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Welcome! Don't let the kids have all the fun this summer. Join this summer reading program designed especially for grown-ups! In this program, adults will keep track of the books they read. You can also take three special challenges and be entered in a grand prize raffle for a Kobo Arc tablet.

All of our Summer Reading and Learning Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library, and other community sponsors. Readers (and pre-readers) of all ages can participate! If you have kids, they may be interested in these programs:

Keep track of the time you read this summer and win prizes. Earn bonus points along the way for attending library programs and completing games and tasks online and in your community. Kids will need the permission of a parent or guardian when they sign up online.

Kids that aren't yet reading on their own can still participate - listening to an audiobook or read-along and being read to all count as reading!

This program works the same way as the Kids Summer Game but the prizes have teen appeal.


2018-02-24 Reading Seed Catalogs and Packets

Join Community Garden Connections for a one-hour help session focusing on reading seed catalogs and how to read, understand, and use information on a seed packet. This session will help participants know how to look at a catalog and select seed varieties based on different growing conditions (sunlight, water, space), and uses such as pickling or fresh eating! Finally, participants will learn how to decipher and apply the many symbols and jargon on the back of a seed packet. Participants are encouraged to bring seed catalogs and packets of interest, as well as any questions! This workshop is for anyone who is new to gardening, interested in learning more about gardening, or a seasoned gardener!


2018-02-24 Hamilton Sing-a-long

In celebration of George Washington's 286th birthday, come revisit the events that led to our nation's founding and the rise of our first president by singing along to the music of Hamilton.

Since 2015, Hamilton: An American Musical has been telling the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton through a combination of hip hop and rap musical arrangements. We now invite lovers of this broadway score to come together to sing along to the original Hamiltunes. We'll provide lyric sheets as well as project the lyrics on a screen, so you don't have to know the songs by heart, though familiarity will help you keep up with this fast-paced musical. Colonial attire is welcome and encouraged.

This is an all ages event and will run for about 2 hours 30 min.


2018-02-26 Board in the Library: Forbidden Desert

You've survived the Forbidden Island - are you ready to brave the Forbidden Desert?

Players take on the roles of brave adventurers who must throw caution to the wind and survive both blistering heat and blustering sand in order to recover a legendary flying machine buried under an ancient desert city. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the forbidden desert!


2018-02-26 Monday Night Fiction Writers

Have you always wanted to write a novel or short story? Our writers' group welcomes new members and provides prose fiction writers a friendly and supportive environment to share their work. Participants learn from critiquing others and receive feedback on their own submissions.


2018-02-27 Tax-Aide Program

IRS certified AARP volunteers provide free tax counseling and preparation services to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers are trained to assist with filing the 1040 Form and the more standard of the schedules, including Schedules A and B. 

Assistance is provided on a first come, first-served basis. 

The checklist below includes items you need to bring with you:
  • Last year's tax return(s)
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and every individual on your return.
  • Photo I.D. required for all taxpayers.
  • Checkbook if you want to direct deposit any refund(s).
  • W-2 from each employer
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • SSA-1099 Form showing the total Social Security benefits paid to you for the year, or Form RRB-1099, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits
  • 1099 Forms reporting interest (1099-INT), dividends (1099-DIV), proceeds from sales (1099-B), as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of your sold assets
  • 1099-R Form if you received a pension, annuity, or IRA distribution
  • 1099-MISC Forms
  • Information about other forms of Income
All forms and canceled checks indicating federal and state income tax paid (including quarterly estimated tax payments)

Most taxpayers have a choice of taking either a standard deduction or itemizing their deductions. If you have a substantial amount of deductions, you may want to itemize. You will need to bring the following information:

  • 1098 Form showing any home mortgage interest
  • A list of medical/dental expenses (including doctor and hospital bills and medical insurance premiums), a list of prescription medicines, costs of assisted living services, and bills for home improvements such as ramps and railings for people with disabilities
  • Summary of contributions to charity
  • Receipts or canceled checks for all quarterly or other paid tax
  • Property Tax bills and proof of payment
Health Insurance
  • 1095A Forms if you purchased insurance through the Marketplace (Exchange)
  • 1095B/1095C Forms (if applicable)
  • Any exemption correspondence from the Marketplace (if applicable)
  • Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, or Social Security number)
  • 1098-T and 1098-E Forms (Tuition and Student Loan Interest)