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January 2020

Galaxy Jewelry

January 28 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Make an out of this world piece of galaxy themed jewelry at this free craft for ages 13-17. Choose between making a solar system necklace or nebula bottle in the meeting room at 2:30.

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STEM Time

January 29 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Learning is fun during STEM Time! Learn how to build a robot, or 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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February 2020

African Americans and the Vote

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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In honor of Black History Month view the historical drama, Slema, depicting the marches from Selma, AL, to the state capital of Montgomery to secure voting rights for black people all day on the Main Floor. In conjunction with this program view a historical display based on the theme "African Americans and the Vote" as well as "Women's Suffrage."

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Teen Dungeons and Dragons

February 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Monday, repeating until February 24, 2020

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! If you prefer using your imagination for crafting instead of gaming then check out the library’s craft cart and make something awesome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Meeting Room.

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Pictorial Quilt Squares

February 4 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Celebrate Black History Month by making a quilt square that tells a story. We will provide everything you need and show you how easy it is to make this amazing piece of art inspired by Harriet Power’s famous quilts. Join us at 2:30 in the Meeting Room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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River Valley Writers

February 4 @ 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

February 5 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

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

Teens! Join us for an hour of digital fun to play games like Unturned 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: Short Story Group

February 6 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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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. February we will be focusing on stories and poems by African American authors including ; "The Million Man March Poem" and "Still I Rise." by Maya Angelou and “Can’t Beat ‘Em” by Nalo Hopkinson. This free program is for ages 13-17 in the Meeting Room.

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Adult Dungeons and Dragons

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on February 20, 2020 at 6:00pm

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 and Dragons session. All skill levels welcome. Program will be located on the Main Floor in the IT lab. 18+

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Fiction Book Group

February 7 @ 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. February Discussion: Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben: Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks -- and Maura,…

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Teen Dungeons and Dragons

February 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Monday, repeating until February 24, 2020

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! If you prefer using your imagination for crafting instead of gaming then check out the library’s craft cart and make something awesome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Meeting Room.

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Wire Hanging Decorations

February 11 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Claim your locker or wall with a crafty creation of your own making! Use wire, stones, sea glass, feathers and more to make yours unique! Join us at 2:30 in the Meeting Room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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Black History Month Craft

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

In honor of Black History Month, join us on the Main Floor in creating quilt pattern squares in the vein of Harriet Powers, a black folk artist and quilt maker who lived as a slave in rural Georgia known for her use of traditional appliqué techniques to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events on her quilts. FREE; No registration required.

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Computer Games

February 12 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

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

Teens! Join us for an hour of digital fun to play games like Unturned 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: Science Meets Literature

February 13 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Hey, Science lovers! Create your own coded language and write secret messages. Then make a necklace and spell secret words in Morse code. Join us in the “Science Lab" (aka Meeting Room) at 2:30! This free program is for ages 13-17.

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Teen Dungeons and Dragons

February 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Monday, repeating until February 24, 2020

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! If you prefer using your imagination for crafting instead of gaming then check out the library’s craft cart and make something awesome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Meeting Room.

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Inspirational Book Group

February 18 @ 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. February Discussion: The Healing Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter: What if you thought you found love only to be rejected? Jesse Smucker rescinds his proposal of marriage, leaving Lenore Lapp feeling sure she will never, ever marry.

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Decoupage Washer Necklaces

February 18 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Get an introduction to the art of decoupage by making a necklace. Choose an image, a washer and a cord and in just a few minutes you have an awesome necklace. Add a variety of beads and charms for extra flair. Make yours at 2:30 in the meeting room.

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Computer Games

February 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

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

Teens! Join us for an hour of digital fun to play games like Unturned 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

February 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month by learning about famous dances, songs and plays popularized or created by African Americans. Don’t miss the fun at 2:30 in the Meeting Room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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Library at the Lofts

February 22 @ 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. February Discussion: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary: What if your roommate is your soul mate? A joyful, quirky romantic comedy, Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare is a feel-good novel about finding love in the most unexpected of ways.

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Teen Dungeons and Dragons

February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Monday, repeating until February 24, 2020

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! If you prefer using your imagination for crafting instead of gaming then check out the library’s craft cart and make something awesome! Join the fun at 2:30 in the Meeting Room.

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Mask Decorating

February 25 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Join us in decorating white masks with a variety of supplies including beads, feathers, markers, gems and more! They are fun to wear and make a cool decoration for your room! See what you can create at 2:30 in the Meeting Room. This free program is for ages 13-17.

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Computer Games

February 26 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 26, 2020

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

Teens! Join us for an hour of digital fun to play games like Unturned 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: Facts and Fiction

February 27 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

Celebrate Black History Month and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement with some great reads from our teen and non-fiction sections! Browse some books at 2:30 in the Meeting Room.

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An Afternoon of Painting

February 27 @ 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 knowledgeable staff present step-by-step instruction on how to paint a trio of whimsical birdhouses. Registration is required. $10 supply fee must be paid at time of registration. Must be 18+

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Black History Month Book Discussion

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Coffee at the Lofts, 842 Gallia St.
Portsmouth, OH 45662 United States
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Free

In honor of Black History Month, join the hosts of Cover to Cover, Rachel and Keely, for a book discussion at Lofts Coffee Company and Roastery. Selected title: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: "Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control"-- Provided by publisher.

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