No matter what time of year it is Keene Memorial library strives to provide events and programming for area youth that are fun and educational.
That includes programs like the library’s annual Summer Reading Program, which not only gets kids’ reading but also provides entertainment like magicians, live music, and other events for kids during Special Program Mondays throughout the summer.
It also includes more one-time events like programming provided leading up to, and during, 2017’s Great American Eclipse which included educational presentations from the staff at the Edgerton Explorit! Center in Aurora along with crafts and treats at the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party.
Keene also focuses on providing events during holidays throughout the year including the popular Noon Year’s Eve party and Christmas celebrations like Story Time with Santa in December.
“We try to do one event at least once a quarter,” Laura England-Biggs, children’s librarian at Keene, said. “Just to try to keep people in touch with their library and to bring kinds in to do something fun that they can take home with them.”
With Valentine’s Day and Easter right around the corner, Keene is continuing their effort to provide events for kids to enjoy with a variety of upcoming programs that focus on fun.
On Tuesday, Keene is hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Craft Party where kids can create Valentine’s themed crafts and enjoy sweet treats.
The craft party is set for 4-5 p.m. and is free for kids of all ages. The event features three different crafts for kids to make and take home.
“They are all Valentine’s related and one of them the kids get to make a little kitty cat made out of hearts,” England-Biggs said.
There will also be heart-shaped cookies and red punch for all to enjoy throughout the hour-long event.
England-Biggs also said that the Valentine’s Day Craft Party is a drop-in event, meaning that attendees can drop in anytime throughout the 4-5 p.m. timeframe up until around 4:50 p.m.
Another monthly event at Keene includes Storytime Yoga, which will be held next on Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
At Storytime Yoga kids get the chance to hear stories and execute yoga poses related to the theme from children’s yoga instructor Kai-Helin Cooper.
Due to space considerations at Storytime Yoga, pre-registration for the event is suggested. Pre-registration can be made by stopping by the library beforehand or by calling 402-727-2694.
The following day Keene is hosting An Evening of Chess at the Library, which is geared more towards older youth and young adults interested in the popular board game.
An Evening of Chess is an opportunity for chess enthusiasts of all ages to test out their skills and to meet other enthusiasts, and will be held on Feb. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the library’s large meeting room.
Next month Keene is also again participating in the 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt which is held jointly with MainStreet of Fremont.
The festivities take place on March 24 beginning at 10 a.m. at John C. Fremont Park for the actual Easter Egg Hunt, which is followed by art activities, face painting and story-time immediately following at the Fremont Area Art Association at 92 W. 6th Street.
For more information about programming or upcoming events at Keene, visit the library’s Facebook page at Keene Memorial Library or stop in the library at 1030 N. Broad Street.