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Events

Tuesday, April 23
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Have a new device (phone, tablet, or laptop?) or technology question? We can help! Bring your device, passwords, and library card (if using Overdrive or Libby) and any questions you might have and one of our librarians will do their best to assist... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, April 25
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Screen children for school rediness
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, April 27
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Michael F. Dwyer, named after his grandfather born in Newport, has been researching his Rhode Island families for 40 years. His maternal roots go back to some of Portsmouth’s earliest families: Tripp, Cornell, Brayton, and Dennis. A Fellow of the... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, April 29
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Scott Travers from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish and Wildlife, is hosting a FREE fly tying and fly fishing event.  Participants will learn to make their own fresh water flies over a couple of sessions then... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, April 30
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Have a new device (phone, tablet, or laptop?) or technology question? We can help! Bring your device, passwords, and library card (if using Overdrive or Libby) and any questions you might have and one of our librarians will do their best to assist... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, April 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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 01
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Portsmouth Garden Club
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 01
6:30pm - 7:30pm
GSRI Meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, May 02
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Staff Meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, May 02
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Scott Travers from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish and Wildlife, is hosting a FREE fly tying and fly fishing event.  Participants will learn to make their own fresh water flies over a couple of sessions then... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, May 04
10:00am - 12:00pm
RI Genealogical Society Board Meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, May 04
10:00am - 2:00pm
Come touch a variety of trucks, motorcycles, and equipment while supporting the Library!  Everyone will have a chance to see, touch, blow horns, and learn about dozens of cool vehicles.  For those who don't like the noise, there will be a quiet hour... Read More
Event Location: Off Site
Saturday, May 04
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Anne B. Wagner will help you get organized and stay on track with your family history research with forms that belong in every genealogist's toolkit.  Every family historian needs certain staple charts and worksheets for tracking relatives and... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, May 06
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monthly Board of Trustees meeting.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 07
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Have a new device (phone, tablet, or laptop?) or technology question? We can help! Bring your device, passwords, and library card (if using Overdrive or Libby) and any questions you might have and one of our librarians will do their best to assist... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 07
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cherry Fletcher Bamberg is the author of several books, most recently co-author with Judith C. Harbold of John Clarke’s World.   While John Clarke is well known, his wives are very much in his shadow.  Find out more about... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 08
12:00pm - 3:30pm
Portsmouth Garden Club
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, May 09
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Having a tough time making our daytime Tech Help drop-ins? During the month of May, we will have two nighttime Tech Help drop-in sessions! May 9th and 20th, from 6:30-7:30 While all devices and platforms are welcome at each session, May 9th is best... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, May 11
2:00pm - 4:00pm
For teens in grades 6-12: an opportunity to earn up to 2 hours community service hours, or just come complete the craft to help out for a good cause! On the second Saturday of April and May we will have a chance for teens to help spread a little... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 14
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Have a new device (phone, tablet, or laptop?) or technology question? We can help! Bring your device, passwords, and library card (if using Overdrive or Libby) and any questions you might have and one of our librarians will do their best to assist... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 14
6:30pm - 7:30pm
This talk will examine the life and ideas of Roger Williams, described by Cotton Mather, a preacher in the late 17th century, as: “the first rebel against the divine church [of England] established in the wilderness.” The Second... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 15
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Portsmouth Garden Club
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 15
6:00pm - 7:45pm
WRC
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, May 16
2:00pm - 8:00pm
Portsmouth Garden Club - Set up for Flower show
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Friday, May 17
8:30am - 5:00pm
The Portsmouth Garden Club will present a Standard Placement Flower Show “On Broadway,” A Floral Presentation of Broadway Musicals Friday, May 17, 12:30 pm—4:00 pm and Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am—4:00 pm. It is free and open to the public.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, May 18
8:30am - 5:00pm
Portsmouth Garden Club -  Flower show
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, May 20
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Having a tough time making our daytime Tech Help drop-ins? During the month of May, we will have two nighttime Tech Help drop-in sessions! May 9th and 20th, from 6:30-7:30 While all devices and platforms are welcome at each session, May 9th is best... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 21
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Have a new device (phone, tablet, or laptop?) or technology question? We can help! Bring your device, passwords, and library card (if using Overdrive or Libby) and any questions you might have and one of our librarians will do their best to assist... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Mayflower : a Story of Courage, Community and War by Nathaniel Philbrick. HOW DID AMERICA BEGIN?This simple question launches author Nathaniel Philbrick on an extraordinary journey to understand the... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 22
10:00am - 11:00am
Yoga at the library with Mary Cadmus - details coming soon!
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 22
6:00pm - 7:30pm
CFPIA monthly meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, May 23
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, May 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Arthur Frazzano, MD, will be discussing how to talk to your primary care physician in this informative presentation geared toward older adults or those with acute or chronic problems.  Dr. Frazzano will talk about how to choose the best primary care... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 28
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Have a new device (phone, tablet, or laptop?) or technology question? We can help! Bring your device, passwords, and library card (if using Overdrive or Libby) and any questions you might have and one of our librarians will do their best to assist... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, May 28
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: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, May 29
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Free developmental screenings offered to children ages 3 to 5 who are residents of Portsmouth, by appointment only.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, May 30
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Free developmental screenings offered to children ages 3 to 5 who are residents of Portsmouth, by appointment only.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, June 03
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monthly Board of Trustees meeting.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 04
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Training session for library staff.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, June 05
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Training session for library staff.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, June 12
9:00am - 1:00pm
Training session for library staff.  The Library will be closed to the public during this time.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 25
2:00pm - 3:00am
Come break a board and learn some simple self-defense skills with Dean Watts of Rising Sun Jiu-Jitsu.  Come to this fun, high energy program!
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, June 26
10:00am - 10:45am
Story Times for all ages.  After our stories, songs, and felt board activities are over, we'll march over the tables for a craft.  No registration required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Wednesday, June 26
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Teens - Join us as we do another 6 week session of scratch programming.  This year's theme will be Game Design and it has challenges for those with more experience with scratch as well as the introductory information for new coders.  Registration is... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, June 29
11:00am - 1:00pm
Teens decorate a cookie that is out of this world.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 01
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Teens - Join us to play old school computer space games or board games.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room

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