Tues. Story Time for 3-5 yrs.

Repeats every week until Fri May 27 2016 .
Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:00am - 10:45am
Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:00am - 10:45am
Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:00am - 10:45am
Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:00am - 10:45am

Stories, songs, and a craft for children ages 3 through 5 years.  Please register in the Children's Room or by calling us at 683-9457.

The Last Civil War Veterans with Frank L. Grzyb

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Frank L. Grzyb, author of a new book, The Last Civil War Veterans: the Lives of the Final Survivors, State by State, will speak about his research into the lives of these veterans.  He is the author of six previous books and has contributed numerous articles to newspapers and magazines about America's Civil War. He is a member of the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table and lives in Rhode Island.

Barton's Raid with Christian McBurney

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The focus of author Christian McBurney's talk is a raid that took place in Portsmouth in 1777.  A young Rhode Island militia officer named William Barton and a small raiding party slipped past British soldiers on the Portsmouth shore and kidnapped General Richard Prescott at his home.  The kidnappers risked all—if caught, they could be hanged. This is just one of several attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783 covered in McBurney's new book, Abductions in the American Revolution.

Meet the Chicks!

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Casey Farm will be here with a live Dominque Chicken and newly hatched chicks.  This is a one-hour educational program with time at the end for meeting and holding the chickens.  Children need to sit calmly and quietly for an hour for this program, but all ages are welcome.  Register at the Children's Room desk or call us at 683-9457.

Drop In for Spring Crafts

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Drop in Spring Craft.  While supplies last.  No registration required.

Spring Story Time

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Spring Story Time for children ages 2 and up.  

Newport Children's Theatre

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Newport Children's Theatre presents: The Insulting Princess.  A one hour play presented by kids, for kids!  Free and open to the public.  No registration required.  For more information, call us at 683-9457.

Third Tuesday Book Club

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for a discussion of Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.  In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife.

Portsmouth Resources at RI Historical Society

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Rhode Island Historical Society is a great resource for genealogists and historians alike. Pack a lunch and join us at noon on Monday, May 23, at Portsmouth Free Public Library, as RIHS librarians Phoebe Bean and Michelle Chiles show and tell about the collections and their usefulness in family research. They will highlight Portsmouth resources in the holdings as well as new additions to the collections, reading room renovations, new resources, old favorites, and more!

The Early Years of Portsmouth with Jim Garman

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Due to the popularity of the lecture on March 9 "The Early Years of Portsmouth" featuring Town Historian and Historical Society President, Jim Garman, will present it again. “ An important part of the Portsmouth Historical Society’s mission is public education. We want to make Portsmouth’s history accessible to all by displaying and discussing our historical documents and artifacts with our community,” says Garman. “This week’s events are the first of several planned throughout the year, to include more public lectures, as well as social events.