Featured Library Events

Banned Comics Lecture and Social Meetup

Friday September 26 at 7 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Celebrate your Freedom to Read by attending this engaging Banned Books Week Lecture and Social Meetup. N.H. cartoonist Marek Bennett presents several episodes of censorship and challenge from the long and rich history of comics around the world. We'll look into the "Comic Book Scare" of the 1950s and the "American Comics Code", the eradication of the Ancient Mayan library system, the miraculous secret life of the subversive Bayeux Tapestry and more.

Nate the Great Detective Party

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Youth Department

Join us for stories, games and crafts centered around the Nate the Great series and other mysteries. Bring a camera because you will want to have your picture taken with our guest of honor Nate the Great. Although children of all ages are invited to this library event, the program is specially designed for children in grades K-3.

Fear of Singing Mini-Workshop

Saturday September 20, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Many people who think they can’t sing have had some kind of experience that shut them down (a criticism at an early age, a sense that someone else was the “the singer” in the family, an insensitive music teacher!) and that this negative experience has gelled into a myth that they have come to see as a truth. Does this sound familiar to you? It isn't too late. Everyone deserves to sing. This fun and supportive group experience led by Nancy Salwen is a good way to begin.

Outside the Lines Open Hack Night

Wednesday September 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kay Fox Room

Come hack with friends! You can show off your project or work on various projects. Join us and you'll see that the Keene Public Library is a great place to Meet and Make.  

Do It Together Crafternoon: Fall Lights

Friday September 19, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Middle Grade Area

Tweens and teens come make something with friends. Today we'll make an electric light with a glass jar and a collection of leaves.

Created Equal Book Discussion: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Tuesday September 16 at 7 p.m. in the Green Room

Mistaken for a girl on account of his curly hair, delicate features, and sackcloth smock, 12-year-old slave Henry Shackleford realizes that his accidental disguise affords him greater safety and decides to remain female.

International Dot Day

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Youth Department Story Room

Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!
Come to the Keene Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, September 15 to celebrate Peter Reynolds' book, The Dot, and learn about art and imagination. Then, make your very own dot to be displayed in the library!

Young Chautauqua Performances

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Heberton Hall

Join us as students take the stage for Young Chautauqua. These talented young people have been meeting throughout the spring and summer to research historical figures from U.S. history. They have created first person monologues to perform in front of an audience. You'll get to know these historical figures and meet a group of motivated students.

Changing America Keene Chautauqua

Thursday September 11 at 6 p.m. in Heberton Hall

The main event featuring Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman and Charles Everett Pace as Frederick Douglass starts at 6:30 p.m. but come at 6 p.m. for a preshow with music performed by the Hardtacks. 

The Created Equal film set and public programs have been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Mushroom Hunting for Families

Saturday September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon in Robin Hood Park

Spend the morning looking for and identifying wild mushrooms. We will meet at the Robin Hood Park Pavilion for a short talk with book sharing. From there we will begin our walk. Bring a basket or paper bag for collecting. Please register through our event calendar or by calling 352-0157.

Homeschooling Hullabaloo: Harvest Time

Monday September 8, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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

Preserving Your Harvest: The Basics of Preserving Food Safely

Tuesday September 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kay Fox Meeting Room

Join us for a free workshop on home food preservation presented by the UNH Cooperative Extension Service.

A UNH Cooperative Extension educator will cover the latest research-based methods and recipes, answer questions, and share experiences about these topics: