Monday, November 6, 2017

Thankful for Library Staff

Thankful (reposted from Fremont Tribune weekly article)

If you live on Facebook like I do, then you have probably seen the “30 Days of Thanks” posts that started November 1st.  This means that many of us are planning Thanksgiving dinners and family celebrations as Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away.  Since it is the month of thanks, I have been thinking a lot about what we have to be thankful for here at the library.  One of the most important things I am thankful for here at Keene Memorial Library is the wonderful, hardworking, and dedicated staff.  So I wanted to take this time to sing my praises for this amazing group of people.

Here are my list of thanks for the Keene Memorial Library Staff:

  • Dedication – the dedication that permeates from the staff just infects me with dedication.  It is easy to give your all to the library and the patrons when you are surrounded by these folks.
  • Knowledge – the vast array of knowledge that is bundled up in all these folks is amazing.  From graphic design, to collection development, to leadership, to customer service.  Our jobs are so far beyond “books” but many do not know the level of skill and knowledge the library staff brings to their job every day.
  • Family – working at the library is not just being at a job because we are more like family here.  We look out for each other and learn as much about each other as we do our siblings or parents.
  • Reliability – it is so great knowing that every day at 9:30, the staff will be here and ready to serve the patrons.  They arrive on time, work their assigned shifts, and I don’t have to worry.
  • Reader Advisory – so many of the staff read more books than I do. I love listening to the conversations with patrons about different authors, genres, storylines, characters, etc…
  • Multitasking wizards – so working the Circulation desk may seem like a great job, but when you have 2 phone lines ringing, a patron with computer problems, a patron trying to print, patrons trying to check out, patrons who need help finding materials, and 3 patrons waiting for guest passes, it can get very hectic and overwhelming.  The staff here does a great job balancing all the demands placed on them daily.
  • Planning Programming – beyond the hundred other duties staff wrangles every day, they are all involved in programming for either children, teens, or adults.  They plan the programming curriculum, setup the events and crafts, and carry out the programs both in the library and out in the community. 

Since I am limited on space, I will end my list of greatness here.  I could easily list a full 30 reasons why I am thankful for all the staff here at Keene Memorial Library.  As a new director, I could not ask for a better group of folks to work with and to share my day with each and every day.

Tina Walker, Library Director

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Our apologies to all our favorite master builders! 

We will see you again next week!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Science Behind the Eclipse - August 16 at 7 pm

Professor Mitch Walterson will speak at the Library at 7 pm on Wednesday August 16. The program will last approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Professor Walterson is an astronomy professor at Midland University who is very excited about the upcoming Great American Eclipse on Monday August 21. He will talk about the science behind eclipses and share lots of great information with us.

A limited number of free eclipse glasses will be available to those who attend this program.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kick Off the School Year with Back-to-School Craft Time!

 Get excited about the 2017-18 school year

at our Back-to-School Craft Time!


Activities and crafts for youth of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers:


  DIY Pencil Toppers & Friendship Bracelets!
Pencil Cookies--to eat, or not to eat? (Answer: to eat)


And don't miss our "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" inspired craft!

This event is free and open to the public.

No registration is required.



Monday, July 24, 2017

Adult Game Night

4th Monday of the Month

This is your chance to:
  •  Try new or different games
  •  Teach others a favorite game
  • Meet new people
  • Change up your week
  • Have some fun!
  •  FREE for everyone!
  •  Refreshments provided
Large Meeting Room 
7 pm – 8:30 pm
July 264th, we may try:

America in the 19th century: railroads are booming! Pioneer spirit and vision are everywhere. Everyone wants to be the first to build a railroad network across the country. Each player has five cities and tries to connect them with a shared network of tracks. As soon as a player has done this, the round ends. The other players lose points. At the end of the game, the player who has the most points left is the winner! Who will be the first to connect his cities? Is it Casey, who was the first to build through the mountains to the west? Or Annie, who was the one who best made use of the others’ tracks?

The Great American Eclipse is coming!

Keene Memorial Library is helping the community get ready for the Great American Eclipse by sponsoring a portable planetarium from the Edgerton Explorit! Center from Aurora on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. There will be 4 presentations (4 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:30 pm and 6:15 pm).
Space is limited to 25 at each show, so registration is required. 
To register, visit our online registration system here
Eclipse glasses will be given away to those who attend.
The event is free and open to all, and is sponsored by the Friends of Keene Memorial Library.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New at the Library

This summer Keene Memorial Library staff are changing things up a bit.  We have added many board games to the lower shelf of the children's DVD rack, so you and your family can enjoy a nice family, friendly board game in the library.  Games include Monopoly, Chess, Trouble, Clue, Chutes and Ladders, and other games. 

We will be rolling out our new augmented reality books at John C Fremont Days and Dodge County Fair Story time.   Check out "I Dinosuars" at .  

KML also is partnering with Fremont Mall to provide story times during busy summer hours.  Watch Facebook for postings on hours and events scheduled.

Also, check out the lego table in the main floor area.  We will be upgrading the table and storage areas over the next couple of weeks to make the area more functional.

If you are an avid adult reader, we have also added a Summer Reading Program for adults that allows you to complete your bingo card and earn prizes such as gift certificates and books.

Stay tuned for more upgrades, changes, and improvements to our services in the near future!

Tina Walker,

Library Director, Keene Memorial Library