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September 3, 2020
ONLINE Film Screening & Discussion Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? Thursday October...Read More
June 22, 2020
The library will begin offering computer use and individual study space by appointment ...Read More
May 21, 2020
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June 3, 2020
As librarians, we believe one of our roles is to strengthen our community through shari...Read More
Check Out Past Library Events on our YouTube page!
Joseph Nye on his book, Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to TrumpSeptember 14, 2020
On Sunday September 13, the library hosted a Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum event featuring Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Asia expert, and author most recently of Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump. In conversation with forum chair Chuck Doleac, Nye outlines his metrics for rating the morality of each president’s foreign policy, and takes questions from our audience. Enjoy! This program was sponsored by the library, the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum, the Portsmouth Athenaeum, and Riverrun Bookstore. If you’d like to give the Portsmouth Public Library feedback on our programming, and enter to win a library book bag, please fill out a brief Event Feedback Form here: https://forms.gle/uLaj2MrLtenEZmvH7
Tarot 101 WorkshopSeptember 10, 2020
Learn about Tarot reading in this recorded workshop with Kate Sheridan, hosted by the Portsmouth Public Library on September 8, 2020. Tarot cards can be a great tool for self-reflection and personal growth, and this workshop is geared toward beginners who are looking for practical tips on how to get started. The workshop uses the classic Smith-Rider-Waite deck as a guide, and covers basic tarot theory, giving you the bird's eye view of all 78 cards, how they work together, and how to interpret them in a reading. Find Kate on Instagram as @themodernlaundress!
Local History Talk: Urban Legends, Local Lore, and Real History with Barbara RimkunasAugust 30, 2020
Portsmouth Public Library's online local history talk, Tuesday August 11, 2020. What does the name “IOKA” mean? Where were the secret tunnels? Was The Addams Family filmed in Exeter? Local historians often have to confront the unofficial history of their community. Untangling truth from fiction, when there are sometimes vocal stakeholders involved, can be quite a challenge. How can we tell what is real versus what is believed to be real? This program explores some strange stories, long-held beliefs and flat-out urban legends from the town of Exeter, in an effort to explain how they start, spread and stick. Join Exeter local historian, Barbara Rimkunas, as she tries to find the truth without ruining everyone’s childhood. Perhaps there are some real stories out there just odd enough to replace the fiction? Barbara Rimkunas has been the curator at the Exeter Historical Society since 2000, and now serves as Co-Executive Director. She writes on Exeter’s history, often on topics requested by the public, bi-weekly in the Exeter News-Letter. You can also watch the Exeter Historical Society’s video series “Exeter History Minute” at exeterhistory.org or on YouTube.
Tea Garden WorkshopAugust 30, 2020
Sara Schuster of Fox & Elder discusses both live plants and dried leaves and berries for making tea. She covers herbal properties and flavors and how to make a good tea blend. Sara Schuster is a trained herbalist, hosts a podcast, regularly does live classes, and sells custom medicinal tea blends from herbs she grows on her farm. Find out more at www.foxandelder.com.
Wild Edible Plants 5 13 20May 14, 2020
Russ Cohen's online talk on Wild Edible Plants in & around the Portsmouth area!
In the latest installment of our quarantine podcast series, Jean Frances, MaryJo, and Michaela discuss their mutual love of crafting. Listen now wherever you get your podcasts for resources, tips, and tales of knitting projects gone horribly wrong 📚🎧✂️ https://t.co/6cLZMDLaF8 https://t.co/n5obpT8tEV
Blanket Fort Broadcasts: Knitting & Crafts https://t.co/AMH4tour4d via @Audioboom
RT @nypl: In honor of #WelcomingWeek, the Library's readers advisory team is sharing some of their favorite books by and about refugees and…
Just posted a video https://t.co/OrFhLn4DAQ