Internet Self Defense, Saturday October 20

September 29, 2018

Self Defense at the Library

This fall, the Portsmouth Public Library offers a monthly series on Self Defense.


Internet Self Defense
Saturday October 20 | 1 – 2:30 PM

This month, join us for Internet Self Defense with Mark Glisson and Chuck McAndrew. Free and open to all – no registration necessary!

The internet is a vast and rich resource that brings both convenience and risk. In this “Internet Self Defense” workshop, participants will learn about the risks that we face when connecting to the internet. But more importantly, we’ll also explore some essential best practices as well as some useful tips on how to minimize those risks.

Mark is the Information & Technology Specialist at the Hooksett Library where he offers weekly classes and workshops on the latest tech trends, and also provides one-on-one tech support to library patrons, often averaging between 40-50 monthly sessions. His passion is to help others connect to the world of information, making it accessible, private, and safe with the tools of both existing and emerging technologies. His background includes teaching at the High School and College Levels and earned a PhD in philosophy. Chuck is a librarian and digital privacy advocate. He works to promote access to information, privacy, and intellectual freedom within libraries. He has worked as an auto mechanic, a sword maker, and served as a US Marine. He strongly believes in the power of technology to empower individuals and works to make it more accessible to everyone.

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Emotional Self-Defense
Building Resilience through Mindfulness
Being OK When Everything Around You is Not OK
Thursday November 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

In this two-hour workshop, you will learn the simple practice of mindfulness that can build the skills of self-awareness, empathy and compassion, which forms the foundation of resilience. This practice is not about getting rid of our thoughts, any more than life is about getting rid of all our challenges. It is about working with our thoughts skillfully, seeing them for what they are and being able to use them to respond to our life with choices that support our happiness and well-being, even under difficult conditions.

The workshop will include sitting and walking practice, guided meditation, experiential activities and discussion. No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. Space is limited – please call 766-1720 to register!

Some topics we will address:

•    Being with what’s difficult without getting swallowed up
•    Putting things in perspective
•    See the difference between avoidable and unavoidable stress
•    Accepting, adapting, and appreciating change

This workshop will be taught by Liz Korabek-Emerson, a certified mindfulness teacher, transformational workshop leader and creative coach dedicated to helping people become more resilient in their workplaces, homes and communities. Korabek-Emerson has designed mindfulness programs for individuals and organizations, including the Portsmouth Hospital, Beacon Hospice, Liberty Mutual and the Riverwoods Retirement Community. She leads weekly drop-in groups at the Portsmouth Hospital and Gateway Taiji Studio, and has been a volunteer facilitator for the library’s Weekly Meditation program. Find out more at

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