Keene Memorial Library has recently finished our newest Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, which was approved by City Council on September 26.

As part of our Strategic Plan, we have identified four goals for the next three years. Parts of these lengthy goals are: 1) establish the library as the community hub; 2) increase collaboration and outreach; 3) provide an array of resources and promote culture and; 4) increase program attendance. The full report is available from the library or on our website.

To meet these goals, Keene Memorial Library will provide some wonderful performances. To kick off October’s events, New York Times bestselling author, William Kent Krueger, will be presenting his new novel Sulfur Springs and have books available for purchase and signing. This is his 15th novel in the Cork O’Connor series and was released August 22. You can read an excerpt of the book here: http://www.williamkentkrueger.com/books/sulfur-springs/

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at 3 p.m. in the large meeting room at the library. Refreshments will be served and it is free to the public.

The following week Keene Memorial Library is partnering with Midland University to present “The Living Roots of Music” with Award winning musician, Lauren Pelon. Pelon traces the story of music and performs music from around the world on ancient and modern instruments and voice.

She will be playing over 20 instruments throughout the performance including Native American flute, concertina, pennywhistle, ocarina, eagle bone flute, guitar, hurdy-gurdy, electric wind instrument, and many, many more.

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According to her website, “Pelon’s educational & entertaining programs have been presented in venues throughout the world — from the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia to the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre in Ireland; from the Conservatory of Music in Almaty, Kazakhstan to The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas; from the Ramshorn Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland to the Glenstal Abbey in Ireland; and from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to Southern Cross University in New South Wales” (http://home.earthlink.net/~laurenpelon/ ).

With this broad musical performance, there should be something to enjoy for every music lover in your family. This free event is scheduled for Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at Midland University’s Kimmel Theatre, located at 900 North Clarkson, Fremont.

Tina Walker is Director of Keene Memorial Library in Fremont.

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