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Drop-In Puppet Maker Studio

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
Using a wide range of art materials, make your own unique puppets and share their stories in our puppet theater.

This program is for all ages although young children will benefit from the assistance of mom, dad, grandparent or other caregivers. There will be a variety of materials. Children can come one day and make one puppet or each day and make several puppets. 
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Super Smash Bros. Tournament

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
Put your Super Smash Bros skills to the test in this tournament!! Signup begins at 12:30 PM and the tournament begins at 1:00 PM sharp.

Other video games will be available for open play during the tournament as well!! There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers.

This is an all ages event.
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Cookies and Coloring for Adults

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room
Looking for a way to reduce some stress and unwind?  Join us for an afternoon of fun and coloring.   Grab a friend, bring a beverage, sit back and have a good time.

Supplies and cookies provided, as well as soothing music.
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Open Play: Games @ your library!

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Lower Level
Open Play is just that. It is all gaming!  And, gaming of any kind; whether it is board games, card games, video games, big games, role-playing games, or any other kind of game you can imagine, we'll play it.  Each week, we'll provide a different variety of games for you to play; we welcome you to bring in your own games to share with the group.  
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Strategy Game Night

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Play board games with fellow enthusiasts! These board games for adults and others are a blast. We’ll provide a variety of games but will focus on a specific one each meeting. 
We will have several games to play, including: Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Forbidden Island, Boggle, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Carcassonne, Fluxx, Can’t Stop, and more! Feel free to bring an extra copy of the featured game or introduce us to one we haven’t played before.
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Great Books Discussion: John Locke, "Of Civil Government"

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room
This is the 31st year that Keene Public Library's Great Books Discussion has been meeting and new members are always welcomed warmly into the group.  


It is available to read online: Second Treatise of Government. It is also in several books available at Keene State College:
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Book Time with Babies and Toddlers

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Keene Public Library
Youth Department

THIS STORY TIME PROGRAM IS FULL.  Please come to our Story time on Saturday Mornings at 10 am or our Messy Art Program on Mondays at 10 am. 
We’ll share books, rhymes, music, finger plays, puppets, and get-up-and-move activities specially designed for infants and toddlers. At the end of the program, there will be a playtime when parents and caregivers share books, puzzles, or other early literacy activities with their babies and toddlers.

This is a seven-week series, which begins on  March 30th and ends on May 11th, 2018. If you have more than one child attending, please click the "group registration button" and indicate the number of people attending, including yourself. You will automatically be registered for each class in the storytime series.

Photo Release: All library patrons consent to the use of their photographs taken at the library or during library events unless they indicate during registration or specifically inform staff of an objection to such use.


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Drop-In Puppet Maker Studio

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
Using a wide range of art materials, make your own unique puppets and share their stories in our puppet theater.

This program is for all ages although young children will benefit from the assistance of mom, dad, grandparent or other caregivers. There will be a variety of materials. Children can come one day and make one puppet or each day and make several puppets. 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Green Room
Drop-in Knitting and Crocheting is for adults and kids. Whether you’re new to knitting or an old pro, this club is for you. Bring a project that you are working on or one that you would like help with.  Assistance is available for those wishing to learn new skills or to improve existing ones. 

 

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Saturday Stories and More

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Keene Public Library
Story Room

This drop-in storytime takes place each Saturday that the library is open. The storytime will include stories, songs, finger plays, and sometimes simple crafts. The storytime is appropriate for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers.

Photo Release: All library patrons consent to the use of their photographs, which may be taken at the library or during library events unless they specifically inform staff of an objection to such use. Photos may be used in print, broadcast, and web publicity. Please check the box on the sign-up form and inform a staff member if you do not wish to have your picture taken.

 

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Superhero Bash

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Youth Department
Calling all superheroes! It's Superhero Day, a day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional. We will celebrate with crafts and activities. Wear your favorite superhero t-shirt or costume. Take pictures in your disguise in front of our photo booth. 
 
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Messy Art: Meet & Play

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
For parents/caregivers with children ages birth - 5 years old. Drop-In, play and meet other families with young children. Each week in the Youth Department Story Room, there will be special fun-filled activities and age-appropriate art activities that will stimulate their senses. And there will be toys and other learning materials in the picture book area of the Youth Department.
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Library Build-a-Rama!

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Calling all builders! Come build with LEGO® bricks, KEVA planks, Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, marble runs, Magna-Tiles, K'NEX, Squigz, and much more! A variety of materials will be provided for young architects to test their creativity through play and construction. Our Build-a-Rama club is open to kids of all ages. 



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Future Ready for Middle Schoolers

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
If you're a student in the middle school, a parent of a middle school student, or a community member who realizes the value of developing future ready skills at the middle school level, please join us for a open discussion on the development of a new program aimed at college and career readiness for middle schoolers. 

The Keene Public Library is 1 of 24 libraries selected to participate in the second cohort of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Association for Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL), Future Ready with the Library project. Through this project, the library will work with a community partner to develop college and career readiness services for and with local middle school students. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

During this workshop, we will discuss current teen interests;, social emotional learning; social, work, and life skills; and local businesses and organizations the library could form a partnership with.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

About YALSA

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About ARSL

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL), is dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries.  ARSL recognizes the uniqueness of small and rural libraries and is committed to providing an environment that encourages excellence within this community of practice, supporting their goals of service and speaking on behalf of this important constituency. ARSL strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities. To learn more, visit arsl.info and follow us on Facebook.

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Board in the Library: 51st State

6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Keene Public Library
Green Room
Take control of one of four factions vying for control of the post-war remains of a devastated United States. These factions struggle to build their stockpiles of supplies through conquest, trade, and expansion of their territory, until they achieve the stability to become the 51st State - and provide the foundation of a new society. 

Players will have to strategically plan the growth of their faction - Will you use force to gain large, short term benefits? Will you negotiate to gain an ongoing income? Or will you incorporate new locations into your territory? Difficult decisions await the players on every turn.
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Preschool Storytime

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Preschool storytimes are geared towards pre-kindergarteners ages three to five who can sit and listen to short stories and participate in simple songs and rhymes. Storytime will always include read-aloud stories and fingerplays and may include poems, music, dramatic play, and crafts. 

This is a seven-week series, which begins the week of March 26th and ends the week of May 7th 2018. If you have more than one child, please click on the "Group Registration" button and indicate the total number that will be attending storytime. When you sign up for one class, you will automatically be registered for each class in the storytime series.

Photo Release: All library patrons consent to the use of their photographs taken at the library or during library events unless they indicate during registration or specifically inform staff of an objection to such use.
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Game On! Trading Card Games

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
Yu-Gi-Oh? Magic: The Gathering? Whatever your favorite game, come play at the Keene Public Library. Bring your own deck from home or use our collection of cards and meet other players while you have some card playing fun. 
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3D Makerlab

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Youth Department
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. Once you can demonstrate an independent understanding of the printing process, you're welcome to sign up to use our 3D printer anytime it's not in use.

Space is limited. To participate in the MakerLab, you should be between 10-18 years old. If you want to use the 3D printer or the CAD software, please sign up in advance. If you cannot make it, please call the Youth Department at  603-352-0157 or cancel your reservation online.

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Craft-tastic Drop-In Family Art Studio

6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Keene Public Library
Youth Department
Drop in arts and crafts group. Come in and see what we're making tonight!
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Make, Craft, Create: Adult Craft Night -- Silver Spoon Flower Arrangements

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room

You may not have been born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but that won't prevent you from enjoying this unusual workshop. You will learn how to craft a beautiful keepsake, from a vintage silver spoon, using simple fixings of floral foam, petite dried flowers, moss, hot glue, and ribbons. You will take home a beautiful creation, and may find yourself taking a second look at the inherited mismatched silverware you have tucked away in a drawer. All materials will be provided.

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

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Preschool storytimes are geared towards pre-kindergarteners ages three to five who can sit and listen to short stories and participate in simple songs and rhymes. Storytime will always include read-aloud stories and fingerplays and may include poems, music, dramatic play, and crafts. 

This is a seven-week series, which begins the week of  March 26th and ends the week of May 12th 2018. If you have more than one child, please click on the "Group Registration" button and indicate the total number that will be attending storytime. When you sign up for one class, you will automatically be registered for each class in the storytime series.

Photo Release: All library patrons consent to the use of their photographs taken at the library or during library events unless they indicate during registration or specifically inform staff of an objection to such use.
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Afterschool Teen Movie Matinee: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
Looking for something to do after school? Stop by the Keene Public Library to catch a movie every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Movies are usually rated PG-13 or even sometimes they are PG or G. Although movies are chosen with teens in mind, adults are welcome.  

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rey learns the ways of the Force from Luke Skywalker, and develops a telepathic bond with Kylo Ren, who is struggling to master the Dark Side. Meanwhile, Stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn goes on a risky mission behind enemy lines. 

Walt Disney Pictures, 2017, PG-13, 152 minutes

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Film Series: Only The Brave

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cookies and Coloring for Adults

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room
Looking for a way to reduce some stress and unwind?  Join us for an afternoon of fun and coloring.   Grab a friend, bring a beverage, sit back and have a good time.

Supplies and cookies provided, as well as soothing music.
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Open Play: Games @ your library!

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
Open Play is just that. It is all gaming!  And, gaming of any kind; whether it is board games, card games, video games, big games, role-playing games, or any other kind of game you can imagine, we'll play it.  Each week, we'll provide a different variety of games for you to play; we welcome you to bring in your own games to share with the group.  
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