-shirt. We'll have some assorted t-shirts available as well. These programs are free and open to the public but registration is suggested. To register, please call the library at 603-352-0157.

The Keene Public Library is proud to be one of the 40 Maker Corps Host Sites during the summer of 2015. The Maker Corps program was created by the Maker Ed, a non-profit organization that supports and empowers educators and communities to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences for youth. Over the course of the summer, the library’s two Maker Corps interns will a lead many additional summer making activities including more Scratch Adventures, Family Make Nights, Maker Camps, and the Science of Super Heroes. For more information about any of these programs, please call the library at 603-352.0157.

Last year, President Obama host the first ever White House Maker Faire and issued a call to action that “every company, every college, every community, every citizen join us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.” By democratizing the tools and skills necessary to design and make just about anything, Maker-related events and activities can inspire more people to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This year, the White House has called for a “Week of Making” as an opportunity for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of Makers.  

New Traveling Exhibition Tells a Story of Liberty and the American Experience

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963,” a traveling exhibition opening at the Keene Public Library on June 24, 2015, examines the relationship between two great people's movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed.  

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition and we are particularly pleased to host the exhibit this year in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Keene’s own Jonathan Daniels”  said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “The dramatic story of how these two pivotal events came into being, a century apart, and how each helped put the nation on a course toward fulfilling its commitment to liberty and justice for all, is one that can inspire all Americans. Decades of work, struggle and sacrifice by many dedicated individuals and groups preceded both of these events. The exhibition tells the story of these struggles and their impact on American history and on the extension of equal rights to all Americans.”

The library invites community members to an opening reception on Wednesday June 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. when Keene State College American Studies Professor Michael Antonucci will offer tours of the exhibit. At 7 p.m. that night, the first in the “Changing America” Film Series will be screened. In the 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.

Emancipation from slavery was not the product of one act but of many. In the 19th century, enslaved and free Americans chipped away at slavery through daily acts of resistance, organized rebellions, and political pressure on politicians, generals, and the U.S. government. Finally, on September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which ordered that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved individuals in all areas still in rebellion against the United States “henceforward shall be free,” and under the protection of the military. 

The Emancipation proclamation was limited in scope and revolutionary in impact. It committed the nation to ending slavery. The U.S. Congress responded with Constitutional amendments abolishing slavery, expanding citizenship rights, and giving black men the right to vote. These acts changed the political landscape, but the new freedoms were stripped away in the following years. However, on each Emancipation Day anniversary, Black Americans organized parades and speeches reminding the black community and the entire nation of a commitment that remained unfulfilled.    

These local Emancipation Day celebrations and many other actions set the stage for the national push for freedom in the 20th century. On August 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in the District of Columbia to mark the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. People traveled from every state, united across race, class, and ideological lines, and representing organizations, unions, churches or simply themselves. The prayers, electrifying speeches, and stirring music of that day served to remind Americans of the nation’s commitment to fulfill its founding principles of liberty and equality for all.    

In the months following the march, demonstrations and violence continued to pressure political leaders to act. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were turning points in the struggle for equality. The bills outlawed segregated public facilities and prohibited discrimination in employment and voting. The success of the March on Washington and the achievements of the modern struggle for civil rights have provided a lasting model for social change.

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.  

The exhibition will travel to 50 venues across the nation, accompanied by public programming that will help audiences understand and discuss the relationship between these two great people’s movements.      

The library is sponsoring many free programs and public events in connection with the exhibition. In addition to the weekly film series, there will be lunchtime brown bag discussions, lectures, musical performances, and children’s story and activity programs. Contact 603-352-0157 or visit the online calendar for more information. “Changing America” will be on display at the library until August 7.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as a Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress in 2003. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. Groundbreaking for the $500 million museum took place in February 2013 in a ceremony featuring remarks by President Barack Obama; former First Lady Laura Bush, a member of the museum’s advisory council; and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) who submitted the legislation that created the museum. It is now under construction on Washington’s National Mall, on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument. It is scheduled to open in winter 2015. For more information, visit

The National Museum of American History collects preserves and displays American heritage through exhibitions and public programs about social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Documenting the American experience from Colonial times to the present, the museum looks at growth and change in the United States. For more information, visit

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, exhibitions and programs in libraries, museums and of her community places. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at