The Keene Public Library is here for you. Even though our patrons are not able to come to us, we are doing our best to bring our library and the expertise of our librarians to you. With this in mind, we have developed this curated list of things to do while you are stuck at home.
If you do not have access to the Internet, the Keene Public Library is still providing WiFi 24/7. You can access it from the front parking spaces or the lawn.
Attend a Storytime
Check our online calendar to see virtual storytimes presented by your Keene Public Library youth librarians.
Your Keene Public Librarians are offering virtual maker and art challenges. Check the calendar to see what they have planned.
Fender Play is offering three months of free lessons in guitar, fender, bass, and ukulele.
Girls Who Code at home
Sketchpad is an online platform for making digital art.
Teach yourself craft projects.
The Keene Public Library offers virtual book discussion and podcast discussion groups. Check the online calendar to see what we have coming up in the next few weeks.
Get and Stay Fit
The Keene Public Library will be offering virtual family yoga storytimes. Check our calendar to see when that is happening.
305 Fitness offers daily cardio exercises at noon and 6 p.m.
Blink Fitness: offers a new class every day at 8 a.m. on Facebook Live.
CorePower Yoga: provides free access to a limited collection of yoga and meditation classes.
Exercise: Gold's Gym offers free access to the Gold's Gym app GOLD'S AMP through May 31 with promo code FIT60 - more than 600 audio and video workouts
Health: Simply Doc offers one month of free telehealth service in response to COVID-1
Meditation: Headspace offers limited free resources for beginning meditation, but has included several extra practices during COVID-19.
Orangetheory offers a new 30-minute home workout video each day.
Planet Fitness offers a "Work-In" on Facebook Live, every day at 7 p.m.
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center provides free guided meditations.
Wellness: Resility offers a series of guided meditations and lessons to reduce stress and build resilience to help people manage stress and anxiety during COVID-19. The app download is required.
YMCA 360 offers on-demand videos for all ages
The Keene Public Library provides access to these online learning resources for cardholders.
Mango Languages - Learn a language online! Once you've signed up for a free account, download the Mango Languages app for your mobile device!
Tutor.com - connect with a free online academic tutor or career coach to help you study, prepare for tests, write a paper or resume, find and apply for a job and more. Tutores y entrenador de habla hispana están disponibles. Available every day from noon until midnight. More information about Tutor.com
Universal Class - Offers over 500 free online non-credit Continuing Education Courses. These courses are led by expert instructors and are provided for your personal enrichment. Business, Career Training, Cooking, Real Estate, Crafts and Hobbies, and Psychology are a few of the subjects covered by these courses. You can sign up for five courses at a time and take up to six months to finish a course.
There's even more:
Coursera offers both free and paid courses online. Certificates are only available in paid courses, but you can still learn something new for free.
Edx is founded by Harvard and MIT and provides multiple college-level courses available for free.
Khan Academy provides standards-aligned practice and lessons covering math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more.
Listen to Music
Metropolitan Opera – A different encore presentation from the company's Live in H.D. series will be made available for free Each performance available for 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.
NPR Music offers up a vast collection of live-streamed and recorded jam sessions, concerts, and events.
Soft Murmur offers ambient sounds to help you focus when working from home
The Keene Public Library will offer virtual playtime challenges. Check the online calendar to get involved.
Read or Listen to Books
The Keene Public Library offers access to ebooks through our website.
AudioBookCloud, Includes children's books as well as adult books in English and Spanish. No library card required.
BiblioBoard and Library Journal have teamed up to bring you the best in indie fiction. Choose from Romance, Mystery, Thriller, & Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, and General Fiction.
Dear Reader Online Book Clubs Each day you are emailed a 5-minute portion of a book.During the week, you can read 2-3 chapters and then decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday starts a new book. Sign up and start reading! No library card required.
Flipster Digital Magazines Digital magazines, coloring books, and graphic novels for children and parents as well as French and Spanish readers. Magazines can be read online or downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere. Download the Flipster app at your favorite app store. Find libraries near you that offer Flipster, then explore, download, and read magazines any time on your device. For more information, check out the system requirements and the FAQ.
New Hampshire Downloadable Books Use your KPL card to check out downloadable audiobooks, and also eBooks for Kindles, Nooks, iPads, PCs, Macs, and other reading devices. Browse hundreds of bestselling titles and download them to your device for your enjoyment anywhere, anytime. Available 24/7. Get help with NH Downloadables.
RomanceBookCloud - A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd! Includes contemporary, historical, time-travel, inspirational, YA, or paranormal romances. No library card required.
Safari Books Online Technology ebooks on a variety of topics including digital photography, website design, Windows 8, software development, photo editing, and more. All the books in the Safari collection are listed in our catalog so you may find them when searching there!
TeenBookCloud is an easy-to-use online collection of streaming ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks! No library card required.
TumbleBookCloud Jr. is a collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks designed specifically for kids in grades three to six. No library card required.
TumbleBooks is an online collection for children, of animated, talking picture books, including books to learn French, Spanish, and other languages, plus puzzles and games. You can access the collection from your home or from a library computer. No library card required.
TumbleMath - This is a comprehensive collection of math picture books with narration and animation. Books are accompanied by lesson plans and quizzes. Read the parent’s guide to bringing TumbleMath home! No library card required.
There's even more:
Audible is offering temporary free access.
DC Kids Comics During the pandemic, D.C. Kids Comics is providing free interactive family-friendly activities through their social media platforms
Digital Public Library of America offers digital copies of original materials from various university libraries around the U.S.
International Children's Digital Library has over 4,000 children's books from around the world in a multitude of languages.
Internet Archive provides access to old radio shows, early computer games, T.V. shows, and over 23 Million books.
Library of Congress Digital Collections consists of over 2 million scans of historic books, photos, and other materials. This includes a large selection of historic children's books, Abraham Lincoln's Papers, and a collection of Folk songs from Michigan and Wisconsin.
LibriVox: Free public-domain audiobooks.
National Emergency Library offers a 14-day checkout for this collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed
Poet.org provides an extensive selection of poems available to read, including poem-a-day.
Project Gutenberg offers over 60,000 free eBooks in epub and Kindle eBook format to download or read online. It has a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
Visit Somewhere Else Without Leaving Home
The Keene Public Library will continue to host our Writers' Book Discussion group. Check our calendar to see when the next virtual discussion will be held.
The library also offers online resources to assist writers.
Pressbooks is simple book production software. Write your own book on Pressbooks, or import an existing manuscript, choose a book design theme, and export into all the file formats you need to publish your books:
- designed PDF (the “interior book file” for print-on-demand)
- MOBI format (for Kindle ebooks)
- EPUB format (for all other ebookstores)
- more exotic XML formats
Indie Author Project
The Keene Public Library provides our patrons access to Indie Author Project, which allows authors to upload their manuscripts and turn them into sleek, professionally designed ebooks and print books with ease. Using Indie Author Project authors can submit ebooks, to Library Journal for review. All submitted books can be made available can be made to library readers throughout New Hampshire. The very best books will be available to libraries throughout the country in LJ Indie Author Project.
To watch the Indie Author Project author video, visit https://vimeo.com/biblioboard/self-eforauthors
To learn more about Indie Author Project, visit http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/
To learn more about BiblioBoard®, visit http://biblioboard.com/
GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story is an initiative of Jason Reynolds, our Natonal Ambassador for Young People's Literature. It includes a monthly newsletter for parents and educators focused on relevant topics of the day and a biweekly video series intended to inspire creativity in young people, titled “Write. Right. Rite.” Both will be hosted on Reynolds’ GRAB THE MIC Resource Guide at: guides.loc.gov/jason-reynolds/grab-the-mic.
Helping Writers Become Authors was created by a published author to help others on their writing journey. It contains helpful guides on how to tackle tough writers' block and how to start writing on your own.