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Keene Public Library Invites Families to “Build a Better World” with Art Making Workshops

The Keene Public Library is pleased to present a special family art workshop presented by artist, art educator, and author Susan Schwake for an afternoon of art making on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Children age four and up will cut, paste, and paint their "News City" from her latest book “Art Camp.”  Call the library at 603-251-0157 and sign up for the free workshop in one of the time slots 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m. Wear paint clothes and get ready for a fun session of family creativity. The theme of the Keene Public Library summer reading program is “Build a Better World.” This workshop will show families how art making can bring people together to build a better world. Let your imagination soar by creating your own city!

Schwake is best known for her bold use of color in her nature-inspired paintings and for her playful-process oriented teaching style. Schwake offers workshops and programs to parents, teachers at universities, art studios, community centers, museums, libraries, and her own little art school.

Schwake has written five books about creating art with children (and daring adults). The latest release, Art Camp, is an easy-to-use collection of self-guided, open-ended lessons inspired by contemporary artists and nature. Art for All Seasons features 40 seasonally inspired creative art projects. These two books follow the release of her first three books from the bestselling Art Lab for Kids series, with over 75,000 copies sold in the USA. The series has been translated into seven languages, bringing her teachings to a worldwide audience. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and Cognizant via the Maker Education Initiative, which is a national non-profit organization that provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education, a national non-profit organization that provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education.  

Keene Public Library Hosts Summer Maker and Tinkering Programs for Young People

Kids are natural tinkerers and explorers, and the Keene Public Library will offer a summer of free summer activities especially for them.  In the style of the popular “maker movement,” programs will inspire kids to play around with typical maker “stuff” such as tools and constructions, get their hands dirty making projects, fix some things, break some things and have a blast doing it. Maker Camp takes place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. July 6 - August 10, 2017, and will introduce young learners aged 9 to 14 years of age to many creative processes and their real world applications.

The Duct Tape Network for children ages seven to 10 years of age is held on Wednesdays through August 16, at 2 p.m.  On Thursdays, July 6 – 27 at 11 a.m. children aged 7-14  will learn and basic embroidery stitches On Tuesdays July 11-25, at 2 p.m. children seven through 12-years-of-age will learn to make video games using physical blocks, a board, and the Bloxels app. Participants will create game layouts, pixel art, animations, backgrounds and game characters. On Tuesdays, August 8-15 at 2 p.m. Young people ages 9 through 14 will experiment with making robots from scratch using microprocessors, motors, sensors, and recycled pieces. Learning opportunities are offered on Saturdays as well. Saturday, July 8, 2017, is Robots in the Library Day and families are invited to bring their kids to the Keene Public Library to learn about the robots and introduce programming.

The Keene Public Library was selected to participate as an affiliate Maker Campsite by parent company Maker Media, which serves the growing community of makers who bring a do-it-yourself mindset to technology .information. These workshop opportunities are part of the library’s Summer of Making. The Keene Public Library is proud to be one of the 41 Maker Corps host sites. Maker Corp is a professional development program that combines online training with hands-on practice to create and provide maker education programming within youth-serving organizations. The Maker Corps program was created by the Maker Ed Initiative as a national commitment to connect makers to community-serving institutions and to expand the capabilities of local community educational institutions helping them to implement new maker-oriented activities. Summer of Making programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and Cognizant via the Maker Education Initiative

For more information about the library’s involvement with Maker Corps, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.

Young People’s Writers Workshops to Be Held at Keene Library

The Keene Public Library is pleased to offer a free writing workshop series for young people The series will be held on Mondays starting July 10, 2017, and will be facilitated by Rebecca Woodard, a retired Systems Engineer turned full-time writer/artist who writes under the pen name Betty L'Ursula.

Each week, participants will meet for one and a half hours to develop writing skills in a safe and supportive environment. It will involve planning, discussing, creating and writing in a supportive, safe, fun environment. Special attention will be directed towards setting, plot and character development and techniques for dialogue. Participants will learn how to critique their own work as well as the work of others through peer evaluation. The finished work will be edited, presented and published in an online forum. 

For more information about this or other library programs for young people, please call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 and ask for Gail Zachariah.

Keene Public Library Offers Fiction Writers’ Workshop Series

All Keene area veteran and first-time prose writers are invited to a series of writing workshops for advice and assistance on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Randy Koons, a volunteer leading the library’s writers group, encourages aspiring authors to “please ask questions, share their work, and provide insight into the experience.” Short and long form fiction and memoir writers are welcome.

The Keene Library’s Monday Night Writers Group provides a friendly forum for people who like to write. This is a small group of people who share their work and get feedback to improve their writing. Never written anything before and don’t know how to start? This is for you. Are you working on a project you want to publish? This is a group for you. The act of writing may be a solitary experience, so this group lets you share your work with other people interested in writing. The power of the group is that you can get a fresh set of eyes on your work that may help you get through difficulties in your writing.

The group will not meet on Monday, July 3rd. There will be no meeting on July 31. the final meeting will be August 7, 2017. There is no commitment required, although you should register by calling the library at 603-352-0157. Come and check it out and see if it works for you. Each week, two people will read their work, which can be fiction or memoir, and the reading is followed by an open discussion of the work. The group focuses on storytelling rather than grammar, so if you have a story to tell this could be your opportunity to express your creativity.

This is the fourth year Randy Koons has moderated the Library’s Writers Group. He is a professional writer and has published creative short stories. The Writers Group meets Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for six or seven weeks in the winter, summer, and fall. Experienced or novice, all writers are welcome.

 All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. The Keene Public Library is located on 60 Winter Street Keene, N.H. for more information, please call (603) 352-0157.

Sign up for our Summer Reading Programs

The Keene Public Library launches its Build a Better World summer reading programs on June 10, 2017, with a party on the lawn.

Readers and prereaders can get a jump start on summer reading by preregistering now so that they can begin reading and logging reading starting on June 10th. 

Kids Summer Reading and Learning Game

Early Literacy: Babies, Toddlers, and Others 

Teen Summer Reading 

Summer Reading for Adults

During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes by reading and completing library challenges.

 “We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. "You might be surprised by all that we offer. We have vibrant, boisterous programs that involve music and movement, stories and songs. There are learning equipment, games, and puzzles for young children. Conversation, crafting, and creation every day in our Youth Department. 

Themed events include Build-a-Rama challenges on Mondays at 3:30 p.m., a Duct Tape Network club for young designers on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Children’s Make and Take Embroidery on Thursdays at 11 a.m., Makers' Camp for kids ages 9 to 14 on Thursdays at 2 p.m., Pixel Press Academy with Bloxels beginning on July 25, 2017. at 2 p.m., and Build a Bot Camp for kids ages 9 to 13 beginning Aug 1st, Tuesdays at 2 p.m. There are also special programs designed for the whole family including a Family Fort Night on June 30 at 6 p.m., family art workshops with artist Susan Schwake on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., and a Family Engineering Fun Night on Friday August 21, 2017, at 6 p.m.

A program called “Book Buddies” pairs young rookie readers with trained veteran readers. Students entering kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth grade are encouraged to sign up now so that they can be matched with older students entering the fifth through the twelfth grade and adults. For four weeks starting July 6, 2017, these “Book Buddies” will meet regularly at the library to read, write, and talk about books. Meeting times are Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Zachariah added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

Registration will continue throughout the program which will end on August 14th. To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, please call 603-352-0157.

 

Keene Public Library Offers Free Yoga in June

The Keene Public Library announces free yoga classes to be held each Monday in June at 6 p.m. Yoga @ your Library is a beginner level yoga class for adults and teens. No experience is required. Cindy Sterling Clark, a certified yoga instructor, will guide participants through the 60-minute session that includes strength building, a body-balancing workout and a quick cool down. Like all library programs, the class is free of charge! Yoga mats are available for use during the class or you can bring your own. Cindy Sterling Clark is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher (2000), a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (2004), and a non-practicing RN (2006). She has been a Keene resident for more than 20 years and is the founder of Sterling Studios, LLC, and Impact Earth, an environmental grant writing and education business. Cindy teaches with the philosophy that Yoga is good for everyone, no matter what your shape, size, health status or age may be. To register for Yoga @ your Library or for further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 352-0157.

Apply to Be a Maker Corps Intern at the Keene Public Library

Keene Public Library is excited to recruit two paid Maker Corp Members to our library for a summer of awesome making, creating, and tinkering with kids and teens. Maker Corps Members working at our library will gain job skills and have a blast collaborating with Keene librarians to develop our Makerspace programs (3D printing, soldering, DIY crafts, coding, movie-making and more). We are seeking creative individuals who enjoy science and art projects and are excited about sharing their passion for learning. If you are interested, please visit http://makered.org/2017-mcm-application/  and make sure that you select the Keene Public Library has the organization that you want to work at this summer. If you have questions, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157. 

Call for Summer Volunteers

The Keene Public Library is looking for volunteers to help us offer more programs for our summer program. “Build a Better World, Read!” is designed to encourage children to continue reading and learning during vacation so that valuable skills won’t be lost. We hope to offer a variety of book, art, science, and technology activities for children. If you are interested in helping us, please let us know by calling Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 or submitting a Contact Us form.

Some of the things volunteers or interns may do this summer include:

  • Helping with registration and recording of books read by children;
  • Facilitating making and STEM experiences for kids ages 7 to 10
  • Scheduling and mentoring teen volunteers;
  • Soliciting donations of incentive prizes from local businesses;
  • Listening to children give oral book reports and talk about the books they've read;
  • Assisting the librarians with storytime, movies, gaming, or other programs;
  • Offering or helping with a craft program;
  • Overseeing and helping kids during drop-in craft events;
  • Preparing questions for future book discussion programs;
  • Creating a display or helping decorate the library spaces;
  • Chaperoning a reading party or special event;
  • Providing refreshments for a special event;
  • Offering a workshop using a special skill;
  • Helping the librarians tidy up and sanitize the play areas.

Volunteers will be required to provide references and undergo a background check paid for by the Keene Public Library which will include fingerprinting. The background check process can take a while so if you are interested, you should start the process soon. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need parental permission and a work permit.  More information about volunteer requirements can be found on our Volunteer Page.

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