This month, 50 years ago, the Apollo 11 moon landing captivated an entire generation. This year, libraries all over the world are celebrating the occasion by presenting a summer full of outer-space themed activities, discussions, lectures, workshops, reading recommendations, displays and more. The moon landing and its anniversary celebration represent so much of what libraries stand for: the beautiful heights to which knowledge can take us, the connection that human beings can feel with each other when their perspective is changed, and the idea of a place we all can appreciate, no matter who we are or where we’ve come from. Whether you look to the stars in wonder or keep your nose in a book, won’t you visit your library this month to learn more?
The Portsmouth Public Library has a new podcast, The Parrott Unbound! You can listen to interviews, panels, lectures, sketches, literature and reviews, on Apple, Google, Stitcher, Spotify and more. Or, listen to us online. Season 1 will feature six weekly episodes, throughout June and July of 2019.
The library is offering Summer Reading Programs for youth ages 2 and up, tweens and teens, and adults. For ages 5 – 12, earn a ticket (up to 50) for each hour you read and shop in the library store, Susan’s Space Station. For ages 3 – 5, complete all 50 activities in the Shooting Stars program to receive a canvas PPL bag and a special summer reading patch. For grades 6 and up, earn scratch tickets for completing certain activities including reading, volunteering, and more. You may win a prize, or you may get the chance to enter into our final raffle. For adults, earn points for reading and attending library events, earning special Summer Reading buttons and entering to win prizes from donors like Brainstorm Design Studio, Seacoast Flote, Indoor Ascent Rock Climbing Gym, Monkey Mind Escape Rooms, Gundalow Company, and Take Flight Aerial Adventure Course & Zip Tour. Find more information about all things summer reading at cityofportsmouth.com/library/summerreading.
The library will host "Photogravure of Yoga," an exhibit of photographs by Jay Goldsmith, from July 1 to Aug. 16 in the Levenson Room. Don't miss the exhibit reception on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Also at the library throughout the summer are the Rocketship sculptures of David Random, in an exhibit that runs until Aug. 10. Random’s “repurposed artifacts” are reclaimed from antique mechanical and architectural parts, evolved after years of collecting. The library will also screen a short film featuring Random’s work, “Rocketship,” directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo and winner of the New Hampshire Film of the Year at the New Hampshire Film Festival. A discussion will follow both screenings, on Saturday, July 6 and Saturday, Aug. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Fans of Ikebana will enjoy the library's annual display of arrangements by the Kittery Point Ikenobo Chapter, this year from Thursday, July 11 to Saturday, July 13. A demonstration will be given on July 13 at 2 p.m. before the display closes.
Those interested in astronomy and the universe beyond will want to mark their calendars for SPACE @ PPL, a lecture series throughout July and August. All lectures are at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, July 8, Rear Admiral Craig Steidle, formerly of NASA, will speak on Rocket Science. On Monday, July 15, Doctor Antoinette Galvin of UNH will discuss her research into Solar Storms and Space Weather. On Wednesday, July 24, Solar System Ambassador Tom Cocchiaro will present "50 Years and Beyond: From the Moon Landing to the Future." On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Doctors Nicole Gugliucci and Joshua Tepley, from the Physics and Philosophy departments of Saint Anselm College, will discuss the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. And finally, Rear Admiral Craig Steidle will close the series with "NASA: History and Vision" on Monday, Aug. 19.
The library will host two Local History talks in July. On Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m., Melissa Saggerer will present "The Tragedy of the Waitresses and other Historical Vignettes: The Isles of Shoals in Brief." This program is back by popular demand, so come early for a seat! And on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m., Mike Stevens will host "Greys in the Granite: New Hampshire's History of Unidentified Flying Objects."
Notable locals will read short stories aloud at the library's "Story Hour with Local Heroes," a story time just for adults on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Hear from Noor Elsaid, Portsmouth High School’s “Top Reader;" Ellen Fineberg, Interim Director of Discover Portsmouth; Russ Grazier, Founder of Portsmouth Music and Arts Center; Nancy Pearson, Portsmouth City Councilor; and Daniel Pontoh, Community Organizer with ACLU-NH (American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire)!
The next in a series of Full Moon Workshops at the library is Full Moon Journaling on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. Call the library or visit the website to register. Other workshops include “It's All Greek to Me!” the next program in the Genealogy workshop series, on Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m, presented by Kathleen Kaldis. In addition, “Immigration 101," sponsored by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., will give a primer on the visa and naturalization processes. Note that attendees will not be asked for identifying information. Portsmouth Public Library is committed to protecting the privacy of all who enter this space.
Geeks and curious amateurs alike are invited to Meet Plover, the library's homage to the Mars Rovers. Library staff will host three educational programs as they build the PPL Rover throughout the summer, beginning with "Design and Mechanics" on Monday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Hear about the process of selecting a design and gathering both mass-produced and 3D printed parts, and see how staff assembled a mechanical system which recreates the Mars Rovers’ distinctive rocker-bogie suspension. There will be plenty of time for questions and exploration!
Special events for youth include Garden Story Time on Tuesdays, July 2 and 30 at 10 a.m. in the garden behind the library; Farmers Market Story Time on Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m. beneath the cherry trees at City Hall; and Pajama Story Time on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Bryson Lang, theatrical entertainer, will give a magical performance on Wednesay, July 10 at 2 p.m. The Center for Wildlife will visit on Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23 at 10:30 a.m. for a special presentation with their animal ambassadors. The library will host its regular Harry Potter Club on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. More youth events, including story times, book clubs, legos, reading dogs, crafts and drop-in activities, can be found on the website or in the Summer Reading calendar.
Programs for teens this month include crafts like Galaxy Slime on Tuesday, July 2 at 2 p.m.; Felting Planets on Thursday, July 18 at 1 p.m.; and Constellation Lanterns on Tuesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. Or, sign up for the Teen Lock-In, featuring games, food and activities, on Friday, July 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. And on Wednesday, July 31 at 5 p.m., the library will cohost a teen Open Mic Night with PMAC. Visit the library's website to sign up.
Questions? Call Laura Horwood-Benton at 603-766-1711, email email@example.com, or visit www.cityofportsmouth.com/library.
On Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Langdon Library, Lou Ferland will present “Adventures Along the Piscataqua.” Since the days of the Abenaki Indians, the Piscataqua River has been the place of many adventures. Learn about Indian Attacks, Pirate Pursuits, Immigration Controls, Fort Building and Coastal Defense, Spanish-American War Prisoners, Famous Explorers, German Submarines, Gambling, Whiskey Smuggling, a Nuclear Submarine fire, and a Navy Prison’s hopeful beginning, long history, and slow crumble.
On Monday, July 29 at 8 p.m., the library will host a viewing of the Delta Aquariids meteor shower. View space footage from NASA, enjoy light refreshments, and gather on the library lawn to view the shower. The library’s Orion StarBlast telescope will be available.
Book Groups and Game Nights will resume in September after Summer Reading Programs conclude. Caregivers Cafe continues the final Thursday of every month at 10:30 a.m., this month on July 25.
Questions? Call Lara L. Croft at 603-436-5154, or visit www.langdonlibrary.org.
Summer Reading is underway for all ages at Weeks Public Library, and additional donations have arrived. The library now has McDonald’s coupons for free ice cream coupons for children who sign up for the children’s program and a $50 gift certificate donated by Target for one of the grades 5-plus grand prizes. Visit the library to stock up for hot or rainy days or to attend an event.
July events for children include a drop-in craft week through July 6 and Family Story Times from July 11 to Aug. 8 on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m., offering stories, songs, and a craft. All ages welcome. No registration. The following K-4 “A Universe of Stories” Summer Program Series is scheduled on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and is repeated at 6:30 p.m. No registration necessary. On July 9 at Space Slime, make two kinds of galactic goo! On July 16 at Fun in the Sun, learn about the sun’s rays with sun prints, color changing beads, and more. On July 23 at Mission Mars Coder, play some fun coding games while learning about the Mars Rover. Make sure to get a picture in front of the green screen. On July 30 at Solar System Spectacular, travel the solar system and make marble mazes and straw rockets. Also try the solar system scavenger hunt.
For students entering grades 5 and up, the “A Universe of Stories” series runs on Thursdays at 2 p.m. and is repeated at 6 p.m. The series begins July 11 with Color Changing Slime: learn how to make color changing slime and galaxy slime. No registration needed. On July 18 at Astronomical Art Bots, create your own little doodling robot. Please register for this event as special supplies need to be purchased. On July 25 at Green Screen Galaxies, learn how green screens work, and film your own skit on Mars! No registration needed. On Aug. 1 at Mars Rover Challenge, build a Mars Rover out of snacks, and play some fun coding games. No registration needed.
A special Pizza and Game Night is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. for students entering grades 7 and up.
July events for adults include the weekly Cribbage Nights on Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m.; American Mah Jongg on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. and often on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m.; the monthly movie night featuring “Apollo 13,” starring Tom Hanks, on Monday, July 17 at a special start time of 5:30 p.m.; the July book discussion on “The Man in High Castle” by Philip Dick on Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m.; and “Social Security: Your Questions Answered” presented by John St. Pierre, Edward Jones Advisor on Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Questions? Call the library at 436-8548 or visit www.weekslibrary.org.
On Wednesday, July 17 at 3 p.m., the Rye Public Library summer music series continues with the smooth sounds of the Brown and White Band. This duo performs cover songs by Van Morrison, BB King, Mark Knoffler in addition to other favorite blues, jazz and rock and roll standards.
Check the library’s website for other upcoming events.
Questions? Contact Gwen Putnam-Bailey at 964-8401, or visit www.ryepubliclibrary.org.