Super Smash Bros. Tournament this Saturday!!


This Saturday, February 21st, from 1pm-5pm in the Kay Fox Room of the Keene Public Library we’ll be holding a Super Smash Bros. Tournament!! Register online on the library calendar or register at the event. Snacks and drinks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!!


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!

Claudette Colvin, Civil Rights & Youth Activism

If you see an injustice, get involved! You can make a difference and change the world for the better.

Phillip Hoose, the author of the book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice will be visiting Keene on April 10 and 11.  He’ll be at the library to speak to middle school students at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 10 about the courage of young people and how their actions changed their communities.He’ll present a lecture on his book that evening at 7:00 p.m. And he’ll visit the American Studies classes at Keene High School on Wednesday April 11.

Hoose has written other books profiling the importance of young people in history.  We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History by Phillip Hoose is the first book to tell the story of the role children and adolescents have played in the making of our nation. The book  is collection over seventy stories, including that of Claudette Colvin, noting young people who made differences in the outcome of U.S. history.

This project will continue with teacher-led workshops at the Keene Public Library on Tuesday April 24, May 1, and May 8 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will discuss Phillip Hoose’s message. Each young person will design and create a mixed media collage based on the theme of courage. Artwork will be displayed on City Express buses during the spring and summer.

Why I NEED and LOVE My Library

There are three weeks left  to submit a video for the Why I Need My Library video contest.  Through Monday April 18, teens ages 13 through 18 can submit one- to three-minute videos on YouTube. The videos can be live-action, animation, machinima or use a combination of techniques, and teens can work in groups of up to six.

By entering you will show how much you value libraries and you could win  rich incentives your library and a nice prize for each teen member of the winning team.

Winning teens will select their school or public library as the recipient of cash prizes. There is a total of $20,000 at stake, with $3,000 going to each of two grand prize winners. In addition, each member of the winning group will receive a $50 gift card to an online bookseller.

Need help? Ask our resident filmmaker and AmeriCorps VISTA member Jon Solari for advice.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video and read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Contest Details:

Submitting videos and entry forms

  1. Videos need to be uploaded to YouTube by midnight April 18, 2011.
  2. Teens should tag videos with alaneedmylibrary15 if the designated videographer is between the ages of 13-15 or alaneedmylibrary18 if the designated videographer is between the ages of 16-18.
  3. Teens must also mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible.
  4. Read the complete guidelines for more information


  1. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories – ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 18 – to a school or local public library selected by the winners.
  2. Grand prize: The winning contestant or group of contestants from each age category will receive $3,000 for their selected library.  In addition, each member of the winning group will receive a $50 gift card to an online bookseller.
  3. Second place: Two second place finalists in each age category will receive $2,000 each for their selected library
  4. Third place: Three third place finalists will receive $1,000 each for their selected library.
  5. Winning videos will be showcased on ALA websites and at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28).

Learn Create Share @ Your Library® during Teen Tech Week

Celebrate Teen Tech Week at the Keene Public Library

Teen Tech Week 2010

Teen Tech Week is a celebration of the technology you love to use @ your library

®, including playing video games, chatting on the Web, listening to mp3 and more.

25 ways to celebrate Teen Tech Week

  1. Download an audiobook on your mp3 player.
  2. Visit your library’s webpage.
  3. Blog about a library book or program. Add something to another blog, this blog, or anywhere on the library’s website.
  4. Try out a book focused site like LibraryThing or Good Reads. Visit the library’s Library Thing profile and our Good Reads profile.
  5. Create a soundtrack for your favorite book. If you sign up for an account at Project Playlist, you can create and save music playlists.
  6. Ask a librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  7. Learn to podcast.  Michael will teach you at a workshop and field trip on Friday, March 12th at 3 pm. (You need a signed permission slip to take part).
  8. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and some even have their own Facebook and MySpace profiles. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?  
  9. Learn to make your own video games using Scratch. You can do this at the library’s Scratch Design Workshop on Tuesday, March 9th at 3 pm.  
  10. Check out your library’s anime collection. Watch some anime.  Join the library’s anime and manga fan club. We meet the first Monday of the month.
  11. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musical artist.
  12. Create and post a YouTube video about your library or a favorite book.
  13. Enter the Teen Health and Wellness “It’s Your Cause” Video Contest. All you have to do is create a PSA (public service announcement). All videos that meet submission guidelines will be published on Teen Health & Wellness website.
  14. Share some fan fiction on a fan fiction website.
  15. Show off your stuff at our Mario Kart Wii Tournament.  Join Michael and friends on Thursday, March 11th at 3 pm.
  16. Use the library’s online auto repair manual to help fix your car.
  17. Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at the library. Ask Gail how to help.
  18. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.  Join Michael as he leads a tour to the Keene State College Radio Station. (You need a signed permission slip to participate).
  19. Join the library’s Teen Advisory Group and help us plan programs and activities of all kinds and for all people. 
  20. Learn a new language online with Mango.
  21. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography. Attend the library’s  Digital Video Camera Workshop on Monday, March 8th at 3 pm.
  22. Start a, Twitter or Flickr account.
  23. Join an online community like TeenFire.
  24. Connect with an online tutor for homework help through
  25. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.

For more information about Teen Tech Week programs or the library’s regularly scheduled teen events, please contact the Keene Public Library’s Youth Department at 603-352-0157 or visit the library’s website at

Remember: To participate in the podcasting field trip, teens will need to return an off-site permission slip that has been signed by a parent of guardian.

Calling all Writers!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Writers’ Group to Meet Every Other Tuesday at the Keene Public Library.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, there is a teen writing group at the Keene Public Library.  We meet every other Tuesday.  Join us to share what you are working on and to see what other area teens are writing. Our good friend Mitch is currently writing a thriller novella.  Erica has begun a book of poems and journal entries. 

Each Tuesday that we meet, there will be plenty of writing prompts to get you going, break that writer’s block, and start you on a lifelong enjoyment of writing.  Perhaps you might even end up working in writing as a future career.  Yes, this can all be yours and more for the small price of showing up.  We offer amazing opportunities such as a venue for you to recite or perform your work; engaging writing prompts, exercises and formats; open, honest and constructive feedback from a community of your peers; an opportunity for self-editing of your work; and the chance to work on your next literary masterpiece.  So come join us January 5th, you know we’re write!

You can find the future dates and activities for the teen writing group on the KPL online calendar.

National Gaming Day @ your library!

National Gaming Day @ your library!

Keene's Knights Chess Club Visits KPL for National Gaming Day

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Heberton Hall was a place for all sorts of games and gaming. Perhaps the most unusual game was an extra large chess set provided by the Keene Knights Chess Club.

Stay tuned for more details about National Gaming Day and other gaming events at the Keene Public Library.