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Featured Library Events

Hogwarts Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This party is for all ages (grown-up Muggles too!) and costumes are encouraged, but not required.

If you've read the Harry Potter books, you know that for those who stay at Hogwarts for the Christmas holidays, enchantment and extravagance await. This year, all muggles and magical beings are invited to the special festivities. The Keene Public Library is hosting a magical afternoon of crafts and activities for all ages. Join us for spellbinding fun, including but not limited to:

* Activities and Crafts

Saturday Stress Buster Coloring and Puzzle Party

Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Green Room and the Trustees Room

At this monthly weekend coloring gathering, we’re all about the calm (and the happy)! Bring a buddy, colors, and coloring books. We will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, crayons,, and puzzles!

Family Dance @ your Library! with Brendan Taaffe and Nate Paine

Friday, January 6, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Come enjoy family-friendly contra, square, and circle dances. This dance series continues the first Friday of the month, every month through May.

Saturday Play Date

Saturday, December 31 from 10:30 to noon in the Youth Department Story Room

Come play with our blocks and other fun and education toys and learning tools. For families with young children ages birth - 5 years old not yet in Kindergarten. Drop in anytime during our open playtime featuring creative and explorative play. Perfect for families that work during the week.

Maker Monday: Lego® Free Play

Monday, December 16, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. in the Youth Department

School-aged children are invited to come to the library and make their own LEGO® creations. In this free play program, children will socialize while they use their imaginations. We have a ton of LEGO bricks to build with and we'll take pictures of finished projects and share them with others to see.

Messy Art: Fun for Toddlers and Preschool Children

Monday, December 19, 2016, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Kay Fox Room

Messy art allows children to experience water, paint, sand, and many other sensory activities. The goal is to create an environment that helps develop fine motor skills, eye and hand coordination, and imagination. The program is geared for those 1-5 and their families.

CANCELED Hogwarts Holiday Celebration

Because of the weather forecast, we are postponing this event to Sat., Dec. 31st. It will now also include a New Year's Noon Day Celebration!!

This party is for all ages (grown-up Muggles too!) and costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Today's Messy Art program is canceled

This program has been canceled due to the weather. Please join us on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. for another Messy Art program. For more information, please call the library's Youth Department at 603-352-0157.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Youth Dept. 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.

Saturday Play Date

Saturday, November 26, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Kay Fox Room

For families with young children ages birth - 5 years old. Drop in anytime during our open playtime featuring creative and explorative play. Perfect for families that work during the week.

International Games Day

Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Keene Public Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on November 19, 2016, for the ninth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library. We will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.  Drop in anytime for the fun. A special all ages Super Smash Bros. tournament will satart at 11 a.m. But participants need to sign up at 10:30 a.m. to play in the tournament.

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 6 30 p.m. in the Auditorium

Join Steve Farrar in a centennial birthday celebration of our national parks system and a brief tour of some of the newer parks you may not have heard of! Steve has visited all 50 states and 54 (out of 59) national parks!