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Library News

Teen Tech Week 2016: Create it at your Library!

Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Keene Public Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ March 6 -12, 2016. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Libraries are for Making… to raise awareness about how the Keene Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. 

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially they types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.   

Teen Services Librarian Brantley Palmer feels that "Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering gaming, access to computers, and online homework help is important, and letting them know that we can help educate them on how to use these resources will get them in the door. Once they’re in the door, we can show teens that with technology at the library, anything is possible.” In fact, Palmer is seeking the input of middle and high school youth regarding types of services and programs offered to youth at the library. 

From maker spaces to coding classes to online knitting clubs now offered by libraries across the country, the do-it-yourself theme shows how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in the community. 

 “Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology,” says Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. “Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing digital literacy has become more and more important, equal to that of reading literacy.” 

Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week. Brantley Palmer hopes to attract a wide variety of teenagers and increase teen technology literacy locally by offering a series of programs including:

• Teen Tech Week: Open Hack Night Monday, March 7, 2016, 5 p.m. -7 p.m.  Teens are invited to come and learn about the technology available to them at the library. This includes the 3-D printer, Makey-Makey circuits, robotic material, Little Bits, and Arduinos.

• Maker Workshop Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. This making workshop will be run by Jonathan Brackett who will have ideas and projects for the beginning maker.

• Teen Tech Week Movie Screening: The Martian, Wednesday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. Astronaut Mark Watney must survive while stranded on Mars using only his scientific mind and quick wit. 

• Open Play Games, Thursday, March 10, 2016, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy open play video games on the WiiU and Playstation 3 in the basement of the library.

• Teen Tech Week: Retro Gaming Day, Saturday, March 12, 2016, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teen Tech Week concludes with a look back at some retro games and consoles. We'll have a variety of game systems set up for you to play and drinks and refreshments for you to enjoy.

To register for a Teen Tech Week program or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 352-0157. Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For more information, visitwww.ala.org/teentechweek.

Register for Free SAT Prep Classes in March!

The Keene Public Library and Keene Orthodontic Speciaists are once again hosting a series of four Saturday morning classes in March designed to assist and motivate students in taking their SAT exams for college. Sessions will be held on March 5, March 12, March 19, and March 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The series will cover test strategies and practice test taking in all three areas of the SAT exam. Actual questions and problems taken from the SAT exams will be addressed.  Practice tests will be taken and examined with two highly qualified instructors. Students will be able to judge where their weaknesses lie and learn strategies for taking the actual exams. Because space is limited, registration is limited to High School Juniors until February 1, 2016. Please call the library at 603-352-0157 with the following information to register: 

  • student's name,
  • home address,
  • school,
  • grade,
  • cell phone number and an email address that is checked frequently. 

Upon completion of the registration, the student will receive an email acknowledgement that must be printed out and will serve as a ticket to the first class. For more information, please call Colleen Swider at 603-352-0157.  

School Vacation Week Programs Await Families at KPL

The Keene Public Library offers numerous programs for children, teens, and families during school vacation week; story programs, craft programs, movies, lectures, and more. 

School Age Castle Camp:  Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all knights, maidens, archers, and jesters for fun at your library. Join us during school vacation week to find out if what it would have been like to have lived in the Middle Ages. Elementary school students will learn about the days of King Arthur assemble their own castle. Other activities will include engineering, art, fairy tale readings, mad libs, and so much more! Enrollment is limited. Please register for each day that you plan on attending Castle Camp. To register, call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.

School Age Engineering Adventures: Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If you love to create, to problem-solve, to work as a team, and to challenge yourself, this program is for you! Through open-ended discussion and challenges, we will be learning the steps leading up to, and designing, your own recycled racer. Enrollment is limited. Please sign up for each afternoon that you plan on attending Engineering Adventures. To register, call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.

Monday, February 22:

Monday Night Fiction Writers at 6:30 p.m. Have you always wanted to write a novel or short story? Our writers' group welcomes new members and provides fiction writers a friendly and supportive environment to share their work. Participants learn from analyzing others and receive feedback on their own submissions.    

Out of the World Astronomy Lecture Series:  Exploding Stars with Dan Milisavljevic at 7 p.m. 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. Dan Milisavljevic explores cutting-edge research that is unraveling the many mysteries of supernova explosions and highlights recent breakthroughs in our ability to survey supernova debris fields in 3D and diagnose a star's impending doom. Dan Milisavljevic is a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Tuesday, February 23: Open Hack at 6 p.m. in the Youth Department.

Come hack with friends! During an Open Hack Night, you're encouraged to come and work with others to do any kind of making. If you're interested in learning how to use the 3D printer or any other piece of technology in the library, this is the place to come.

Wednesday, February 24: 

Afternoon Movie: The Walk at 4 p.m. In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon. Rated: PG, 123 minutes.

The Bard’s Film Series: Hamlet at 7 p.m. Perhaps the reason there are so many filmed versions of Hamlet is that in each decade every great Shakespearean actor, and almost any movie actor with a yen to prove his versatility wants to tilt at this particular thespian windmill. Aside from the much more difficult King Lear, it is also one of the few plays by the master that can serve as a star vehicle. This 1969 version of the Bard's great play features the ardent mumblings of the actor Nicol Williamson, who brought his non-Standard British to the role. Williamson's esoteric enunciations were all the rage at the time of this film's revision of Shakespearian tradition, and his vocal mannerisms were arguably more authentic than usual. Scholars tell us that the English of Londoners in Shakespeare's time sounded very much like that spoken by Highland Scots today. Columbia Pictures, 1969, 119 minutes, Rated G.

Thursday, February 25:

Keene Public Library Painting Group at 10 a.m. in Heberton Hall. This program, offered in cooperation with the Monadnock Area Artists Association, is open to the public with no fees or admission. One simply needs to provide one’s own art materials. 

Cookies and Coloring for Adults at 1:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Looking for a way to reduce some stress and unwind? Join us for an afternoon of fun and coloring. Grab a friend, sit back and have a good time. Supplies and cookies provided, as well as soothing music.

Open Play: Games @ your library! at 3:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Come play video, board games, and card games.

Strategy Game Night at 6:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room. Play board games with fellow enthusiasts! These board games for adults and others are a blast. There will be several games to play, including Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Forbidden Island, Boggle, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Carcassonne, Fluxx, and more!  

Friday, February 26: Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting at 1 p.m in the Youth Department.

Join us to knit and crochet for charity every Friday through March 25. Drop-in Knitting and Crocheting is for adults and kids. Whether you’re new to knitting or an old pro, this club is for you. Bring a project that you are working on, or one that you would like help with.  Assistance is available for those wishing to learn new skills or to improve existing ones. 

Saturday, February 27:  Family Story Time at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department.

For the complete list of programs at the Keene Public Library, visit www.keenepubliclibrary.org/library/calendar-programs-and-events. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. To register for any of these special programs or for information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157. All programs held at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public.

Keene Public Library Offers Programs for Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers & their Caregivers

The Keene Public Library is pleased to open registration for the winter series of weekly story programs. Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to enter a wonderful world filled with songs and rhymes, clapping hands and smiling faces, wide eyes and comfortable laps at the Keene Public Library. The nine-week session of programs starts the week of January 4, 2016, and concludes March 4, 2016. Registration has begun and will continue throughout the series, as space is available.  During Preschool Storytime, children will enjoy age appropriate stories, songs, poetry, and activities. Preschool Storytime is designed for children aged three to six and is held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Lapsit Time for infants and caregivers is held Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m and is designed for pre-talking babies and their caregivers. Each lapsit program includes simple age appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and handouts. Toddler and Two-Times is an introduction to books 

During Preschool Storytime, children will enjoy age appropriate stories, songs, poetry, and activities. Preschool Storytime is designed for children aged three to six and is held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Lapsit Time for infants and caregivers is held Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m and is designed for pre-talking babies and their caregivers. Each lapsit program includes simple age appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and handouts. Toddler and Two-Times is an introduction to books and the library for talking toddlers and their caregivers. Toddlers who are can say at least 50 words are ready for the Toddler Two-Times program. Toddler and Two-Times is held Fridays at 10:00 a.m.Additionally, the Keene Public Library a drop-in Saturday Stories program each Saturday morning, which the library is opened, at 10 a.m. Saturday Stories will include stories, fingerplays, and often a simple craft or take-home project. This drop-in program is perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

Additionally, the Keene Public Library a drop-in Saturday Stories program each Saturday morning, which the library is opened, at 10 a.m. Saturday Stories will include stories, fingerplays, and often a simple craft or take-home project. This drop-in program is perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

The story programs at the Keene Public Library are carefully planned in response to continuing research that shows the importance of sharing language with very young children. Sharing books helps to create a deep and lasting bond between child and caregiver. The early introduction of language play, books, rhymes, and songs into a child’s life offers him or her a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn to read and love books. “Reading is the basis for all learning,” Youth Services Librarian Gail Zachariah explained. “Encouraging your kids to read and use the library is the best thing you can to help them do better in school and keep learning throughout their lives.”

Youth Services Librarian Gail Zachariah explained. “Encouraging your kids to read and use the library is the best thing you can to help them do better in school and keep learning throughout their lives.”

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required for Preschool Storytime, Toddler Two-Times, and Lapsit Time. To register for Preschool Storytime, Two-Times, or Lapsit Time or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157.

 

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.

 

 

Join The Winter Family Reading Program At The Keene Public Library

Fight Those Winter Blahs With A Good Book

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a Winter Reading Program, which has been created to give kids, teens, and adults incentive to use that library card and get ready to spend cozy winter times with a soft blanket, warm mug and a good book. To complete the program, children up to 13 years-of-age are asked to read or listen to five books and to visit the library two times. Adults and teens 13 years-of-age or older are asked to read or listen to three books and to visit the library two times. Readers and listeners can sign up and pick up winter reading materials at the library starting December 18, 2015. You can also sign up and participate in the reading program online.

Children can register here: https://wandooreader.com/keenepubliclibrary/kids-winter-reading/users/sessions/new and download a reading log.

Adults can register here: https://wandooreader.com/keenepubliclibrary/adults-winter-reading/users/sessions/new and download a reading log.

The Winter Reading Program will run through January 30, 2016.

Please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 with questions.

Keene Public Library Launches January Drop-In Digital Trainings

Come Learn How Your New eReader or Digital Device Works

If you get or give a tablet, eReader, or digital gadget over the holiday, you will want to know how to set it up and use it. We have a number of special January workshops scheduled to show you how. Even the tech-savviest can benefit from learning more about how the Keene Public Library, like libraries across the country, is reinventing itself as a disseminator of all sorts of digital data. No matter your needs, the Keene Public Library may have the answer: guidance from our digital guru, Cary Jardine. Drop-in sessions will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. No registration is required! Simply bring in your charged device and your questions. Depending on your device, it is suggested that you bring in your Apple/Google/Amazon account information. These drop-in how-to introductions to your new device can be followed up one-one sessions with Jardine.  Jardine invites everyone to “come learn to use your tech toys in a comfortable, low-stress, hands-on session.”  

The library is located at 60 Winter St. Please call the library at 603-352-0157 for more information about how the library can help with digital devices and resources or about other programs offered at the library.

 

 

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.