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Featured Library Events

International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday September 6 at 8 p.m. in Ashuelot River Park

The Keene Public Library and the Keene Amateur Astronomers Club are collaborating and celebrating Observe the Moon Night with a public viewing session on Saturday September 6 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Ashuelot River Park celebrating International Observe the Moon Night. This public viewing is dependent on the weather. International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon.

Family Dance @ your library! with Nils Fredland

Friday September 5 in Heberton Hall at 6:30 p.m.

The next Family Dance led by Nils Fredland takes place on Friday September 5, 2014 at the Keene Public Library’s Heberton Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  For more than twenty years until now, Nils Fredland has bonded people together by making music, leading dances, singing, and playing instruments. 

Make, Craft, Create: Adult Craft Night -- Mini Photo Albums

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Room

Come Make, Craft, Create in a friendly and supportive group on the first Tuesday of the month.

Created Equal Book Discussion: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main St., Wed., Sept.

Keene Music Festival: Keene Chamber Orchestra

Saturday August 30 at 8 p.m. in Heberton Hall

The Keene Public Library is a co-sponsor of this year's Keene Music Festival, a unique event in the New England area. Featuring over eighty bands at thirteen performance areas. the Keene Music Festival is one of the largest free music festivals around. The event features a wide array of musical styles  allowing the audience to walk around the downtown Keene area and listen to a wide variety of musical styles. It is truly a special day.

Created Equal Book Discussion: 12 Years a Slave

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

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup is "a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. Born a free man in New York, Solomon Northup was abducted in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, he published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life--perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives.

Summer of Making: Toy Hacking Challenge

Saturday August 16 at 11 a.m. in Heberton Hall

Toy hacking is a creative reverse engineering project. At this challenge you'll learn how something works by taking it apart - then remaking it. In the process you'll learn how circuits work, circuit bending, and more! This activity is designed for young Makers ages 8 through 12 and their families.

End of Summer of Numbers Bedtime Math Pajama Party

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Youth Storyroom

Dads, moms, and kids are invited for a special Bedtime Math pajama party and storytime. Children can put on their pajamas (optional) and come make their own dominoes, solve tangram puzzles and participate in other math games. Families that participated in the Keene Public Library's Summer of Numbers should bring their sticker sheet for a special prize.  is a New Jersey-based non-profit that delivers daily math problems via email for parents to share with their children ages 5-9. 

Einstein’s Favorite Fairy Tales With Tunes & Interactive Comedy

Friday August 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The Keene Public Library invites families to an evening of stories and songs presented by Mary Jo Maichack on Friday August 15 at 6:30 p.m. Families are encourage to come early before the library closes at 6 p.m. and do a science or craft activity. Families can also come at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Terific Tuesdays: Create a Crazy Contraption

Tuesday August 12 at 1 p.m.

Listen to stories about young architects and inventors. Design a building or create a contraption.

Terrific Tuesdays takes place each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. during our summer reading program.  Each week there is a different special event designed for kids that are approximately aged five and up. Younger children are welcome to attend with an adult.

How to Use a Telescope

Tuesday August 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Come learn how to use your own telescope or the libray's telescope to see objects in the night sky. If you've thought about checking out our telescope but haven't yet please consider this hands-on presentation to learn about our Orion StarBlast telescope and what you can do with it. You will practice looking through finder scope and the eye piece. You will be introduced to sky charts  graphs  the planisphere and websites so that you can discover what is in the sky right now.

Make, Craft, Create: Adult Craft Night -- Refrigerator Magnets

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeteing Room

Come Make, Craft, Create in a friendly and supportive group on the first Tuesday of the month.