From the Director’s Pocket, May 2016

prince2This 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 his music from Spotify and other similar services. I was crushed! But now that I can access a lot of Prince’s incredible music through Hoopla, I am ecstatic!

online_newsstandContinuing on the Prince theme, be sure to read the two terrific pieces about Prince in the May 19th issue of Rolling Stone both of which you can access online for free with your library card using these links from the library’s Online Newsstand: “1958-2016 Prince” and “A Final Visit.” Simply put, I will miss Prince, his music, his creative genius, and his courage.

bravo2While we’re talking about Hoopla, I have to point out that you can also access an incredible amount of terrific classical music through Hoopla, including masterpieces by many of the composers, such as Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin, whose music was performed at the library’s first annual BRAVO! concert on May 15th featuring dedicated young musicians of the Seacoast. If you weren’t able to attend the concert, you missed an incredible treat, but don’t worry, you can still purchase a copy of the concert recording by making a donation to the library, and/or you will soon be able to borrow a copy of the concert recording from the library’s collection.

bernieWhat else is on my mind? How about the world of politics?? The presidential primaries have been incredible to follow, and we’ve got lots of books, both print and downloadable for you to borrow including Never enough : Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by Michael D’Antonio, Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders with Huck Gutman, and Hillary Rodham Clinton : Some Girls are Born to Lead by Michelle Markel (which we have in print and also streaming as an audiobook through Hoopla!)

fodors-londonLastly, I recently returned from a weeklong trip to England and Wales. It was incredible. I saw beautiful historical architecture in Bath, visited mystical rock formations at Stonehenge and Avebury (a lesser known gem,) and spent a day seeing classic sites in London including the Tower of London! If you ever plan on visiting these areas, I highly recommend our downloadable Fodor’s travel guides including Fodor’s London 2016 which by the way is an Advantage title and therefore can only be borrowed by Portsmouth library cardholders as opposed to anyone in the state.

SteveFrom the Director’s Pocket is a blog series curated by Steve Butzel, Portsmouth Public Library director, dog lover, Phish (the band) aficionado, nonfiction reader, and natural resource, sustainable energy and international affairs enthusiast. If you have suggestions for something that should be included in a future blog post, email him at

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