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Featured Library Events

Frankenstuffies: Altered Stuffed Animals

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Department

Stop by and make a one-of-a-kind stuffie.

Guitar Soloist Peter Biedermann Performs Friday Oct. 13

In the Main Library, Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a free guitar performance at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall, Friday, October 13, 2017. Peter Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ that has been composing and performing for over 35 years and will be appearing for the fourth 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 Friday, October 13th will be entirely original.

Storytelling Dioramas

Tuesdays, Oct. 10 and 17, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in the Youth Department

Kids ages 7 -11 will enjoy fun hands-on maker activities and will have fun creating and telling their stories by creating dioramas. We provide tools, materials, help with planning, and teach new skills. We will offer inspiration and share our imaginations. To have time to complete a diorama, you should attend both meetings (October 10th and 17th).  Space is limited so please register early. For more information, call the Youth Department at 603-352-0157

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

  • Friday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books are $5/bag on Sunday.

New location! The Fall 2017 Book sale will be held at County Hall (formerly the Old Court House), Delegation Hall, 2nd Floor, Winter Street entrance.The book sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library. 

Mushroom Hunting for Families

Saturday, September 30, 2017. at 10 a.m. in Robin Hood Park Pavillion

Spend the morning looking for and identifying wild mushrooms. We will meet at the Robin Hood Park Pavilion for a short talk with book sharing. From there we will begin our walk. Bring a basket or paper bag for collecting.

Lilly and Her Purple Plastic Purse Visits Keene Public Library

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department

The Keene Public Library will sponsor a Lilly Library Card Party on Saturday, September 30 at 10 a.m. for children and their families. Lilly is the star of three classic children's books by Kevin Henkes (Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly's Big Day, and Chrysanthemum). Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later. Lilly will be present, and there will be treats and giveaways.

Book-to-Action for Adults: LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Trustees RoomCome join us for a light meal and a good discussion about books and community. We believe that books can inspire you to make the world a better place—starting in your own neighborhood!Read the book. Put the ideas in the book into action in your community. The Keene Public Library's "Book-to-Action" series will get you, your family, and your neighbors together to talk about the book, connect with each other, and choose a project to improve our community.

Cardboard Explosion Puppet Show

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium

Join us for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion!” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show.

Recommended for ages 5+

Play-Doh Day

Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 10 in the Youth Department

The Keene Public Library invites all children and families to celebrate the wonders of play-doh on National Play-Doh Day, September 16th. Come celebrate the 11th annual National Play-Doh Day at the Keene Public Library with modeling projects available in the Youth Department all day long. You will be able to try out a variety of natural play-dohs and take home the recipes. Starting at 10 a.m., families can drop by and play with Squishy Circuits and learn about basic circuits through LEDs and play-doh.

WW1 Film Series: The Big Parade with Prof. Larry Benaquist

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

Professor Larry Benaquist introduces the film "The Big Parade," a 1925 silent film directed by King Vidor, starring John Gilbert. The story follows Jim Apperson, an idle rich boy who joins the US Army's Rainbow Division in 1917 and is sent to France to fight in World War I. He becomes friends with two working-class men, Slim and Bull (Karl Dane and Tom O'Brien), experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl, Melisande (Renee Adoree).

WWI Discussion

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main St.

We are discussing "World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, edited by A. Scott Berg. Tonight we will focus on "Race and WWI" and "Coming Home."  

T-shirt Upcycling Crafts

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Department

Stop by and make crafts out of t-shirts, yarn, and duct tape. Bring along a favorite t-shirt or use one of ours.