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Services and Resources for Teachers and Other Educators at the Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library as a lot to offer teachers. In addition to the library's comprehensive children's literature collection and the education and information materials in the adult section of the library, teachers can find a small Parenting and Professional Collection in the Youth Department.

The Keene Public Library has a lot to offer parents. If you want to keep up-to-date, sign up for a newsletter just for parents and teachers.

Here's a quick overview of some of the things we offer teachers at the Keene Public Library.

Assignment Alert Form

Help your students and the Keene Public Library by filling out our Assignment Alert Form before you give your assignments. 

Big Books

The Keene Public Library has a collection of Big Books that are available for checkout  To find these books in Keene-Link, put the phrase "big books" into the subject heading drop down menu.  These books have a checkout period of four weeks.

Book Discussion Kits

Knowing that it can be very difficult to place holds on multiple copies of books for group discussions, the Keene Public Library has begun to develop a book group discussion kits for youth ages 11 and up.

Every Child Ready to Ready

The Keene Public Library can offer training programs for your staff and parents on the importance of books and reading during the early years. Every Child Ready to Read is a program of the Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), which shows parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children. 

Please call the Keene Public Library's Youth Department at (603) 757-1856 to schedule a workshop. 

Curricula Support

The Keene Public Library can support your curricula by developing customized booklists, webliographies, and study guides tailored to the unique needs of your students. If you need book suggestions, you can call us or submit an online form.

Homework Help

The library provides you and your students a myriad of resources. To help students, the library offers study guides, online databases, encyclopedias & websites, as well as thousand of print resources. 

We also offer free academic resources and tutoring from Tutor.com! All students in grades K-12 with a library card can use the service to get help with schoolwork. Professional online tutors are available each day from 1 p.m. to midnight to help with all math, science, social studies, and English subjects. The SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7, and students can search by keyword and subject for worksheets, lessons, videos and more. Students can find resources for specific subjects, standardized tests, resume building, citizenship, GED prep, and college entrance exams.   

The library also sponsors an in-house tutoring service for those students needing in-person help.  Please call Gail Zachariah at (603) 352-0157 to schedule a tutor for a student. 

Kindergarten Kick-Off Campaign

The Keene Public Library offers the family all kindergarten students two posters, reading lists, and a parent guide. “100 Best Books to Read in Kindergarten” and "100  More Books to Read in Kindergarten" contain both well-loved classics and quality contemporary picture books to read aloud to Kindergarten-age children. Interested teachers can pick up copies of these materials at the Youth Desk.

Stories to Go

Stories to Go loans children's picture books to schools, childcare centers, family childcare providers and Head Start facilities. Organizations can also schedule a visit by a Keene Public Youth Librarian to come share books and stories with your children.

Student Cards

Keene Public Library cards are free for residents of Keene. However, out of town students attending a Keene school fulltime are eligible for a free library card. Students and their parent or guardian must bring proof of attendance with them to receive a card for out of town students.

Teacher Cards

Full time teachers one of the Keene schools are eligible for free Keene Public Library cards.

Tours and Library Orientations

Scedule a class visit to the library. Bring your class to the library for a tour, story program, library orientation, and/or introduction to research. With enough notice, teachers from Keene schools can arrange to distribute free cards to students during the visit. To do this, teachers will have to send home Keene Public Library card applications to their students. The completed and signed applications will need to be turned into the library one week before the class visit.

Access to Keene State College's Wallace E. Mason Library and the Curriculum Materials Library

Holders of Keene Public Library cards are able to borrow materials from Keene State College.  The Curriculum Materials Library comprises approximately 16,500 items. These include books, videos, textbook sets, curriculum models, math and science manipulatives, pattern blocks, simple machines, educational games, and puppets. The CML also has two special collections: The Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Collection and The Safe Schools Collection.

You can go to Keene State yourself and check out the materials or you can have them delivered to the Keene Pubic Library for pickup.

Free Classes and Events

Once a year, the library offers a literacy or book based training to teachers providing in-service hours credit. Check our online calendar to see what the library is offering of interest to teachers and their students.

... and of course, your Youth Librarian is available to answer questions about the Library's collections, and to find materials just right for your needs.

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World Wide Web Recommended websites

Visit our Teachers' Websites page. These websites are recommended by the staff of the Keene Public Library Youth Department. Please contact the Youth Department at 603-352-0157 if you have a suggestion for inclusion.