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Featured Library Events

Susan Schwake Family Art Workshop

Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room

Join artist, art educator, and author Susan Schwake for an afternoon of art making on July 15th. Children ages 4 and up will cut, paste, and paint their "News City" from her latest book Art Camp. Sign up for the free workshop in one of the time slots 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m. Let your imagination soar by creating your own city! 

Terrific Tuesday: A Passion for Birds

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Auditorium

A Passion for Birds uses masks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the avian world. Captivated by Henry Lappen's beautiful masks and comic portrayal of birds, participants learn how animals adapt to their environment, and why they look and act the way they do.

Book-to-Action for Adults: The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray

Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Trustees Room

Come 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.

Pixel Press Academy with Bloxels

Tuesdays, July 11 - 25, 2017. at 2 p.m.

Bloxels is a tool that allows you to create your own platform video games using physical blocks and a Bloxels board. You can create game layouts, pixel art for your game, animations, backgrounds and a character for the game. This is a three part academy designed for children ages seven through 12. When you register for one day, you will automatically be registered for each session. You'll get more out of Bloxels if you come to as many sessions as you can.

Keene Public Library Begins Book-To-Action Series With Sandra and Rich Wallace Visit to Discuss Their Recent Book “Blood Brother”

Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 6 p.m.

The community is invited to the Keene Public Library’s Book-to-Action series of events, featuring “Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights” by Rich & Sandra Wallace to be held Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 6 p.m. “Blood Brother” is an account of Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from Keene, traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help with voter registration of black residents. Released in 2016, the book traces Jonathan Daniels’ life from his childhood in Keene to his work and sacrifice in the South.

Yoga @ your library

Monday, July 10, 2017, at 6 p.m.

Yoga @ your Library is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens. No experience is required. Certified instructors 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.

Splinter Reed Gives New Music Concert at Keene Public Library

Tuesday, July 11, 2017. at 1 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Splinter Reeds is a wonderful group of reed players (clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, oboe, saxophone) that are in residence at the Walden School. Splinter Reeds, whose members are oboist Kyle Bruckmann, clarinetist Bill Kalinkos, saxophonist David Wegehaupt, bass clarinetist Jeff Anderle, and bassoonist Dana Jessen will offer a hands-on musical experience for people of all ages.

Family Fort Night

Friday, June 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Youth Department

Library campers will start the night out with a few read alouds and snacks. Then families will build the perfect blanket fort for bedtime reading at the library! Bring your own blankets, pillows, and a flashlight. The library will provide the s"mores and the books (or you can bring your favorites)! Registration is suggested for this event. Register by calling 603-352-0157 or visiting the Youth Department Desk.

Terrific Tuesdays: Brendan Taaffe's Crankie Concert

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 1 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Crankies are magic, a low-tech form of moving pictures that completely captivates any audience. Crankies, for the uninitiated, are scrolling illustrations, wound inside a wooden box and then hand-cranked so that the images move across a viewing screen.

Brendan Taaffe is a musician, storyteller, and crankie maker from Brattleboro. He is a favorite performer at our monthly family contra dances.

Big Buddy Orientation

Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in the Youth Department Story Room

Do you love to read?  Would you like to spend a few hours this summer helping a beginning or struggling reader gain confidence and improve their reading skills?  The Keene Public Library matches experienced readers like yourself with younger readers in grades k-4 who could use some encouragement.  The buddies meet every Thursday afternoon in the month of July.  July 6. 13, 20 and 27 between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to read, play games and create together.

The Silent Library

Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Heberton Hall

Do you think you have what it takes to complete silly challenges while remaining silent in the library? Then turn your voices off, keep your giggles at bay, and work as a team in this fun library event modeled after the hit MTV game show. 

WARNING: Challenges may include having (soft) food thrown at you, completing tasks without using your hands, and acting ridiculous in front of others.

World Refugee Day Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

The Keene Public Library invites you to a screening of the movie "4.1 Miles" with a discussion with Becky Sakellariou.

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees.