Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Portsmouth Library Board of Trustees voted Monday to maintain its policy and not allow the PCC to use a library room if the organization continues to endorse political candidates.
The Portsmouth Concerned Citizens (PCC) can no longer use a library room to meet due to their political endorsements, said the library's Board of Trustees Monday evening. In November, Michael W. Mello, president of the Portsmouth Free Public Library's Board of Trustees, wrote to PCC President Larry Fitzmorris. Mello informed the PCC they were no longer allowed to use the library's meeting room because they "endorse political candidates."A photocopy of the letter, dated Nov. 9, is attached at right. "The Portsmouth Free Public Library is owned and operated by the Portsmouth Free Public Library Association and is incorporated under Rhode Island Law and is tax exempt as a 501(c)(3) organization under Federal Laws and Regulations," Mello wrote…
Monday, October 18, 2010
Annual "Tasting in Portsmouth" brings together taste buds and tomes.
The Portsmouth Free Library hosted its 11th annual "Tasting in Portsmouth" fundraiser on a blustery Friday night, Oct. 15. The buffet-in-the-books featured no less than 27 vendors from Portsmouth showcasing their finest food, beer, wine, coffee, seasonal drinks, and of course, desserts. Post-feast, library supporters were able to bid on flower arrangements that adorned the tables, restaurant gift certificates, and even more food. Politicians, patrons, and proud Portsmouth residents helped themselves to the smorgasbord for a good a cause.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Portsmouth Free Public Library offers images of the town in the aftermath of Hurricane Carol. These photographs are part of the John T. Pierce Collection.
The John T. Pierce Collection at the Portsmouth Free Public Library contans hundreds of historic photographs of the town. Among them are pictures taken of past hurricanes, including Hurricane Carol. Hurricane Carol, a Category 3, was a fast-moving storm that flooded the lower-lying areas and damaged many properties. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Carol formed near the central Bahama Islands on Aug. 25, 1954, and moved slowly northward and north-northwestward. By Aug. 30, the fast-moving hurricane was positioned about 100-150 miles east of Charleston, SC. The very next day, Carol crossed New England into Canada. The hurricane sustained winds of 80 to 100 mph and caused damage throughout Rhode Island. Block Island …
Friday, August 6, 2010
One woman discusses why she loves the Portsmouth Free Public Library from its childhood memories to today's computer catalog.
I have always been obsessed with libraries. I received my first library card from the Portsmouth Free Public Library at the ripe old age of 2. I wandered the aisles of the library with my mother and picked out my own book. Proud as a peacock, I held out my card to the librarian who beamed back at me from behind the counter. Thirty-two years later, the library still holds the same fascination it did all those years ago. My mother, who always suggested I should look up an answer whenever I had a question, instilled the thirst for knowledge at a young age. She felt that I would gain more knowledge looking up the answer myself than by just telling me what the answer was. Growing up, the library was a central part of my life. You go grocery…