Special Collections: A Portsmouth Doctor Gets Some Special Attention

Dr. Lyman Spalding, 1810

Dr. Lyman Spalding, 1810

Hands down, the best part of working in special collections is exploring the lives of local citizens who walked the same streets we do today. Wading into the circumstances of their lives allows us both a glimpse into what preceded and created our current environments and occasionally, offers examples of contribution on a larger scale. The Lyman Spalding Papers, detailing the subject of former Portsmouth physician Dr. Lyman D. Spalding (1775-1821), is a small collection housed in the PPL Special Collections room gives researchers an opportunity to look at the local and larger contributions of a single citizen.

Aside from his vital role in the daily lives of the nineteenth century Portsmouth population during the years 1800-1812, Dr. Spalding was a prominent figure in the inception of modern day medicine. He is perhaps most well-known as a pioneer in the use and distribution of the smallpox vaccine. Spalding was instrumental in bringing the vaccine to the northeast directly from England and its founder Dr. Edward Jenner during his tenure in Portsmouth, and in recognizing the efficacy of vaccination in the spread of disease during his 1801 experimental trials.[i]

Selection of personal correspondence from the collection.

Selection of personal correspondence from the collection.

While the PPL collection has few sources regarding Spalding’s vaccine work, the Harvard University Library holds a larger portion of materials relating to this part of his career and through their Open Collection Program, has digitized a portion of them, accessible here. For additional information about the smallpox vaccine and Dr. Edward Jenner, try this article from History Channel’s “This day in History” series. On May 14, 2015, the series highlighted Jenner’s early vaccine trials and provide a succinct overview of his work.[ii]

During the smallpox vaccine trials, Dr. Spalding became acutely aware of the importance of accurate record keeping which resulted in perhaps one of the most interesting and diverse portions of the Spalding Papers, the inclusion of nine of his innovative Bills of Mortality of Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 1802-1811. These Bills of Mortality exist today as some of the earliest comprehensive, quantitative medical data available in the area. Spalding’s Bills… were printed and distributed throughout the United States and England as examples of the importance of tracking infectious disease and community development, and prompted replies of admiration and inclusion to the 1803 American Academy meeting agenda by both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.[iii]

Bill of Mortality, 1802.

Bill of Mortality, 1802

Prior to his work in Portsmouth, Dr. Spalding attended Harvard University and worked as first a student and then colleague to Dr. Nathan Smith, serving as his primary assistant in founding the Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover near his hometown of Cornish, NH. He taught the inaugural chemistry courses for the program and standardized the terminology used in the course curriculum. This work culminated in his edited New Nomenclature of Chemistry from 1799. Two copies of this early glossary of chemistry terms and uses are also part of the Spalding Papers at PPL and are also available in digital format by the U.S. National Library of Medicine for the Internet Archive. The link can be located here.

Dr. Spalding's New Nomenclature of Chemistry, 1799

Dr. Spalding’s New Nomenclature of Chemistry, 1799

Dr. Lyman Spalding’s contributions to the early American medical community are numerous, but perhaps his most visible was the reading of his proposal for a national Pharmacopoeia before the New York County Medical Society on January 6, 1817. Essentially, the idea of a national pharmacopoeia was the creation of an institution to standardize and regulate drugs and usage. In 1817, there was a wide range of communication between medical providers and colleges but no standards or measurements for pharmaceutical creation and distribution. Spalding’s proposal emphasized its need by highlighting the discrepancies between the sources used to create drugs, to instruct in procedure and the varying levels of effectiveness caused by the inconsistencies.[iv] Spalding’s proposal exists still as the first call to action for the medical profession to address the inadequacies in pharmaceutical production and use.[v]

Spalding's Pharmacopoeia proposal address.

Spalding’s national pharmacopoeia proposal address.

Dr. Spalding’s papers in the PPL Spalding Collection emphasize both his career and personal life from the end of the eighteenth century through the first half of the nineteenth. The collection consists primarily of personal and medical correspondence and family genealogy, punctuated by pieces of his publications described above. This collection will soon undergo digitization to minimize physical use and will eventually be available to the public online.

For those interested in reading more about Dr. Spalding’s life, the library has two comprehensive biographies available. The first, Dr. Lyman Spalding: Originator of the United States Pharmacopoeia, was written by his grandson Dr. James Alfred Spalding in 1916. This title has also been digitized for the Internet Archive by the New York Public Library and is available online here. The second biography, Lyman Spalding: His Life and Times, was published in 2003 by its author Rylance Allen Lord and is available for use at PPL. For researchers interested in the history of the United States pharmacy and what Spalding’s proposed pharmacopoeia looked like upon establishment, try the 1898 title, Medicine: Volume 4 by Joseph McFarland and Harold Nicholas Moyer available in free e-book or pdf format on google books.

For any questions or suggestions regarding the Spalding Collection or any resources listed above, please contact the Portsmouth Public Library Special Collections at 603-766-1725.

[i] Spalding, J. A. (1916). Dr. Lyman Spalding: The Originator of the United States Pharmacopoeia. Boston: W. M. Leonard.
[ii] The History Channel. (2015, May 14). Jenner Tests Smallpox Vaccine. Retrieved from This day in History: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jenner-tests-smallpox-vaccine.
[iii] Spalding, J.A., 100.
[iv] Spalding, 335.
[v] Lord, R. L. (2003). Lyman Spalding: His Life and Times. Springfield: Rylance Lord.

Jessica Ross, Special Collections Assistant, has an MA in Public History. When she’s not getting to know past Portsmouth citizens, she likes to surf and hike with her kids, bake and travel. She can be reached at jjross@cityofportsmouth.com.

Practical Magic

You’ve heard the news: Gutenberg is up and running at the library.

Since revealing our 3D printer to the world, we’ve printed over 25 items submitted by our awesome patrons. We love it. We love printing silly things, handy things, and very nearly anything. (Unless someone else owns the copyright. It’s only fair.)

But you might be wondering where all the useful kitchen implements are, like this adorable squirrel salt and pepper shaker set, or where you could find a bike mount for your iphone, or even where you might find a wallet to store your extremely precious library card (and—I guess—credit cards and money). And that’s what we’re here for. “Practical Magic” will feature some of these nifty things every month, which we’ve either printed or just really want to see in action.

One thing we’re loving as the temperature (slowly, slowly) starts to rise is this beach towel stake by Thingiverse user, Robo. No more sand-filled, runaway towels for us, thank you very much.

Want to see Gute in action?  Drop by one of upcoming our demos:

  • Wednesday      7/1      2:00pm
  • Tuesday           7/7      5:30pm
  • Thursday         7/16     6:30pm
  • Wednesday     7/22     2:00pm
  • Tuesday          7/28     5:30pm

Check our Facebook events or our calendar for updates.

Want your own silly/neat/useful/futuristic/classic 3D printed item? Choose a thing on Thingiverse or design your own. Make sure the thing is one of three file types: .stl, .obj, .thing. Submit the thing. We’ll print the thing. Enjoy the thing.

Tune in next month for fresh and funky prints for summer.


Gutenberg enjoys humming, getting crafty, and causing mischief around the library. Gute’s people enjoy tinkering, making, and discovering ingenious solutions to everyday problems. If you have questions or suggestions for future Practical Magic posts, please feel free to email us at libtech@cityofportsmouth.com.

Mix Messages – One Foot in Front of the Other Mix

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My sisters and I played Wonder Woman when we were kids. We ran around in Wonder Woman underoos, deflecting make-believe bullets with our wrist cuffs crafted from aluminum foil. The Bad Guys didn’t stand a chance against our armbands, lassos of truth, and invisible jets. Neither did the furniture.  Something about those cuffs made us feel unstoppable.

Though the cuffs can’t deflect the tragedies, heartbreaks, and curveballs that appear in adult life, I have sent friends aluminum foil bands during some hard times, and my sister has sent them to me. The cuffs don’t repel bullets, but they can strengthen resolve. And they serve as a reminder that we aren’t going it alone.

I wanted to make a mix for people who could use a musical version of wrist cuffs. For folks who are experiencing a hitch, a hardship, or who need to get their bounce back. A soundtrack to help put one foot in front of the other.

Many of these songs are poppy, but that can be what a person needs when belting out lyrics in the car. Sorry, folks on the highway, you might have to cover your ears, but I am a Firework. Hear me Roar.

Click on the song if you’d like to see the video. By clicking on the artist, you’ll see the library’s copy of the CD.

Or, listen to the whole “One Foot in Front of the Other” Playlist on Spotify.

The library is not endorsing Spotify. You can create an account at a free level if you want to give it a try.

Head on (Hold on to your heart) / Man Man

Video/ India.Arie

Brave / Sarah Bareilles

Work that / Mary J. Blige

Inner Ninja / Classified

Best day of my life / American Authors

Roar / Katy Perry

What doesn’t kill you (Stronger) / Kelly Clarkson

Firework / Katy Perry

Shake it off / Taylor Swift (not available on Spotify- but available at the library!)

Titanium / David Guetta

Falling / Haim

My Silver Lining / First Aid Kit

Never gonna let you down / Colbie Caillat

Follow your Arrow / Kacey Musgraves

While driving and singing along to these songs, I realized Wonder Woman’s other accessories could come in handy during tough times. Maybe I’m taking this analogy too far, but I think the Lasso of Truth can be a reminder to stay connected to friends, family, or people who understand you. The Invisible Jet represents self-care: getting enough sleep, exercising, eating healthy foods, keeping a gratitude journal, all serving as fuel to keep you going. Even if it’s going to take time before you’re back at cruising altitude.

Cuffed in foil or not, Follow your Arrow, your Inner Ninja, Work That. And please remember that You are a Wonder.

Editor’s note: What a coincidence! The Summer Reading Program theme is Every Hero Has A Story. Kids can find their own inner superhero, too. Check out the whole Summer Calendar.

Mix Messages is written by library assistant Heather Armitage. She enjoys reading fiction and humorous essays, traveling, trying new vegetarian recipes, and dancing in the kitchen. She’s grateful her dog, Floyd, doesn’t judge her moves. If you have suggestions for future Mix Messages, please email her at hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com.

The Everlasting Angst of the Everlasting Boy

supermutant1SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer, Skim)

Spring 2015 – Drawn & Quarterly

You might recognize Jillian Tamaki’s name from her recent Caldecott Honor for the graphic novel This One Summer. It is the first graphic novel to win the Caldecott Honor! However, we are here to talk about something else she has been working on. For years, Tamaki has been drawing a webcomic series about the daily lives of teenagers attending school for wizards and mutatnts. She says, in an interview with The Guardian, that “dumb daily life” is more interesting to her than an action-packed story.

The students of SuperMutant Magic Academy have special powers and can perform magic, but in Tamaki’s world they are mostly just struggling with the anxiety, the inner turmoil, and the anguish of being a teenager.

Each character is the center of their own story, and all stories are told in this comic.

Marsha, our cover girl, is no Harry Potter. She may resemble the bespectacled boy-who-lived, but she’s much less concerned with the good of wizard-kind and much more preoccupied by her romantic feelings for her best friend. The Hogwarts comparisons aren’t entirely unwelcome, however. Many strips seem to poke fun at the Harry Potter universe and of other popular fantasy tropes. There is a scene near the end of the book where Marsha and Cheddar are running from a prophecy-spewing cat who yells something about a “Chosen One” to which Marsha replies, “Who’s to say I’m not the Chosen One? A little presumptuous, don’t you think?” It seems like something Neville Longbottom could have said about Harry.

Perhaps one of the most interesting and tormented characters is the Everlasting Boy (Or the Boy-Who-Lived…Forever.). His storyline consists of his many attempts to end his life, all of which are unsuccessful. He barely speaks, but his actions are more powerful. While most stories about magic and superpowers have their characters –or villains– searching for immortality, Everlasting Boy experiences what happens after it’s attained. Many of the comics in this compilation are about what it’s like to live as a teenager, but the strips with Everlasting Boy express something darker, something more adult. He outlives everyone he cares about: his friends, lovers, companions of all kinds. Thankfully, he figures out his purpose.

One of my favorite strips is of Wendy, who is dumping a thousand paper hearts off the roof of the school as “an act of disruptuve beauty.” As the hearts float twendyheartso the ground, they certainly don’t inspire a “dialog about random kindness and the potential for love” like she imagined. Instead, they are frightening people and giving them papercuts, sometimes in their eyes.

Tamaki definitely remembers art school vividly, as many of her jokes poke fun at things that often happen at art school. Frances tries performance art, plays, sculpture, intense Halloween costumes, and being nude in public before she really figures out who she is as an artist.

And then there are comics about a lot of normal and frustrating things Tamaki observes about life in the modern age. Text fights, the desire to be alone and watch Netflix, sexually-charged instant messages, trying to read but being unable to look away from your phone, being judgemental about facebook pictures, and tons of other instances that adults and teens can relate to.


Sometimes you just want gooey cow’s milk cheese pizza, and nothing is more disappointing than soy cheese in that instance.

Tamaki manages to create something very special and very “hers” in SuperMutant Magic Academy. The entire webseries is available at mutantmagic.com, but I suggest making sure to read the book too, since the strips have been added in a particular order that Tamaki arranged. Her regular blog is also very cool.

She writes and storyboards for Adventure Time, is a professional illustrator, and has received numerous prizes for her work.

If you like SuperMutant Magic Academy, may I suggest:

And if you read this and like angst and magic but HAVE NOT READ the Harry Potter series, just do that. Do it now.


This post was written by Stacia Oparowski, a library assistant in technical services. Besides reading and reviewing graphic novels, she also participates each year in NaNoWriMo and writes the November updates. If you have a suggestion for a graphic novel she should review or if you would like a graphic novel recommendation, please email her at soparowski@cityofportsmouth.com.

Monthly Link Pack – June 2015

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Here’s What Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Summer via Fast Company

– [LISTEN] Phillips Academy Head Argues Libraries More Important Than Ever In Digital Age via WBUR.org

– I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — a public library is a great backdrop for a situational dramedy. Here is a some plot-line inspiration — Disappearance of Boston Public Library art may be an inside job. Employee placed on administrative leave; FBI aiding inquiry” via Boston Globe.

– I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination but Quiz Up is a quick fun diversion, good for when you are waiting at the bus stop.

– Speaking of games — OXENFREE got a nice review on Wired.com, and Yearwalk was recommended by two of my co-workers.

– The building and landscaping design plans for the Queens West Library in New York look stunning. “The original designs call for a tranquil reading garden with gingko trees and a reflecting pool”. I hope this actually happens. It looks dreamy. via NYCurbed.com

Witness is a remarkable new app idea. In an emergency situation, with one click, the app contacts your emergency contacts, communicates your location, and live streams audio and video in real time, all while the screen on your phone remains black. via Tech Crunch

– This summer we will be offering some special nighttime computer classes. The offerings will include perennially popular classes like Excel, mixed with some fresh fun classes like iMovie. Check our website for updates.

– I recommend following the Kickstarter Blog. It’s a great way to learn about cool new stuff. It’s how I learned about McSweeney’s Publishing.

 – Here is the trailer for the new David Foster Wallace movie called The End of the Tour. We have many of David Foster Wallace’s books in our collection.

– The New York Public Library is sharing, via their twitter account, quirky questions that were posed to librarians back in the day. via The Guardian.

SNAPSHOT of the 5 Most Popular Adult Books at PPL right now (6/1/15)

1. Memory man / David Baldacci.

2. Our souls at night / Kent Haruf.

3. The nightingale / Kristin Hannah.

4. The road to character / David Brooks.

5. A lucky life interrupted : a memoir of hope / Tom Brokaw.


The Monthly Link Pack is a blog series curated by Jennifer Moore, library clerk, maker, and sustainable style blogger. If you have a suggestion for something that should be included in a future blog post, email her at jamoore@cityofportsmouth.com.


Once upon a time… Far, Far Away …

Apparently it is fairy tale retelling week here at Portsmouth Public Library- over and over again the theme kept cropping up as I went through my days. It started with reading Far, Far Away, followed https://secure.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9780375849725/SC.gif&client=porppby a mom looking for a story for her daughter’s class, followed by a middle schooler looking for Young Adult fairy tale retellings, and finally a Horn Book Magazine on my desk dedicated to “transformations” of old classics.   When the universe screams I try to listen, so here is a quick review of a fabulous book and a few of my favorite fairytale “transformations” for each age group.

Fairy tale transformations (novels based on classics) are refreshing because they take something old and familiar and immediately turn it on its head. Currently, the most popular adult transformation is Wicked by Gregory Maguire – the biography of the wicked witch from Frank L. Baum’s Wizard Of Oz. Fractured fairy tales also provide a great opportunity for critical thinking skills- that’s why teachers love them! They encourage the reader to consider alternative perspectives, find gaps in the plot, and generally think deeper than the printed story.

Back to- Far, Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Tom McNeal. There are several levels of mastery in this book, not the least of which is that it truly felt timeless. For the first quarter of the book I could not determine when or where the book was set, which added to the fairytale mystique. Part Hansel and Gretel and part Cinderella, Far, Far Away tells the story of Jeremy Johnson Johnson – a teenager whose mom has left him, father has become a hermit, and whose home his lawn mowing jobs can’t pay for. His only hope and inspiration comes from the voice in his head- the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one of the famous Grimm Brothers. Jacob is also the story’s narrator and becomes a complex and well developed character of the story in his own right. Jeremey’s life is filled with the highs, lows, and nail-biting suspense of any good fairy tale. In this case, however, we don’t know if there will be a happy ending. Lyrical and suspenseful, Far, Far Away reads like a modern thriller and an old European folk tale all swirled into one. I would highly recommend this book for teen and adult readers!

Other transformation stories suggestions…

For Teens:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends 2012)– think Sci-fi Cinderella.

Beastly by Alex Flinn (HarperTeen 2007) – What if the Beast were a Manhattan prep school elite?

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire (Candlewick Press 2014)–A Baba Yaga meets The Prince and the Pauper style story.

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Middle Grade Readers:

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff (Alfred A. Knopf 2013)—the name says it all!

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Children’s Books 2010) –Your fairy tale heroes walk safely out of their own story only to meet the witches, goblins, and giants of other Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen tales!

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (Walden Pond Press 2012)- Humorous and fast-paced, four prince charmings unite to protect their kingdom from an evil witch!


 Early Grade Readers:

Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Viking 1992)

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson (Peachtree Publishers 2012)

A Bean, A Stalk, and A Boy Named Jack by William Joyce (Moonbot Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2014)


MollieMollie Mulligan is a library assistant in Youth Services. Stop by and tell her about your favorite youth or teen fairy tale retelling! Or stop by and just say hi.

Something Fishy in Youth Services….

The Fourteefourteenth goldfish imagen Goldfish   by Jennifer L. Holm

(Juvenile Fiction)

Ellie is a little surprised when her mother brings home a teenaged boy, and the surprises just keep coming once she learns that this teenager is her grandfather! He is a scientist who has realized his lifelong goal to reverse aging which is thrilling, but presents a number of challenges for Eliie and her mom. As teenagers, grandfathers tend to be more than a little offbeat!

Ellie and her grandfather get to know each other as they attend middle school together and embark on a slightly illegal quest to retrieve his research materials from the lab that no longer recognizes him! Together they grapple with big ethical questions, especially the responsibility of a scientist to deal with the consequences of their discoveries. Jennifer Holm sneakily teaches the reader about scientists such as Marie Curie, Jonas Salk, and Robert Oppenheimer. A fun read with a little education thrown in.

LisaBlogThis Youth book review was brought to you by Lisa Q. Harling. When not conducting Story Times or reading the best that kids’ authors have to offer, Lisa enjoys writing witty PSAs on Facebook, playing with her dogs and keeping up with her two adventurous sons. If you have suggestions for future book reviews, email her at lqharling@cityofportsmouth.com.

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Slow Film…3
Films you may have missed.

Brief reviews of films that are subtle and thought provoking – in short, food for thought.
All films reviewed are available at the Portsmouth Public Library.

The Painted Veil  (2006)

Directed by John Curran.
Starring: Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber,
& Naomi Watts


Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham The Painted Veil is set against the visually stunning backdrop of China during the upheaval resulting from the Nationalist movement in the 1920’s. The story centers on a badly twisted and lost marriage reborn in the political turmoil of China. The road to resolution for husband and wife is long: his bitterness over her infidelity contrasts with the humanitarian work he does. She finds her own path to understanding through her own humanitarian aide. In a very unlikely world husband and wife find redemption and unexpected grace.

For more about “The Painted Veil” see what these reviewers have to say:
The Guardian and Entertainment Week

Paths of Glory (1957)

Director:  Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, & George Macready

Set during World War I, Paths of Glory is based on Humphrey Cobb’s 1935 antiwar novel, which in turn was based on actual events during WWI. The film follows a French army unit ordered to go on an impossible mission by their commanding officers. The results were a devastating failure. It will be no surprise to learn that the blame for the mission’s failure is put on the corpsmen. Paths of Glory is an unsentimental look at war. It’s spare and unvarnished combat scenes in stark black-and-white cinematography was unique for the 1950’s. The film’s resolution reflects a somber determination to continue in spite of the overwhelming forces that make every step forward and an act of courage.

The film was banned in both France and Germany for many years for its fictionalized depictions of the French military and the military ethos.

For more about “Paths of Glory” see what these reviewers have to say:
Filmsite Movie Review and Roger Ebert

The Winter Guest (1997)

Directed by Alan Rickman
Actors: Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law


The story takes place in a small town in Scotland in February, where the sea has frozen over. Two characters dominate the story: Frances, a young widow (Thompson) still grieving over the death of her husband, and Elspeth (Phyllida Law) her mother, whose unexpected visit unravels what resolve Frances has.

Around these two characters a constellation of other characters give substance to the culture of this small town. Two older women whose affection has been formed from years of going together to anyone’s and everyone’s funeral adding a comic side to this small world. Two young boys, Tom and Sam, just on the edge of puberty take a day off from school and rampage through the town and in the process think about what their future will be like. The loss of Frances’ husband is a hurdle than not only she but her teenage son, Alex, have to overcome. His journey begins with an encounter with Nita a young woman surer of herself than he; their passion and confusion of first love in flames the film – it is a passion missing in Frances’s life.

There are remarkable moments of tenderness in this film, like snapshots adorning the film: the yearning for friendship, closeness and love. But there is also an undercurrent of despair, curiously displayed in the two youngest characters, Tom and Sam. Their needs too are for each other and adventure in the face of a determined future. The resolution for them is the most perplexing. As for the teenagers they will have another round. And Frances and Elspeth learn letting go, acceptance, and each other.

This 1997 film is based on a play by Sharman MacDonald. The screenplay is by Alan Rickman and Sharman MacDonald. An interesting added note to this film is that in real life Phyllida Law is Emma Thompson’s mother.

See what these reviewers have to say about “The Winter Guest”:

Moviereviews, Roger Ebert, and Moviemartyr

Monthly Link Pack – May 2015

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– ICYMI – Best state in America: New Hampshire, for loving its libraries via The Washington Post

– How do you feel about eTextbooks? Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks via New York Times

– I’m curious about this app — Storehouse. It was a 2014 Apple Design Winner. They say it will “seamlessly combine photos, videos, and text into a beautiful story.” #worthatry

The Uni Project runs a program of pop-up reading rooms for New York City plazas, parks, and other public spaces. Something like this would be great in Prescott Park.

–  Perma.cc is a project that takes on the problem of “link rot” or broken or defunct links in scholarship. via Harvard Law Today

– I learned a couple new tricks from this post – 8 Google search tips for book lovers.

– Do you need help creating bibliographies? Check out EasyBib. Another option is RefME. Just scan the barcode on the back of the book or paste a url into the site and RefMe will generate the reference for you.

– This is a fun read – “Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes” BTW –We have King’s book, On writing : a memoir of the craft, in our collection.

– You can follow NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr. via Colossal. Which reminds me, a patron highly recommended Cosmos : a spacetime odyssey [DVD].

– Ok, so Wattpad sounds amazing. According to Common Sense Media it is “a place where teens and adults can publicly share their fiction writing in a blog-like format as well as read and comment on other people’s works.” Neat.

– SNAPSHOT of the 5 Most Popular Adult Books at PPL right now (05/01/15)

1. All the light we cannot see : a novel / Anthony Doerr.

2. The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins.

3. The nightingale / Kristin Hannah.

4. Memory man / David Baldacci.

5. The road to character / David Brooks.


The Monthly Link Pack is a blog series curated by Jennifer Moore, library clerk, maker, and sustainable style blogger. If you have a suggestion for something that should be included in a future blog post, email her at jamoore@cityofportsmouth.com.

Love is in the Air: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

a Little something different book coverA Little Something Different: Fourteen Viewpoints, One Love Story

by Sandy Hall

(Teen Fiction)

Spring is upon us and love is in the air, or between the pages, as in the case of A Little Something Different: Fourteen Viewpoints, One Love Story. Sometimes other people can see things about ourselves that we, for many different reasons, cannot.  Such is the case with Lea and Gabe, college students who can’t see love even when it’s right in front of them.  Luckily for them, practically everyone else can see the writing on the wall. The author uses people close to the couple, such as roommates and teachers, and people on the periphery of their lives, like bus drivers and baristas. Adding a little humor to the mix, the author also gives a campus squirrel a voice and even the squirrel knows that these two are meant to be together.  Gabe is very shy and Lea, though not exactly shy, is still finding her way as a college student and is reluctant to take risks. This very sweet story will have you rooting for these two from the first pages until the last!


This Youth book review was brought to you by Lisa Q. Harling. When not conducting Story Times or reading the best that kids’ authors have to offer, Lisa enjoys writing witty PSAs on Facebook, playing with her dogs and keeping up with her two adventurous sons. If you have suggestions for future book reviews, email her at lqharling@cityofportsmouth.com.

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