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Hourglass Players Present Oedipus Rex

Sunday, May 24 at 2 pm in Heberton Hall

Keene's own Hourglass Players perform the classic play. Oedipus Rex was first performed in c. 429 BC.  And for centuries it has been regarded by many as 'the Greek tragedy par excellence.' 

Ernie Pyle Re-Enactor Visits Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library will present the one-person play, “Hi, I’m Ernie Pyle” by Gary Morrison on Friday, May 21 at 7 pm in Heberton Hall. The play follows Ernie Pyle's life from his coverage of the blitz in London to his coverage of American boys during in the North Africa invasion and then to Sicily, Italy, the D-Day invasion in France, and the South Pacific. The Friends of the Keene Public Library sponsor the event.

Philosophy Professor Gives Talk on Ethics, Privacy, and Information Technology

On Thursday, May 20 at 7 pm, the Keene Public Library hosts a lecture on privacy in the digital age Many Americans feel their privacy is threatened by information technology and favor stronger privacy legislation. At the same time, people support the use of information technology to serve them quickly and efficiently in various ways. Can we have it both ways? If the answer is "no," then we are faced with a serious ethical dilemma.  The lecture “Personal Privacy in Cyberspace” is presented by Herman T.

Rock Band Jam and Tournament @ your library!

Thursday, May 13, 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM in Heberton Hall

Impress your friends with the skills you’ve been working on in secret. Do you have what it takes to be a champion? Find out at our Battle of the Bands.

Don’t be afraid, be a rock star! Prizes will be awarded.

Please contact Michael at 603-352-0157 for tournament details.

Guys Read Book Group Discussed Spiderwick Chronicles - The Field Guide

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

We invite all boys to learn how to repel fairy magic, how to detect if there are fairies in your neighborhood, how to make riddles and maps, and lots more.

Library Hosts Family Dance, May 7


The May Family Dance at the Keene Public Library will be held on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm in Heberton Hall. Nils Fredland of Keene, N.H. calls the dance.

Movies for Seniors: The Bucket List

On Monday, May 3, 2010 at 1 pm, the library and the Keene Senior Center present the movie The Bucket List.

Cranky hospital designer Edward Cole finds himself terminally ill and in a hospital bed next to mechanic Carter Chambers with the same fate. The unlikely pair decides to check off the items on their wish list known as The Bucket List before each kicks the bucket. They head across the world to jump out of planes, race cars, eat at the best restaurants and eventually become true friends.

Classic Anime Screening and Kitsuke Program

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 3 pm

The Keene Public Library’s Anime and Manga Fan Club invites teens to a viewing of the classic film Princess Monokoe. Participants will also attend a kitsuke ("how to put on a kimono") demonstration. Our guest speaker is Acworth resident Yumiko Ito who will discuss the kimono and demonstrate how to put on a traditional kimono.

Library Hosts Free Art Lecture Series

The Keene Public Library and the Monadnock Area Artists Association invites all adult learners and older home school students to attend a free three-part art history lecture discussing what makes American Art distinctly American. The History of American Painting 1776-1920 program series features Humanities Scholar Felicia Menard. The program will be held on the Keene Public Library on Tuesday mornings April 20 – May 4, 11 am – noon. The library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Dumbledore's Army, A Wizard Rock Band for Muggles Visits Keene Public Library

Saturday April 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM; Heberton Hall

Join the fight against Voldemort and come to this free musical performance at Keene Public Libary's Heberton Hall. Dumbledore's Army is a new Wizard Rock Band from Newmarket, NH. Wizard rock or Wrock is music all about Harry Potter.   Fans are encouraged to come in costume.

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Earth Week Film and Discussion: Food Inc.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM

As part of Keene's Earth Week celebration, we are hosting a free screening of  Food, Inc. The documentary provides a critical look at the industrialized nature of our country’s food supply. It explores the relationship between how our food is produced and human health, workers’ rights, animal welfare, and other issues.

Library Holds Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Discussion With Activites For Boys

Monday April 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Greg Heffley is pretty much your average middle school kid.  He loves to play video games and hates just about any kind of work.  Read this hilarious book that describes how he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, survive.  Join the discussion and take part in a fun book-related activity.