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Tyler T. shows off his painting of Thing One and Thing 2 and his version of Horton hearing a Who at the Seuss on the Loose event at the New Boston library. For a complete list of children's activities at the library, call 354-5562 or visit our website, www.yourppl.org.
Tyler T. shows off his painting of Thing One and Thing 2 and his version of Horton hearing a Who at the Seuss on the Loose event at the New Boston library. For a complete list of children's activities at the library, call 354-5562 or visit our website, www.yourppl.org.
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Writing Workshop

The Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting its fourth annual Writing Workshop. Following a slightly different format this year the entire workshop will take place on March 22 from 10am-4pm in the Copley Meeting Room of the Portsmouth Location. Aspiring authors can look forward to classes including; ‘Why Aspiring Writers Procrastinate and What to Do About It,’ Deep POV-Know Your Characters,’ and ‘E-Publishing, A Beginner’s Guide.’ If you would like additional information about this Workshop, please call 354-5688 ext. 10513 or visit our website www.yourppl.org.

Local Author Showcase

The Portsmouth Public Library is looking for local authors to participate in a Local Author Showcase in April. Participating authors will have the opportunity to promote and sell their books at this event. Due to space limitations, only a small number of authors will be selected to participate. Apply quickly, applications are due April 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Interested authors may call 354-5688 ext. 10513 for more details.

The Miracle Worker

In celebration of the upcoming performance of ‘The Miracle Worker’ at the Vern Rife Center for the Arts March 25, the Portsmouth Public Library and Shawnee State University have organized a series of events to honor the legacy of Helen Keller and showcase adaptive technology available today. Below are the upcoming events.

Youth Interactive Puppet theatre

The Portsmouth library location will host a fun and interactive puppet show in the children’s department March 18 at 6pm. This show is best suited for ages 4-12.

Young Adult Book Group

The Young Adult Book Groups will be meeting this week. These book groups are for young adults 12 to 18 years of age. Each month a new book is chosen for each member to read and then get together and discuss. The groups will be discussing ‘The Miracle Worker’ by William Gibson as part of The Miracle Worker Series.

At Lucasville- March 19 at 4:30pm

At Wheelersburg- March 20 at 4:30pm

Kids’ Events Announced

Stuart Little Celebration

Stuart Little, the classic children’s book, has been celebrated with a theatrical version. The Portsmouth Public Library is celebrating the PAAC’s upcoming presentation of the show by hosting several events full of Stuart Little fun. There will be crafts, games, giveaways with chances to win tickets to the public showing at the VRCFA Theatre on April 7. Several locations will be hosting a Stuart Little event. Find one at your local library.

At Portsmouth March 25 at 6pm

At South Webster March 27 at 4pm

At Wheelersburg April 1 at 11am

At Lucasville April 2 at 11am


The Portsmouth Public Library now provides access to BookFlix, online interactive storybooks for elementary school aged children. BookFlix pairs an animated storybook with related literacy elements, including a related nonfiction book and interactive educational games. There are nine themes: Animals and Nature; Earth and Sky; Family and Community; People and Places; Music and Rhyme; ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s; Adventure; Imagination; and Celebrations. There are also great features like vocabulary reinforcement and read along options, closed-captioning, and Spanish-language content. BookFlix can be accessed through the library website, www.yourppl.org. You will need your library card number to use BookFlix. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 354-5688 for more information.

Homeschool Hullabaloo

Homeschoolers can join their friends for stories, games, and much more. This program is for children ages 5-12. Join us at the Portsmouth location March 19 at 2pm. For more information call the Youth Services Department at 354-5562.

Girls Book Group

Each month your child can join a club that will take them on an adventure through the pages of a book. At the end of each month the YS department will provide a movie or speaker, craft, and snack that corresponds with the book. This month the book group will be holding a book fashion show. Come to the Portsmouth location dressed as your favorite character March 20 at 5:30pm. For more information about this program call 354-5562.

Children Sign Language Basic Class

Friday, March 21st at 3:30 p.m. Ages 5-11 can join us to broaden basic sign language skills in an open and positive environment. Join us at the Portsmouth location , March 21st at 3:30 pm. It is free of charge but you must sign up in advance by calling 354-5688 ext. 0 or visiting the Reference Desk at the Main library.

Story Times

Books & Play

Tuesdays at 11:30am at Portsmouth

Toddler Time

Mondays at 11am at Lucasville

Wednesdays at 11:30am at Portsmouth

Thursdays at 11am at Wheelersburg

Book Babies

Thursdays at 1 pm at Portsmouth

Family Story Times

Family Story Times

Tuesdays at 11am at Wheelersburg

Tuesdays at 11:30am at South Webster

Wednesdays at 11am at Lucasville

Wednesdays at 11am at New Boston

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

Certified Therapy Dogs from the Southern Ohio All Breed Dog Club (and their owners) will be at various library locations. The dogs will be available to listen to any young reader wishing to practice their skills.

Portsmouth- 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 2-4pm

For more information, please call 354-5688.

Upcoming Adult/Teen Activities Announced

Quilt Show

Continuing into its fifteenth year, the Down By the River Quilt Guild’s Spring Library Show shows no sign of losing popularity.

This year’s theme, ‘Bright and Beautiful’ promises to be a show that will delight viewers, whether they are quilters themselves or not. The quilts will be hung from the balcony of the Portsmouth library location from March 1 through April 11 and available for viewing any time the library is open. A guide with additional information about each of the quilts will be available at the circulation desk. If you would like any additional information about the show please call 354-5688 ext. 10513.

Pieces & Patches Quilting

This quilting group welcomes beginners as well as experienced quilters. This is an Adult Program. Join us at the Lucasville location March 17 at 6pm.


The Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting its Yoga group at 10am in the Copley Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 18.

Inspirational Book Group

The Inspirational Book Group will meet at the Portsmouth location March 18 at noon. Contact the library at 354-5688 ext. 0 for more information or to register for the group.

DIY Button Picture Frame

Join us at the Portsmouth location March 18 at 2pm and learn how to put a button collection to good use by embellishing a plain, wood picture frame. Pre-registration and prepaid fee of $3.00 required. For information contact Local History at 354-5340.

Dinner and a Movie

The South Webster Branch Library will be hosting Dinner and a Movie for adults over the age of 18 from 5:00-7:30 March 18. Registration is required. Don’t forget to bring a covered dish to share. A full length movie will be shown. For more information, contact the South Webster Branch Library at 778-2122.

Lego Club

Lego creators unite as one in the Portsmouth Public Library’s Lego Club. Each month features a different theme for both group and individual participation. The next meeting will take place at the Portsmouth location March 20 at 3pm.

Blast from the Past Movie Matinee

Join us for our “Blast from the Past Movie Matinee” at the New Boston Library! We will be showing a classic film at 3pm on March 20. The movie is best suited for ages 18 and up. There is no fee to participate, but please call ahead (456-4412) to reserve your spot.

The A.R.T. Gallery

Oil and acrylic art entries for the April A.R.T. Gallery showing must be submitted to the library by March 22nd to be included in the show.

Monthly Media Trivia

Every month PPL offers a new media themed trivia. Fill out a trivia each month to be entered in to win the corresponding “books into movies” prize!

Technology Classes Offered

The Information Technology Department of the Portsmouth Public Library will be offering a variety of computer classes this week. The schedule is as follows.

March 17- Ebooks at 4pm

March 18- Social Networking at 1pm

March 19- Basic Computers at 1pm

March 20- Window 8 at 11am and Computers for Seniors at 3pm.

If you have any questions regarding the above mentioned technology classes or to sign up, please call (740) 354-5688.

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