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!

Michael Rocks Out at the American Library Association

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Recently, Michael Soldati attended the Young Adult Library Services event “Games, Gadgets, & Gurus.” Librarians from all across the country got together to discuss gaming programs and library services for teens. Michael will incorporate some of the new ideas during his weekly “Open Play” gaming sessions held each Thursday afternoon at the Keene Public Library.

Seniors join fun at Open Play Game Day

That’s right, some of our local senior citizens come out of the woodwork (actually, they came from the Keene Senior Center) to play Nintendo Wii at our wiikly Open Play Gaming Day.

They had a raucous good time, playing the Wii Sports Bowling Game. Whenever anyone bowled a strike or picked up a tough spare the entire room knew it, perhaps even the entire downstairs knew.Now, while I might consider myself a video game veteran, these veterans of life definitely know how to bowl. In his first sitting, our Keene Senior Center friend Bill got the highest score ever achieved on our Wii Sports Resort Bowling Game – a whopping 183 points. It is a heck of a lot better than I can do on the lanes or on the Wii! One woman, Jeane, after playing the Wii during our training day (we went over to the Keene Senior Center to show them what it was about before they visited us at the library) had so much fun she went out and bought her own. She had her son set it up and now she plays regularly. Sandi, director of the senior center, said that this was perfect for seniors and that it really helped them to get up and get a little physical activity. Plus, it’s fun too. Bill even made his way over to the PS2 Dance Dance Revolution game and tried his luck on one of our mats! Apparently, the “Arrow Dance,” as he called it, was a little fast for him, but he had a great time nonetheless.

Read more about this fun time, online at the Keene Sentinel.

Stay tuned for more as Keene senior citizens take over game day and have a great time doing so.

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.

Back-to-Back Tournaments October 22nd and 23rd

I have some exciting news for everyone. We have some great butt-kickin’ prizes for our tournaments. Don’t forget to tell your friends.

Want to sign up in advance? Just go to our calendar here and click on either tournament on their appropriate dates and a sign-up will appear before you.  

If you don’t know how to play, don’t worry. The library has both Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Yu-Gi-Oh! that you can come and play at our weekly game night each Thursday 3 pm-8 pm at the Keene Public Library.

And for all you noobs, here are some informational videos to get you started.

How to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl

How to play Yu-Gi-Oh

Read Beyond Reality. I can. Can you?

It has been a few days since my last post. I know. I’m sorry. Let me tell you I’ve got a dozy of an update for you all. 

First off, Dan, me, and the rest of the Keene Public Library Youth Department just got some volunteers!!!  (It’s okay. You can clap). So, now in addition to doing our own work, we’ll have to find work for them. Not to worry, though, my fine feathered friends. (I’m talking to the ducks in the audience right now). This just means that we can do even more work for our community, and I mean you. Yes, I mean you, sitting at the computer reading this. You didn’t think I knew you were on a computer did you? Well HA!

Anyway, our weekly game night got a record-breaking 33 participants last week. Seems like the word is starting to spread that something pretty cool is happening at your local (if you’re in Keene) public library. 

Speaking of game night, we’ve got some special events coming up. This week, regular game night will have a twist. We’ll be filming part of the event. We will have some release forms for you to bring to mommy and daddy to sign so you can be on TV. That’s right. You heard it here first. You’re going to be . . . a STAR! I can see it now, your name in lights all the way down Broadway. If you want, we’ll have a question of the day, so you’ll know what to say when you get on camera.

Sunday, October 18, is the start of Teen Read Week. The theme of the week is “Read Beyond Reality.” We be offering some book themed games and events. Our movie on Wednesday, October 22 will be Coraline.

Did you know that movie Coraline is based on the spooky novel by Neil Gaiman? The library also has a graphic novel based on Gaiman’s story that was adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell.  

Keep an eye out for our flyer and some info in the news about our Back-to-Back Game Tournaments.   Super Smash Bros. Brawl is on Thursday, October 22 and Yu-Gi-Oh! is on Friday, October 23. It’s going to be an exciting time, and we’ll finally get to see who the real champs are.

The Anime Fan Club has mixed it up a bit. We are now meeting the first Monday of the month at 3 pm. There will be a movie and then craftaku. The first event will be Monday, Nov. 2 and it’s a Totoro Fest!

Finally, there will be three regular book discussion groups starting in November. One group is just for teen girls. The first book is Sweetgrass Basket. This group will meet on Monday, November 9. On Monday, November 16, the boys will discuss Naruto: The Tests of the Ninja. Then on Monday, November 23, 4th – 6th graders will discuss The Truth about Horses, Friends, and My Life as a Coward, one of the NH Great Stone Face nominees.

For more information on any of these programs, check our online calendar or call the library at 603-352-0157.