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Featured Library Events

Free Tax Preparation From AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., through April 11, 2017

IRS-certified AARP volunteers provide free tax counseling and preparation services to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Assistance is provided on a first come, first-served basis. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. 

Nancy Salwen Leads Fear Of Singing Mini-Workshop at Keene Library

Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 1 p.m. on the Lower Level

Nancy Salwen, a music teacher based in Keene, N.H., will introduce her new book, "The Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program: Learn to Sing Even if You think You Can't Carry a Tune!" and lead a mini-workshop at the Keene Public Library on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 1 p.m. The Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter St.

Amy Cann Calls Family Dance at Keene Library

Friday, February 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Come to our February Family Dance. The dances are held the first Friday of the month from October through May at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall (formerly the Masonic Building). The February dance will be called by Amy Cann. Dancers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. Dances will include traditional contras, squares and circle dances of New England as well as singing squares, play-party games from around the world, and modern contras. 

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.


Give a Mouse a Cookie Party

Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Youth Department   

Meet the famous Mouse from the Mouse series of books by Laura Numeroff. Mouse is looking forward to scampering to see his friends and to hopefully meet some great new friends as well. Families with children ages 3 to 12 years old are invited to celebrate the picture book series written by Laura Numeroff at this special event. Numeroff’s series includes "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake," "If You Give a Moose a Muffin," and more.

We’re celebrating Harry Potter Book Night at the Keene Public Library on February 2nd, 2017

February 2017 will see the third annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world and here at the Keene Public Library we’re getting ready to celebrate the Professors of Hogwarts. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Youth Department of the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street.

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.  

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.



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.