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Events

Wednesday, June 19
2:15pm - 3:15pm
Library staff meeting
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
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
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
10:00am - 1:00pm
Drop In to the Children's Room and make this week's craft.  For kids in preschool through grade 5; this craft can be as simple or as complex as your creativity allows!  Free.  While Supplies Last.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, June 25
2:00pm - 3:00am
Teens - Come to this fun, high energy program!   Dean Watts of Rising Sun Jiu-Jitsu will teach some basic self-defense and some participants will break a board!  Registration is required as space is limited for this free program for those entering... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
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: Book Nook
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
Thursday, June 27
10:00am - 1:00pm
Drop In to the Children's Room and make this week's craft.  For kids in preschool through grade 5; this craft can be as simple or as complex as your creativity allows!  Free.  While Supplies Last.
Event Location: Children’s Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, June 29
11:00am - 1:00pm
Teens decorate cookies that are out of this world.  Registration is required as space is limited for this free program for those entering 6th grade and up in the fall. Registration begins June 17th.  
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 01
10:00am - 10:30am
Drop In to the Children's Room and explore this week's painting project.  Each time we'll use a different method to create with paint.  This program is process-based, not product-based, so bring a flexible mind and creative attitude!  For kids in... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Monday, July 01
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Teens - Join us to play old school computer space games or board games.  Registration is required as space is limited for this free program for those entering 6th grade and up in the fall.  Registration begins June 17th.   
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 02
10:00am - 11:00am
Dave the Bug Guy is back!  Last year our families raved about Dave and his insects and spiders.  We are so excited to have him back!  Space is limited, online registration begins June 17.  For children entering grades k-5.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 02
10:00am - 1:00pm
Drop In to the Children's Room and make this week's craft.  For kids in preschool through grade 5; this craft can be as simple or as complex as your creativity allows!  Free.  While Supplies Last.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, July 02
4:00pm - 6:00pm
the planning team will meet to debrief the April workshops and plan next steps
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, July 03
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, July 03
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
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 08
10:00am - 10:30am
Drop In to the Children's Room and explore this week's painting project.  Each time we'll use a different method to create with paint.  This program is process-based, not product-based, so bring a flexible mind and creative attitude!  For kids in... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Monday, July 08
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Russ is back with another hilarious magic show to delight kids and parents alike.  Presto the magic bunny will make an appearance, too!  For grades K-5.  No registration required.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 08
6:30pm - 7:30pm
We will be explaining Save the Bay's storm drain marking project and demonstrating to volunteers how to use the storm drain marking kits.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 09
10:00am - 1:00pm
Drop In to the Children's Room and make this week's craft.  For kids in preschool through grade 5; this craft can be as simple or as complex as your creativity allows!  Free.  While Supplies Last.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, July 09
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Teens - Future Spielbergs take to the "green screen" to create postcards, commercials and mini movies.  They could find themselves walking on the moon, riding a roller coaster or giving a book report in the setting of their favorite book. ... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, July 10
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, July 10
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
Thursday, July 11
10:00am - 1:00pm
Drop In to the Children's Room and make this week's craft.  For kids in preschool through grade 5; this craft can be as simple or as complex as your creativity allows!  Free.  While Supplies Last.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Saturday, July 13
11:00am - 1:00pm
Teens will make rockets and then launch them outside.  This program will be held weather permitting.  Meet in the program room to create your rockets.  Registration is required as space is limited for this free program for those entering 6th grade... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Sunday, July 14
3:00pm - 7:45pm
The Newport International Polo Series 3rd annual All Charity Day will be on Sunday, July 14, 2019, as a fun afternoon for supporters of many 501-c-3 organizations, with exciting polo action to benefit local civic and charitable organizations.  The 6... Read More
Event Location: Off Site
Monday, July 15
10:00am - 10:30am
Drop In to the Children's Room and explore this week's painting project.  Each time we'll use a different method to create with paint.  This program is process-based, not product-based, so bring a flexible mind and creative attitude!  For kids in... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Monday, July 15
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sew a space-inspired craft with Karen Katin from Stitchery!  Space is limited, so registration is required.  For kids entering grades 1-5.  Registration begins July 1.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 15
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Free Preschool Developmental Screenings by appointment
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 15
6:00pm - 7:45pm
Meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 16
10:00am - 1:00pm
Drop In to the Children's Room and make this week's craft.  For kids in preschool through grade 5; this craft can be as simple or as complex as your creativity allows!  Free.  While Supplies Last.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, July 16
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tweens, this one is just for you!  Design your own t-shirt using our glow in the dark vinyl.   Bring a washed t-shirt.  Registration is required as space is limited for this free program for those entering 4th grade to 7th grade in the fall. ... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 16
4:30pm - 5:30pm
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
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
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, July 17
10:00am - 11:00am
Join MobileQuest, a RI based STEAM education team, as they lead participants through 6 space stations on their way to receiving their Intergalactic Science Passport.  Stations will include coding an alien robot and engineering a space landing.  For... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, July 17
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, July 17
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
Thursday, July 18
10:00am - 1:00pm
Drop In to the Children's Room and make this week's craft.  For kids in preschool through grade 5; this craft can be as simple or as complex as your creativity allows!  Free.  While Supplies Last.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, July 18
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us for a full 2 hour session with Kayan Kan!  More spots for more henna!  Registration is required as space is limited for this free program for those entering 6th grade and up in the fall.  Registration begins June 17th.  
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 22
10:00am - 3:00pm
Monthly Insurance enrollment event open to the public to come in and enroll or make changes to their account.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 22
10:00am - 10:30am
Drop In to the Children's Room and explore this week's painting project.  Each time we'll use a different method to create with paint.  This program is process-based, not product-based, so bring a flexible mind and creative attitude!  For kids in... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Monday, July 22
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Can you figure out the clues to save the day?  Join us for MobileQuest's escape room.  Sign up on this event for the 6:00 pm session.  Work together in teams of 8 to solve the mystery and escape!  Registration begins June 17th.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 22
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Can you figure out the clues to save the day?  Join us for MobileQuest's escape room.  Sign up on this event for the 6:30 pm session.  Work together in teams of 8 to solve the mystery and escape!  Registration begins June 17th.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room

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