Events at Portsmouth, Rye and Eliot Libraries in May

PORTSMOUTH – If you’re visiting a museum, looking for free entertainment, learning to express yourself, starting your garden, facing tough choices, thinking about books and films, cycling or helping your community this month – visit your local library. We can’t say it enough! They have everything you need and their friendly staff can’t wait to see you. Here’s everything happening at libraries in Portsmouth, Eliot and Rye this month.


Did you know Portsmouth Public Library offers discounted passes to regional museums and other attractions including the Children’s Museum, Currier Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner, MFA, Science Museum, Museum Ogunquit Art Museum, Peabody Essex, Portland Museum of Art, Seacoast Science Center and Strawberry Banke? Book your pass today for your next visit! You can find out more on the library’s website.

If you’re curious to play, sign up for “D&D: The Big Adventure,” a unique online Dungeons & Dragons adventure, on Thursday, May 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is mandatory. Or, meet any Saturday at 10 a.m. for Mah Jongg—instruction is available for beginners. No registration is required.

Curious about the former residents of your home? The library’s next local history lecture will be on “Discovering the History of Your Home”. Local resident and museum curator John Mayer will present Tuesday, May 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. Attend in person or online – registration is required.

History buffs can also take advantage of the Shakespeare discussion group, which will meet twice this month to discuss “Henry IV,” Parts I and II. Attend the second session online on May 31 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is mandatory. And at this month’s online genealogy workshop, Jill Morelli will present “Write As You Go!” A Methodology for Efficient Genealogical Report Writing”, Sunday May 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In honor of National Bike Month, the library will screen the film “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Levenson Room at the library. Members of the Seacoast Area Bicycle Riders (SABR) will preview their upcoming rides and programs ahead of the film. No registration is required.

If you love writing letters, attend “The Planner Society Presents: Celebrating Snail Mail” online on Tuesday, May 17 from 7-8 p.m., with Courtney Cochran, Founder of the Snail Mail Social Club. Learn how to up your letter writing game and make someone happy! Writers may also be interested in a memoir writing workshop, online with local author Gina Troisi, on Monday, May 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is required for both events.

From 18-20 May, members of the Portsmouth Garden Club will display compositions inspired by book covers in the library lobby. The exhibition is called “Literature in Bloom”. Drop by and prepare to be impressed!

The library is proud to present a series called “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You…And Can Help You Live More Happily,” in partnership with the New Hampshire Alliance for End of Life Options and Brookhaven Hospice. The series will begin with “Part 1: How to Live Forever,” on Wednesdays, May 18 and 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. These programs will focus on the deep to the practical, helping to demystify and normalize conversations about mortality and death and what really matters in our lives. Attend in person at the library or online. Registration is mandatory.

Outdoor storytimes will continue under the tent for the next few weeks – then library staff will take a break to prepare for summer. Preschool Storytime takes place Tuesday, May 3 and 10 at 10 a.m. Trick Time is Wednesday, May 4 and 11 at 9:30 a.m. Toddler Story Time is Wednesday, May 4 and 11 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. Reading dogs continue every Saturday from 10-11am. All emerging readers are invited and no registration is required.

For middle schoolers this month, the library’s Middle School Monday Meet-Up will include crafts and games every Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. No registration necessary. Or, come to Middle School Art Night on Wednesday, May 25 from 5-6 p.m. in the Library Garden. This month, participants will work with clay! Registration is mandatory.

Teens are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), which meets monthly to plan library events and more. This month’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. No registration required. Or attend Teen D&D, which meets every other Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. for a bi-weekly journey of role-playing swordsmanship and magic missile shooting deep into mystical worlds! Registration is mandatory.

That’s not all – Portsmouth Public Library also offers three adult book clubs and five book clubs for young and tweens, weekly meditation, global affairs discussion group, language discussion groups . Going forward, the library’s summer reading program will kick off with a kick-off on Friday, June 17 from 5-7 p.m. – save the date! Summer highlights include tours of the Blue Ocean Society, Seacoast

Questions? Call 603-427-1540, email [email protected] or visit To register and tune in to events, visit the full schedule on the website.

William Fogg Library in Eliot, Maine

Coming up in the Kent Room of the William Fogg Library, “Around the World”. Come travel with library staff all month long as they visit beautiful faraway places through books, crafts, activities, and virtual reality. This month they will travel to Peru, and all ages are welcome. Join them for a Peruvian-themed potluck on May 21, starting at 11:30 a.m. on the library lawn.

The library has a new schedule for story time. Baby Storytime will be on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., Toddler Storytime on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and School Age Storytime on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. Family Story Time takes place on the last Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m.

The library is also in the process of establishing a teen advisory council. Join the TAB for a fun and exciting way to help plan programs, earn volunteer hours, and meet new people. Welcome from 13 years old! Stop by the library or call for more information.

Finally, museum passes are back at the William Fogg Library! Passes are date sensitive, so please plan ahead.

Questions? Contact Eliza Quillat at 207-439-9437 or visit

Rye Public Library

The Rye Public Library will be hosting Pokémon Night on Thursday, May 5 from 5-6 p.m. All classes are welcome! Whether it’s Pokemon Cards, Pokemon Legends, or tracing Pokemon from a guide, bring along your favorite Pokemon hobby for an afternoon of fun. Nintendo switches, card binders and other gaming devices are encouraged. Snack provided. Do you have what it takes to catch them all? No registration necessary.

Come write poetry with author Mimi White on Wednesday, May 11 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the library lawn. Participants will look through the lens of this line, “Such a happy day” and go from there. All levels of writers and non-writers are welcome.

On Friday, May 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., the library will host “Outdoor Lawn Games & Snacks” for students in grades 3 and up. Games will include Giant Yahtzee and Jenga! No registration necessary.

Learn more about “trellis gardening” with Casey Doyle, owner of Sustainable Sanctuary, on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. Casey will discuss the history of the trellis and demonstrate how to build a sturdy trellis for your garden using objects from your garden or forest.

And on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m., the library offers “Lifting Up LGBTQIA + Youth”. This presentation and discussion will include the basics of the LGBTQIA+ community, identity development, youth mental health, and the importance of cultivating positive relationships with ample time for conversation, exploration, and community learning. . Resources for upcoming Pride events, queer community and other commitments will be provided. Adults and young people welcome. No registration required.

Questions? Contact Gwen Putnam-Bailey at 964-8401, or visit to register for programs.

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