As you head to the polls this week, remember that your local library is a great resource for voter information. Call them with questions about your ballot, your polling place, or for resources to help you find the candidates that match your views.

Libraries aren’t only for information. They are also meeting places, community centers and event hosts. Whether you’re into music, local history, the environment, self-improvement, reading, writing, or Harry Potter, there’s a free event at the library for you this month. Happy November!


Portsmouth Public Library hosts an Artist Curated Book Display with fiber artist Maya Critchfield throughout the month of November, with library items that inspire her work and samples of the textiles she has created. Also on view is The Art of Pastel, an exhibition of work by the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, from Nov. 3 to 30. Two pastel demonstrations will be held, by Lisa Regopoulos and Thomas Bradley, on Sunday, Nov. 11 or Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

The Becoming American series wraps up this month at 3S Artspace. Organized by Strawbery Banke Museum, the series offers documentary films and moderated discussion around the immigrant experience. As a partner, the library is on hand with books and films to check out! Register on the 3S Artspace website for the final programs on Nov. 7 and Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Free and open to all.

If you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), come write with others at the library on Sundays, Nov. 18 and 25 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; or Thursday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. These sessions are drop-in and the library will provide light refreshments. If you’d like to share your writing after the month concludes, come to the Wrap Party on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. for an open mic, revision tips from author Jeff Deck, and free pizza from Flatbread Company!

Celebrate Election Day by learning about local history! The latest in PPL’s series of local history talks will be on John Paul Jones, America’s Revolutionary War Hero, on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

Between politics and family holidays, November can be an overwhelming month. The library will provide two workshops to help you cope. Self Care in Turbulent Times, on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., will be hosted by Megan Taylor, LICSW. Learn self-care practices you can implement in your daily life to help overcome helplessness and uncertainty. This event does not require registration. Or, sign up for Emotional Self Defense with mindfulness instructor Liz Korabek-Emerson on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Learn the simple practice of mindfulness that can build the skills of self-awareness, empathy and compassion, which forms the foundation of resilience. There are limited spots in this session, so please call (603) 766-1720 to register.

Eighth and 9th graders are invited to an after-school session, Tech Women | Tech Girls. On Thursday, Nov. 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., students can meet local women in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) careers, learn about their work and see what the future might hold! The library holds many other programs for kids and teens. Some highlights include three book clubs, for teens, 3rd and 4th graders, and 4th and 5th graders; story times; chess tutors; lego building; reading dogs; family films; and a teen advisory board. Visit the website for more information.

The library is especially excited to announce a Wizards Ball, an after-hours, library-wide extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Free and open to all magical folk ages 1 to 1,001, it will feature food, prizes, scavenger hunts and competitions, costumes, music and dancing, and activities for everyone. Mark your calendars and don’t miss the event of the season for Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Wizarding World fans. Questions? Call Laura Horwood-Benton at 603-766-1711, email, or visit


On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., the Langdon Library presents JerriAnne Boggis, Director of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and Black Heritage Trail of NH, with an Out of the Shadows event, regarding New Hampshire’s African American history and diverse racial complexity. RSVP welcome but not required. Light refreshments will be served.

The library’s Morning & Evening Book Group is reading “Here if You Need Me” by Kate Braestrup this month. There are two options to attend: Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Newington residents (or non-resident cardholders) may check out a copy at the desk and come to either time. Light refreshments will be served.

The Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.

The Caregiver Cafe is a collaborative effort between Cornerstone VNA and the Langdon Library. Caregivers and their loved ones are invited for a morning of support, conversation and education on the last Thursday of every month at 10:30 a.m., this month on Nov. 29. Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Call Lara L. Croft at 603-436-5154, or visit


Travel to Death Valley and Yosemite with local resident Eve Fralick. This two part series starts at Weeks Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. as Eve travels through Death Valley National Park in the Mojave Desert, the largest park in the lower 48 states and the hottest, driest, and lowest of all the national parks in the United States. The trip continues the following Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the famous Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Experience the jaw-dropping views, giant sequoia and redwood groves, Glacier Point, a viewpoint at 7,200 feet that offers spanning views of classic mountains throughout the park, and several world-famous waterfalls. Also mark your calendar for Classic Movie Night featuring the film “High Noon” on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6:00 p.m. This 1952 film runs 85 minutes. Local film buff, Glenn Bergeron will introduce the film. Popcorn and soda served. If you can, grab a copy of “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles and come to the book discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. This is a vibrant and beautiful story of two unlikely companions bonding on a perilous journey.

The Friends of the Weeks Public Library Fundraisers continue in November. Tickets for the bed quilt, a Building Project Fundraiser sponsored by the Quilting Ladies of Bramber Green, are on sale at the library. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The handsewn quilt is on display at the library. Tickets will also be available at the Greenland Central School polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and at the Greenland Women’s Club Annual Craft and Pie Festival on Sunday, Nov. 18. The drawing will be held Monday, Dec. 10 at the Friends’ monthly meeting. The quilt is perfect for holiday gift giving or setting up for your holiday guests.

The annual Country View Restaurant week fundraiser begins Monday, Nov. 12 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 17. Visit the library’s website to print a coupon to help track your order. The Friends will receive 15 percent of your meal purchase. The Country View Restaurant is located at 692 Portsmouth Avenue in Greenland. Enjoy breakfast or lunch with a friend or even a special veteran and support the Friends. The Friends are also hosting two other fundraisers to support their year-round activities. The Soy Candle Fundraiser runs through Dec. 15. Soy candles from Country Farm Candles, a small family business in Greenland, are available to order online at or in the library. Thirty percent of all fundraising sales will be donated to the Friends. For online purchases, be sure to enter ‘Friends of the Library’ in the notes section of your order. For Library pick up, with no shipping charges, enter coupon code GreenlandLibPickup. The Friends will call when orders are available.

Questions? Call the library at 436-8548, email or visit


On Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m., T. J. Wheeler will recount the history of World War I from the perspective of the "Harlem Hellfighters, To Race or Not to Race: To War and the War on Race." Wheeler will bring his characteristic talent through music and tale in this entertaining and informational program.

Continuing with the 100th Armistice Day anniversary, the library, in conjunction with the Rye Historical Society, presents Richard Kruppa, on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Known musically as “Ramblin Richard” he tells the interesting stories of how the songs of WWI related to the life and times of Americans in that era. He will sing and play songs such as “Pretty Baby” and “McNamara’s Band.”

On Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. the Friends of the Rye Public Library present: “A Question of Balance: Our Changing Gulf of Maine.” Jim Chase, president of the Seacoast Science Center will introduce evidence of systemic change in the Gulf. He will discuss recent sea mammal mortality events along with the prospects for offshore oil and gas exploration, and implications of sea level rise.

Questions? Contact Gwen Putnam-Bailey at 964-8401, or visit