Great Bay Sailor Concert

Monday, December 17, 2018 7 p.m. Reading Room Portsmouth’s own Great Bay Sailor returns to the Athenaeum for a musical tribute to the Christmas season.  With a repertoire whose roots sink deep in the folk songs of the British Isles, Canada and Appalachia, Great...

The Perfume of Human Wisdom

By Proprietor Sherry Wood I miss (and worry about) my 7-month-old granddaughter Eleanor, who lives in Brooklyn with her RN mom and IT guru dad. But I also miss libraries, which closed in March when Gov. Chris Sununu’s stay-at-home order was issued. I was smitten at 6...

Book Review: Olive, Again

Review by Research Librarian Carolyn Marvin Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout features the return of her prickly character Olive Kittredge from the small town of Crosby, Maine. And we, the reader, are so grateful to Strout and so ready to revisit the many villagers she...

April New Books

This April, while there is a back-order on some new books, we still have added some, mostly by donation, to the library. Proprietors and Subscribers, click on the link below to discover the new books now available in the library:   April New Books 2020   Share...

Spring 2020 Newsletter

In case you missed the latest Athenaeum newsletter, here is the digital version:   Spring 2020   If you would like to receive the newsletter in paper form, please consider becoming a member of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. The newsletter is filled with...

Portsmouth Athenaeum Closure

LATEST UPDATE 3/27/20 The Athenaeum Board of Directors has been informed that some members who have been in contact with the coronavirus have been in the Athenaeum recently. In the interest of the health and safety of our members, staff, and community, the board...

2020 Program Series

Portsmouth Athenaeum Program Series 2020 Elections with a New Hampshire Twist   This is a year of Primaries, Caucuses and a Presidential election. While the excitement of the New Hampshire primary (still first in the nation!) has passed, there is a lot to know...

February New Books

Spring may be about a month away (with hope!), but cozying up to a good book is never out of season. Proprietors and Subscribers, click on the link below to discover the new books now available in the library:   February New Books 2020   Share...