Freebie Fridays at the Library

Did you know that the Portsmouth Public Library offers free computer classes to the public?  You do not have to be a Portsmouth resident or member of the library to register for the courses.  The classes are 1 1/2 hours long and scheduled throughout the month.  You can even get on the email list and they will send you the monthly schedule for upcoming courses.  Everything from Basics to advanced classes Word, Excel, Facebook, Link-In, etc.  I have taken Excel and Intro to Blogging.  The instructor does a nice job, provides take home instructional material, and you do not have to bring in your computer because they have computers on-site. Convenient! Just go on-line to and check it out!!!

Also, if you are a member of your local public library, check to see if they offer Mango Languages – free to members, on-line self study languages from beginner and up!!!  Portsmouth offers many languages and the format is similar to Rosetta Stone.  It is very easy to use and you can learn at your own pace.  (By the way, it is not free since you are a taxpaying citizen who has paid for these services so please take advantage of them!)

A side note on a book I would recommend maybe for an upcoming book group:

On Wednesday this week I was inducted onto the Regional Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of NH.  While attending the annual meeting in Concord, I had an opportunity to personally meet the keynote speaker, Ha T. Tran, author of “Empowered by Hope.”  Ha’s life story of survival during her escape from the oppressive regime in Vietnam, to the trials and tribulations of entering a new world and a new life in America will inspire you.  When you are having one of those days when you fret about milk spilt all over the kitchen, think about what this incredible lady and her family had experienced after you read this inspiring book.  Ha signed a hardcover copy for me which I plan to read while on vacation next week.

Below is an excerpt from the book and ordering information if you need to request it from your local library.  It is available on,, Barnes & Noble -used, etc.. –

Empowered by Hope, Ha T. Tran; Published April 2010; Publisher: AuthorHouse; Paperback # pages – 108

ISBN – 13: 9781449069292

ISBN 1449069290


“Imagine being brought up in luxurious wealth, only to find yourself first in a refugee camp and then a penniless immigrant in a country half-way around the world from where you were born! How would you cope? When Ha Tran found herself in this situation she remembered her beloved father’s wise words and used them to build a life for her family and herself. Ha tells her story of struggle and triumph in this inspiring book. She weaves her father’s profound, yet simple wisdom into the true story of her escape from the Communist regime in Viet Nam, living in a refugee camp, and starting life over in the United States. You will be moved and awed by what Ha has accomplished and inspired by how she demonstrates that “Hope is living with a promise in your heart.”




One Response to “Freebie Fridays at the Library”

  1. Ginger J Says:

    I wish I would have known about the language classes–might have helped me here!

    Thanks for the recommendations, Kristie!

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