Portsmouth, Rye, Kittery, Newington NH


Laura K. Horwood-Benton

PORTSMOUTH – Where can you learn how to live in harmony with wildlife, how NASA plans to return to the moon, all about the changing food scene in Portsmouth, how to best cope with grief and loss, and how to build a terrarium? How is this possible in one place? The answer is that libraries are great. This season, library events are online, outdoors, indoors, or a combination of all three! There is something for all tastes and all comfort levels. Read on for this month’s events at your local library.

Portsmouth Public Library

The Portsmouth Public Library is open normally, with no restrictions on the length of your visit or the number of people in most parts of the building. However, capacity and time are still limited in the youth services area. Families and teens are encouraged to make an appointment to visit Youth Services to ensure that your preferred time is booked. Call the library at 603-766-1740. Please note that anyone over the age of 6 is still required to wear a face mask when entering the library, and at all times in the building. This does not include anyone with a health condition or disability that prevents the wearing of a mask or other face covering. The library continues to serve a population that, at the moment, cannot be vaccinated, and thanks the community for helping to ensure the safety of everyone, especially its younger visitors.

Library programs this month will be a combination of outdoor, indoor, online, or hybrid. For multi-format events, you choose how to attend.

The Library will continue Outdoor Sunday Yoga, every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in the field next to the library, from September 12 to October 10. This program is offered rain or shine, in a tent. Registration is compulsory.

Guitar Sundays will continue outdoors on Sunday, September 12 at 3 p.m. with classical guitarist David William Ross. No registration is required. This concert will take place on the ground next to the library, under a marquee.

This month’s local history talk, ‘How Portsmouth’s iconic restaurants and historic food routes created today’s vibrant dining scene,’ will be presented online by former restaurant owner Rachel Forrest on Tuesday, September 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. And, the library will host an outdoor genealogy meeting on Sunday, September 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the field next to the library. Spend some social time, meet other family researchers and share your research, tell stories, ask questions or make connections. Registration is required for both events.

The Exeter Racial Unity Team will be hosting an exhibit this month in the Levenson Hall of the Library, starting September 17, the ‘Art and Poetry Challenge’. In response to Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” exhibitors share their understanding of racial inclusion and equity. A reception will take place on the grounds next to the library on Saturday September 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. No registration required.

Finding Holes in Your Fall Wardrobe? The library will be hosting two mending events this month. On Saturday, September 18 from 11 am to 1 pm, register for an outdoor mending workshop, “Knitwear Refresh” with fiber artist Maya Critchfield. Registration is compulsory. Or, on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., visit the library for outside breakdown assistance. Some tools and expertise provided – bring your clothes that need a lift. No registration is required. Both events will take place on the grounds next to the library.

Hospice Help Foundation will host an online roundtable with the library, “Coping with Grief and Loss During COVID,” on Wednesday, September 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join the panelists Pat Coughlin, a social worker with the hospice and Death Doula, Jeff Pelkey, funeral home director and public safety chaplain, and Carol Schoneberg, hospice educator and bereavement counselor, as they reflect on their experiences and share ideas on new ways to be. connect during the loss who may stay with us in the future. Registration is compulsory.

For something lighter, catch the library’s first indoor film, “In the Heights,” Thursday, September 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Levenson Room. This movie is rated PG-13 and lasts 143 minutes. No registration is required, but places are limited, so come early.

Lovers of literature and theater should sign up for the library’s monthly Shakespeare discussion group meetings. Tuesday September 28 from 4 to 5 p.m., the discussion will focus on “Much ado about nothing”. Watch the play at the library or watch one of the many productions available for free online and get ready to discuss the vagaries of love. This program is open to adults and adolescents, and registration is required.

Computer classes will resume indoors this month at the library, including Computer Basics and Microsoft Word Basics. Registration is compulsory. Register by calling the library or visiting the reference office, or through the online library calendar.

The weekly meditation is now outdoors, as well as online. Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., meet in the library garden or log in to Zoom to meditate with others. Led by volunteer instructors, this beloved program has been in existence for six years. No registration required.

The library also hosts four monthly indoor and online adult book clubs: Fiction, Speculative Fiction, LGBTQ, and Classics. Or attend a monthly online book conference, one Monday a month at 1 p.m. And this month, Mah Jongg will resume indoors at the library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. No registration is required for these ongoing events – visit the website to find out more.

Library story times include online pajama story time, Monday at 6 p.m. Lap time outside, Wednesdays at 9:30 am; Outdoor story time for toddlers, Wednesdays at 10:30 am; and preschool outdoor story time, Thursdays at 10:30 am Emerging readers are also invited to spend time with the library’s outdoor reading dogs, Saturdays from 11 am to 12 pm in the library. library garden. Registration is compulsory for all youth programs.

Middle school students can register for the after-school pop-up programs on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the field next to the library. Each week a new activity will include board games, building terrariums, painting planters and more! Registration is compulsory.

The Adolescent Advisory Council will meet on Tuesday, September 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. outdoors. TAB is always accepting new members. Or join the library’s outdoor group Teen Dungeons and Dragons for a bi-weekly role-play journey with sword slashes and magical missile fire into mystical worlds. Register and attend Tuesday, September 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At Middle School Paint Night on Wednesday, September 29 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., budding artists will follow online with a painting tutorial. Registration is compulsory.

Book clubs for young people and tweens also include Blast Off (grades K – 2), Grades 3 & 4, Grades 4 & 5 and Middle School Book Club.

Questions? Call 603-427-1540, email [email protected] or visit cityofportsmouth.com/library. To register and connect to events, visit the full calendar.

Langdon Public Library, Newington

This month, Langdon Public Library will host ‘Leaping Learners’ Outdoor Story Time Fridays at 10:30 am. All family members are welcome, but the activities are geared towards babies through to preschoolers. Please bring blankets and chairs for your group. Social distancing between families is strongly encouraged. Masks are not mandatory outside but are mandatory in the library building. The September themes are squirrels (September 3), leaves (September 17), apples (September 24). There will be no story time on Friday September 10.

Questions? Call Lara L. Croft at 603-436-5154 or visit www.langdonlibrary.org. For updates in inclement weather, visit facebook.com/langdonlibrary.

Rice Public Library, Kittery

On Tuesday, September 7 at 6 p.m., Rice Public Library will host Mike Ivankovich for a Zoom program titled “What’s It Worth?” Antiques industry veteran Mike the Appraiser will explain what makes antiques, collectibles and personal treasures worth. Additionally, the first 25 people to register for the Zoom event will be asked to have an article handy for Mike to video review.

NASA plans to land the first woman and the first person of color on the surface of the moon with the Artemis missions. Rice Public Library welcomes NASA Communications Strategist Patricia Moore via Zoom and Facebook livestream on Wednesday, September 15 at 5 p.m. for “Artemis: Returning to the Moon with Apollo’s Twin Sister.” Register on the Rice Public Library website to learn more about the program that will prepare NASA for the next steps in human space exploration – sending people to Mars.

Questions? Call Asher Littlefield at 207-439-1553, or visit www.rice.lib.me.us.

Rye public library

On Tuesday, September 28 at 6 pm, “Rye’s Wild Neighbors” will focus on living with wildlife and preventing wildlife conflict. Bob McGrath, Town of Rye Animal Control Officer, and Sergeant Jeremy Hawkes of the New Hampshire Fish & Game and North Woods Law TV show, will present a program of debates and slideshows. Limited places by reservation only at 603-964-8401. This program will also be broadcast live and accessible on the Rye Public Library website.

Thursday Story Time with Marcia will take place every Thursday at 10:30 am All story times are outdoors, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, they will be indoors with a maximum of 17 participants. No registration required. On Thursday, September 2, can a mouse help a lion? Come to story time to find out and get yourself a lion craft kit to take home. On Thursday September 9, celebrate Grandparents’ Day! Calling all grandparents at story time. On Thursday, September 16, there will be no story time. Thursday, September 23, happy second day of autumn! Read colorful books and take home a tissue paper and apple craft kit. On Thursday, September 30, the birds fly away! Soar through wonderful bird books and make a paper roll bird feeder to take home.

Questions? Contact Gwen Putnam-Bailey at 964-8401, or visit www.ryepubliclibrary.org.

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