Keene Public Library invites the public to visit the exhibition “Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet.” The library is one of only 14 places in the country receiving a national traveling exhibit that displays a “global view of our changing environment,” according to a release from the library. The exhibit will close on December 14, 2018.
The Explore Earth display focuses on local earth science topics such as weather, the water cycle, ecosystem changes, geology, paleontology, wildlife, gardens and global views of our changing planet. “We are proud that Keene Public Library was selected as one of 14 sites nationwide to host the Explore Earth exhibit” Nancy Vincent, library director, said. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find that the exhibition explores Earth science in a way that is fun, understandable, and captivating. We encourage you to visit while it is here.”
A series of programs and events have accompanied the exhibition. There are four more programs. On Thursday, December 6th at 6:30, wild canid ecologist Chris Schadler of Project Coyote will discuss the fascinating ecology and surprising behavior of the eastern coyote, and how we can coexist. While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. Using sound livestock management, she avoided any predation on her farm. On Tuesday, December 11th at 7 p.m., a N.H. Fish and Game Wildlife Steward will present a brief history of Bobcats in North America, habitat and animal decline, conservation and reputation, and funding.
There are programs for children as well. On Saturday, December 8th at 10:30 a.m., children and families can learn how animals survive in the cold in a program presented by the Grafton Nature Museum. The interactive program will explore animal hibernation, migration and winter adaptations using touchables such as furs, feathers, and pelts. On Wednesday, December 12th at 4 p.m., children ages seven through 13 can attend “Daylight in a Bottle” and experiment with radiant energy and the concept of refraction to develop a lighting system made out of recycled materials. Water bottle–based systems like the ones children create in this activity are in use in several impoverished areas.
Finally, on Thursday, December 13th at 7 p.m. the community is invited to join WMUR-TV personality, meteorologist and author as he talks about everyone's favorite subject, the weather. He will sign copies of his new children’s book “Be Nice to the Weather Guy.” He will also talk about his experiences as a weatherman and will be available to autograph “Be Nice to the Weather Guy.” Books will be available for purchase.
The Keene Public Library offers hundreds of public programs each year. For more information about free library programs, visit www.keenepubliclibrary.org or call the library at 603-352-0157.
Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter St. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.