From the Director’s Pocket: Public Libraries and Multiple Intelligences, or How We Are All Really, Really Smart!

I’ve always been a fan of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Gardner’s theory challenges traditional, narrower views of intelligence, and identifies numerous kinds of intelligences including “verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.” While I am by no means an expert in this area, I do find Gardner’s theory and the surrounding … More From the Director’s Pocket: Public Libraries and Multiple Intelligences, or How We Are All Really, Really Smart!

Practical Magic: Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season of hot coco, snowflakes, candles, snowmen and absurdly early sunsets.  To keep your spirits up and offer a little gift inspo, here are a few of our very favorite wintertime 3D prints—submit a request by December 16th and have your prints in time for Christmas and Hanukkah! Snowflake by jonmonaghan – The two slitted flakes … More Practical Magic: Holiday Gift Guide

After the War – Vietnam Veterans Fiction

Cathy’s Hidden Gems features favorites & lesser known selections from the fiction shelves of the Portsmouth Public Library. I recently finished reading the excellent non-fiction book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (2016) by Sebastian Junger, which explores the longing for connection of those suffering from PTSD, especially today’s veterans. The following challenges faced by Vietnam veterans and their … More After the War – Vietnam Veterans Fiction

Pageants, Fast Food, and Conformity, Oh My!

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy The circumstances of people’s lives are often peppered with ironies. Ironies so starling that they leave us scratching our heads in wonder. Hello Willowdean Dickson. Willowdean has what some might dub a “weight problem” but she is comfortable with her body (mostly).  Her mother is a former Miss Teen Blue Bonnet … More Pageants, Fast Food, and Conformity, Oh My!