News: a list of current and past activities at the library


Posted on: June 14th, 2018




KEENE VALLEY, N.Y. (5/18/18) — The Keene Valley Library Association seeks volunteers to participate in 35-minute focus groups as part of the planning process for a community history initiative, “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.”

Focus groups will be held at the Keene Library on Tuesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and at the Keene Valley Library on Thursday, July 5 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. At these meetings, volunteers will help decide categories to organize stories. Suggestions of family, friends, neighbors, and former residents who may be interested in sharing a three-minute story are also welcome.

The KVLA has received a Humanities New York Vision Grant to plan this multi-year project, intended to collect Town of Keene oral histories and related photographs. These will be collected, organized, and made available online at the project’s completion. 

“This project will collect the unique history and rich character of our community in the Adirondack Mountain High Peaks,” said Keene Valley Library Director Karen Glass. “This effort will involve the entire community, connect residents more deeply to their home, and provide opportunities to share our stories beyond the valley.”

The Humanities New York grant program is designed to ensure that all New Yorkers may access the tools and experiences of the humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To volunteer for the planning process, send an email to myadirondackstory@gmail.com to volunteer for a focus group or suggest themes, individuals, or stories to include in the project.


About the Keene Valley Library Association

Founded in 1885, the Keene Valley Library provides a circulating collection and acts as a cultural center for the village’s residents and visitors to Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The library’s mission is to connect people to ideas, experiences, information, and the community in a comfortable, welcoming setting. The library strives to do this by providing adults and children with a collection of current and relevant books, other media, and local Adirondack historical resources, providing an inviting and lively cultural center evolving as the community grows and technology advances. Learn more at keenevalleylibrary.org.

About Humanities New York

The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. Learn more at humanitiesny.org.

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2017


About 20 kids made more than a dozen loaves of banana bread. We shared thm with neighborhood friends.
Sponsored in partnership with the KV Congregational Church and the KV Library.

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Construction Progress

Posted on: September 11th, 2017

Founded in 1885, the Keene Valley Library plays a central role for the Town of Keene and its 1,150 residents, and also services surrounding areas and visitors. We provide a circulating collection and act as a cultural center for the general population, which doubles between May and October each year with the arrival of seasonal residents.

We also act as the library for kindergarten through 6th graders at Keene Central School (KCS), the town’s K–12 public school with 2016–17 enrollment of 171 students. Students go to the library each Wednesday with their classes for library skills training, book and resource borrowing, and other projects (although they can be found in the library every day).


The renovation is a three phase project. In Phase One, already completed, we stabilized the foundation, added windows in the lower level and installed a new heating system, increasing the comfort and energy efficiency of our building. We also renovated the lower level toddler’s room and the archives.    In Phase Two, we are beginning to renovate the lower level space for energy efficiency and improved usage and creating a non-fiction area and a Maker-space. We are adding an energy efficient entryway (159 sq. ft.) into the library and enlarging the upper level elementary children’s area (249 sq. ft.), and adding two accessible bathrooms to the main floor.  A code compliant and accessible stairway and lift will allow full access to the lower level.
Now, in phase Three, we will build a second story, extending the elevator to the second floor, creating a room to house our special Alpine collection (301 sq. ft)  and constructing a community room (640 sq. ft) for meetings, lectures and programs.  There will be a study area and storage for chair bringing the second floor to 1,411 sq. ft.  The space will be flexible.  Chairs can be store to create open space for activities and table and chair can be added for workshops.  Around the outside will be electrical outlets for computers and electronic devices.

Before the actual project begins we must empty the back half of the library.  So we are boxing 2/3 of all the books and sending them to Madden storage.  Here are the beginning photos.

Generally this blog will be pictures of the construction


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Posted on: June 27th, 2017

Interested in the stars?  David Craig has a blog about the sky here in Keene.  https://neophyteastronomer.com

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Writing your Memoir

Posted on: May 29th, 2017

Tues., Jun. 6, 7 PM   Michael Czarnecki:   Memoir writing workshop

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Cznarnecki reads!

Posted on: May 29th, 2017

Mon., Jun. 5, 7 PM   Michael Czarnecki:   A poetry reading featuring New York State poet Michael Czarnecki. Following his reading there will be an Open Reading for others to share a poem or two.




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One on the Ground

Posted on: May 10th, 2017

May 15 at 3:00 PM      Karen Wielinski is the author of One on the Ground which chronicles a family’s life before, during, and after Continental Flight 3407 crashed into their home in February 2009.  Join us for a book signing.  Contact us for more information.

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Posted on: May 2nd, 2017

Monday, May 15,  7:00 p.m., . Dr. Richard Durant, will provide an overview of dementia and related memory disorders, along with the services available for caregivers.

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May 8, 7 PM True News / Fake News

Posted on: April 12th, 2017

Dan Alexander: Publisher and CEO of Sun Community News, on today’s changing environment.

Brad Hurlburt, history and government teacher at Keene Central School, on educating students to deal with today’s news world.

Joe Pete Wilson, Keene Town Supervisor, on understanding news.

Moderator:  Peter Slocum, former journalist.

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April 14 at 1 PM Building Monsters with Henry

Posted on: April 12th, 2017

Henry Crowl will lead a workshop in Monster Building with Legos.  We have been the recipient of a generous donation of special Legos by Ray and Harry Joanette.

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