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October 2019

Inspirational Book Group

October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join other adults who love to read and discuss the Inspirational Fiction genre. This group, hosted by a library staff member, meets today at 12:00 in the Quiet Room at our Main Branch. October Discussion: In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper asking readers to send rocks in honor of loved ones to create something life-giving--but the building halts when tragedy strikes. Decades later, Annie returns to the coastal Maine town where stone ruins spark her curiosity and her search for answers faces a battle against time.

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Pumpkin Palooza!

October 15 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join PPL for some Halloween fun! Carve a pumpkin, make a craft, check out some books, and test your courage in our spooky virtual reality game. The fun starts at 2:30 in the meeting room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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Annual Spooktacular featuring Author Sharon Hatfield

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

During this presentation, Hatfield discusses the fascinating history of Spiritualism and brings to life the true story of 19th century farmer-turned-Spiritualist, Jonathan Koons, one of the most important mediums of the era whom thousands traveled to Athens, Ohio to see contact spirits from beyond the grave. Main Floor; FREE; No registration required.

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Computer Games

October 16 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 16, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Teens! Join us for an hour of free digital fun to play games like and Paladins on the STEAM game database, or put your building skills to the test with Minecraft! Get your game on at 2:30 in the IT lab!

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Literary Thursdays: Page to Stage

October 17 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Many of the popular horror movies and shows of today use amazing makeup techniques to transform the actors into monsters. This month we will be learning about the importance of stage makeup and learning some spooky looking techniques. This free program is at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room.

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Library at the Lofts

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Enjoy a book discussion, conversation and coffee at The Lofts Coffee Company where the PPL hosts this monthly, off-site book group. Check out a copy of the book by visiting the Main Branch located on Gallia Street. October Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison: After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle…

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Dungeons & Dragons

October 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Monday, repeating until October 28, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Go on epic adventures and battle deadly foes in this popular role-playing game. All levels of experience and skill are welcome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Meeting Room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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Nightmare Catcher

October 22 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Catch your bad dreams and worst nightmares in this easy-to-make but awesome -looking dream catcher. Use beads, ribbon, wire and more to make yours totally unique. Join us at 2:30 in the meeting room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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STEM Time

October 23 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Learning is fun during STEM Time! Learn how to build a robot, play a video game with a hand-drawn controller, or build different cool electronics and contraptions during our STEM program beginning at 2:30 in the Meeting Room.

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Afternoon of Oils

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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10$

Join us as we present step-by-step instruction on how to use oil paints to create a tranquil landscape on canvas. Registration is required. $10 supply fee must be paid at time of registration. Must be 18+

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Dungeons & Dragons

October 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Monday, repeating until October 28, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Go on epic adventures and battle deadly foes in this popular role-playing game. All levels of experience and skill are welcome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Meeting Room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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Glow Slime

October 29 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

It stretches, bounces and now, glows! Come and make glow-in-the-dark slime filled with one of our many type of slime confetti. The possibilities are endless. This free program for ages 13-17 is at 2:30 in the Meeting Room.

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Adult D&D

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join PPL as we act as Dungeon Master for a FREE 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons session. Program starts at 6:00 in the IT lab. All levels of skill welcome.

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November 2019

Fiction Book Group

November 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join other adults on the first Friday of every month in the Quiet Room at our Main Branch to discuss selected fiction titles. This book group, hosted by a library staff member, reads a variety of fictional titles to keep things interesting! For more information or to request a copy of this month’s title, call 740-354-5688. November Discussion: The Dry by Jane Harper: Receiving a sinister anonymous note after his best friend's suspicious death, federal agent Aaron Falk is forced to confront the fallout of a twenty-year-old false alibi against a backdrop of the worst drought Melbourne has seen in…

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Dungeons & Dragons

November 4 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Go on epic adventures and battle deadly foes in this popular role-playing game. All levels of experience and skill are welcome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room. This FREE program is for ages 13-17.

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Upcycled Bottle Art

November 5 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Turn trash into treasure by turning plastic bottles into one of a kind works of art. Learn how to make flowers, beads and more at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room. This FREE program is for ages 13-17.

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River Valley Writers’ Group

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Are you interested in learning about the writing process? Or, are you a writer looking for a community of your own? Look no further! Join the River Valley Writers to share your experiences and create relationships with other local authors. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm in the Meeting Room at the Main Branch. For more information please contact the Reference Desk at (740) 354-5688.

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Computer Games

November 6 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 20, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Teens! Join us for an hour of FREE digital fun to play games like Unturned and Paladins on the STEAM game database, or put your building skills to the test with Minecraft! Get your game on at 2:30 in the Portsmouth IT lab!

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Literary Thursdays: Short Story Group

November 7 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Think you have to read a whole novel to read a great story? Think again! Join us for a reading and discussion of an amazing story that’s only a few pages long. This month’s story is “Miracles” by Lucy Corrin. Ask for your free copy of the story at the Portsmouth library reference desk. This FREE program will begin at 2:30 in the Portsmouth library Meeting Room.

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Wire Wrapped Jewelry

November 12 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Let your creativity shine by making a unique necklace or ring using a variety of polished stones, arrowheads and colored wire. This FREE program starts at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room for ages 13-17.

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Computer Games

November 13 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 20, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Teens! Join us for an hour of FREE digital fun to play games like Unturned and Paladins on the STEAM game database, or put your building skills to the test with Minecraft! Get your game on at 2:30 in the Portsmouth IT lab!

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Literary Thursdays: Science Meets Literature

November 14 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join us in the “Science Lab" (aka Portsmouth Meeting Room) at 2:30 for a free program where you can design, create and compete in challenges using a marshmallow launching catapult. This FREE program is for ages 13-17.

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Beauty and the Beast Holiday Extravaganza!

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Be our guest for an enchanted evening for all ages as library staff present a holiday-themed performance of Beauty and the Beast at the main library. After the show, enjoy light refreshments and free pictures with the cast of characters. If you like, dress up in your favorite Prince and Princess attire!

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Dungeons & Dragons

November 18 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Go on epic adventures and battle deadly foes in this popular role-playing game. All levels of experience and skill are welcome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room. This FREE program is for ages 13-17.

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Inspirational Book Group

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join other adults who love to read and discuss the Inspirational Fiction genre. This group, hosted by a library staff member, meets today at 12:00 in the Quiet Room at our Main Branch. November Discussion: Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl: FBI profiler Kaely Quinn visits Nebraska to care for her ailing mother. She can't help but notice suspicious connections among a series of local fires, so she calls on her partner, Noah Hunter, to help find the arsonist. Together they unwittingly embark on a twisted path to catch a madman who is determined his last heinous act will be Kaely's…

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CD Scratch Art

November 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Come and learn a cool way to make art that is fun to do and looks amazing. Using CD’s and paint you can create awesome art for your wall, desk, or even use it as an ornament for the upcoming season. This FREE program starts at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room for ages 13-17.

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Computer Games

November 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 20, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Teens! Join us for an hour of FREE digital fun to play games like Unturned and Paladins on the STEAM game database, or put your building skills to the test with Minecraft! Get your game on at 2:30 in the Portsmouth IT lab!

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Literary Thursdays: Page to Stage

November 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

One of the traits of a good actor is being able to convince an audience that he/she really is the character they are pretending to be. Join us to try out some theater exercises to help you get into character. This FREE program is at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room.

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ArtWorks: 3-D cards

November 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join us as we present step-by-step instruction on how to create unique, eye-catching 3-dimensional Holiday cards! 18+ Registration required. $5 supply fee due at time of sign up.

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Library at the Lofts

November 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Enjoy a book discussion, conversation and coffee at The Lofts Coffee Company where the PPL hosts this monthly, off-site book group. Check out a copy of the book by visiting the Main Branch located on Gallia Street. November Discussion: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple: To her Microsoft-guru husband, Bernadette is a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she's a best friend and, simply, Mom. Bee has aced her report card and claimed her reward: a family trip to Antarctica. For Bernadette,…

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Dungeons & Dragons

November 25 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Go on epic adventures and battle deadly foes in this popular role-playing game. All levels of experience and skill are welcome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room. This FREE program is for ages 13-17.

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No-Sew Fleece Scarves

November 26 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Winter is around the corner and what better way to prepare then by making a cozy scarf to keep you warm. Choose from a variety of colors and learn an easy way to create a scarf that will be the perfect fit. This FREE program starts at 2:30 in the Portsmouth Meeting Room for ages 13-17.

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