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Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground Wed. Feb. 25th at 7pm

In 2015, the Portsmouth Community will complete the years long effort to honor those buried beneath Chestnut Street in Portsmouth’s downtown.

The Portsmouth African Burying Ground and Memorial Park – We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten is the result of a dramatic revelation unearthed from a City street that has led to a forgotten people being brought to life and a community embracing its full history.  On an October morning in 2003, a series of coffins were revealed during infrastructure upgrades in the heart of the Portsmouth’s downtown.  Through archaeology and DNA analysis the City confirmed the site was a segregated burying place for Africans and their descendants (likely both enslaved and free) and that as many as 200 individuals are buried below.  Their names are unknown and their resting place – in use from the early 1700s through to the 19th century – was paved over, built over and mostly forgotten.

The presentation will focus on what is known about the site’s history, the community’s efforts to memorialize the site, and a description of the Memorial and its components.

Join us to share in this powerful story at an illustrated lecture in honor of Black History Month.  Snow date Feb. 26th.

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Protect Our Oceans: The Rozalia Project Thurs. Nov. 20th 7:00pm

Join us as the award- winning Friends of the Rye Public Library welcome Rozalia Project’s Rachael Miller for images, videos, stories and information about Rozalia Project’s work protecting the Gulf of Maine and beyond from onboard American Promise. This talk will show you some of the creatures (attack lobsters!?), the incredible kelp forests and some surprising discoveries (underwater trash reefs ) Rozalia Project made while working on the problem of marine debris and marine protected areas over the last 4 years. This presentation is interactive and great for all ages.

In a special November promotion in cooperation with the Seacoast Science Center, all month Rye Public Library members can show their library cards for a discounted membership at SSC!  Remember the Science Center will be closed Nov. 17-23.

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Protect Our Oceans: The Rozalia Project Thurs. Nov. 20th 7:00pm

Join us as the award- winning Friends of the Rye Public Library welcome Rozalia Project’s Rachael Miller for images, videos, stories and information about Rozalia Project’s work protecting the Gulf of Maine and beyond from onboard American Promise. This talk will show you some of the creatures (attack lobsters!?), the incredible kelp forests and some surprising discoveries (underwater trash reefs ) Rozalia Project made while working on the problem of marine debris and marine protected areas over the last 4 years. This presentation is interactive and great for all ages.

In a special November promotion in cooperation with the Seacoast Science Center, all month Rye Public Library members can show their library cards for a discounted membership at SSC!  Remember the Science Center will be closed Nov. 17-23.

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Protect Our Oceans: The Rozalia Project Thurs. Nov. 20th 7:00pm

Join us as the award- winning Friends of the Rye Public Library welcome Rozalia Project’s Rachael Miller for images, videos, stories and information about Rozalia Project’s work protecting the Gulf of Maine and beyond from onboard American Promise. This talk will show you some of the creatures (attack lobsters!?), the incredible kelp forests and some surprising discoveries (underwater trash reefs ) Rozalia Project made while working on the problem of marine debris and marine protected areas over the last 4 years. This presentation is interactive and great for all ages.

In a special November promotion in cooperation with the Seacoast Science Center, all month Rye Public Library members can show their library cards for a discounted membership at SSC!  Remember the Science Center will be closed Nov. 17-23.

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N.H. Health Care Panel Tuesday Oct. 7, 6:00pm

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been in effect for several years, the Rye Public Library offers our community a unique view into health care coverage in New Hampshire as we present a moderated panel discussion with key players in the State.  Join Moderator Thomas M. Sherman M.D.– NH State Rep. Rye & New Castle—member House Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Physician- Core Gastroenterology, Exeter, N.H., who will lead discussion and direct audience questions to our panel.

We are pleased to be joined by our panelists James Farrelly– Vice President, Employee Benefits, USI Insurance Svcs, LLC,   Aaron Holman– Spokesperson, NH Dept. of Insurance, Public Consulting Group,   Maureen Kerrigan– Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services,  Nick Toumpas– Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services for a discussion of current ACA practices in the State.

Brief presentations will cover:  private individual and group insurance, the Marketplace , impact on small and large businesses , NHHPP , coverage for the disabled and residential care , issues regarding Medicare and Medicare Advantage under the ACA.

Presentations will be followed by questions from the audience and discussion moderated by Dr. Sherman. For more information, please send an email to thomas.sherman@leg.state.nh.us

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N.H. Health Care Panel Tuesday Oct. 7, 6:00pm

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been in effect for several years, the Rye Public Library offers our community a unique view into health care coverage in New Hampshire as we present a moderated panel discussion with key players in the State.  Join Moderator Thomas M. Sherman M.D.– NH State Rep. Rye & New Castle—member House Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Physician- Core Gastroenterology, Exeter, N.H., who will lead discussion and direct audience questions to our panel.

We are pleased to be joined by our panelists James Farrelly– Vice President, Employee Benefits, USI Insurance Svcs, LLC,   Aaron Holman– Spokesperson, NH Dept. of Insurance, Public Consulting Group,   Maureen Kerrigan– Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services,  Nick Toumpas– Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services for a discussion of current ACA practices in the State.

Brief presentations will cover:  private individual and group insurance, the Marketplace , impact on small and large businesses , NHHPP , coverage for the disabled and residential care , issues regarding Medicare and Medicare Advantage under the ACA.

Presentations will be followed by questions from the audience and discussion moderated by Dr. Sherman. For more information, please send an email to thomas.sherman@leg.state.nh.us

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Digging In to the Isles of Shoals, Sunday April 7 2013 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

The Friends of the Rye Public Library invite you to attend a second program of the popular first presentation of their 2013 programming series.  Dr. Nathan Hamilton comes ashore to share his archaeological adventures on the Isles of Shoals.

In just four years of an ongoing “dig” at the Isles of Shoals, Nathan Hamilton and his archaeology students have unearthed 250,000 artifacts. Those bones, stones, and fragments of human occupation tell volumes about life on a rock.  Learn more about their work and findings at this entertaining and educational presentation.  Dr. Hamilton notes:  “Many people who live at the edge of the sea, deposit their refuse at the edge of the sea.” And what makes this site, the western end of Smuttynose, so useful for archaeologists is that it is undisturbed.

Partisanship and Civility in 2013 with Neil Levesque rescheduled to Sunday March 10, 2 PM

The Friends of the Rye Public Library present another in their ongoing civic programming series: What Makes A Citizen?  as Neil Levesque of the NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselms College presents his program: Partisanship and Civility in 2013.

Americans are more divided than ever in politics on a state and national level. It is evident in the rhetoric used by leading politicians, in the media covering them as well as citizens in our communities. Join us as Neil Levesque Director of the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College explains some of the causes and effects our divided government is having on policy and society.

Neil Levesque is Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.  The Institute was founded in 2001 on the premise that an informed and involved citizenry is an essential element of a well functioning democracy.  The Institute is one of the State’s premier venues for politics, hosting a series of debates for all levels of government, and sponsoring educational programs and scholarly research. The facility is designed to educate citizens about the contemporary political problems and challenges facing New Hampshire, the United States and the larger world.

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Partisanship and Civility in 2013 with Neil Levesque rescheduled to Sunday March 10, 2 PM

The Friends of the Rye Public Library present another in their ongoing civic programming series: What Makes A Citizen?  as Neil Levesque of the NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselms College presents his program: Partisanship and Civility in 2013.

Americans are more divided than ever in politics on a state and national level. It is evident in the rhetoric used by leading politicians, in the media covering them as well as citizens in our communities. Join us as Neil Levesque Director of the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College explains some of the causes and effects our divided government is having on policy and society.

Neil Levesque is Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.  The Institute was founded in 2001 on the premise that an informed and involved citizenry is an essential element of a well functioning democracy.  The Institute is one of the State’s premier venues for politics, hosting a series of debates for all levels of government, and sponsoring educational programs and scholarly research. The facility is designed to educate citizens about the contemporary political problems and challenges facing New Hampshire, the United States and the larger world.

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Partisanship and Civility in 2013 with Neil Levesque rescheduled to Sunday March 10, 2 PM

The Friends of the Rye Public Library present another in their ongoing civic programming series: What Makes A Citizen?  as Neil Levesque of the NH Institute of Politics at St. Anselms College presents his program: Partisanship and Civility in 2013.

Americans are more divided than ever in politics on a state and national level. It is evident in the rhetoric used by leading politicians, in the media covering them as well as citizens in our communities. Join us as Neil Levesque Director of the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College explains some of the causes and effects our divided government is having on policy and society.

Neil Levesque is Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.  The Institute was founded in 2001 on the premise that an informed and involved citizenry is an essential element of a well functioning democracy.  The Institute is one of the State’s premier venues for politics, hosting a series of debates for all levels of government, and sponsoring educational programs and scholarly research. The facility is designed to educate citizens about the contemporary political problems and challenges facing New Hampshire, the United States and the larger world.

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