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Pioneer Garden at Shawnee State Park Nature Center

The Portsmouth Public Library, Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio State Park Service have teamed up to bring an exciting project to Scioto County. We will be hosting a Pioneer Garden at the Shawnee State Forest Nature Center.

We will be using this garden to teach about gardening, nature and traditional Appalachian life. The garden will be open each Friday at 1pm and activities will begin at 3pm. The bookmobile will be visiting and leading activities about topics including: a pioneer child’s life, traditional music, folk remedies, pioneer clothing and food making.

All Ages are welcome to come and learn about our past in this unique atmosphere.

For more information call 354-5688 ext. 10513.

7/11- Folk Remedies- 3pm

7/25- Clothing -3pm

8/15- Food Party – 3pm

Kids’ Events Announced

Children’s Summer Reading Program Events This Week-Fizz, Boom, Read! We are celebrating reading all summer. Kids can sign up for summer reading June 2nd. Visit your favorite library location and sign up today. You will be entered for some great prizes and get to attend these fabulous, science based events.

Fizz, Boom, Pop!- July 7 at 4pm at New Boston

That’s Gross-July 8 at 2pm at Wheelersburg

Science and Art- July 8 at 4pm at South Webster

It’s Alive-July 9 at 2pm at Lucasville

Chinese Tangrams- July 9 at 2pm at Portsmouth

Puppet Show-The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs- July 10 at 6pm

*The last day to turn in your Summer Reading Log book is July12. All children who finish the reading portion of the program are eligible to win admission tickets to Camden Park. Don’t miss the Summer Reading Finale with Dr. John Becker as he presents ‘Wild About Reading’ at the Portsmouth library location July 26 at 11:30am.

Tween American Girl Party

Ages 8-12 are invited to bring their dolls and come join us for a fun time July 10 at 4pm. There will be crafts and light refreshments. For more information, call the South Webster Branch Library at 778-2122.

Story times return for Summer Reading

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

Tuesdays at 11am at Wheelersburg

Tuesdays at 11:30am at South Webster

Wednesdays at 11am at Lucasville

Wednesdays at 11am at New Boston

July 12 at 2pm at Portsmouth

Teen Summer Reading Events This Week

Balloon Lego Car Races

Teens are challenged with the task of building a Lego car that will run solely on the air produced from an inflated balloon. Each Lego car will then compete in a race to see who survives. Supplies will be provided. Ages 13-18. Registration required. This program will be held at the New Boston library location July 9 at 3:30pm.

Adult Summer Reading Activities This Week

Movie Night

Come join us for a fun filled movie night at the Portsmouth library location July 10 at 5:30pm.


Join us at the Lucasville library location July 11 at 3:30pm make a small terrarium to keep inside your home. It is free of charge but you must sign up in advance by calling 259-6119.

Upcoming Adult/Teen Activities Announced

Community Garden at the Portsmouth Public Library

The Portsmouth Public Library has started a community garden. Each week we teach classes in the garden and provide hands on experience for anyone interested in learning. Experts Kate Sowards from the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District and Lisa Kepler from the Ohio University Extension will be on hand every session to teach you how to get the most out of your garden.

As the gardening season progresses we will also be offering food preservation classes to teach you how to can, freeze and dry what you harvest. Treva Williams from the Ohio State University Extension will be our expert presenting these classes.

We would love to see you in our garden. Join us to get hands on experience this summer. Family participation is encouraged. If you have any questions, please call 354-5688 ext. 10513.

Garden Tending/Gardening Lessons Every other Thursday May 15— October 16 at 6pm

Participate as often as you like.

7/10 Gardening at 6pm

7/24 Gardening at 6pm

7/29Pickling produce at 6pm

8/7 Gardening at 6pm

8/11 Canning and Freezing Meats and Soups

8/18 Drying Produce at 6pm


The Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting its Yoga group at 10am in the Copley Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 8.

Mystery Book Group

The Mystery Book Group will meet at the Portsmouth library location July 8 at 5pm. Contact the library at 354-5688 ext. 0 for more information or to register for the group.

Scrapbook Party

The South Webster Branch will be hosting a Scrapbooking class from 5:30-7:30 pm July 8. Those attending will be learning the art of scrapbooking. Space is limited. A fee of $5 will be charged to cover the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call the South Webster Library at 778-2122.

Adult Sign Language Basic Class Ages 12 and up can join us to learn basic sign language skills in an open and positive environment July 11 at 3:30pm. The class meets twice a month at the Main Branch. 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.

The A.R.T. Gallery

Non-traditional Art entries for the August A.R.T. Gallery showing must be submitted to the library by July 26th 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.

July 7- Microsoft Excel at 4pm

July 8 – Microsoft Publisher at 1pm

July 9 –Basic Computers at 1pm

July 10- Windows 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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