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Featured Library Events

Keene Public Library to Discuss on “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce a book discussion of the book “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander on Thursday July 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be facilitated by Mel Motel, founder and Director of the Just Schools Project in Brattleboro, Vt. Books will be available for loan are the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, The book explores race as a predictor of incarceration and harsher sentencing in the United States.

Keene Library Holds Teen Library Lock-in

Friday July 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce their participation in the Nationwide Teen Library Lock-in on Friday July 31, 2015. Keene teens, along with teens throughout the nation, will come together and enjoy a night they will not soon forget. The event at the Keene Public Library starts at 6 p.m. All youth ages 11 through 19 are welcome! Parent consent form is required for participation; Forms are available at the library.

“Changing America” Dance and Craft Party at the Keene Public Library

Saturday August 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Lower Level

Join the party on Saturday August from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as visitors to Keene Public Library’s temporary exhibit “Changing America”  travel back in time to the 1960s.  Guests will listen to some of the soul hits that influenced the Washington DC artist “Mingering Mike,” who created a collection of fake LP albums during the period, view a slide show of some of his artwork, and then create their own record jackets and sleeves. 

The Abolitionists of Noyes Academy

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

In 1835, abolitionists opened one of the nation’s first integrated schools in Canaan, NH, attracting eager African American students from as far away as Boston, Providence, and New York City. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African American students out of town.

Terrific Tuesdays: Sock Puppet Heroes

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Let’s make use of all those single socks out there that have lost their partner to the laundry black hole. We’ll make superhero-inspired sock puppets, complete with puppet capes. We’ll also have time for story sharing, a writing activity, a puppet shows starring your own sock puppets. Bring your clean socks to repurpose into creative creatures.

Freedom Summer Film Screening and Community Discussion

Tuesday July 14 at 6:30 p.m. on the Lower Level

Come discuss this important with SNCC veteraran. The film and discussion will start at 6:30Prior to the start of the film and the discussion at 6:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., community members can tour the "Changing America" exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.

Terrific Tuesdays: Animal Heroes

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Come get to know three famous historical animal heroes: Balto the sled dog, Scarlett the mother cat, and Goliath the fire horse. After stories, we'll do some craft projects including transforming a stuffed animal into a Super Pets. We'll also become heroes to animals by making toys and treasts for animals at the Monadnock Humane Society. Please bring a stuffed animal to dress but don't worry if you don't have one because you can decorate a library stuffed animal.

Let Freedom Sing: Music of the Abolitionists with The Proper Ladies

Thursday July 9 at 7 p.m.

From the rousing abolition song "Get off the Track" to the poignant refrain of "The Vacant Chair," The Proper Ladies recreate moments from this turbulent time, bringing them to life through music. The repertoire features "John Brown’s Body," (as originally heard and published in Boston) sung as a medley with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." To celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation, The Proper Ladies will include special verses to "John Brown’s Body" by N.H.

Victorian Voices: Fun & Games

Thursday July 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the Horatio Colony House Museum

The People Could Fly: Songs, Stories & Drama from the African American Exprience

Tuesday July 7 at 1 p.m.

Come join our celebraton of African American History.through stories and songs with costumes and instruments and storyteller Mary Jo Maichack. This event for children ages five and up or younger with parental supervision, features “The People Could Fly,” an empowering tale of slaves who find wings; “Little Daughter,” who sings her way out of the wolf’s woods; “The Talkin’ Cooter,” riddle tale of freedom told with fiddling turtle (MJ fiddles); “Mm, Mm, Mm, Martin Luther King,” catchy story poem of the man’s life by C. Blake-Alston.

Terrific Tuesdays: Super Animals

Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Who can hold their breath for four months? Who can survive freezing solid? Who can see a cricket from 100 yards away? Find out in this engaging and exciting program from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. The Museum will bring live animals, active storytelling, touchable artifacts and interactive demonstrations to explore the super-human world of animals in our own back yards. Registration is not required. Terrific Tuesdays takes place each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. during our summer reading program.

Block Party: LEGO® Fun @ your library!

Monday  June 29 at 4:00 p.m. in the Youth Program Room

Have some fun with LEGO pieces at the library. We provide the bricks and you provide the imagination. This program is for kids of all ages.