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Featured Library Events

The Well-Tempered Ukes

Friday, April 14, 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.

1...2...3... Play with Me! A Family Place Parent/Child Workshop

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Spend time together, play, make friends, and talk one-on-one with specialists on child development during this enjoyable four-week workshop. These fun learning times are for children 1 to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. Infant and preschool siblings may attend with a registered toddler.


A Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger: A Free Lincoln Center Local Film Screening

Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium

This is a screening of A Memorial Concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger which was performed at the Damrosch Park Bandshell on July 20, 2014.

Pete and Toshi Seeger’s legacies run deep: from transforming the way we listen to our American roots, to demanding social justice and successfully advocating for grassroots environmental change. Organized by their grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson, an all-star line-up of family and friends gathers to remember these leaders in folk music and activism.

Cookies and Coloring for Adults

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 1:30 p.m. in the Green 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, coffee, and cookies provided, as well as soothing music.

American Songbook Jason Isbell: Moving Forward, A Free Lincoln Center Local Film Screening

Monday, April 10, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium

This is a screening of Jason Isbell: Moving Forward which was performed at The Allen Room on April 11, 2014.

Authentic is the best way to describe Jason Isbell. A native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, he and his band are creating a sound that stays true to his roots and cuts close to the bone. Here he gives a rare intimate performance emphasizing his exquisite songwriting and personal story of a bad boy saved by love.

Maker Mondays: Circuit Circus

Monday, April 10, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. in the Youth Department

Young school age makers are invited to learn the basics of electronics through hands-on projects. Makers will create things that light up, heat up and spin!  No prior experience necessary. 

April Family Dance

Friday, April 7, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall

The dance is part of a series of dances held the first Friday of the month from September through May at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall. Amy Cann of Putney, Vermont will be the featured caller. Cann teaches at the Putney School Dances and is a member of Apple Crisp, Calliope, Interstate Quartet, Jack’s Maggot, Next Generation Orchestra and the Emulsifiers. Cann will be accompanied by Jane Orzechowski on the fiddle and members of the Putney School Traditional Music Ensemble.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Youth Department Story Room

Join us for a program full of songs, dance and games around our parachute. For parents/caregivers with children ages 18 months old to 3 1/2 years old.

Make, Craft, Create -- Adult Craft Night: Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

This month crafters will spend the evening with Sheila Williams decorating eggs using several different techniques. Come dressed in an old shirt and ready for fun!. Williams, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is currently the Audio-Visual Librarian at the Keene Public Library. All materials are provided free of charge. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. The Friends of the Keene Public Library sponsor this program. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Retirement Strategies for Women

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. in the Trustees Room 

Focusing on overcoming the financial hurdles specific to women as they plan and invest for the future, this program emphasizes the importance of having a personal plan, a sound strategy and a consistent approach to saving.

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.


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.