From the Director’s Pocket: A Moment of Economic and Statistical Geek

Is how we measure our global and national economy impacting us on a local level? During the library’s “Great Decisions” discussion series earlier in the year, the issue of how national economic activity (including trade) is measured came up on several occasions. In particular, the measure of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and other economic statistics … More From the Director’s Pocket: A Moment of Economic and Statistical Geek

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

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!