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Featured Library Events

Library To Offer Series of Playtimes for Young Children and Parents

Mondays, Feb. 27 - March 27, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

This series of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers is rich with toys, books, and art activities. The workshops provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy.  

Saturday Stress Buster Coloring and Puzzle Party

Saturday. January 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in 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, and crayons as well as a group jigsaw puzzle.


Wednesday Night Movie: Underwater

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

Watch "Underwater!," part of the the "N.H. Film Series" sponsored by the Historical Society of Cheshire County to support the Society's exhibit on Jewish culture in Keene on view through April 29, 2017. This film is also co-sponsored by the Keene Public Library.

Two scuba divers find a shipwreck which may contain undiscovered treasure, however, their attempt to salvage it is threatened by scavengers.

Starring Jane Russell. Produced by Harry Tatelman, who grew up in Keene.

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin: Hands-on Science and Book Activities

Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come check out our science activities and exhibits in the Youth Department all day!  

Special Events

10 a.m. Who Was Ben Franklin Storytime 

11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Ben and Me Screening (Walt Disney, 1953, 21 minutes, animated)

New Gadget Drop-In Help

Tuesday, January 10, 2-3:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 17, 2-3:30 p.m.

Do you have a new tablet, smartphone, or ebook reader that needs setting up? How about an old gadget you still have questions about? Come to a Drop-In Help Session at the library! We can help you set up your device and learn some basic navigation and operating skills. No registration necessary! Sessions will be held Tuesday, January 10, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, January 17, from 2-3:30 p.m. Can't make one of the sessions?

Learn about the library's building project and fundraising campaign

Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. and Friday, January 27, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Please meet at the architectural model in the Keene Public Library Lobby and join us for a brief project overview and then take a guided tour of the Library Annex.



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.