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Featured Library Events

A Movie, A Craft, & A Chat: Talk Like a Pirate Day

Wednesday July 7, 2010
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Teens and 'tweens are invited to watch a movie, mke a craft, and go on a Pirate Hunt in the library.

Red Badge of Courage Book Discussion

Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street
Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m.

Come join us, whether you've read the book or not.

Henry Fleming is a teenager who joins the Union Army during the Civil War. He is fearful of killing and dying, and friends betray his fears. His wound is "the red badge of courage". This is a coming-of-age story that does not glorify war. It has been called the first modern American novel.

Books are available for checkout from the library.

Terrific Tuesdays: Life In A Beaver Pond

The Keene Public Library invites young nature lovers to the program "Life in a Beaver Pond," on Tuesday, July 6 at 1 pm in Heberton Hall.

Largely active at night, these 'crafty engineers' are remarkably adapted to survive. Learn about beaver adaptations through slides, a beaver dress-up activity, and hands-on materials. Presented by Betsy Bennett Stacey, Director of Education at the Nature Museum at Grafton (Vt.).

Percy Jackson’s Camp Half Blood Held at your Library

Camp Half Blood
Wednesday June 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

The Keene Public Library invites teens and ‘tweens to join Percy Jackson and his demigod friends at Camp Half-Blood on Wednesday, June 30 at 3 pm. Fans of the series by Rick Riordan will play games, learn Greek, test their knowledge on the Olympians, & create fun crafts to take home.

Do you think you might be only half-human? Join us and find out!

A Movie, A Craft, & A Chat: Madhatters’ Tea Party Theatre

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Each Wednesday at 3 PM this summer, the Library offers programming for teens and 'tweens. We'll show a movie and provide related craft and trivia activities. The library will present short book talks about related books and encourage our guests to discuss and share other favorite books with their friends.

Step Up to the Plate with the Keene Public Library and Ribby, the Swampbats' Mascot


On June 22nd, the first "Terrific Tuesday" is "Step Up to the Plate."  Baseball story time is the theme for this Tuesday. Baseball read-a-louds, songs, crafts, and games will be shared. Special Guest, Ribby, mascot of the Keene Swampbats will attend.


This summer, your library offers special school age programming on Tuesdays. Each week at 1pm in Heberton Hall there is a different special event designed for kids. 

DirectAct Actors Camp

Monday, June 21 - Friday, June 25, noon through 3 pm

The Keene Public Library announces a week long acting camp for students ages twelve years and up interested in acting or theater performance. Direct Act Actors Camp will meet in the Keene Public Library’s Youth Department at noon.

On Friday, June 25, campers will put on a final performance for family and friends.

Registration is required. To register and for more information, please contact Michael Soldati at 603-352-0157.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Thursday June 17, 2010 fromm 2:30 to 7 pm in Heberton Hall

This special event starts at 3 pm, but you can come early for a practice game. There will be three events and prizes.  Try your luck one on one against a friend, get a group together and compete as a team, or challenge yourself in our random tournament.  For more information, contact Michael Soldati at 603-352-0157.

Modern Pop Artist Visits Keene Public Library For Summer Reading Kickoff

The Keene Public Library begins the annual summer reading program on Friday, June 18 with a family art celebration from 4-7pm in Heberton Hall. During the event, families can create art as local band "The Wave Machine" will play music. Free hot dogs, pizza, and other refreshments will be served.

Training Offered For Big Book Buddies

Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Library's Auditorium

Kids in the fifth grade and older can do something really rewarding this summer when they become a Book Buddy and help a young child learn and practice reading skills.

A Step Back In Time: Entertainment and Eateries Story Circle

Sat., June 12, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM in the Library's Kay Fox Meeting Room

Entertainment and Eateries will be the focus of a story circle hosted by our Story Circle Group. This is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to share remembrances on events that happened in our region. Bring your stories about your experiences at restaurants and eating places. 

The Story Circle Group is a collaboration between the Keene Public Library, Cheshire TV, Franklin Pierce’s Nature, Place and Culture, and the Historical Society of Cheshire County.