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Monday August 31, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM POP (Promote Our Port) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bob Hassold   603-498-3266   
   

POP-Promote our Port.  Trying to establish a ferry line between Portsmouth and Provincetown, MA

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Service Link Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Westinghouse   603-334-6594   
   

Practice for presentation

http://www.rockinghamservicelink.com    
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 12:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  2:40 PM Room Booked
    Location: Study Room #3
 
misc_none 2:40 PM  -  3:20 PM Room Booked
    Location: Study Room #3
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
elect_computer1 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Microsoft Word Basics, Part 2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Preregistration required. Call 766-1720 to register. For the complete computer class schedule, click here.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

Microsoft Word Basics (parts 1 & 2) : Learn how to create, save and print word processing documents, including using editing shortcuts, formatting lists, checking spelling and grammar and using Word toolbars. The class will also include discussion of how to save and organize files. The class is split into two parts because there is too much to cover in one 90-minute class. Both parts are intended for beginners.

  • Prerequisites: Computer Basics class -or- familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday September 1, 2015 -  Wednesday September 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_lighthouse_02 9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM Maritime Month: Exhibits Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nicole Luongo Cloutier   766 1725   nlcloutier@cityofportsmouth.com
   

As part of PPL's Maritime Month, the library will host multiple exhibits this month.

From the Conservation Law Foundation and New England Ocean Odyssey come a photo series showcasing the amazing riches of New England’s ocean. After three decades of exploring the world’s oceans, Massachusetts resident Brian Skerry returns to his native New England to conduct a series of dives exploring both coastal areas and deep sea habitats far offshore. Through Skerry’s exclusive photographs and first-hand accounts of his diving expeditions, the New England Ocean Odyssey will provide a never-before-seen view of our ocean and bring attention to the very real issues facing it. Find out more at newenglandoceanodyssey.org.

In addition, come and see ship models from local builder Alain Jousse, as well as the library’s Captain Edward Adams Collection. Edward Adams (1860-1951) was a Gundalow Captain and wood carver. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: ALL OVER the library!
Tuesday September 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  10:40 AM Room Booked
    Location: Study Room #3
 
elect_computer1 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Managing Files and Folders Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Learn how and where to store your documents on a computer running Windows 7. How to "Save As", create folders and subfolders, move folders and more.

Prerequisite: Computer Basics, Microsoft Word classes or some experience using a computer comfort level with mouse and keyboard

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Computer Basics: Getting started with computers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Computer Basics:

Basic elements of computers including: using the mouse and keyboard, highlighting, copying, and pasting text, common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts, exploring programs and documents, overview of computer hardware and storage media.

    Prerequisites: none - this is the place for genuine beginners and those wishing to review the basics of computers.

 

Computer Basics: Basic elements of Windows, including: using the mouse and keyboard, highlighting, copying, and pasting text, common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts, exploring programs and documents, overview of computer hardware and storage media
  • Prerequisites: none
- See more at: http://cityofportsmouth.com/library/computerclasses.htm#cb
Computer Basics: Basic elements of Windows, including: using the mouse and keyboard, highlighting, copying, and pasting text, common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts, exploring programs and documents, overview of computer hardware and storage media

Prerequisites: none

- See more at: http://cityofportsmouth.com/library/computerclasses.htm#cb
 
Computer Basics: Basic elements of Windows, including: using the mouse and keyboard, highlighting, copying, and pasting text, common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts, exploring programs and documents, overview of computer hardware and storage media
  • Prerequisites: none
- See more at: http://cityofportsmouth.com/library/computerclasses.htm#cb
Computer Basics: Basic elements of Windows, including: using the mouse and keyboard, highlighting, copying, and pasting text, common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts, exploring programs and documents, overview of computer hardware and storage media

Prerequisites: none

- See more at: http://cityofportsmouth.com/library/computerclasses.htm#cb

Computer Basics: Basic elements of Windows, including: using the mouse and keyboard, highlighting, copying, and pasting text, common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts, exploring programs and documents, overview of computer hardware and storage media

Prerequisites: none

- See more at: http://cityofportsmouth.com/library/computerclasses.htm#cb
 
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:45 PM Portsmouth Democratic Committee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Larry Drake   603-373-8517   
   

Executive Committe meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday September 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Excel Basics Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Excel Basics:

Learn how to navigate within an Excel worksheet, enter and edit data, select ranges, format cells, and create simple formulas and charts.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Word class - or - familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system, familiar with Microsoft Word .
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Lobby
 
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM 1386 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen     
   

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    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Seacoast Storytellers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Debra Ballou   603   debra@debraballou.com
   

Meetings are free and open to the public.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
elect_computer1 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Excel Basics Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Excel Basics:

Learn how to navigate within an Excel worksheet, enter and edit data, select ranges, format cells, and create simple formulas and charts.

Prerequisites: Microsoft Word class - or - familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system, familiar with Microsoft Word

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday September 3, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM LinkedIn Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

LinkedIn:

Come learn the fundamentals of using LinkedIn, one of the world’s largest professional networks with over 65 million members and growing rapidly. We'll cover how to set up your profile and how to connect with trusted contacts. We also discuss how LinkedIn helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.

  • Prerequisites: Must be comfortable using the keyboard, the mouse and the Internet. If you have or can create a LinkedIn account before the start of class, that's ideal. In order to create a new LinkedIn account while at the class, you must have a working email address that can be accessed online from the library, for example with Yahoo or Gmail.
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Fairy House Committee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dianne Share   603-436-5641   
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM NH Community Loan Fund (Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Trina Robichaud   603-224-6669 x237   
   

Meeting with Ward's Mobile Home park. Show them the opportunity to purchase park.

http://www.communityloanfund.org    
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
ent_film-reel 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Fall Films: Far from the Madding Crowd Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Armitage   766 1732   hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. Light refreshments will be served!

Far from the Madding Crowd | Thursday September 3 | 6:30 PM

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy about Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer, a dashing soldier, and a prosperous, older bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's passions explores the nature of relationships, love, and resilience. 2015. Rated PG-13, 119 min.

LIBRARY  PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
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misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Seacoast Gay History Project Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tom Kaufhold   603-436-9517   
   

Meeting to determine how to approach documenting the gay history of the NH Seacoast. 

Sponsored by the Portsmouth Atheneum and NH Historical Society.

PUBLIC IS INVITED

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Saturday September 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is Closed for Labor Day Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Monday September 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is Closed for Labor Day Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Tuesday September 8, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Powerpoint Basics Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Powerpoint:

Learn how to build a simple presentation using design templates for slides, WordArt, clip art and animations. We'll also discuss how to save, view and print a presentation.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Word class - or - familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system.
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Seacoast Camera Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Thompsen   603-440-5445   
   

Group meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday September 9, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer1 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Excel Charts Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Excel Charts

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  7:15 PM Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra(Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Janet Polasky   603-431-6816   
   

ED interviews

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
elect_computer1 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Minecraft Club for grades 4+ Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mollie Mulligan   603-766-1740   memulligan@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for a fun afternoon exploring new worlds and challenges using minecraft.edu.  Each week we will try a new challenge and meet new friends who also enjoy Minecraft!

Space is limited so sign up is required! Please call 766-1740 to sign up!!

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an ADULT at all times while in the library.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Creative Writing Group #1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathleen Slover     info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org
   

To inquire about openings in this group, please write to info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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Thursday September 10, 2015 -  Saturday September 12, 2015 Go To Top
nat_flower01 9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Ikebana Exhibit Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elaina Hatsis   207-439-3075   elainahatsis@comcast.net
   

Fascinated by Japanese flower arranging?  Come to a demonstration and exhibit of Ikenobo Ikebana at the Portsmouth Public Library.

An Ikenobo Ikebana demonstration will be held in the Levenson Room of the Portsmouth Public Library on Thursday September 10 at 3:30 PM. Immediately following the demonstration the accompanying exhibit will be unveiled in the library lobby. The exhibit runs through Saturday September 12.

This celebration of a centuries-old floral art form is sponsored by the Kittery Point Ikenobo Chapter. The chapter is affiliated with the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America in San Francisco and Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. Four members of the Kittery Point Chapter will demonstrate four different Ikebana styles, and the exhibit will feature the work of more chapter members.

The event is free and open to the public.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Lobby
Thursday September 10, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Services
 
nat_flower01 3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Ikebana Demonstration Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Elaina Hatsis   207-439-3075   elainahatsis@comcast.net
   

Fascinated by Japanese flower arranging?  Come to a demonstration and exhibit of Ikenobo Ikebana at the Portsmouth Public Library.

An Ikenobo Ikebana demonstration will be held in the Levenson Room of the Portsmouth Public Library on Thursday September 10 at 3:30 PM. Immediately following the demonstration the accompanying exhibit will be unveiled in the library lobby. The exhibit runs through Saturday September 12.

This celebration of a centuries-old floral art form is sponsored by the Kittery Point Ikenobo Chapter. The chapter is affiliated with the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America in San Francisco and Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. Four members of the Kittery Point Chapter will demonstrate four different Ikebana styles, and the exhibit will feature the work of more chapter members.

The event is free and open to the public.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 5:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Harbour Place Condo Assoc. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jeff Sabin   603-674-2359   
   

Annual meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Seacoast Mothers' Association Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mollie Mulligan   603-502-8082   
   

CPR class for members only

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Friday September 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM NH Alliance for Retired Americans Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lucy Edwards   603-312-6049   
   

Board meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra(Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Janet Polasky   603-431-6816   
   

ED interviews

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Saturday September 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM NH Weavers' Guild Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Lincoln   207-442-8701   lwlrwl@gwi.net
   

Board meeting.  Officers and committee heads planing fall meetings.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Creation Station Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Use your fingerprints to decorate a paper fishbowl! Drop in between 10 am and 2 pm to celebrate Matitime Month.   All ages can get creative using the materials provided.

Library Program

    Location: Youth Services
 
misc_lighthouse_02 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maritime Month: Art & Coastal Ecology Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nicole Luongo Cloutier   766 1725   nlcloutier@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Discussion: Literary and Artistic Responses to the Changing Ecology in the Gulf of Maine

Saturday September 12, 2 – 4 PM

Join playwright Carlyle Brown, STAGE FORCE artistic director Kent Stephens, UNH History professor W. Jeffrey Bolster, and an environmental lawyer for a discussion of the health of the New England coastline and its portrayal in art and literature.

Carlyle Brown is a distinguished writer & performer. His play Finding Fish takes place in a rough fishing cottage on the Maine coast in a future where the fish have disappeared. But one fisherman keeps reeling them in, and his scientist brother is determined to uncover his secret. The play was commissioned by Kent Stephens’ STAGE FORCE to fill what the theatre company perceived as a gap in the theatrical canon around issues of sustainability. You can see a reading of Finding Fish on September 11 at the Seacoast Science Center. Find out more at seacoastsciencecenter.org/events.

W. Jeffrey Bolster is a professor at the University of New Hampshire, and award-winning of author of books like The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail and Cross-Grained and Wily Waters: A Guide to the Piscataqua Maritime Region.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Sunday September 13, 2015 Go To Top
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    Location: Levenson Community Room
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misc_none 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM PS21 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Doug Roberts   603-431-1925   
   

Organizational meeting.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Monday September 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Consumer Advocates of NE Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Chamberlin   603-271-1174   
   

Organizational meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 5:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Long Term Care Workshop Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Westinghouse   603-334-6594   
   

The workshop will provide information about long term care and how to start the discussion with loved ones.  Tips will be provided on how to assess their current financial and medical status, what long term care resources are available to meet those needs, and how to plan for the future.

Sponsored by Rockingham ServiceLink

Public is invited but pre-registration is required. Call 334-6594 to reserve your seat, seating is limited.

http://www.rockinghamservicelink.com    
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club.

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.
 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Tuesday September 15, 2015 Go To Top
elect_computer1 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Intermediate Excel Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Preregistration required. Call 766-1720 to register. For the complete computer class schedule, click here.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

Microsoft Excel: Intermediate Learn intermediate Excel skills not covered in the introductory class including advanced charts, filtering and subtotaling data, conditional formatting, concatenating text and splitting text into columns, using logic-based functions, printing worksheets with repeating header rows and columns, and PivotTables and PivotCharts.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Excel Basics class - or - Experience using Excel outside of class, creating formulas and basic charts in Excel, familiar with Microsoft Word.
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM 6th Grade Parents' Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea St. Jean   603-373-0337   
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Outlook Basics Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Outlook:

Learn how to use the email, calendar, contacts and tasks functions in Outlook. We'll look at options for setting up your view, create emails using a Google email account from within Outlook, add some meetings to the calendar (and invite attendees), start to build a list of contacts and create some tasks.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Word class - or - familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system.
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Nonfiction Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Friese   766 1703   ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Nonfiction Book Discussion meets once monthly, on Tuesday at 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

July 21: Choose one of two!

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving by Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

August 18: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

September 15: Portsmouth Women: Madams & Matriarchs Who Shaped New Hampshire's Port City edited by Laura Pope

Special guest Laura Pope will join us for the discussion.

In the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, countless women rose above a rigid society to make their marks on the seaport city. In the eighteenth century, Allice Shannon Hight became a successful tavern keeper, outliving two husbands and providing for ten children. Others flourished in more scandalous ventures, like Alta Roberts, otherwise known as the Black Mystery of Portsmouth--always donned in black, she operated a successful brothel at the Roberts House Saloon in the nineteenth century. Even greater achievements would come in later years from the likes of Mary Carey Dondero, who became one of the first women elected mayor in New England. This collection of essays, compiled by author and historian Laura Pope, celebrates the victories--large and small--of Portsmouth's notable women.

 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM World Affairs with Professor Massood Samii Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   6037661710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Tuesday, September 15th, 7pm: Massood Samii

Join us tonight for the beginning of the fall "World Affairs at the Library" series as Professor Samii presents a talk on the topic of "Iran: A Look at the Dynamics of Political Economy." Professor Samii was Chairman of the International Business department, director of the Institute for International series Business, and director of the doctoral program at Southern New Hampshire University. He also held position of senior lecturer at MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1992 to 2007. Previously, he was with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he did research on global energy and oil markets. He served OPEC Secretariat in Vienna Austria for a number of years as a senior economist and the head of the finance section. During his tenure at OPEC, he was involved in a numerous projects including OPEC Long Term Strategy, and Oil Pricing Strategy.

The "World Affairs at the Library" series is a collaboration with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Future "World Affairs at the Library" series events include...

Thursday, October 15th, 7pm: Ritu Sharma
Ritu Sharma is a leading voice on international women’s issues and U.S. foreign policy. Due in large part to Ritu and Women Thrive Worldwide, the interests of women living in poverty worldwide are now being incorporated into U.S. economic assistance and trade policies and, in some cases, into U.S. law itself.

A first generation American of East Indian heritage, Ms. Sharma’s family left behind generations of violence and poverty in Punjab, India to build a new life in the United States. Her family’s legacy and her first-hand experience of the injustices suffered by women, combined with her strong belief that American citizens must ensure that the U.S. acts positively in the world, led Ritu to create Women Thrive Worldwide in 1998.

Thursday, November 19th, 7pm: Joseph Keefe
Mr. Keefe is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pax World Funds and its investment adviser, Pax World Management LLC, as well as its majority-owned subsidiary, Pax Ellevate Management LLC.

Under Mr. Keefe’s leadership, Pax World has become one of the leading innovators and asset managers in the rapidly growing field of sustainable investing. Prior to joining Pax World, Mr. Keefe was President of NewCircle Communications, a strategic consulting and communications firm specializing in corporate social responsibility and public policy-oriented communications. He served as Senior Adviser for Strategic Social Policy at Calvert Group from 2003-2005 and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Advisers from 1997-2000. He is a former member of the Board of Directors (2000-2006) of US SIF, the trade association representing asset managers and investors engaged in sustainable and responsible investment throughout the United States.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Wednesday September 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  1:00 PM NH Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tina Kasim   603-271-8444   
   

Export Control Reform update.  Hosted by the International Trade Resource Center.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM OEA Grant Training Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nathaniel Nelson   603-271-8444   
   

Group meeting.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Local Author Fair Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Want to meet local authors, find some great autumn reads, and enter to win fabulous prizes? The Portsmouth Public Library will host a Local Author Fair on Wednesday, September 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. Special guests will include Portsmouth author Katherine Towler and award-winning writer James Patrick Kelly!

Kelly is the science fiction author of Burn, Think Like a Dinosaur  and 1016 to 1. Katherine Towler is a poet and author of the trilogy of novels Snow Island, Evening Ferry, and Island Light.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Visit with local authors and enter to win prizes from the Music Hall, the Gundalow Company, Louie’s Italian restaurant, Bennett’s Store, Pickwick’s Mercantile, Strawbery Banke, and more!

40 authors from the Seacoast area will participate. For a full list, visit the Facebook event page.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Thursday September 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM AARP Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sarah Kelsea   603-230-4104   skelsea@aarp.org
   

Civic Engagement orientation for new CE volunteers.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM High Mowing School Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Gomez   626-622-1627   
   

Lecture to high school students by local inventor/engineer.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM WordPress 1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   
Intro to Wordpress Part 1

WordPress is an online blog and website creation tool. In this beginner class you will learn the basics of how to create blog posts and web pages. In this class you will be introduced to:

  • how to publish a blog post
  • inserting and editing images
  • inserting and editing text
  • creating hyperlinks
  • how to publish a webpage
  • themes and theme options
  • what is a widget?
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Fairy House Committee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dianne Share   603-436-5641   
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Gould Academy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rebecca Andreozzi   207-824-7780   
   

~~At Gould Academy, in Bethel, Maine, learning begins in the classroom, but it doesn’t end there. Families interested in learning more about enrollment into Maine's leading private school are invited to attend their enrollment information taking place here at the Portsmouth Public Library on September 17 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. More information on Gould Academy can be found at gouldacademy.org or by calling 207-824-7777.

 

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    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_clouds 6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Peace of Mind: Estate Planning Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

The Portsmouth Public Library continues its popular Peace of Mind series: events to help you prepare for and work through life's challenges. This series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

Attorney Edward Beasley will show you how to:

  • Create a trust to shelter your assets .
  • Plan for end-of-life decisions.
  • Resolve possible defects in your existing revocable trust.
  • Prevent existing Powers of Attorney and trusts from making your children personally liable for your nursing-home care.

This event requires registration. Please call 1 800 370 5010 to register.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Friday September 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Lobby
Saturday September 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  1:30 PM Mental Health First Aid Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Melissa LeBrun   603-944-2093   mlebrun.naminh.com
   

Community training on responding to persons with mental illness.  Two part series with a 3 year certification when completed.

Sponsored by NAMI

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_crown 2:30 PM  -  4:15 PM Family Movie: Cinderella Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Cinderella (2015)

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Rated PG.  105 minutes

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 need to be accompanied by their adult at all times while in the library.

Please call ahead in case of changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Sunday September 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jeff Warner   603-431-3383   
   

Board meeting

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_familytree 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Genealogy Workshop: The Cloud & Social Media Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nicole Luongo Cloutier   603-766-1725   nlcloutier@lib.cityofportsmouth.com
   

Please join Library Special Collections Staff, and members of the Ranger Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), for a monthly meeting on a variety of genealogical and family history topics. Topics will vary based on the interests of the group as well as availability of the speakers. Time will be allowed at each meeting for research questions and assistance and general discussion.  Feel free to suggest future topics! 

Our fall series will be held every third Sunday. Please note that the workshops will take a break in December, resuming monthly on January 17, 2016.

“The Cloud” and Social Media for Genealogists with Library Director Steve Butzel

Sunday September 20 | 2 - 4 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Steve Butzel, Library Director, will bring his wide technology expertise to the genealogy workshops this month. Steve will explain and demystify “The Cloud,” explaining storage options like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote, as well as the power of social media in your research, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Skype. Time will be provided for questions and hands-on practice.

Genealogy Research “Lock-in”!

Sunday October 18 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Here is your chance to be in the Library after hours with your genealogy research friends!  This is free time to explore, begin your research, ask questions, or go deep on a specific topic.  Library staff will be on hand to help navigate the web and the materials in the Special Collections Room.  There will be videos of research tips and techniques running in the Hilton Garden room, where pizza, salad, and beverages will be provided. You may bring your own dinner if you prefer. Reservations must be made for this event!  Please visit the Reference Desk or call 603 766 1720 to reserve your spot.

The Unofficial Family Archivist  

Sunday November 15 | 2-4 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Melissa Mannon, author of The Unofficial Family Archivist: A Guide for Creating and Maintaining Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia, and archives/library blogger at archivesinfo.blogspot.com, will share her expertise about the value, recording and care of family memories. Are you passing on a well-rounded collection of personal papers, photographs and memorabilia or are you passing on bits that leave more questions than answers? Keep and maintain the good stuff that highlights your life story. Get rid of the clutter! 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_crown 2:30 PM  -  4:15 PM Family Movie: Cinderella Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Cinderella (2015)

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Rated PG.  105 minutes

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 need to be accompanied by their adult at all times while in the library.

Please call ahead in case of changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Monday September 21, 2015 Go To Top
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
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misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Nursing Graduation (Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Maureen Murtagh   603-531-0661   
   

Nursing course sponsored by the Red Cross.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_lighthouse_02 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Maritime Month: Songs of Old New Hampshire with Jeff Warner Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Songs of Old New Hampshire with Jeff Warner

Monday September 21, 6:30 PM

Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, Jeff Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us “where we came from and what brought us along.” These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the decks of sailing ships, as well as the lumber camps, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Folklorist and performer Jeff Warner connects 21st century audiences with the music and everyday lives of 19th century people. Warner accompanies his songs on concertina, banjo, guitar and several "pocket instruments," such as bones and Jew's harp.

Join Jeff and other artists for the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, September 26-27. Find out more at newenglandfolknetwork.org/pmff.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Tuesday September 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM NH Fish and Game (Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Robert Eckert   603-868-1095   
   

Public meeting 1-5

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be caneled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be caneled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
elect_computer1 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Intermediate Access Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Access Basics:

Learn basic database design and development concepts and skills including creating tables and forms, entering and editing data, creating queries, generating reports, establishing table relationships and more

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Excel Basics class - or - Experience using Access and Excel outside of class
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Word Basics Part 1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Word Basics (parts 1 & 2):

Learn how to create, save and print word processing documents, including using editing shortcuts, formatting lists, checking spelling and grammar and using Word toolbars. The class will also include discussion of how to save and organize files. The class is split into two parts because there is too much to cover in one 90-minute class. Both parts are intended for beginners.

  • Prerequisites: Computer Basics class -or- familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM Local 1386 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Frank Gillespie     
   

Union meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Seacoast Camera Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Thompsen   603-440-5445   
   

Group meeting

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
Wednesday September 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_kidsreading 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Lobby
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Publisher Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Publisher:

This class covers the available templates and what Publisher provides you when you use templates. Also, we go over ways to modify template content. As a model we work on a basic newsletter. By all means come and learn more about this powerful editor. There is no need to have used Publisher before.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Word Basics class - or - some experience using Microsoft Word outside of class
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
elect_computer1 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Minecraft Club for grades Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mollie Mulligan   603-766-1740   memulligan@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us as we explore new challenges using Minecraft.edu! Each week we will try a new challenge each week and meet new friends who also enjoy Minecraft! 

For grades 4+

Space is limited so sign up is required! Please call 766-1740 to sign up.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an ADULT at all times while in the library.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Capital Improvement Plan Process Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Brenna Woodman   603-610-1496   
   

Public Meeting.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Creative Writing Group #1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathleen Slover     info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org
   

To inquire about openings in this group, please write to info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Thursday September 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
elect_computer1 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Advanced Excel Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

TBD

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM WordPress 2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   
Intro to Wordpress, part 2

A review of the WordPress basics with a more in-depth look at all the elements that make up blog posts, webpages, and widgets.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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ent_film-reel 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Fall Films: Master & Commander Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Armitage   766 1732   hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. Light refreshments will be served!

Master & Commander | Thursday September 24 | 6:30 PM

The library will be celebrating Maritime Month in September.

A sudden attack by a French warship inflicts casualties and severe damage upon his vessel, and a Captain of the British Royal Navy is torn between duty and friendship as he embarks on a thrilling high-stakes chase across two oceans to capture the enemy. 2003. Rated PG-13, 138 min.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:45 PM  -  8:45 PM Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bill St. Laurent   603-436-1378   
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Saturday September 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  1:30 PM Mental Health First Aid Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Melissa LeBrun   603-944-2093   mlebrun.naminh.com
   

Community training on responding to persons with mental illness.  Two part series with a 3 year certification when completed.

Sponsored by NAMI

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday September 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_lighthouse_02 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Maritime Month: Piscataqua Panel Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nicole Luongo Cloutier   603-766-1725   nlcloutier@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Piscataqua Maritime Panel: Lighthouses, Ships, Submarines & Tugs!

Sunday September 27, 2 PM

Join us for an eclectic meeting of maritime minds!

Each of the presenters will talk about personal and professional maritime experience and expertise. Together we will explore different topics and issues, so bring your questions for our illustrious panel, which will include Jeff Bolster, Gerald Sedor, Alain Jousse, Bob Hassold and Jeremy D’Entremont.

A licensed master mariner as a young man, Jeff Bolster had ten years of commercial seafaring before earning his doctorate in history. Now a Professor of History at UNH, he is the author, co-author, or editor of five books in maritime history, including the local best-seller, Cross-Grained and Wily Waters: A Guide to the Piscataqua Maritime Region, and his most recent one, the prize-winning The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail. Bolster still sails quite a bit, and has logged about 14,000 double-handed ocean miles in the last three years.

Gerald Sedor is a retired Navy Captain and currently the vice-president of the Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association, which is responsible for the submarine Albacore and Albacore Park. Captain Sedor is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds two graduate degrees in engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. from UNH.

Ship historian and ship model builder, as well as Gundalow volunteer, Alain Jousse is a retired Chief Quartermaster of the US Navy. Jousse spent twenty years in the Navy, with a tour of duty at the Naval Prison adjacent to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Bob Hassold is the former captain of Tug Alley Too, a 1966 steel-hulled tugboat, and proprietor of Tugboat Alley on Bow Street in Portsmouth for over twenty years. He ran tours along the Piscataqua River for ten years.

Jeremy D'Entremont has been called the leading expert on New England's historic lighthouses. He is the author or co-author of more than ten books, including The Lighthouses of Maine, The Lighthouses of Massachusetts, The Lighthouses of Rhode Island, The Lighthouses of Connecticut, Great Shipwrecks of the Maine CoastThe Lighthouse Handbook: New England, and Ocean-Born Mary: The Truth Behind a New Hampshire Legend. Jeremy is the historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Monday September 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM National Register Nomination for Portsmouth Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Black   603-271-6438   
   

Discussion between neighborhoods, City of Portsmouth Planning Department and State of NH about Downtown Portsmouth National Registry nomination.

 

PUBLIC MEETING to discuss proposed boundaries and want it means to property owners.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Tuesday September 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be caneled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be caneled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
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elect_computer1 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Internet Basics Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Internet Basics

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Microsoft Word Basics Part 2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Microsoft Word Basics (parts 1 & 2):

Learn how to create, save and print word processing documents, including using editing shortcuts, formatting lists, checking spelling and grammar and using Word toolbars. The class will also include discussion of how to save and organize files. The class is split into two parts because there is too much to cover in one 90-minute class. Both parts are intended for beginners.

  • Prerequisites: Computer Basics class -or- familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Resolve New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Smith   603-454-4647   
   

Infertility peer support group.  Public is invited.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday September 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_kidsreading 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
elect_computer1 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
elect_computer1 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Twitter Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Twitter:

In this course you'll learn about the basics of using Twitter. Topics covered will include @replies, direct messages, hashtags, and retweets. Learn how to find people to follow and search for information about your interests.

  • Prerequisites: Must be comfortable using the keyboard, the mouse and the Internet, and be curious about online social networks
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Thursday October 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
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misc_none 12:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Room Booked
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Lobby
 
misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Minecraft Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Poems for Peace: After School Poets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Leigh   603-436-6006   
   

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project.  Prompting reading, writing poetry and the arts.  Open to all children.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Seacoast Mothers' Association Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mollie Mulligan   603-502-8082   
   

Mother/Parent Nutrition Class (members only)

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Echo Hill Condominiums (Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mandy Laurie   603-622-7000x7501   
   

Annual meeting.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Saturday October 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:15 AM  -  4:30 PM CASA Training (Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Prine   603-617-7115   
   

Volunteer training

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday October 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
Monday October 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
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nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday October 6, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be caneled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be caneled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_clouds 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Peace of Mind: Retirement Planning Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

The Portsmouth Public Library continues its popular Peace of Mind series: events to help you prepare for and work through life's challenges. This series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

You may choose between the 2 PM or 6:30 PM seminar. George & Steve Pessotti of the Society for Financial Awareness will present on:

  • Wills vs. Trusts – learn how to avoid Probate.
  • New Medicaid Rules- Learn about 5 year look-back period and asset limitations for single and married tax payers.
  • Life Estates- Learn how to prevent capital gains on deeded homes and how to protect your home from nursing home liens.
  • Fixed vs. Variable Annuities – Learn the ins and outs, Pros & Cons.
  • Lifetime Income Annuities – Create a lifetime income like Social Security that you can’t outlive.
  • Learn how to exchange annuities Tax-Free.

This event requires registration. Please visit the reference desk or call 603 766 1720 to register.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Lobby
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_clouds 6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Peace of Mind: Retirement Planning Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

The Portsmouth Public Library continues its popular Peace of Mind series: events to help you prepare for and work through life's challenges. This series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

You may choose between the 2 PM or 6:30 PM seminar. George & Steve Pessotti of the Society for Financial Awareness will present on:

  • Wills vs. Trusts – learn how to avoid Probate.
  • New Medicaid Rules- Learn about 5 year look-back period and asset limitations for single and married tax payers.
  • Life Estates- Learn how to prevent capital gains on deeded homes and how to protect your home from nursing home liens.
  • Fixed vs. Variable Annuities – Learn the ins and outs, Pros & Cons.
  • Lifetime Income Annuities – Create a lifetime income like Social Security that you can’t outlive.
  • Learn how to exchange annuities Tax-Free.

This event requires registration. Please visit the reference desk or call 603 766 1720 to register.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:45 PM Portsmouth Democratic Committee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Larry Drake   603-373-8517   
   

Executive Committe meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday October 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_globe 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Language Discussion Group Interest Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Friese, Assistant Director   766 1703   ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Parlez-vous? Sprechen Zie? Are you learning English?

The library is considering foreign language conversation groups, whether to practice your German, Japanese, French, Chinese, Italian, Turkish, English-as-a-foreign-language or something else entirely.

If you speak, or are learning, a language and are interested in practicing it, please join us one of the following dates and times, to discover how many in Portsmouth share your interest in another language and to see if we have enough to start groups here in a variety of languages.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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misc_kidsreading 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_globe 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Language Discussion Group Interest Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Friese, Assistant Director   766 1703   ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Parlez-vous? Sprechen Zie? Are you learning English?

The library is considering foreign language conversation groups, whether to practice your German, Japanese, French, Chinese, Italian, Turkish, English-as-a-foreign-language or something else entirely.

If you speak, or are learning, a language and are interested in practicing it, please join us one of the following dates and times, to discover how many in Portsmouth share your interest in another language and to see if we have enough to start groups here in a variety of languages.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_globe 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Language Discussion Group Interest Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Friese, Assistant Director   766 1703   ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Parlez-vous? Sprechen Zie? Are you learning English?

The library is considering foreign language conversation groups, whether to practice your German, Japanese, French, Chinese, Italian, Turkish, English-as-a-foreign-language or something else entirely.

If you speak, or are learning, a language and are interested in practicing it, please join us one of the following dates and times, to discover how many in Portsmouth share your interest in another language and to see if we have enough to start groups here in a variety of languages.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Seacoast Storytellers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Debra Ballou   603   debra@debraballou.com
   

Meetings are free and open to the public.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Thursday October 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Minecraft Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
ent_film-reel 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Fall Films: I'll See You In My Dreams Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Armitage   766 1732   hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. Light refreshments will be served!

I’ll See You in my Dreams| Thursday October 8 | 6:30 PM

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discover that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest, and reconnecting with her daughter. 2015. Rated PG-13, 97 min.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Friday October 9, 2015 Go To Top
anim_paw 3:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Friday Flick: Max Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Max

A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Rated PG.  111 minutes

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Please call ahead in case of any changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
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Saturday October 10, 2015 Go To Top
rec_origami_crane 10:00 AM  -  10:00 AM Creation Station Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   lowly@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Creation Station - Create a fortune teller (aka: a cootie catcher) by folding paper.

Drop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ages 4 (with a little adult help) and up!

 

Free and open to Portsmouth Public Library cardholders.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Services
 
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
anim_paw 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Movie: Max Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Max

A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Rated PG.  111 minutes

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Please call ahead in case of any changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Sunday October 11, 2015 Go To Top
anim_paw 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Family Movie: Max Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Max

A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Rated PG.  111 minutes

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Please call ahead in case of any changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Monday October 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is Closed for Columbus Day Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Tuesday October 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be caneled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be caneled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
anim_parrot1.GIF 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Riverbrook Condo Association Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Susan Seiden   603-427-2953   
   

Annual Meeting

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Wednesday October 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_kidsreading 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
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nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Lobby
 
anim_parrot1.GIF 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Creative Writing Group #1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathleen Slover     info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org
   

To inquire about openings in this group, please write to info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Thursday October 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Minecraft Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Poems for Peace: After School Poets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Leigh   603-436-6006   
   

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project.  Prompting reading, writing poetry and the arts.  Open to all children.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM World Affairs with Ritu Sharma Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   6037661710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Thursday, October 15th, 7pm: Ritu Sharma
Ritu Sharma is a leading voice on international women’s issues and U.S. foreign policy. Due in large part to Ritu and Women Thrive Worldwide, the interests of women living in poverty worldwide are now being incorporated into U.S. economic assistance and trade policies and, in some cases, into U.S. law itself.

A first generation American of East Indian heritage, Ms. Sharma’s family left behind generations of violence and poverty in Punjab, India to build a new life in the United States. Her family’s legacy and her first-hand experience of the injustices suffered by women, combined with her strong belief that American citizens must ensure that the U.S. acts positively in the world, led Ritu to create Women Thrive Worldwide in 1998.

Ms. Sharma is an adept coalition builder, political strategist and communicator who has led numerous advocacy campaigns to success. In 1995, at age 26, she led a coalition of more than 100 organizations to influence the United Nations Summit on Social Development. Ritu also served on the official United States delegation to the Summit and later on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Session on Women, also known as “Beijing Plus Five.”

The "World Affairs at the Library" series is a collaboration with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

 

Future "World Affairs at the Library" series events include...

Thursday, November 19th, 7pm: Joseph Keefe
Mr. Keefe is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pax World Funds and its investment adviser, Pax World Management LLC, as well as its majority-owned subsidiary, Pax Ellevate Management LLC.

Under Mr. Keefe’s leadership, Pax World has become one of the leading innovators and asset managers in the rapidly growing field of sustainable investing. Prior to joining Pax World, Mr. Keefe was President of NewCircle Communications, a strategic consulting and communications firm specializing in corporate social responsibility and public policy-oriented communications. He served as Senior Adviser for Strategic Social Policy at Calvert Group from 2003-2005 and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Advisers from 1997-2000. He is a former member of the Board of Directors (2000-2006) of US SIF, the trade association representing asset managers and investors engaged in sustainable and responsible investment throughout the United States.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Saturday October 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  1:30 PM NAMI Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Melissa LeBrun   603-944-2093   
   

Community meeting

    Location: Levenson Community Room
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ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Delta Kappa Gamma (Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lynn Young   207-439-2887   
   

Group of retired teachers to have business meeting.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Sunday October 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  2:45 PM Seacoast Storytellers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: youth services   603.766.1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Our Seacoast Storytellers return for another special afternoon of tales.  This time our tellers want to share their favorites for the younger crowd.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_familytree 5:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Genealogy Lock In! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nicole Luongo Cloutier   603-766-1725   nlcloutier@lib.cityofportsmouth.com
   

Please join Library Special Collections Staff, and members of the Ranger Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), for a monthly meeting on a variety of genealogical and family history topics. Topics will vary based on the interests of the group as well as availability of the speakers. Time will be allowed at each meeting for research questions and assistance and general discussion.  Feel free to suggest future topics! 

Our fall series will be held every third Sunday. Please note that the workshops will take a break in December, resuming monthly on January 17, 2016.

“The Cloud” and Social Media for Genealogists with Library Director Steve Butzel

Sunday September 20 | 2 - 4 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Steve Butzel, Library Director, will bring his wide technology expertise to the genealogy workshops this month. Steve will explain and demystify “The Cloud,” explaining storage options like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote, as well as the power of social media in your research, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Skype. Time will be provided for questions and hands-on practice.

Genealogy Research “Lock-in”!

Sunday October 18 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Here is your chance to be in the Library after hours with your genealogy research friends!  This is free time to explore, begin your research, ask questions, or go deep on a specific topic.  Library staff will be on hand to help navigate the web and the materials in the Special Collections Room.  There will be videos of research tips and techniques running in the Hilton Garden room, where pizza, salad, and beverages will be provided. You may bring your own dinner if you prefer. Reservations must be made for this event!  Please visit the Reference Desk or call 603 766 1720 to reserve your spot.

The Unofficial Family Archivist  

Sunday November 15 | 2-4 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Melissa Mannon, author of The Unofficial Family Archivist: A Guide for Creating and Maintaining Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia, and archives/library blogger at archivesinfo.blogspot.com, will share her expertise about the value, recording and care of family memories. Are you passing on a well-rounded collection of personal papers, photographs and memorabilia or are you passing on bits that leave more questions than answers? Keep and maintain the good stuff that highlights your life story. Get rid of the clutter! 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday October 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club.

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.
 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Buddhist Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Avi Magidoff   603-531-3130   
    Location: Levenson Community Room
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Tuesday October 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be caneled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be caneled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM 6th Grade Parents' Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Andrea St. Jean   603-373-0337   
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 5:30 PM  -  8:30 PM NH Construction Specification Institute Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Richard Saklad   207-450-5755   
   

Group meeting

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Nonfiction Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Friese   766 1703   ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Nonfiction Book Discussion meets once monthly, on Tuesday at 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

July 21: Choose one of two!

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
 
According to an old Chinese proverb, there's an invisible thread that connects two people who are destined to meet and influence each other's lives. With Tresniowski (The Vendetta), Schroff tells how, as a busy advertising sales executive in New York, she easily passed panhandlers every day. One day, 11-year-old Maurice's plea for spare change caused Schroff to turn around and offer to buy him lunch. Thereafter, Schroff and Maurice met for dinner each week and slowly shared their life stories.

In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving by Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

Those familiar with the film The Blind Side, or Michael Lewis's best-selling book, will likely already know the inspiring story of how the Tuohys took future-NFL star Michael Oher into their home and adopted him. For anyone wondering what more there might be to say about it, the answer is: plenty. In a Heartbeat finds the Tuohys attempting to determine what it was that made them reach out to the homeless African-American boy they saw walking down the street in a t-shirt and shorts on a winter's day.

August 18: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

In this fascinating book, Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) presents a “history of ideas and innovation,” focusing on six important technical and scientific innovations that have shaped the modern world but that we often take for granted. The book reveals what Johnson calls “the hummingbird effect,” when “an innovation... in one field ends up triggering changes that seem to belong to a different domain altogether.” We learn how Gutenberg’s press created a market for spectacles, which, in turn, led to the development of the microscope, the telescope, and the camera; how muckrakers were empowered by flash photography in the Progressive Era; and how the modern advertising business has roots in the germ theory of disease.

September 15: Portsmouth Women: Madams & Matriarchs Who Shaped New Hampshire's Port City edited by Laura Pope

In the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, countless women rose above a rigid society to make their marks on the seaport city. In the eighteenth century, Allice Shannon Hight became a successful tavern keeper, outliving two husbands and providing for ten children. Others flourished in more scandalous ventures, like Alta Roberts, otherwise known as the Black Mystery of Portsmouth--always donned in black, she operated a successful brothel at the Roberts House Saloon in the nineteenth century. Even greater achievements would come in later years from the likes of Mary Carey Dondero, who became one of the first women elected mayor in New England. This collection of essays, compiled by author and historian Laura Pope, celebrates the victories--large and small--of Portsmouth's notable women.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday October 21, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_kidsreading 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
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misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Seacoast Ultimate Board Mtg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: April Flore   603-866-0835   
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday October 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Services
 
misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Minecraft Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
ent_film-reel 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Film & Party: What We Do in the Shadows Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Armitage   766 1732   hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

The library will host a Vampires vs. Werewolves costume party before this film. Stay tuned for details!

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. Light refreshments will be served!

What We Do in the Shadows |Thursday October 22 | 7:00 PM 

Vladislav, Viago, and Deacon are vampires who live here, among us. They are real vampires; undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins. Witness the many horrid, abominable aspects of vampire life, such as hunting and feeding, vampire rivalry and fighting with werewolves, as well as normal night-to-night aspects that make them not so different from us, like keeping the flat clean, jobs, shopping, meeting people and trying to fit in. 2015. Rated R, 85 min.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:45 PM  -  8:45 PM Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Bill St. Laurent   603-436-1378   
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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Saturday October 24, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Monday October 26, 2015 Go To Top
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Buddhist Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Avi Magidoff   603-531-3130   
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_wizard_hat 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Speculative Fiction Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stacia Oparowski   766 5124   soparowski@cityofportsmouth.com
   

NEW! Speculative Fiction Book Club

Portsmouth Public Library

Last Mondays | October – December 2015

The Portsmouth Public Library already offers a Fiction and Nonfiction Book Discussion Group. This fall there’s a new addition: Speculative Fiction. A genre that encompasses fantasy, science fiction, horror and everything in between. Speculative fiction asks, what if?

What if we discussed a new spec fic title every month, covering many different genres, themes and ranging from classic to modern? What if you could check out the book from the library, and meet with likeminded people for good discussion and refreshments?

Now it’s possible. The first Spec Fic Book Club meets on October 26 at 7 PM at Portsmouth Public Library. Drop by and check out a copy of the book today.

October 26: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

College friends and roommates Victor and Eli discover a way to become superheroes. After an experiment goes wrong, the two men will stop at nothing to seek revenge—on each other.  

November 30: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

In an alien world where people can change their gender at-will, one man aims to bridge the gap between opposing civilizations. 

December 28The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Clearwater is admitted to an elite college of magic in upstate New York, but he still can’t stop obsessing over a Narnia-like otherworld that doesn’t exist outside of books. Or does it?

Find information about all of the book discussion groups at Portsmouth Public Library at cityofportsmouth.com/library/books-abdl.htm.

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday October 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_kidsreading 9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be caneled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be caneled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
anim_rabbit 10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM Lap Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Lap Time | ages 3-24 months with their adult caregiver

Lap Time engages babies and their adult caregivers in early language activities, such as lap games, songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

 Free and open to PPL members.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed to to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (Pending) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Amy Lyle   603-225-6641   
   

New Hampshire Tomorrow.  A small gathering for conversation.

http://www.nhcf.org    
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Local 1386 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Frank Gillespie     
   

Union meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM NaNoWriMo KICKOFF! Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Resolve New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Smith   603-454-4647   
   

Infertility peer support group.  Public is invited.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday October 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_kidsreading 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Toddler Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Toddler Time | 24 to 36 months w/their adult

Toddler Time engages children and their adult caregivers in fun early language activities, such as stories, finger plays, songs and active games.

 Free and open to PPL members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Strollers may be parked near the front entrance.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Creative Writing Group #1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathleen Slover     info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org
   

To inquire about openings in this group, please write to info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday October 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_kidsreading1 10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Story Time Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Story Time | ages 3-6 |

Story Time engages children and their adults in stories, songs, games and active play.

Free and open to PPL members.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult.

Programs will be canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather. Programs may also be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Youth Program Room
 
misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Minecraft Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Poems for Peace: After School Poets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Leigh   603-436-6006   
   

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project.  Prompting reading, writing poetry and the arts.  Open to all children.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Friday October 30, 2015 Go To Top
elect_video_camera 3:00 PM  -  5:15 PM Friday Flick: Tomorrowland Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Tomorrowland

Rated PG. 130 minutes

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Please call ahead in case of any changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM Meet Gutenberg, the 3D Printer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: 3D Printer Team     libtech@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Look for our new 3D printer, Gutenberg ("Gute") for short, out and about in the library!

See it in action, check out things we've printed, and talk to us about our new 3D Printing service, coming in April.

For more information:

Meet Gutenberg!

3D Printing at PPL

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Lobby
Saturday October 31, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
elect_video_camera 2:00 PM  -  4:15 PM Family Movie: Tomorrowland Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Tomorrowland

Rated PG. 130 minutes

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Please call ahead in case of any changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Sunday November 1, 2015 Go To Top
elect_video_camera 2:00 PM  -  4:15 PM Family Movie: Tomorrowland Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Youth Services   603-766-1740   sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Tomorrowland

Rated PG. 130 minutes

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Free and open to the public. Children under 10 must be accompanied by their adult at all times.

Please call ahead in case of any changes.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Monday November 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday November 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_clouds 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Peace of Mind: Decluttering Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

The Portsmouth Public Library continues its popular Peace of Mind series: events to help you prepare for and work through life's challenges. This series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served! 

We all have stuff! Why do we acquire and save more possessions than we need? What happens when our stuff starts to own us? Why can’t we just throw things away?

With his upbeat and unique approach, presenter Dave Downs explores the many reasons that our drawers, closets and garages get filled with STUFF. Downs offers helpful hints for managing this difficult problem. Dave uses colorful stories throughout the talk to engage as well as inform the audience. You may recognize a part of yourself in these stories.

Participants will leave knowing that if we are thoughtful about what we acquire, what we keep and what we discard, we will start to reverse the tendency to bury ourselves in “treasures.”

This event requires registration. Please visit the reference desk or call 603 766 1720 to register.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Wednesday November 4, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Seacoast Storytellers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Debra Ballou   603   debra@debraballou.com
   

Meetings are free and open to the public.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday November 5, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
ent_film-reel 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Fall Films: Paths of Glory Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Armitage   766 1732   hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. Light refreshments will be served!

Paths of Glory [1957] | Thursday November 5 | 6:30 PM

Join the library for this special showing in honor of Veterans Day.

During WWI, a French battalion is ordered on a suicide mission that is likely to fail. When it does, the general that planned the mission selects 3 soldiers from the battalion to be executed for cowardice, and selects their leader as their attorney. 1957. Unrated, 86 min.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Saturday November 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Buddhist Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Avi Magidoff   603-531-3130   
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday November 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM CAR/Bonne Homme Richard Society Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tylene Jousse   603-433-1584   
   

Wax Museum of Historic Persons.  Public is invited.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Monday November 9, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club.

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.
 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday November 10, 2015 Go To Top
elect_camera 5:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Wednesday November 11, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is Closed for Veterans' Day Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
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Thursday November 12, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Poems for Peace: After School Poets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Leigh   603-436-6006   
   

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project.  Prompting reading, writing poetry and the arts.  Open to all children.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM PS-21 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Doug Roberts   603-431-1925   
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Friday November 13, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Saturday November 14, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  4:30 PM LANES Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Deborah Roe   860-844-0049   
   

Board meeting of storytelling group

http://www.LANES.org    
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
trans_space_shuttle 11:00 AM  -  4:00 PM STAR WARS DAY Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

The library will host an all-ages Star Wars celebration on Saturday November 14, with costume and trivia contests, as well as other activities. Stay tuned for more details!

Included in the celebration will be a showing of:

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope | Saturday November 14 | 2:00 PM

The galaxy is at war. Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen-the Death Star. The rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy. 1977. Rated PG, 125 min.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Sunday November 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:45 PM Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jeff Warner   603-431-3383   
   

Board Meeting

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_familytree 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Genealogy Workshop: The Unofficial Family Archivist Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nicole Luongo Cloutier   603-766-1725   nlcloutier@lib.cityofportsmouth.com
   

Please join Library Special Collections Staff, and members of the Ranger Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), for a monthly meeting on a variety of genealogical and family history topics. Topics will vary based on the interests of the group as well as availability of the speakers. Time will be allowed at each meeting for research questions and assistance and general discussion.  Feel free to suggest future topics! 

Our fall series will be held every third Sunday. Please note that the workshops will take a break in December, resuming monthly on January 17, 2016.

“The Cloud” and Social Media for Genealogists with Library Director Steve Butzel

Sunday September 20 | 2 - 4 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Steve Butzel, Library Director, will bring his wide technology expertise to the genealogy workshops this month. Steve will explain and demystify “The Cloud,” explaining storage options like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote, as well as the power of social media in your research, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Skype. Time will be provided for questions and hands-on practice.

Genealogy Research “Lock-in”!

Sunday October 18 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Here is your chance to be in the Library after hours with your genealogy research friends!  This is free time to explore, begin your research, ask questions, or go deep on a specific topic.  Library staff will be on hand to help navigate the web and the materials in the Special Collections Room.  There will be videos of research tips and techniques running in the Hilton Garden room, where pizza, salad, and beverages will be provided. You may bring your own dinner if you prefer. Reservations must be made for this event!  Please visit the Reference Desk or call 603 766 1720 to reserve your spot.

The Unofficial Family Archivist  

Sunday November 15 | 2-4 PM | Hilton Garden Inn Room

Melissa Mannon, author of The Unofficial Family Archivist: A Guide for Creating and Maintaining Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia, and archives/library blogger at archivesinfo.blogspot.com, will share her expertise about the value, recording and care of family memories. Are you passing on a well-rounded collection of personal papers, photographs and memorabilia or are you passing on bits that leave more questions than answers? Keep and maintain the good stuff that highlights your life story. Get rid of the clutter! 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday November 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday November 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Local 1386 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Frank Gillespie     
   

Union meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Nonfiction Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Friese   766 1703   ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Nonfiction Book Discussion meets once monthly, on Tuesday at 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

July 21: Choose one of two!

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
 
According to an old Chinese proverb, there's an invisible thread that connects two people who are destined to meet and influence each other's lives. With Tresniowski (The Vendetta), Schroff tells how, as a busy advertising sales executive in New York, she easily passed panhandlers every day. One day, 11-year-old Maurice's plea for spare change caused Schroff to turn around and offer to buy him lunch. Thereafter, Schroff and Maurice met for dinner each week and slowly shared their life stories.

In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving by Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

Those familiar with the film The Blind Side, or Michael Lewis's best-selling book, will likely already know the inspiring story of how the Tuohys took future-NFL star Michael Oher into their home and adopted him. For anyone wondering what more there might be to say about it, the answer is: plenty. In a Heartbeat finds the Tuohys attempting to determine what it was that made them reach out to the homeless African-American boy they saw walking down the street in a t-shirt and shorts on a winter's day.

August 18: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

In this fascinating book, Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) presents a “history of ideas and innovation,” focusing on six important technical and scientific innovations that have shaped the modern world but that we often take for granted. The book reveals what Johnson calls “the hummingbird effect,” when “an innovation... in one field ends up triggering changes that seem to belong to a different domain altogether.” We learn how Gutenberg’s press created a market for spectacles, which, in turn, led to the development of the microscope, the telescope, and the camera; how muckrakers were empowered by flash photography in the Progressive Era; and how the modern advertising business has roots in the germ theory of disease.

September 15: Portsmouth Women: Madams & Matriarchs Who Shaped New Hampshire's Port City edited by Laura Pope

In the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, countless women rose above a rigid society to make their marks on the seaport city. In the eighteenth century, Allice Shannon Hight became a successful tavern keeper, outliving two husbands and providing for ten children. Others flourished in more scandalous ventures, like Alta Roberts, otherwise known as the Black Mystery of Portsmouth--always donned in black, she operated a successful brothel at the Roberts House Saloon in the nineteenth century. Even greater achievements would come in later years from the likes of Mary Carey Dondero, who became one of the first women elected mayor in New England. This collection of essays, compiled by author and historian Laura Pope, celebrates the victories--large and small--of Portsmouth's notable women.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday November 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 3:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Thursday November 19, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 8:30 AM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM World Affairs with Joseph Keefe Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   6037661710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Thursday, November 19th, 7pm: Joseph Keefe

Join us for the third installment of our fall "World Affairs at the Library" series. Mr. Keefe is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pax World Funds and its investment adviser, Pax World Management LLC, as well as its majority-owned subsidiary, Pax Ellevate Management LLC.

Under Mr. Keefe’s leadership, Pax World has become one of the leading innovators and asset managers in the rapidly growing field of sustainable investing. Prior to joining Pax World, Mr. Keefe was President of NewCircle Communications, a strategic consulting and communications firm specializing in corporate social responsibility and public policy-oriented communications. He served as Senior Adviser for Strategic Social Policy at Calvert Group from 2003-2005 and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Advisers from 1997-2000. He is a former member of the Board of Directors (2000-2006) of US SIF, the trade association representing asset managers and investors engaged in sustainable and responsible investment throughout the United States.

Mr. Keefe has written and spoken widely on the subjects of sustainable investing and women’s empowerment.  He is Co-Chair of the Leadership Group for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint program of the United Nations Global Compact and UN Women, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR). Joe was named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” in 2007, 2008 and 2011. In 2012, he was recognized by Women’s eNews as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century,” where he was the sole male honoree, and in 2014 Joe was honored at the United Nations as one of five recipients of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award. 

Mr. Keefe is Chair of the Board of Directors of Women Thrive Worldwide, a leading non-profit organization shaping U.S. international assistance and trade policy to help women in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty. He is a former Democratic Nominee for United States Congress in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District and a former Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and member of the Democratic National Committee. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

The "World Affairs at the Library" series is a collaboration with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Saturday November 21, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  3:30 PM American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Paul Noyes   603-770-2987   
   

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. For people affected by suicide loss to gather for support.

 

 Public is invited.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Sunday November 22, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Monday November 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_wizard_hat 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Speculative Fiction Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stacia Oparowski   766 5124   soparowski@cityofportsmouth.com
   

NEW! Speculative Fiction Book Club

Portsmouth Public Library

Last Mondays | October – December 2015

The Portsmouth Public Library already offers a Fiction and Nonfiction Book Discussion Group. This fall there’s a new addition: Speculative Fiction. A genre that encompasses fantasy, science fiction, horror and everything in between. Speculative fiction asks, what if?

What if we discussed a new spec fic title every month, covering many different genres, themes and ranging from classic to modern? What if you could check out the book from the library, and meet with likeminded people for good discussion and refreshments?

Now it’s possible. The first Spec Fic Book Club meets on October 26 at 7 PM at Portsmouth Public Library. Drop by and check out a copy of the book today.

October 26: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

College friends and roommates Victor and Eli discover a way to become superheroes. After an experiment goes wrong, the two men will stop at nothing to seek revenge—on each other.  

November 30: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

In an alien world where people can change their gender at-will, one man aims to bridge the gap between opposing civilizations. 

December 28The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Clearwater is admitted to an elite college of magic in upstate New York, but he still can’t stop obsessing over a Narnia-like otherworld that doesn’t exist outside of books. Or does it?

Find information about all of the book discussion groups at Portsmouth Public Library at cityofportsmouth.com/library/books-abdl.htm.

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday November 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Seacoast Camera Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: David Thompsen   603-440-5445   
   

Group meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Resolve New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Smith   603-454-4647   
   

Infertility peer support group.  Public is invited.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Wednesday November 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library closes at 5:00 p.m. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
 
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Thursday November 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is closed for Thanksgiving Day Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Friday November 27, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Saturday November 28, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday November 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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Tuesday December 1, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Wednesday December 2, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Community Room
Thursday December 3, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Poems for Peace: After School Poets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Leigh   603-436-6006   
   

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project.  Prompting reading, writing poetry and the arts.  Open to all children.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
ent_film-reel 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Fall Films: Mad Max - Fury Road Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Armitage   766 1732   hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. Light refreshments will be served!

Mad Max: Fury Road | Thursday December 3 | 6:30 PM

A return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, he believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord with his gangs, pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. 2015. Rated R, 120 min.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Saturday December 5, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday December 7, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 AM  -  8:30 AM NaNoWriMo Wrap Party Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday December 8, 2015 Go To Top
misc_clouds 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Peace of Mind: Staying Present during Holiday Pressure Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

The Portsmouth Public Library continues its popular Peace of Mind series: events to help you prepare for and work through life's challenges. This series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served! 

If the holiday season is fraught with "To Do" lists, and peace of mind is hard to find, take time to remind yourself of the centering tips you already know. Find the quiet point of stillness that resides in each of us and practice bringing it forward when you need it most.

Judy Ringer, author, singer, coach, and workshop leader, will share some stories, practices, and maybe even a song to help you navigate the holidays with power and presence.

This event requires registration. Please visit the reference desk or call 603 766 1720 to register.

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Wednesday December 9, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
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misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Creative Writing Group #1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathleen Slover     info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org
   

To inquire about openings in this group, please write to info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Saturday December 12, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday December 14, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday December 15, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Creative Writing Group #2 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Evgeniya Dame     evgeniya.dame@gmail.com
   

Creative Writing Group #2 meets every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 PM.

This workshop format is open to writers in all genres. We will share our writing and respond to it in a thoughtful, constructive and encouraging way. Additionally, we will discuss short published pieces focusing on craft and technique.

This group is now accepting new members! Please contact the group facilitator, Evgeniya Dame, for more information. 

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
lib_book3 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Nonfiction Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Christine Friese   766 1703   ccfriese@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Nonfiction Book Discussion meets once monthly, on Tuesday at 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

July 21: Choose one of two!

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
 
According to an old Chinese proverb, there's an invisible thread that connects two people who are destined to meet and influence each other's lives. With Tresniowski (The Vendetta), Schroff tells how, as a busy advertising sales executive in New York, she easily passed panhandlers every day. One day, 11-year-old Maurice's plea for spare change caused Schroff to turn around and offer to buy him lunch. Thereafter, Schroff and Maurice met for dinner each week and slowly shared their life stories.

In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving by Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

Those familiar with the film The Blind Side, or Michael Lewis's best-selling book, will likely already know the inspiring story of how the Tuohys took future-NFL star Michael Oher into their home and adopted him. For anyone wondering what more there might be to say about it, the answer is: plenty. In a Heartbeat finds the Tuohys attempting to determine what it was that made them reach out to the homeless African-American boy they saw walking down the street in a t-shirt and shorts on a winter's day.

August 18: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

In this fascinating book, Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) presents a “history of ideas and innovation,” focusing on six important technical and scientific innovations that have shaped the modern world but that we often take for granted. The book reveals what Johnson calls “the hummingbird effect,” when “an innovation... in one field ends up triggering changes that seem to belong to a different domain altogether.” We learn how Gutenberg’s press created a market for spectacles, which, in turn, led to the development of the microscope, the telescope, and the camera; how muckrakers were empowered by flash photography in the Progressive Era; and how the modern advertising business has roots in the germ theory of disease.

September 15: Portsmouth Women: Madams & Matriarchs Who Shaped New Hampshire's Port City edited by Laura Pope

In the history of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, countless women rose above a rigid society to make their marks on the seaport city. In the eighteenth century, Allice Shannon Hight became a successful tavern keeper, outliving two husbands and providing for ten children. Others flourished in more scandalous ventures, like Alta Roberts, otherwise known as the Black Mystery of Portsmouth--always donned in black, she operated a successful brothel at the Roberts House Saloon in the nineteenth century. Even greater achievements would come in later years from the likes of Mary Carey Dondero, who became one of the first women elected mayor in New England. This collection of essays, compiled by author and historian Laura Pope, celebrates the victories--large and small--of Portsmouth's notable women.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday December 16, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Thursday December 17, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Poems for Peace: After School Poets Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathy Leigh   603-436-6006   
   

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project.  Prompting reading, writing poetry and the arts.  Open to all children.

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
ent_film-reel 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Fall Films: Spy Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Heather Armitage   766 1732   hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. Light refreshments will be served!

Spy | Thursday December 17 | 6:30 PM

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. 2015. Rated R, 120 min.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Saturday December 19, 2015 Go To Top
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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Sunday December 20, 2015 Go To Top
misc_familytree 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday December 21, 2015 Go To Top
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday December 23, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Creative Writing Group #1 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Kathleen Slover     info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org
   

To inquire about openings in this group, please write to info@portsmouthwritersgroup.org.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Thursday December 24, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library closes at 5:00 p.m. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Friday December 25, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is closed for Christmas Day Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Saturday December 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library is closed for the Christmas Holiday Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
 
ent_mahjong_tile.GIF 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Play Mah Jongg Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dawn Carswell     dec40909@comcast.net
   

MAH JONGG EVERY SATURDAY~~~~

Learn MAH JONGG, the ancient Chinese game of tiles. It's fast, free, and fun for all ages. Held every Saturday from 10 - Noon. Taught every week at 10:00, takes 15 minutes to learn.  

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday December 28, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Memoir Writers Study Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Eliza Hobson   603-812-1548   azilen48@yahoo.com
   

Interested in writing your memoir?  This group will help you to further your writing skills in a congenial and supportive atmosphere.  Open to the public.  Please call the facilitator, Eliza Hobson, if you are interested in joining.  Meetings are held twice each month on Mondays from 10-Noon.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

 

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_wizard_hat 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Speculative Fiction Book Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stacia Oparowski   766 5124   soparowski@cityofportsmouth.com
   

NEW! Speculative Fiction Book Club

Portsmouth Public Library

Last Mondays | October – December 2015

The Portsmouth Public Library already offers a Fiction and Nonfiction Book Discussion Group. This fall there’s a new addition: Speculative Fiction. A genre that encompasses fantasy, science fiction, horror and everything in between. Speculative fiction asks, what if?

What if we discussed a new spec fic title every month, covering many different genres, themes and ranging from classic to modern? What if you could check out the book from the library, and meet with likeminded people for good discussion and refreshments?

Now it’s possible. The first Spec Fic Book Club meets on October 26 at 7 PM at Portsmouth Public Library. Drop by and check out a copy of the book today.

October 26: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

College friends and roommates Victor and Eli discover a way to become superheroes. After an experiment goes wrong, the two men will stop at nothing to seek revenge—on each other.  

November 30: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

In an alien world where people can change their gender at-will, one man aims to bridge the gap between opposing civilizations. 

December 28The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Clearwater is admitted to an elite college of magic in upstate New York, but he still can’t stop obsessing over a Narnia-like otherworld that doesn’t exist outside of books. Or does it?

Find information about all of the book discussion groups at Portsmouth Public Library at cityofportsmouth.com/library/books-abdl.htm.

 

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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Tuesday December 29, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Local 1386 Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Frank Gillespie     
   

Union meeting

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Resolve New England Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jennifer Smith   603-454-4647   
   

Infertility peer support group.  Public is invited.

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday December 30, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM In Stitches Needlework Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Steve Butzel   603 766 1710   skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com
   

In Stitches Needlework Group offers an open space to knit, crochet, embroider or work on other lapwork every Wednesday from 10-12. Pick up tips and share projects. All skill levels and all ages welcome!

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
nat_flower01 12:15 PM  -  1:00 PM Weekly Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laura Horwood-Benton   766 1711   lkhorwood-benton@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Join us for our new Weekly Meditation at the library! In cooperation with local teachers, we will offer a led meditation twice a week at the following times:

Mondays @ 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Wednesdays @ 12:15 – 1 PM

Frequently Asked Questions | Meet the Teachers

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Levenson Community Room
Thursday December 31, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none The Library closes at 5:00 p.m. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
Monday January 11, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. All welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

Titles to be announced.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday January 12, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
 
anim_parrot1.GIF 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday January 13, 2016 Go To Top
anim_parrot1.GIF 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday January 17, 2016 Go To Top
misc_familytree 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday January 19, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
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Wednesday January 20, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Tuesday January 26, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Tuesday February 2, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Sunday February 7, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday February 8, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. All welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

Titles to be announced.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday February 9, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Thursday February 11, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday February 14, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday February 16, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Wednesday February 17, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Thursday February 18, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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Sunday February 21, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday February 23, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Thursday February 25, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday February 28, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Tuesday March 1, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM Room Booked
    Location: Levenson Room
Thursday March 3, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday March 6, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday March 10, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday March 13, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday March 14, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. All welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

Titles to be announced.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday March 16, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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Thursday March 17, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday March 20, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday March 24, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday March 27, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday March 31, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday April 3, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday April 7, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Sunday April 10, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Monday April 11, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. All welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

Titles to be announced.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Thursday April 14, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 4:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked
    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday April 20, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
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Monday May 9, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. All welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

Titles to be announced.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday May 18, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Monday June 13, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. All welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

Titles to be announced.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
Wednesday June 15, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Library Trustee Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location: MacLeod Board Room
Monday July 11, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book3 1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. 

There are two discussion sessions to choose from: 1 PM in the MacLeod Room, and 7 PM in the Hilton Garden Room. All are welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

September 14: Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

In her impressive fourth novel, Schwarz (Drowning Ruth) illuminates the difficult lives led by lighthouse keepers in the late 1890s. Well-schooled Trudy (Gertrude) Schroeder abandons both her well-ordered life as a teacher in Milwaukee, Wis., and her engagement to childhood friend Ernst Dettweiler after she falls for and marries his cousin, Oskar Swann. An unconventional dreamer, Oskar decides to move to California to work in a lighthouse.

October 19:  The Girls by Lori Lansens

Conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen are linked at the side of the head, with separate brains and bodies. Born in a small town outside Toronto in the midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey, a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled. She raises them in Leaford, Ontario, where, at age 29, Rose, the more verbal and bookish twin, begins writing their story…

November 9: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Brockmole uses letters to tell a remarkable story of two women, their loves, their secrets, and two world wars, cutting to the important matters that letter writers struggle to put into just the right words. In 1912, young poet Mrs. Elspeth Dunn, who has never left Scotland’s Isle of Skye because of her fear of boats, receives her first fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Urbana, Ill. They begin a long correspondence.

All synopses from Publisher’s Weekly.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: MacLeod Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:15 PM Book Discussion (Fiction) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Cathy Okhuysen   427 1540   ccokhuysen@cityofportsmouth.com
   

Monthly meeting of the Portsmouth Public Library Fiction Book Club. All welcome! Whenever possible copies of each title are borrowed from New Hampshire libraries in advance. Books are available for check out with your PPL card.

Titles to be announced.

LIBRARY PROGRAM

    Location: Hilton Garden Room
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