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Featured Library Events

Join the Teen Tech Week MarioKart Wii Tournament

Thursday, March 11 at 2:30 pm

Do you feel the need for speed?  Do you have what it takes to race to victory? The race venue is MarioKart for the Wii and drivers are invited to show their stuff. Remember, you don’t even need a driver’s license but preregistration is suggested.

Teen Tech Week: Scratch Video Game Design Workshop

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 3 pm in the Youth Department

Want to create a super awesome video game project? Well don't miss out on this event! We'll be learning some new concepts in Scratch, taught by our own Michael Soldati.

There is only a limited number of computers available, so register now for this workshop and save your space.

Scratch is a free downloadable two-dimensional design application developed by the MIT Media Lab. Create interactive, real-time programs using your own animations, imported photos, video and sound clips.

Celebrate the Closing of our Big Read with a Big Read In

Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Celebrate the conclusion of New Hampshire's month long exploration of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee by joining a participatory reading of selected scenes.  Interested participants can pick up a copy of the play after 11 am on Friday, March 26.  Even if you can't stop by to pick up a play, join us. This event is co-sponsored by the Keene Public Library and the Keene's Hourglass Readers.   The Hourglass Readers are dedicated to doing public readings, free of charge, of the plays of Shakespeare and other playwrights.

Adapting Books for the Big Screen

On Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm, the New Hampshire Film & Television Office presents a discussion: From Page to Screen -- The Art of Adaptation.

14 Carrots: A Puppet Show for Young Children

Tuesday, March 30 at 1:30 PM

Inspired by the art of pop-up books, 14 CARROTS is the story of Aunt Swelly, a mature rabbit trying to enter the job market after years of babysitting.

To Kill a Mockingbird Film Presentation

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm 

Six-year-old Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch (Mary Badham) is growing up in the Depression era of the early 1930s in a small Southern town in this highly acclaimed motion picture based on Harper Lee’s semi-autobiographical novel.

Reconstructing Atticus Finch and the Role of the Public Defender

Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Come to a presentation by Meredith Lugo, a New Hampshire criminal defense attorney about the role of defense lawyers in the criminal justice system. Taking the portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockinbird as a jumping off point the question of how perceptions of defense attorneys have changed will be discussed.

Food and Social Justice in To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm 

Miss Maudie’s Lane cake, Calpurnia’s crackling bread, fried chicken for breakfast on the day after the trial, dewberry tarts and charlottes at the Ladies’ Missionary Circle meeting . . . .

Movies for Seniors: De-Lovely

On Monday, March 1, 2010 at 1 pm, the library and the Keene Senior Center present the movie De-Lovely.  This biopic of American composer Cole Porter takes a look back on his life as if it occurred like one of his spectacular stage shows. The people in his life become the actors on stage. Although Porter was homosexual, it is believed that his beautiful love songs were inspired by his wife and are interspersed throughout the film.

Library Holds Family Dance, March 5

The March Family Dance at the Keene Public Library will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm in Heberton Hall. Amy Cann of Westminster West, Vt. will call the dance.

Life in Our Time: The Search for Extraterrestrial Organisms on Mars and Europa

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Auditorium

We may be at the threshold of the discovery that has been anticipated since humans existed. Planetary exploration vehicles have been busy the last few decades, and researchers who analyze the data returned by those vehicles and orbiters are starting to see some fundamental characteristics suggesting we may shortly find evidence for organisms other than ourselves, of course within our own Solar System, in the immediate future.

Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon: The Calendar in Mesoamerican Civilization

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Auditorium

Vincent Malmström, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Dartmouth College takes a look at how time began in America.  This illustrated lecture explores the evolution of the Mesoamerican systems of calendrical accounting,

The program is co-sponsored by the Keene Amateur Astronomy Club.