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Faith in Humanity

Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m. to noon.

The Keene Public Library invites you to share time away from the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day with your family, to reflect on the tragic misfortune of Eleazar Ayala and others like him. Even on Thanksgiving, many good people around the world are separated from their families, against their will, possibly for the rest of their lives.

Full STEAM Ahead

Tuesday, November 7 and 14, 2017, at 3:30 p.. in the Youth Department

Enjoy fun hands-on maker activities for children ages 7 - 11. Kids will take part in weekly mystery building challenges using cardboard, tape, paper, paint, glue and more. We provide tools, materials, help with planning and teach new construction skills. For more information please call the youth department.  

Read It, See It, Love It Film Series: Housekeeping

November 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

Christine Lahti as the eccentric guardian of orphaned teens. Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill, Anne Pitoniak, Barbara Reese, Bill Smillie. Bill Forsyth directed. Based on the novel Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

Columbia Pictures, 1987, 116 minutes, Rated PG

Return to Vietnam: 1967-2016

November 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

Poet Rodger Martin chronicles his first trip to Vietnam in 1967 and his return fifty years later in 2016 to the same places he served in 1967.

Make, Craft, Create: Adult Craft Night -- Jigsaw Wreaths

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room

Make, craft, and create in a friendly and supportive group on the first Tuesday of the month. 

Ladybug Book Award Celebration seeks preschoolers through third graders

Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Youth Department

The Keene Public Library celebrates the 2017 Ladybug Picture Book Award on Saturday, November 4 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the library’s Youth Department on the 2nd floor. Children from preschool through third grade and their families are invited to this fun event. The library is located at 60 Winter Street.

Family Dance @ your Library! with Lisa Sieverts

Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Come to our monthly Family Contra Dance. This year, the dances are held the first Friday of the month from November through May at the Keene Public Library.

November 3 -- Held in Heberton Hall and called by Lisa Sieverts with Gordon Peery on the piano and Perin Ellsworth-Heller on the fiddle

December 1 - Andy Davis and Brendan Taaffe

January 5 - Brendan Taaffe

February 2 -- Kathy Torrey

March 2 - Mary DesRosiers

April 6 - Mary DesRosiers

May 4 - to be determined!

Keene Public Library Offers Writing Workshop for Veterans

Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Green Room

The Keene Public Library invites veterans to join a Writing Workshop to be held at the library on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. until noon. The Veterans Writing Workshop provides a safe and creative outlet for veterans, active duty members, and their family to develop writing skills and tell their stories. The workshop will be facilitated by Rodger Martin. Rodger is the author of two books of poetry: “The Battlefield Guide” and “The Blue Moon Series.” Both are published by Hobblebush Books.

International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Ashuelot River Park

The Keene Public Library and the Keene Amateur Astronomers Club are collaborating and celebrating International Observe the Moon Night with a public viewing session on Saturday October, 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Ashuelot River Park. Club members will be on hand to instruct and assist. This public viewing is dependent on the weather. International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the moon.

Teen Horror Movie & Costume Lock-In

Local teens are invited to the Keene Public Library for some spooky horror films and games in the basement of the Keene Public Library after hours on Friday, October 27 from 6 p.m. to midnight.  Jay Fee, the library’s Teen Services Librarian has planned a great event. “We can't guarantee ghosts, ghouls, and goblins won't appear but we can guarantee you'll have fun and get to enjoy some great movies, games, snacks, and refreshments. Bring your best costume or cosplay if you're feeling especially creepy!!”  All films shown will be rated PG-13.

Ready, Set, Write: NaNoWriMo

Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Trustees Room

Are you interested in participating in National Novel Writing Month? Come find out what it is, how it's done, what makes it a great writing tool/strategy, and get some tips on successfully completing your NaNoWriMo from a five-time winner Jamie Sheffield. Jamie will share the shape, benefits, and possible pitfalls of NaNoWriMo, along with some thoughts on planning, time management, setting realistic goals, and other things, based on my experiences with NaNoWriMo.

3d Maker Lab

Each Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Youth Department (No class will be held on Oct. 31)

Curious about what a 3D printer is? Stop by one of our MakerLabs, see it in action and ask one of our Makers in Residence questions about the process. She can show you how the basics of operating our MakerBot Replicator 2 and how to use the library's computers and free CAD software to design, modify or download a 3-D model for printing. Participants will progress through the labs at their own pace.