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Adult Events

Tuesday, June 18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. The first book in the Philip Marlowe series was written in 1939 and features a hard-boiled detective.  It was selected as one of Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Novels.... Read More
Thursday, June 20
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn the craft of rug hooking if you are new to the craft or work on an existing project if you are a seasoned rug hooker at "The Island Hook-In" taught by Roberta Conti.  This session will show newcomers how to do rug hooking and get advice on... Read More
Friday, June 21
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ever wanted to give knitting a go? Learn the basics of knitting in this introductory class with Traci Vaspol from The Stitchery.  We will cover casting on, knit stitch and pearl stitch, plus plenty of hints and tips to keep you going.  Bring... Read More
Monday, June 24
6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Portsmouth Historical Society in partnership with Portsmouth Free Public Library will host a book club discussion of From Slaves to Soldiers :The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution by Robert A. Geake. The book discussion will... Read More
Tuesday, June 25
5:30pm - 7:30pm
This interactive workshop allows each participant to reflect on their own understanding of climate change, its impacts on our environment, and how to become engaged in crafting solutions.  Instead of using a "wait and see approach" to the problem,... Read More
Tuesday, June 25
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
Friday, June 28
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Join us for a book talk, reading, and signing from local Portsmouth authors Kyra Rose and Kacey Victoria S. They both wrote and published books for their senior projects at Portsmouth High School, and will be here to talk about the process, read an... Read More
Tuesday, July 02
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jeannette Bessinger will teach you a few key reasons you need to be getting more veggies into your diet, but how much broccoli can anyone actually eat? Salad is an easy, tasty way to get yourself noshing on the rainbow every day. In this demo-style... Read More
Thursday, July 04
9:00am - 10:00am
People of all ages are invited to participate in the sixth annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on the grounds of Portsmouth Free Public Library. Each person who wishes may read a marked section of our nation’s founding document and we... Read More
Tuesday, July 09
8:00pm - 9:30pm
All ages - Come see the night sky! We will have telescopes and volunteers will be on hand to point out objects in the night sky.  There will be activities in the library as well.  Program will be canceled if it rains.  Please register for this free... Read More
Tuesday, July 16
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Code Girls : The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza... Read More
Saturday, July 27
10:00am - 11:00am
Mary Cadmus will hold a yoga class that will be fun for the whole family.  Mary was initially drawn to yoga by the athleticism and beauty of its movements but realized that it also made her feel good.  She obtained her Yoga Teacher Certificate so... Read More
Monday, July 29
6:00pm - 8:00pm
For our Adult Summer Reading Program, we are excited to have invited Karen Katin from local shop Stitchery to help teach a hand embroidery class with LED lights! Create your own constellation on a small hoop that lights up! Space is very limited, so... Read More
Tuesday, July 30
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
Monday, August 05
5:30pm - 7:30pm
As part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, we invite you to join us for a YouTube paint party! We will supply all the materials and refreshments, you supply the creativity and fun! We will be using acrylic paints, so be sure to dress appropriately... Read More
Friday, August 16
6:00pm - 8:00pm
For adults 21+ only: Did you participate in our Adult Summer Reading program? If you turned in any event or book slips, join us for a fun night of wine and dessert to celebrate the end of summer reading! Our raffle prizes will be given away during... Read More
Tuesday, August 20
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, growing up in Naples, Italy during the 1950s.  Copies will be... Read More
Tuesday, August 27
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
Tuesday, September 17
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Epic quest for a gold medal during the 1936 Olympics, a team that... Read More
Tuesday, September 24
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
Tuesday, October 15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of A Long Way Home : a Memoir  by Saroo Brierly. This is the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in a journey from India to... Read More
Friday, October 18
7:00pm - 9:00pm
More info to follow!
Tuesday, October 29
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
Tuesday, November 12
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of A Long Way Home : a Memoir  by Saroo Brierly. Doris Kearns Goodwin examines four presidents —Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how... Read More
Tuesday, November 19
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Doris Kearns Goodwin examines four presidents —Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to... Read More
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
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
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
Tuesday, February 18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Where the Crawdads Sing is an exquisite ode to the natural world, a... Read More