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Keene Public Library

Calendar & Events

Library programs are brought to you thanks to the financial support of the Friends of the Library.

Attendees to Library programs may be photographed, recorded or filmed by the library staff or others in attendance. The Library may utilize such photos and videos for promotional purposes. Please let staff know if you object to being photographed, recorded or filmed when you attend an event.

Some programs are offered on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom, you can take this short tutorial. You may also want to download our Zoom Etiquette Tips.


You'll find events, classes, and programs for people of all ages at the library. 

Our events are all about you, so we welcome your feedback. You can also submit program recommendations by using our online suggestion form.

Keep informed about our programs by signing up for a weekly email.

We request potential presenters to fill out a Program Proposal Application, which should be submitted to Marti Fiske.

Keene Public Library is fully accessible to people of all abilities. Patrons attending library programs who require a sign language interpreter should make their request two weeks before the date of the event. Occasionally the library offers public programs outside of the library in places that may not be fully accessible. If you need accommodations, don't hesitate to contact the Marti Fiske.

The Friends of the Keene Public Library provides our programs with additional assistance from the Endowment Fund of the Keene Public Library Trustees, grants, and sponsorships. If you are a business, organization, or individual interested in contributing financially to our programs, don't hesitate to contact Marti Fiske.

  • Books Discussions, Author Visits, and Writing Programs

    Looking for an excellent book to discuss at your book club? Visit our Book Discussions in the Library and the Community Page. 

    Are you a writer? You will want to visit our Resources for Writers page.

    Check our online calendar to see what events we are currently offering for readers and writers.



  • Film Presentations

    The library has several ongoing film series and occasional films throughout the year.

    All movies are free and open to the public. Visit our online schedule of events or call the library at 603-352-0157 to see what's showing! For more information, contact Marti Fiske.

  • Lectures and Informational Programs

    Keene Public Library offers lectures and informational programs throughout the year. Visit our online schedule of events to see what is scheduled.

    We sponsor NH Humanities programs. A highlight is our annual Chautauqua held at the end of summer or the beginning of fall.

    KPL partners with Keene Amateur Astronomers, and together they offer several astronomy programs throughout the year. The highlight of the year is the February and March Astronomy Lecture Series. KPL and the Keene Amateur Astronomers also participate in the International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration and the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth's nearest neighbor. We can loan viewing equipment to library cardholders through our partnership with the Keene Amateur Astronomers.


    Moon Viewing

    Moon Viewing Kit

    Visit the Youth Department to check out a moon-viewing kit.

    Orion StarBlast 4.5" telescope

    Orion StarBlast 4.5" telescope

    Visit the Youth Department to check out a telescope.

  • Makerspace Experiences

    A makerspace is where creative people can gather, create, invent, and learn. Right now, the physical makerspace is in the Youth Department.

    Visit the Keene Public Kingsbury Makerspace page for more information.


  • Outreach and Community Engagement

    You will often find KPL out in the community. Some of our regular Outreach activities include:

    • Pop-up LIbraries at fairs and festivals like the Monadnock Fall Festival and the Monadnock Pumpkin Festival.

    • Library and book-related presentations regarding library services and activities at your group or facility. Let us know what you want, and we can tailor our presentation to your need. To arrange for a presentation, call Marti Fiske at (603)352-0157.

    • Groups can arrange for a library tour. Staff can highlight any subject or service during the presentation. Call Colleen Swider at (603) 352-0157.

    • Materials can also be delivered to licensed child care centers. For information, please visit the Stories to Go webpage or contact Colleen Swider at (603) 352-0157.

  • Family Dances

    Family Dances are returning to the library in November 2022. We've been offering these free monthly dances since 2003. These dances have become a signature library event.