Executive Chef Eric Steinhauer from the Newport Marriott will be the featured chef this month. A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, he has worked in various capacities in Europe and Asia. He became the Executive Chef at the Newport Marriott in 2003 where his menu represents indigenous foods uniquely prepared using methods learned from his travels. Join us for a delicious sampling of appetizers prepared specially for Spring entertaining.
This program is free and open to the public but you must be 21 or over to attend. Seating is limited to 20.
This month's selection is Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. All ages that read the book are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served!
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. (from Goodreads)
Portsmouth Historical Society in partnership with Portsmouth Free Public Library will host a book club discussion of “The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe" by Elaine Showalter. The book discussion will be held at Portsmouth Historical Society, 870 East Main Road, Portsmouth.
Julia Ward (1819-1910) was an heiress who married a handsome accomplished doctor who worked with the blind and deaf. But Samuel Howe wasted her inheritance, mistreated and belittled her, and tried to stifle her intellect and freedom. Nevertheless Julia persisted and wrote poetry and a mildly shocking sexual novel that was published to good reviews. She also wrote the words to probably the most famous anthem in the country’s history—the Civil War anthem, “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
After Samuel died when she was fifty-one, Julia lived another forty years as a dynamic, tireless, and successful activist for women’s rights, pacifism, and social reform. She became a groundbreaking figure in the abolitionist and suffrage movements, and a successful author and lecturer who fought her own battle for creative freedom and independence. In the “riveting” (The New York Times Book Review), “unfailingly vivid” (The Atlantic) and “invigorating” (O, The Oprah Magazine) The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe, esteemed author Elaine Showalter tells the story of Howe’s determined self-creation and brings to life the society she inhabited and the obstacles she overcame. The Civil War challenged nineteenth-century ideas of separate spheres for men and women. In Howe’s case, this transformation led to a rebellion against her marriage. She fought a second Civil War at home and discovered ways to combine domestic chores with creativity and politics, and she helped establish Mother’s Day to honor women and to recruit them to her causes. “A biography with the verve and pace of a delicious novel…Showalter reveals the entwining of Howe’s public and private lives, as she righteously battled her husband and society, and finally saw the glory she always believed she deserved” (The Boston Globe).
This is the second of a series of book club discussions on books about local history selected by the Portsmouth Historical Society. Copies of this title will be available for checkout at Portsmouth Free Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Please sign up by clicking on the REGISTER button or by calling the library at 683-9457.
Join us for a discussion of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simson.
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie?and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Copies will be available for checkout at the adult circulation desk. No sign up is required. Refreshments will be served.
We like to look at them, they make us truly smile, but why on earth would anyone want to eat them? Co-author of Edible Flowers: A Global History, Mary Newman, will share examples of flowers that have a long history as a tasty ingredient in a variety of cuisines, from ancient Greek dishes to today’s molecular gastronomy and farm-to-table restaurants. Looking at flowers’ natural qualities: their unique and beautiful appearance, their pungent fragrance, and their surprisingly good taste, Newman will tie this culinary history into a larger cultural one, showing how flowers’ cultural, symbolic, and religious connotations have added value and meaning to dishes in daily life and special occasions. Learn what flower products are available locally and what flowers are most easily grown even in the tiniest of gardens. See flowers not just as something beautiful, but also as something absolutely delicious, unexpected, and even cost-effective way to impress your own dinner guests. A sampling of some edible flowers will be offered at the program so you can truly see flowers in a whole new way.
This program is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please sign up by clicking on the REGISTER button or call the library at 683-9457.
Author Neal Sanders is the featured guest speaker whose humorous talks pack a lot of information about the writing process. The author's topic of ‘Strong Independent Women’ describes how his background shaped his writing subjects. He will speak about the writing process; especially about the ‘aha’ moments that inspire a book.
This program is free and open to the public. The author's books will be available for purchase and signing.
What is genealogy? How do you start to build your own family tree? Kate Wells and Michelle Chiles will cover the basics to get you started in this informative workshop. You’ll learn basic research methods and work with free websites (or paper if you prefer!) to create your own family tree. You’ll learn to search several free genealogical databases, learn about resources available to you at Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Public Library, and in your own community and how to use what you find to document your family history. Basic comfort using a computer for online research is required.
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please click on the REGISTER button or call the Library at 683-9457 to sign up for this program.