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Thursday, May 24th Events

Great Books "A Rose For Emily"

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Trustees room, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Great Books meets every other Thursday evening, September through June.  This year's selections come from The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler.  One copy of the collection will be available for checkout.
Tonight's discussion will be William Faulkner's  'A Rose for Emily.' This selection can be read in American Gothic Tales and The Oxford Book of Gothic tales. Both are available for checkout from Keene Public Library.
Using a method of collaborative, question-driven discussion, members enjoy the opportunity to reflect on their own lives and convictions in light of ideas from major thinkers. Participants are directed by “non-expert” lay leaders.

If you would like to know more about the Great Books Reading and Discussion Programs in general, please visit their web site at To find out more about our  local discussion group, please call the library at 603-357-0157 or group leader Ardis Osborn at 603-352-2198. The group heartily welcomes  new people to the discussion group, and will be glad to answer any questions you have about it.

Protecting Our Lakes & Streams (part 1 of 2)

Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Older

The Southwest Region Planning Commission’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee is sponsoring educational sessions to provide guidance to those interested in the quality of our lakes and rivers. 

This is a two-part series designed to help individuals learn about ways in which they can help to protect our waterbodies with very little effort or time. Simple methods of landscaping and shoreland management will be discussed as well as volunteer opportunities that anyone can participate in. Co-sponsors include the Monadnock Conservancy, the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the NH Lakes Association, and the NH Department of Environmental Services. 

Session 1: Volunteer Programs to Protect Against Invasive Species and Maintain Water Quality This session will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Keene Public Library Auditorium, 60 Winter Street in Keene, NH from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A panel will discuss ways in which everyone can do their part to protect the lakes and rivers from invasive species and get involved in water quality testing. Volunteer programs, such as Lake Host, Weed Watchers, Volunteer Lake Assessment Program and Volunteer River Assessment Program, will be discussed to inform participants on how they can assist in keeping our water bodies healthy. Presenters include: Amy Smagula, NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES); Andrea LaMoreaux, NH Lakes Association, and Sara Steiner, NH DES. 

Session 2: Shoreland and Watershed Maintenance This session will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the Harris Center, 83 King’s Highway in Hancock, NH from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Session participants will hear a complete overview of the changes to the minimum standards in the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (formerly the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act) with an emphasis on vegetation removal limitations and the shoreland permitting process. There will also be a presentation of stormwater best management practices and methods of creative solutions for homeowners in preventing stormwater runoff from directly entering the waterbodies. Presenters include: Jay Aube and Jillian McCarthy of NH DES. Who Should Attend: Conservation commission members, lake association members, shorefront property owners, and interested citizens. For more information, please contact Lisa J. Murphy of Planning Commission staff at 357-0557 or 

Birding With Your Eyes Closed

Time: 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Place: Sprinfield Town Library, 43 Main St., Springfield, VT (about 35 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Gail Kruetzman, an amateur naturalist, will teach us to identify and locate birds by their songs and calls. This talk will be followed with a bird walk and big sit on Sunday, June 3 at 9 am at Springweather. Gail will lead 5 more big sits through August at Springweather, dates to be announced.

This program is co-sponsored by Ascutney Mountain Audubon, the Nature Museum of Grafton and Springfield Town Library and partially funded by the Wellborn Ecology Fund.
For more information please call the library at 802-885-3108.

Junie B. Jones

Time: 4:00 pm-5:15 pm
Place: The Amato Center, 56 Mount Vernon st, Milford, NH (about 37 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Get on the bus - the Stupid Smelly Bus! We are jumping for joy. The Amato Center and Boys & Girls Club of Milford has once again joined with us in hosting the one-and-only JUNIE B. JONES for a live performance and book signing.
*Please note: THIS FREE EVENT will take place at the AMATO CENTER.
Visit their website - for directions, or give us a call.
Don't forget! Junie and Mr. Woo will be available in the lobby to 'sign' (stamp) books brought to, or purchased at the show. A percentage of the day's sales will go to the Amato Center. We can't wait to see you!

Nelson Then & Now

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Chapel by the Lake, Granite Lake Rd., Munsonville, NH (about 10 miles from Keene)
Price: Free, donations accepted
Ages: Older

This is an illustrated tour of the town, using historical photos of Nelson paired with images of the same scene today to tell the story of the community and the impact of agriculture, business, industry, and tourism on this Monadnock Region hill town. Donations will be accepted for the transportation fund of the Society to help defray the cost of Nelson and Stoddard grade school students’ field trip to the 250 year old Wyman Tavern, located on the HSCC campus in Keene.
Sponsored by the Munsonville Ladies Group.  Light refreshments will be served.
For more information contact Jane Kirk at 603-847-8647
Free and open to the public

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