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Film Screening- The Woman King, Thursday April 27

The Woman King
2022. Rated PG-13. 135 Minutes.

A historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. All films will feature subtitles where possible.

No registration is required. This is a drop-in event. Space is limited so arrive early to secure your seat. Refreshments will be served.

Shakespeare Discussion Group: Much Ado About Nothing, Tuesday April 25

How now good friends? Dost thou seek a monthly passtime to broaden the mind and entice the senses? Look no further than Shakespearean Discussion Group! Enjoy the selected play of the month in the way ‘twas presented: to the masses! Pick up a video recording of the play to view at your leisure, and then join us on the last Tuesday of the month at 4 PM to discuss your experience with The Bard’s work.

We Craft: Drop in Crafting, Friday April 21

We craft, ewe craft, we all craft together! Join library staff Nicole and Michaela in the Levenson Room on the third Friday of the month for a relaxing end-of-week drop-in craft time. Seek help on a crafting hurdle, get advice on a tricky mending project, or share your expertise with fellow local crafters. Bring your current work in progress, stay for a few stitches or join us for the whole time. All levels of crafters are welcome!

If you have craft supplies or tools you don't want anymore, feel free to bring gently used items to swap.

Sustainability Fair, Friday April 21 @ The Connie Bean Center

Join the Portsmouth Public Library and over 30 local organizations committed to combatting climate change at the Portsmouth Sustainability Fair! This event will be held at the Connie Bean Recreation Center located behind the library on Friday, April 21 from 4-7 PM. All ages are encouraged to attend to learn more about local sustainability efforts and how to get involved on Earth Day and beyond! Free and no registration is required. Just drop in!

Drop In Device Help, Tuesday April 18

How do I listen to an audiobook using Libby or Hoopla? Can I send a picture with a text? How do I pair Bluetooth headphones? What are apps?!

Get one-on-one help with these questions and more during our drop in device help time at the library. From library digital services to Microsoft and Macs, all questions are welcome!

No registration or appointment is necessary — just drop in and we will help on a first come first serve basis.

Genealogy Workshop: Research Huddle, Sunday April 16

Join us at the library in the Special Collections Room and be part of our Research Huddle! In sports, a huddle is when the players gather in a circle to strategize, motivate, or celebrate. We think genealogists should do the same!

This is the perfect opportunity to dig into your personal history and tell your family’s story. Use the library’s print collections and research databases to progress with your fact-finding. We’ll gather to use library resources, share our successes, learn from fellow researchers, and overcome our research stumbling blocks!

Film Screening- A Man Called Otto, Thursday April 13

A Man Called Otto.
2022. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes.

Otto is a grump who's given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around.

Films at the library are open to the public and FREE. All films will feature subtitles where possible.

Introduction to Zentangle, Wednesday April 12

Discover the relaxing, no-mistakes art of Zentangle at a free two-hour class! Local certified Zentangle instructor Valeria Rienzi unites meditation and creative expression through deceptively simple line drawing to create small paper tiles of art. The Zentangle Method is a fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns called "tangles." Tangles are combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves, and orbs that make simple but intoxicating art. Your tiles can stand alone or can be put together into mosaics.