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Keene Public Library Services and Materials for Parents

The Keene Public Library has a lot to offer parents. If you want to keep up-to-date, sign up for a newsletter just for parents and teachers.

Here's a quick overview of some of the things we offer parents at the Keene Public Library.

Every Child Ready to Read Workshops

Current research shows that children who learn six critical pre-reading skills before they start kindergarten become better readers. Children who do not know these skills when they come to school have a much more difficult time learning to read.

You can learn about the six skills and how to develop them in children from birth to age five @ your library. Each of the “Every Child Ready To Read” programs explains why the skills are so important, demonstrates how to help children learn the skills, provides titles of high-interest books that are age appropriate, and sends you home with early literacy activities to incorporate into your family’s daily routine.

There is a program for each of three age groups: birth to two-year-olds, two and three-year-olds, and four and five-year olds.

Call the Youth Department at (603) 757-1856 or check the library's online calendar to see when our next Every Child Ready to Read program will be offered. 

Homeschooling Services and Resources

The Keene Public Library welcomes homeschooling families to the library to enjoy all of our services and programs. Although homeschooling families are welcomed in all of our programs, we do offer regular programs with homeschoolers in mind. Please check our online calendar for details as well as these two webpages: Services for Homeschoolers and their Families and Homeschooling Subject Guide and Weblinks.

Kindergarten Kick-Off Campaign

The Keene Public Library offers the family all kindergarten students two posters, reading lists, and a parent guide. “100 Best Books to Read in Kindergarten” and "100  More Books to Read in Kindergarten" contain both well-loved classics and quality contemporary picture books to read aloud to Kindergarten-age children. These materials can be picked up at the Youth Desk.

New Parent Program

The New Parent Program provides informational materials about the importance of sharing books with babies to parents of children born at the Cheshire Medical Center.

Storytelling Kits

The libray has a collection of themed boxes of books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  The kits are part of Stories to Go.  

Free Classes and Events

Check our online calendar to see what the library is offering for parents.

... and of course, your Youth Librarian is available to answer questions about the library's collections, and to find materials just right for your needs.

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