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Events

Thursday, November 21
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!) and participate in our library fun!  For children 2 years of age. No... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, November 21
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Expert rug hooker Roberta Conti will provide advice and enthusiasm for all rug-hookers, new and experienced alike.  Bring your projects and enjoy the company of others as you work and learn this creative craft.      This program is free and open to... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, November 21
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Board of Directors monthly meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, November 25
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and their caregivers.  No registration required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Monday, November 25
5:00pm - 7:45pm
As part of her PHS senior project, local student Isabella is hosting a poetry reading with approximately 10 readers from the high school Poetry Club. She is selling a book of the poetry read at that night, with the funds being donated to the... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, November 26
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age.     
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, November 26
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk and one of our staff members will help answer your technology questions.  Use our laptop or bring your own device.  Bring your questions and passwords to this free, drop in program.
Event Location: Teen Space
Tuesday, November 26
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Love Young Adult fiction? This is the place for you! All ages are welcome to discuss a YA title each month. Refreshments (usually all homemade by Sue!) are served, and no registration is required. Take a break from your adult life enjoy some teen... Read More
Event Location: Book Nook
Wednesday, November 27
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age.  
Event Location: Children’s Room
Wednesday, November 27
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Library will close at 5 pm due to holiday
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, November 28
9:00am - 8:00pm
Library closed due to holiday
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, November 30
10:00am - 1:00pm
Join us in the Children's Room for a day of classic games.     10:00 Board & Dice Games (Yahtzee, Tenzi, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders) 11:00 BINGO (Christmas, Star Wars, American Girl) 11:30 Card Games (Uno, Slapzi, Set, Spot it, Old Maid,... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Sunday, December 01
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Please join us on Sunday, December 1st at 5:30 PM at Portsmouth Free Public Library for the 36th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Program.  The tree lighting will take place when Santa arrives by a Portsmouth fire truck.  Santa will greet each child... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, December 02
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and their caregivers.  No registration required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Monday, December 02
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, December 03
10:00am - 12:00pm
Garden Club  - wreath making
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, December 03
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age.     
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, December 03
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk and one of our staff members will help answer your technology questions.  Use our laptop or bring your own device.  Bring your questions and passwords to this free, drop in program.
Event Location: Teen Space
Tuesday, December 03
6:30pm - 8:00pm
This event is the The Bayview Townhouse Community annual owners meeting. It allows all of the owners at the Bayview Townhouse Community an opportunity to meet with the Bayview Townhouse association Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, December 04
10:00am - 12:00pm
Garden Club
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, December 04
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age.  
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, December 05
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!) and participate in our library fun!  For children 2 years of age. No... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, December 05
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Create your very own fused glass pendant or magnet with colorful pre-cut glass in this easy, fun class.  Deenie Pacik Giuliano will walk participants through creating their own fused glass creation. All ages: adults, and children ages nine and up.... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, December 09
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and their caregivers.  No registration required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Monday, December 09
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Karen Katin from Stitchery is back to lead you through the ins and outs of sewing a holiday project.  For kids in grades 2 - 5.  No prior sewing experience required.  Registration is required as space is limited.  Registration will open on... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, December 10
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age.     
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, December 10
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk and one of our staff members will help answer your technology questions.  Use our laptop or bring your own device.  Bring your questions and passwords to this free, drop in program.
Event Location: Teen Space
Wednesday, December 11
10:00am - 10:30am
This week, after story time is over, we will move straight into Ornament Day. Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories and songs.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age. 
Event Location: Children’s Room
Wednesday, December 11
10:30am - 5:00pm
Join us for our day-long Ornament-making event!  Stop in any time to create a variety of Christmas crafts.  In the morning, crafts are best suited for preschoolers.  In the afternoon, we switch over to more detail-oriented crafts.  Either way, it's... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Wednesday, December 11
6:30pm - 7:30pm
More info soon.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, December 12
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!) and participate in our library fun!  For children 2 years of age. No... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Saturday, December 14
10:00am - 1:00pm
Visit the library and talk with US Census Recruiting Assistant Edith Kloss to find out more about jobs during Census 2020.
Event Location: Book Nook
Monday, December 16
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and their caregivers.  No registration required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, December 17
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age.     
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, December 17
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Library Book by Susan Orlean. chronicle of the Los Angeles Public Library fire of April 28, 1986 and its... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, December 17
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Library Book by Susan Orlean. chronicle of the Los Angelas Public Library fire of April 28, 1986 and its... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, December 18
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age.  
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, December 19
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!) and participate in our library fun!  For children 2 years of age. No... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, December 19
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us in making their own gingerbread houses! We will supply all the materials (and candy!) and you supply the creativity and fun! Registration required and space is limited, so sign up now! 
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, December 24
9:00am - 8:00pm
Library closed due to holiday
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, December 25
9:00am - 8:00pm
Library closed due to holiday
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, December 31
9:00am - 8:00pm
Library closed due to holiday
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, January 01
9:00am - 8:00pm
Library closed due to holiday
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, January 06
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, January 11
10:00am - 2:00pm
Meeting of Little Rhody Thrummers Group
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, January 14
6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Burning of the His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution, by Stephen Park   The Portsmouth Historical Society in partnership with the Portsmouth Free Public Library hosts regular... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, January 15
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Professional Development for Newport County Regional Special Education
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, January 16
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Talk on Prohibition 100th anniversary
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, January 20
5:15pm - 7:30pm
Monthly Portsmouth Historical Society Board of Trustees Meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, January 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris by David McCollough. The story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others set off for Paris between 19830 and 1900... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room

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