A Trio of Books On Activism

Determined to recontextualize activism as increasingly modern phenomenon, Jaffe reports an inspiring collection of stories from recent history to emphasize modern participation in social justice movements. She reports on, among others, the Wisconsin teacher’s protest, Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, and the struggle for the ability to unionize at Walmart. Jaffe … More A Trio of Books On Activism

Lives and Deaths in Fiction

Cathy’s Hidden Gems features favorites & lesser known selections from the fiction shelves of the Portsmouth Public Library. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (2017) starts with an interesting premise. Before you even begin the 866 pages, you get the gist on the inside cover: Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons … More Lives and Deaths in Fiction

Science Comics: Bats

Science Comics. Bats: Learning to Fly (First Second, 2017) by Falynn Koch Bats are often thought of as scary pests: making nests in attics, flying through open windows, or spreading diseases. The reality is that bats are an important part of our lives whether we realize it or not. In this volume of First Second’s … More Science Comics: Bats

Lucy and Linh

Immigration is tough. High school is tougher.             Being a teenager is definitely a struggle, we all know this. Lucy’s whole life seems like a struggle sometimes. Her father works all day at a factory, while her mother sews illegally in their garage to make money, which has always been tight. Between school work, watching … More Lucy and Linh

The Reading List: Death & Dying

Welcome to The Reading List, a new occasional series where we provide some recommended reading on a topic! Note: This post has been edited and reposted to include additional titles. Hospice Health Foundation, an organization based here in Portsmouth, has hosted five Death Cafes. A worldwide phenomenon, the Death Cafe is a community event where participants gather … More The Reading List: Death & Dying

The Reading List: Novels about Immigrants

Welcome to The Reading List, a new occasional series where we provide some recommended reading on a topic! Next month, our Fiction Book Discussion Group will be led by former head of Public Services, Sherry Evans. All are welcome to read Family Life by Akhil Sharma. The Mishras come to America in the late-1970s, the father first, … More The Reading List: Novels about Immigrants