Magic: The Gathering Tournament this Saturday!!


Come by the Keene Public Library on Saturday, May 2nd from 2pm-5pm. We’ll be having a Magic: The Gathering tournament. Be here by 2:30pm to register for the tournament. This event is open to everyone of all skill levels. So whether you’re a seasoned veteran, an intermediate player, or just starting out you’ll have a good time. There will be prizes for the top positions in the tournament and prizes raffled off so even if you don’t win you can still have a chance for some prizes. We’ll also have open tables for free play or to trade cards with other players too.

So come on down and have a good time this Saturday at the library!


Happenings and Goings-On


Hi everyone! Long time no post! That’s my fault and I’ll try to be more regular with my posting here. Just wanted to let everyone know what’s been going on here in the YA department of the library.

What I’m Reading: I just started Kick Me by Paul Feig, one of the creators of the TV show Freaks and Geeks and the director of Bridesmaids and The Heat. It’s very funny and painful to read all the embarrassing situations he found himself in growing up. It’ll make you remember all those terrifying instances when you were teased or made fun of but it does so in an inclusive, non-traumatizing way.

What I Just Read: I just finished War Room by Michael Holley because my beloved Patriots are in the off season and I’m jonesing for some football material. A great read and really gives you an insight into how the Patriots prepare not just for football games but for the process of team building.

What’s Going on at the Library:

Tuesday, April 13th: Otaku Guild will be happening from 3pm-5pm down in the Auditorium. Come have fun and watch some anime with fellow teens.

Wednesday, April 14th: Afterschool Movie Matinee – Red Dawn (1984) will be playing in the Auditorium from 4pm-6pm. Popcorn will be available for all! The movie’s description is as follows: It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

Thursday, April 15th: Open Play Games @ Your Library! from 3:30pm-6:30pm down in the Kay Fox Room. Play video games, board games, card games, whatever your heart desires. If it’s a game you can play it!

Saturday, April 18th: Another Super Smash Bros. Tournament!! The last one was such a success that we’re doing it again! Come by the Kay Fox Room in the basement of the library for this fun Smash Bros. tournament from 1pm-5pm. Be here by 1:30pm to register. Prizes, refreshments, and snacks will be provided!

Meet your new Teen Services Librarian


Hello everyone! My name is Brantley Palmer and I’m the new Teen Services Librarian here at the Keene Public Library. Sorry this blog hasn’t been updated in so long. I’m going to do my best to keep it updated regularly.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a big Boston sports fan, especially the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, and I actually worked for four years at NESN (New England Sports Network) after graduating from Keene State College in 2008 with my degree in Film. I also worked on a bunch of small independent films down there and also one big one, Moneyball with Brad Pitt.

I love movies, TV shows, comics, books, and video games and already have some fun video gaming programming lined up, including a Super Smash Bros. Tournament on Saturday, February 21st and a Retro Gaming Day which will include a Street Fighter II Tournament on Saturday, March 14th.

The Teen Advisory Group is something I’m trying to start up again too and our first meeting will be one week from today, Saturday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day I know, but it’s just a quick drop-in event to get ideas from teens in the area) from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

In the meantime, if you have any other ideas about programming or collections, please contact me at and check the library event calendar for updates on programming. I look forward to hearing from everyone!

Table Top Answers!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our table top questions.

Last Week’s Teen Table Top Questions-

What kinds of activities would you come to at the library?

Murals/Wall Paintings

Improv Workshop

Writing Workshop

Anime Club (This one is coming!)


Who is your favorite character from a book?

Harry Potter

Hermoine- Harry Potter

Ichigo Kurosaki- Bleach

Peeta and Katniss- The Hunger Games

Alice- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Ethan Wate- Beautiful Creatures (Come see me for a pin or pencil from the movie! I have lots!)

Alice- Twilight

Junko Enoshima- Thursday Next


There were a couple that weren’t from a book:

Morgan Freeman

Samuel L. Jackson

John Egbert

Dr. Phill

John Green

Johnny Depp

Hailey Arsenault