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SAT Test Prep Course

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
For many years  the Keene Public Library and Keene Orthodontic Specialists have partnered to offer a free SAT Prep Series on Saturday mornings in March:  March 4, 11, 18 and 25th. The course series is designed to assist and motivate students in taking their SAT exams for college. This course will cover test strategies and practice test taking in all three areas of the SAT exam. Actual questions and problems taken from the SAT exams will be addressed. There are simulated tests which are then reexamined with two highly qualified instructors. Students will be able to judge where their weaknesses lie and learn strategies for preparing for taking the actual exams. Any student planning to take the SAT is eligible for the course, although priority is given to Juniors. Students should plan on attending all four Saturdays of the course from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Space is limited and fills up quickly. To register, please call Colleen Swider at the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 and provide the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Home address
  • School
  • Grade
  • Cell phone number
  • Email address that is checked frequently

Upon completion of the registration, the student will receive an email acknowledgement that must be printed out and will serve as a ticket to the first class. The email acknowledgement should be received within three business days. If you do not receive it, please call Colleen Swider at 603-352-0157.


REGISTRATION BEGINS FOR JUNIORS ONLY January 2, 2017.  Others may register if there is still space after Feb. 1, 2017
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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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Saturday Stress Buster Coloring and Puzzle Party

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room
At this monthly weekend coloring gathering, we’re all about the calm (and the happy)! Bring a buddy, colors, and coloring books. We will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, and crayons as well as a group jigsaw puzzle.
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Shake, Rattle & Roll

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Join us for a program full of songs, dance and games around our parachute. For parents/caregivers with children ages 18 months old to 3 1/2 years old.
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1...2...3... Play with Me!

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Keene Public Library
Kay Fox Room

A Family Place Parent/Child Workshop

Spend time together, play, make friends, and talk one-on-one with specialists on child development during this enjoyable five-week workshop. These fun learning times are for children 1 to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. Infant and preschool siblings may attend with a registered toddler.

Local child development specialists will be available for one-on-one chats on early childhood growth and health topics.

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Maker Mondays: Circuit Circus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Come learn the basics of electronics through hands-on projects. Makers will create things that light up, heat up and spin!  No prior experience necessary. 
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Board in the Library: Sentinels of the Multiverse

6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Keene Public Library
Green Room
A mad scientist holds the world hostage with his terrifying inventions. 
An alien warlord from a far away galaxy brings his limitless army of bizarre minions to conquer the planet. 
A giant rampaging robot cuts a swath of destruction across the coast, destroying major population centers.

Join our team of heroes and answer the call to protect the multiverse from the forces of evil by playing this cooperative, fixed-deck card game with a comic book flavor. No prior experience with the game is necessary; we will teach you all the rules.
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Monday Night Fiction Writers

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room
Have you always wanted to write a novel or short story? Our writers' group welcomes new members and provides prose fiction writers a friendly and supportive environment to share their work. Participants learn from critiquing others and receive feedback on their own submissions.
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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 3 to 5 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 series the week of March 20 through May 12. Registration is limited. Please, signup to attend. When you sign up you will be registered for the whole series.

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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Happy Money Smart Week

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Youth Department

Come to a special event where you can learn about money, as well as how to save money in your very own handmade piggy bank! Children of all ages are welcome!

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Tax-Aide Program

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Kay Fox Room

  • IRS-certified AARP volunteers provide free tax counseling and preparation services to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Assistance is provided on a first come, first-served basis. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. 

    For joint returns, both parties must be present. The checklist below includes items you need to bring when you visit an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site for us to help you prepare your tax return(s)

    • Last year’s tax return(s)
    • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and every individual on your return.
    • Photo I.D. required for all taxpayers.
    • Checkbook if you want to direct deposit any refund(s).
    Income
    • W-2 from each employer
    • Unemployment compensation statements
    • SSA-1099 Form showing the total Social Security benefits paid to you for the year, or Form RRB-1099, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits
    • 1099 Forms reporting interest (1099-INT), dividends (1099-DIV), proceeds from sales (1099-B), as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of your sold assets
    • 1099-R Form if you received a pension, annuity, or IRA distribution
    • 1099-MISC Forms
    • Information about other forms of Income
    • State or local income tax refunds
    Payments
    • All forms and canceled checks indicating federal and state income tax paid (including quarterly estimated tax payments)
    Deductions

    Most taxpayers have a choice of taking either a standard deduction or itemizing their deductions. If you have a substantial amount of deductions, you may want to itemize. You will need to bring the following information:

    • 1098 Form showing any home mortgage interest
    • A list of medical/dental expenses (including doctor and hospital bills and medical insurance premiums), a list of prescription medicines, costs of assisted living services, and bills for home improvements such as ramps and railings for people with disabilities
    • Summary of contributions to charity
    • Receipts or canceled checks for all quarterly or other paid tax
    • Property Tax bills and proof of payment
    Health Insurance
    • 1095A Forms if you purchased insurance through the Marketplace (Exchange)
    • 1095B/1095C Forms (if applicable)
    • Any exemption correspondence from the Marketplace (if applicable)
    Credits
    • Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, or Social Security number)
    • 1098-T and 1098-E Forms (Tuition and Student Loan Interest)
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Library Board of Trustees

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room

The library's Board of Trustees meets monthly.
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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 3 to 5 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 series the week of March 20 through May 12. Registration is limited. Please, signup to attend. When you sign up you will be registered for the whole series.

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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Afterschool Movie Matinee: Max Steel

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium

Teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) discovers that he has superpowers, and soon encounters a robotic alien named Steel (voice of Josh Brener) who wants to harness the energy he generates. The pair team up to form a superhero called Max Steel, using the guise to fight back against an extraterrestrial threat. This sci-fi action film is based on the popular line of Mattel figures. Andy Garcia, Ana Villafañe, Maria Bello, and Mike Doyle co-star. Written by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and directed by Stewart Hendler (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn).

Open Road Films, 2016, Rated PG-13, 92 minutes.

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Science and Water Fair Help Day

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Parents and students who would like help with science fair projects will find a wealth of information at this workshop. The workshop will cover how set up a display board and how to present your project to the judges. Please bring your final questions and concerns and we address them. For more information, please call the library at 352-0157.
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Read It, See It, Love It Film Series: Fences

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Auditorium
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s while coming to terms with the events of his life. "Fences" by August Wilson opened on Broadway in 1987, winning the Tony Awards for Best Play. A revival of "Fences" opened in 2010, winning the Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor Denzel Washington, and Best Actress (Viola Davis). Washington and Davis reprise their roles in this film adaptation.

 Paramount Pictures, 2016, Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references, 138 minutes
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Keene Public Library Painting Group

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Heberton Hall

For many decades, artists living in New England have come together in small social groups to paint and enjoy the art world. The level of ability is wide ranging and includes virtually all media, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels and more. The painting groups generally paint together in church basements, Town Halls, and lodge halls throughout the rural communities. The groups vary in size and an average group size might be about twenty artists with seven to twelve artists painting together on a given day. Some group members are just starting out but others have been painting for decades. Some are self-taught and some have a formal art education.

There is no formal instruction at group meetings. Artists simply learn from one another by observing and asking questions when they see something that interests them.

The Keene Public Library along with the Monadnock Area Artists Association has a painting group meeting every Thursday morning from 10:00 to noon. The program is open to the public with no fees or admission. One simply needs to provide ones own art materials. The group meets in Heberton Hall next to the Library and is a wonderful place to paint. No advance notice is required. Just show up, meet some fellow artists, new friends, and enjoy yourself.

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Lapsit Time for Babies and Caregivers

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
This series for babes in arms and their caregivers is full of songs and rhymes, clapping hands and smiling faces. At the end of each program, there will be a playtime when parents and caregivers share books, puzzles or other early literacy activities with their babies. Our goal is to help parents and caregivers introduce their young infants to the world of books, songs, music bounces, and rhymes. This series begins the week of March 20 through May 12. Registration is limited. Please, signup to attend. When you sign up you will be registered for the whole series.

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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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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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: Joshua Reynold's "Discourse Seven"

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Keene Public Library
Trustees Room
This is the 30th year that Keene Public Library's Great Books Discussion has been meeting and new members are always welcomed warmly into the group.  Tonight's reading is Discourse Seven by Joshua Reynolds, available in Great Conversations 6 or free online here.

On April 13, the works discussed will be Franz Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" and Jorge Luis Borges, "Borges and I'.  Both readings are available in "World's Greatest Short Stories" or available online free. 
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Toddlers and Two-Times

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Once baby is walking come join this active baby and toddler program.  We will share books, puzzles, music and other early literacy activities with you and your toddlers. This series begins the week of March 20 through May 12. Registration is limited. Please, signup to attend. When you sign up you will be registered for the whole series.

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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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Story Room
Join us to knit and crochet for charity every Friday at  1 p.m. in the Youth Department,
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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Well Tempered Ukes

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Keene Public Library
Heberton Hall

The trio of Robin Hoffman, Richard Perlmutter and Marlene Wong, based in Western MA, sings and plays ukuleles but specializes in early music and parlor and art songs.

The three members met at a community-based ukulele group in Northampton called A-E-I-O-UKES, which plays mostly folk, pop and rock music. But they soon realized they shared musical interests that were outside the scope of the group.

All three have strong connections to classical music. Before her current career as a ukulele instructor and illustrator, Hoffman had been a professional ballet dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Perlmutter, a professional musician and producer, plays classical guitar, piano and mandolin, and is a 4x Grammy Nominee for his Beethoven’s Wig series of albums. Wong, a music, theatre and dance specialist librarian, is a classically trained church organist who has danced with the Stanford Baroque Dance Ensemble.

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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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