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Featured Library Events

Cardboard Explosion Puppet Show

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium

Join us for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion!” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show.

Recommended for ages 5+

Play-Doh Day

Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 10 in the Youth Department

The Keene Public Library invites all children and families to celebrate the wonders of play-doh on National Play-Doh Day, September 16th. Come celebrate the 11th annual National Play-Doh Day at the Keene Public Library with modeling projects available in the Youth Department all day long. You will be able to try out a variety of natural play-dohs and take home the recipes. Starting at 10 a.m., families can drop by and play with Squishy Circuits and learn about basic circuits through LEDs and play-doh.

Book-to-Action for Adults: LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Trustees RoomCome join us for a light meal and a good discussion about books and community. We believe that books can inspire you to make the world a better place—starting in your own neighborhood!Read the book. Put the ideas in the book into action in your community. The Keene Public Library's "Book-to-Action" series will get you, your family, and your neighbors together to talk about the book, connect with each other, and choose a project to improve our community.

WW1 Film Series: The Big Parade with Prof. Larry Benaquist

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium

Professor Larry Benaquist introduces the film "The Big Parade," a 1925 silent film directed by King Vidor, starring John Gilbert. The story follows Jim Apperson, an idle rich boy who joins the US Army's Rainbow Division in 1917 and is sent to France to fight in World War I. He becomes friends with two working-class men, Slim and Bull (Karl Dane and Tom O'Brien), experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl, Melisande (Renee Adoree).

WWI Discussion

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main St.

We are discussing "World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, edited by A. Scott Berg. Tonight we will focus on "Race and WWI" and "Coming Home."  

T-shirt Upcycling Crafts

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Department

Stop by and make crafts out of t-shirts, yarn, and duct tape. Bring along a favorite t-shirt or use one of ours. 

Book-To-Action Discussion of “A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him”

The community is invited to the Keene Public Library’s Book-to-Action discussion featuring “A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him” by Luis Carlos Montalván to be held Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. Luis Carlos Montalván was a captain in the U.S. Army who served two combat tours in Iraq, where he earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. “A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him” highlights how war changes those that experience it.

WWI Chautauqua, Friday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Keene Chautauqua is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War as two World War I-era figures come to life on Friday, August 25 at 6:30 at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. During the event, residents will have the opportunity to come together to explore the First World War and its resonances today. 

Experience the Eclipse at the Keene Public Library

We are out of solar glasses to give out. But we did save some for our viewing party. Come watch the eclipse at the library. We'll have glasses to share and two filtered telescopes. 

WW1 and America Discussion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Horatio Colony House Museum Horatio Colony House Museum

We will be discussing "World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, edited by A. Scott Berg. Tonight the discussion, led by Prof.

Trash to Tunes

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Auditorium

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017,  at 1 p.m. families and children of all ages are invited to a musical performance call “Trash To Tunes,” The show is a performance using handmade and homemade musical instruments made from recycled materials. The instruments, created by ethnomusicologist Dennis Waring, are inspired from instruments from around the world. Interesting sights, sounds, and stories about the instruments give audiences new insight into folklore, music, craft, science, and worldview.

Website Design Workshop

Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Trustees Room

Designing a website is easier now than ever before, but not all websites are equal. In this web design workshop, we'll discuss the underlying coding that goes into website creation as well as best practices for making your website stand out among the rest.