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Featured Library Events

Nobel Readers Book Discussion Group Reads Crabwalk by Gunter Grass

This book discussion was orginally scheduled for February 16 but was rescheduled due to snow.

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Keene Public Library

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 4 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year - The Year of the Tiger!  We will be celebrating through stories, song and a suprise.  This program is geared towards children from Kindergarten through second grade.

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Library Hosts Comic Book Camp for Early Elementary School Kids during February School Vacation Week

The Keene Public Library is hosting a Comics 101 camp for students, grades 1-3, during winter vacation week. The camp will take place at Heberton Hall, on Monday, February 22 - Thursday, February 25, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Kids are welcome to explore the infinite world of graphical storytelling. At this camp, they will learn to draw exciting, expressive comics; then self-publish their original stories.  Each participant will  create an original mini-comic, and contribute to class feedback sessions and mini-comics.

Poetry Out Loud Competition To Be Held Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.

The Keene Public Library invites community to attend the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest taking place at Heberton Hall, Library Annex on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at 2PM, where students will compete for scholarship prizes. Snow date is scheduled for Feb. 17th 7-9 p.m.

Because the World Is Round: Astrophysics Meets the Beatles

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Auditorium

Start with a rough inversion of the chord structure in Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata.' Interweave complex harmonies expressing simple statements about our world. Add shape-shifting guitar effects. The result is the song 'Because' by The Beatles. Professor Patrick Slane of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics blends music into science and uses the lyrics as inspiration to explain why the Earth is round, the wind is high, and why the sky is blue. 

Keene Public Library Holds Family Dance, Friday, Feb. 5

February's Family Dance will be held on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm in Heberton Hall. Andy Davis of Brattleboro, Vt. will call the dance. Andy will also be playing accordion. He'll be jointed by Jessie Gagne-Hall on the fiddle and Larry Siegel on the piano.  At some point in the evening, Andy will take a dancing break to tell a folktale.Family dances are held the first Friday of the month from November through May. The dances and light refreshments are free.

Movies for Seniors: Julie and Julia

On Monday, February 1, 2010 at 1 pm, the library and the Keene Senior Center present the movie Julie and Julie.  In the film, a woman verging on thirty and frustrated in a temp secretary job takes on a yearlong culinary quest: cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd.

Black Holes, Worm Holes and the 'Star Trek' Dilemma

Thursday February 4, 2010 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Auditorium

The physical nature of Black Holes is difficult to comprehend.  The objects behave in ways that curdle the imagination.  They are the ultimate drain from which nothing - ever - returns . . . right?

Family Comics with Marek Bennett

Saturday January 23, 2010 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Kids and parents are invited to this special family workshop to create a comic book about your own family! Families will create engaging graphic narratives using pictures, text, and stories that only you can tell. During the afternoon, parents and children will interview each other and retell the stories they learn in comics form. Study the visual power of cartoons, the transitions and rhythms of comics, and the fun of designing and publishing your own comic book. Materials will be provided.

Wednesday Night Films at Your Library

Currently, the library is offering a Ernest Hemingway Film Series.  Each Wednesday, at 7 pm in the auditorium, there is a free film showing.  Even the popcorn is free @ your library!

Family Dance with Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith

Friday January 1, 2010 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Heberton Hall

Family dances are held the first Friday of the month from November through May. Dances are great fun. There is always live music and an inviting relaxed atmosphere. The dances and light refreshments are free.

Seniors Play Wii at the Keene Public Library

On Thursday December 3, 2009, the Keene Public Library invites senior citizens to play video games with teens. Senior citizens will play virtual sports games at this event. Teen volunteers help at the event by teaching how to bowl, ski, or play tennis in the virtual world. A young video gamer at the library said that he hoped many seniors attended because, “It could teach them how to play.”