What was New Hampshire Fast Day? Did a tornado really destroy the navy yard? What year was Portsmouth’s first female mayor elected? Which historic homes in Portsmouth are haunted? What information do you have about the penny poet of Portsmouth? This handful of questions are just a few (and definitely fun ones) that staff has… More Special Collections Stays Vertical
This edition of FTDP has to start with an homage to Prince, much of whose music is available to be borrowed, downloaded and listened to through the library’s new Hoopla Digital service. Now, I am a big fan of the streaming music service Spotify, but not too long ago, Prince removed just about all of… More From the Director’s Pocket, May 2016
Where Things Come Back By John Corey Whaley In 2012, Where Things Come Back was awarded both the Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Awards. The author tells two stories that seem so far removed from each other that reader is perplexed as to how they relate. When the author makes the connection, the reader… More Where Things Come Back
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia (Fantagraphics, Sept. 2015) Where to even start when talking about Liz Suburbia’s Sacred Heart? Should I gush about how she completely re-drew the 300 page graphic novel for publication with Fantagraphics? How about the hundreds of pop culture references she seamlessly includes? What about that the story rips your heart out, puts… More Don’t Trust The Humanoids
In the world of 3D printing, this question dose have some merit. However, more frequently, if filament stops coming out of the extruder, it is likely to be the dreaded “j” word and therefore not fixable by normal means. That’s right, a jam. I shudder at the thought, and Ada had both extruders jammed and… More Practical Magic: Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?
Cathy’s Hidden Gems features favorites & lesser known selections from the fiction shelves of the Portsmouth Public Library. In an interview with NPR, Piper Kerman says the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black is “…actually very closely derived from what’s in the book and from my own life. But there are other parts of the show which are… More Behind Bars – Jailers and the Jailed