PORTSMOUTH – Changes are a foot in your local library, with new materials, in person events, and the renewal and fresh air that comes with the spring season. Whether you’re looking to go birding, see some art, fix your car, learn to meditate, play and sing with other parents and children, or just improve your life – we suggest you visit the library. There is something for everyone, and it’s all free. Read on for happenings at Seacoast libraries this month.
Portsmouth Public Library events
Portsmouth Public Library programs are offered in many formats – outdoors, indoors, online, or hybrid. For events with multiple formats, you choose how to attend! Note that masks are still required in the library building.
Did you know the library doesn’t just loan books, magazines, DVDs and CDs? You can also take home a ukulele, telescope, Oculus Quest Virtual Reality headset, birding kit, yarn swift and ballwinder, metal detector, GoPro camera… and many more items. To find out more, ask about Fun Stuff to Borrow at the desk, or visit the library’s website!
The exhibit “SPLASH! The Art of Portsmouth’s Young People” will continue all over the first floor of the library building through May 1, featuring a wide array of creations showcasing the innovative, inspiring minds of Visual Arts students from grades K to 12. Stop by and check out some of the stunning work!
Guitar Sundays, featuring guitar talent from classical to jazz to acoustic, will continue in partnership with Portsmouth Music and Arts Center. On Sunday, May 1 at 3 pm, Portsmouth Public Library will host The Hampton Trio under the tent beside the library! No registration is necessary.
Need more focus, calm, or kindness in your life? Register for one or all of four Mindfulness workshops this month with Liz Korabek Emerson, hosted online each Thursday in April from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Topics include “How Slowing Down Can Keep You Up To Speed” and “Developing Focus and Clarity .” Registration is required.
History buffs will enjoy this month’s Local History Talk, “1816: The Year Without A Summer” with Will Broussard. Here about the eruption of Mout Tambora, which darkened the skies for months, on Tuesday, Apr. 12 from 7 to 8:30 pm online. Or if you’re more civically minded, sign up for “Ranked Choice Voting: All You Need to Know” on Wednesday April 20 from 6:30 to 8 pm Ranked choice voting (RCV) works like run-off elections, but is done instantly on a single ballot. Registration is required for both programs.
Want to learn more about how to maintain and repair your car? Chaya Milchtein of Mechanic Shop Femme will host “The Whys and Whens of Car Maintenance” on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:30 to 8 pm online. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Rice Public Library, Lane Memorial Library, and Port City Makerspace. Registration is required.
If you’re interested in the zodiac signs, attend “Astrology 101” with Kate Sheridan, on Tuesday April 19 from 7 to 9 pm online. Sheridan will cover a brief history and overview of western astrology, including the twelve zodiac signs, the four elements and three modalities, the ten traditional planets, and the five major aspects. Registration is required.
Shakespeare Discussion Group will meet twice in the month of May to discuss “Henry IV.” Register to discuss this history play on Tuesdays, May 3 and 31 from 4 to 5 pm Also in May, don’t miss “Dungeons and Dragons: The Big Adventure.” Adults with some experience are invited to bring a character and travel to the depths of Silverymoon College Library Archives on Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm online. Registration is required for both programs.
Weekly Meditation at the library is hybrid: on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm, drop into the library or log in to Zoom to meditate with others. Led by volunteer instructors, this drop-in program is perfect for beginners and experienced meditators alike. No registration is required.
The library also hosts three monthly book clubs for adults indoors and online: Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Classics. Or, attend the library’s online World Affairs Discussion Group every Monday at 4 pm, or one of six different Language Discussion Groups online, in German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, French or Japanese. And now, back for the spring, Mah Jongg will be held every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm in the library – it only takes 15 minutes to learn. No registration is required for these ongoing events – visit the library’s website to learn more.
Story times at the library include Outdoor Preschool Story Time, Tuesdays at 10 am; Outdoor Lap Time, Wednesdays at 9:30 am; and Outdoor Toddler Time, Wednesdays at 10:30 am Registration is required. Emerging readers are also invited to spend time with the library’s Reading Dogs, Saturdays from 10 to 11 am Stop by the Sun Room and say hello to reading dogs Tillie and Chloe.
Middle School Tech Tuesdays with Sages Entertainment will be held on Tuesdays Apr. 5, 12 and 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the library. Design/play games, program some robots, and code microcontrollers! Registration is required.
Middle School Monday Meet-Up offers crafts and games for students every Monday, 3:30 to 4:30 pm Each week will feature a new activity. No registration required. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will meet Tuesday, Apr. 12 from 7 to 8 pm in the library. TAB is always accepting new members. Or, join the library’s Teen Dungeons and Dragons group for a biweekly sword-swinging, magic missile-firing role play journey into the hearts of mystical worlds. Register and attend Tuesdays, Apr. 5 and 19, from 5 to 7 pm in the library. Or, sign up for Teen Takeout to receive a fun book box for anyone grades 6 to 12. Pick up or get your box delivered in Portsmouth! The last day to register is Friday, Apr. 15.
Book clubs for youth and ‘tweens also include Blast Off (Grades K – 2), Early Chapter (Grades 1 – 2), Grades 3 & 4, Grades 4 & 5, and Middle School Book Club.
And lastly, don’t miss the Portsmouth Public Library’s booth at Children’s Day, on Sunday, May 1 in downtown Portsmouth,
questions? Call 603-427-1540, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cityofportsmouth.com/library. To register and connect to events, visit the Full Calendar on the website.
Rye Public Library events
Youth events at Rye Public Library are held inside for ages 2 and up. Masks are required. You do not need to have a Rye Library card to register for programs, which include Messy Art on Tuesdays Apr. 5 and 19 from 1 to 1:45 pm, and Sensory Play for ages 2 to 4, on Mondays Apr. 11 and 25 from 10:30 to 11 am Or, attend Saturday Story Times at 10:30 am, or Weekly Story Times on Thursdays at 10:30 am All programs require registration.
questions? Contact Gwen Putnam-Bailey at 964-8401, or visit www.ryepubliclibrary.org to register for programs.