Keene Public Library is pleased to announce expanded partnerships with human service organizations that will offer office hours on-site. Organizations providing direct services to residents will be available at Keene Public Library weekly to share information with interested citizens and assist library staff in providing better reference services to visitors. Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street.
- Monadnock Peer Support will answer questions about mental health and use disorders on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monadnock Family Services will be available for questions about serious mental health and homelessness on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Home, Healthcare, Hospice, and Community Services will answer questions about food, health, finances, transportation, and more on the second Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.
- And Southwest Community Services will be available on the third Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to answer questions about food, heating, electricity. Housing and more.
Interested individuals may drop in anytime for information. Some office hours will be held in the main lobby. Other times the office hours will be in a meeting room next to the Kingsbury Makerspace.
Keene Public Library is a community and information center fostering connections between organizations and those needing information for themselves or their loved ones. Keene Public Library Director, Marti Fiske, was inspired by larger libraries that added social workers to their staff. Fiske said, "We recognized the need to connect service organizations with people who needed their services. We cannot fund a social worker but invite organizations to the library. Keene Public Library staff will also be able to seek help from the partner organizations for material recommendations for our collections, to help us serve patrons who arrive outside of the program's office hours, and to make connections with other community organizations."