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Featured Library Events

The Well Tempered Ukes

Friday, March 31, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Heberton Hall

The trio of Robin Hoffman, Richard Perlmutter and Marlene Wong, based in Western MA, sings and plays ukuleles but specializes in early music and parlor and art songs.

The three members met at a community-based ukulele group in Northampton called A-E-I-O-UKES, which plays mostly folk, pop and rock music. But they soon realized they shared musical interests that were outside the scope of the group.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

Exploring Pluto was contemplated since its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, but Pluto presents significant challenges for exploration because of its small mass and great distance from Earth. All that has now changed. New Horizons was launched in January 2006. After a journey of 3 billion miles, it passed within 13,000 miles of Pluto in July 2015.

Science and Water Fair Help Day

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 4 p.m. in the Youth Department

Parents and students who would like help with science fair projects will find a wealth of information at this workshop. The workshop will focus on how tp set up a display board and how to present your project to the judges. Please bring your final questions and concerns and we address them. For more information, please call the library at 352-0157.

Wild West of Star Formation

Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the Auditorium

Tonight we saddle up to explore the extreme center of our Milky Way galaxy - one of the wildest sections of the outer-space frontier. Our Galactic center is a chaotic region containing dense gas, stars, and the biggest bully around these parts: a supermassive black hole. The normal rules for star formation don’t apply here and understanding why will help us to understand star formation throughout the rest of our wild universe. 

New York Philharmonic Opening Gala With Lang Lang -- A Free Lincoln Center Local Film Screening

Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium

The New York Philharmonic's 174th season began with a drum roll … then came the famous opening chords of Grieg’s Piano Concerto.This recorded performance presents Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic as they opened the season in style with Lang Lang, with his “charismatic stage presence, passionate playing and astounding technique” (The New York Times). The celebratory evening concluded with Beethoven's joyful Seventh Symphony.

Out of this World Astronomy Lecture: Space Weather and How the World Almost Ended

Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

Dr. Sarah McGregor, an astronomer who lectures in the Physics Department. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Boston University. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Dartmouth. She is researching the origins of the solar wind. The solar wind is a stream of energized, charged particles, primarily electrons, and protons, flowing outward from the Sun, through the solar system at speeds as high as 900 km/s and at a temperature of 1 million degrees (Celsius).

Science and Water Fair Help Day

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the Youth Department

On Wednesday, March 1 at 4 p.m., the Keene Public Library will host a special event to help young fourth-grade scientists complete their science and water fair projects. Young scientists will learn the secrets of science fair success including how to research and write your paper, as well as how to prepare your presentation board. Attendees will be given a strategy guide with the program's information to take home as well. If your child needs help starting or finishing the project, he or she should attend this opportunity.

The Thurs., Feb. 9th Astronomy Lecture is canceled

Due to a weather warning, we have rescheduled our first Out of this World Astronomy Lecture to Thursday, Feb. 23.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Friday, February 10, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Drop off and register your stuffed animal friends at the library on Friday, February 10 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (If you aren't able to get to the library by 5, you can drop your animal off as late as 6 p.m., when the library closes). Stuffed animals will spend the night at the library listening to stories, playing games, and probably staying up very late!

CANCELED: Make, Craft, Create: Adult Craft Night -- Sun-catcher Hearts

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Bad weather has caused this event to be canceled.

Free Tax Preparation From AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., through April 11, 2017

IRS-certified AARP volunteers provide free tax counseling and preparation services to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Assistance is provided on a first come, first-served basis. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. 

Amy Cann Calls Family Dance at Keene Library

Friday, February 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Come to our February Family Dance. The dances are held the first Friday of the month from October through May at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall (formerly the Masonic Building). The February dance will be called by Amy Cann. Dancers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. Dances will 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.