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Featured Library Events

Friends of the Library's Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Keene Public Library will hold their 2014 Fall Book Sale on:

  • Friday Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday Oct. 26, 9-2 pm.

Come and get some great bargains on books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, children's books, and more!

Sunday is Bag Day! Buy a grocery bag full of books for only $5.00!

Peter Biedermann Solo Guitar Concert

Friday October 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Peter Biedermann is an instrumental guitarist based in Arizona who has been composing and performing for over 35 years.  While his music covers a number of genres in various disciplines, the sounds you will hear on this afternoon will be entirely original.  The music will be performed on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings combined with subtle ambient electronics. 

Book Discussion: Live Free or Die by Ernest Hebert

Thursday October 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room

We are honored to host author Ernest Hebert who will speak about his book Live Free or Die. His novel follows the lives and loves of the people of a small New Hampshire town called Darby. Ernest Hebert lives in Westmoreland, N.H. and teaches writing at Dartmouth College. "Among Hebert's themes here are the alienation of parents and children, of natives and newcomers, and of rich and poor.

Lunch @ your Library: The Creative Mind at Work & Play -- Wendi Hulslander

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at noon in the Trustees Room

Bring your own lunch and listen to a local maker/craftsperson/artist talk about his or her work. Join artist Wendi Hulslander and talk about the creative process over lunch. In additional to being an visionary artist, Wendi is the president of the Monadnock Area Artists Association. Coffee, tea, and lemonade will be provided.

Trick or Treat Magic Show

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Magician Debbie O'Carroll combines mystifying stage magic and zany comedy with lots of audience participation for a fun, fantastic Halloween treat!

The audience will imagine that they are attending a ghostly tea party at a haunted house. They will help Debbie design a magical costume, make sound effects for a silly nightmare, solve the mystery of the vanishing monster and much more!

The Abolitionists: Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Screening, Discussion, & Community Supper

Thursday Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. (Dinner) in the Kay Fox Meeting Room and 6:30 p.m. (Screening & Discussion in the Auditorium

The Keene Public Library is pleased to announce the screening and film discussion of the documentary “The Abolitionists” on Thursday October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Keene Public Library Auditorium at 60 Winter Street. Graham Warder, Assistant Professor in History at Keene State College will select film segments moderate the discussion. Prior to the screening and discussion, community members are invited join together for a meal at 6 p.m.

Kill Shakespeare Stage Reading

Saturday Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Part radio play, part live comic book, KILL SHAKESPEARE sends Shakespeare's greatest heroes-led by Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, Romeo, and Puck-on an epic journey to find a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare who just might turn the tide in their battle against the infamous villains Richard III, Lady MacBeth and Iago.

12 Hour Comics

Saturday Oct. 11 from noon until midnight

This is the arts equivalent of a half-marathon: a half-24 Hour Comic! Standard 24 Hour Comics events consist of drawing 24 pages over the course of 24 hours. We'll begin this half-session at noon with a brief COMICS WORKSHOP crash-course in comics creation and self-publishing from N.H. cartoonist Marek Bennett.  Then we'll dive in and draw for the next half-day, pausing for a pizza party dinner and a reading of our work as midnight approaches.

Lunch @ your Library: The Creative Mind at Work & Play -- Skye Stephenson

Thursday October 9, 2014 at noon in the Trustees Room

Bring your own lunch and listen to a local maker/craftsperson/artist talk about his or her work. Come join writer Skye Stephenson and talk about the creative process over lunch. Coffee, tea, and lemonade will be provided.

Homeschooling Hullabaloo: Cardboard Fun

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room

Come get ready for the Global Cardboard Challenge and have some fun with cardboard creations.

Homeschooling families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy books and activities. These programs usually occur the second Monday of the month (Sept. - May) at 10 a.m. but this month we've moved the meeting time to Friday, October 13. (The library is closed on Monday, October 13).

Bunny Cakes Tea and Story Time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Join the fun and the millions of adults and children nationwide who will read "Bunny Cakes" by Rosemary Wells in celebration of the "Read for the Record" early literacy campaign.

Afternoon Song and Dance Party

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Youth Dept. Story Room

Put on your dancing shoes and join your friends in the library for an afternoon of singing and dancing to some of the best traditional and new children's music presented by Music Together teacher Nancy Salwen.