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


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

 


Astronomer

Posted on: June 27th, 2017

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


Writing your Memoir

Posted on: May 29th, 2017

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


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.

 

 

 


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.


Dementia

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.


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.


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.


News you can trust!

Posted on: January 10th, 2017

Feb. 27  7 PM   We live in a time when truthiness, post-factual news and agenda-driven journalism have blurred the lines. Where do we—can we–find truth, facts and trustworthy journalism? Join North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Bureau chief Brian Mann and Station Manager Ellen Rocco for a conversation about information in a disrupted media age.


White Privilege Nov. 7

Posted on: October 27th, 2016

White Privilege is defined as “privileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances”. Controversial conversations and actions swirl around the topic.

Dates: Monday, November 7 at 7 PM in the library we will look at Peggy McIntosh’s 1988 piece, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” As well as an article called, “Explaining white privilege to a broke white person” by Gina Crosley-Corcoran. Both short articles are available in the library.

Nov. 21  Second of three Part Discussion on White Privilege

Dec, 5  Third of three Part Discussion on White Privilege