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Keene Public Library Celebrates "Frankenstein" As Electrifying Tale Turns 200

The classic tale of Frankenstein turns 200 in 2018. Yet few works of classic literature that speak so directly to our contemporary world as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Begun in 1816 and published in 1818, the book raises big questions about science and its role in society. The Keene Public Library, located at 60 Winter Street, will celebrate the centennial with special events on Saturday, October 27th and on Wednesday, October 31st. 

On Saturday, October 27th, community members can explore of Shelley’s creation through the library’s participation in Frankenreads– a worldwide celebration of the novel. Community members are all invited to participate in a global read-a-thon of Frankenstein which will be happening all day in the library’s auditorium. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Readers can sign up to participate by reading a 10-minute section from the 1818 edition, which preserves the hard-hitting and politically-charged aspects of Shelley’s original writing, as well as her unique wit and strong female voice.  Throughout the day, families can enjoy drop-in Frankencrafts in the library’s Youth Department.

On Wednesday, October 31st, the library will offer a free Frankenstein Film Festival. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 8:35 p.m. To find out what is showing, please call the library at 603-352-0157.

All programs at the Keene Public Library are free, open to the public, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library.  For more information, please contact Gail Zachariah at the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 or visit

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