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                              imageHappy 10th Anniversary To Us!
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016

This year, Portsmouth Public Library’s building celebrates its 10th anniversary. Help us celebrate our past, present & future with events, activities and prizes! Learn more here...

                              imageFleur Palau Exhibit, July 25 - August 29
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2016

Visit between July 25 and August 29 for an exhibit of paintings by Fleur Palau. On August 8, we will host Fleur Palau and Katherine Towler for a reception. Learn more here...

                              imageFilm: Hail Caesar!, Aug 25
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Join us in the Levenson Room for the next title in our Summer Films Program. We'll be showing the documentary Hail Caesar (PG-13) on Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 PM! Learn more here...

                              imageDOWNLOAD MOVIES, MUSIC, & MORE!
P sted on Monday, May 2, 2016

The Portsmouth Public Library is excited to announce hoopla! Download or stream movies, TV, music, comics, audiobooks, and more! No holds. No waiting. No returns. Find out more here!

                              imageWeekly Meditation Continues
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The library hosts weekly meditation on Monday nights at 6 PM, and Wednesday afternoons at 12:15 PM. All are welcome (including beginners!) to drop in and sit with our volunteer practitioners. Learn more here...

                              imageCuba Sí Exhibit, September 1 - 30
Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016

Visit between September 1 and 30 for an exhibit of art and photographs of Cuba, organized by Diane Stradling. Join us for a reception on September 8 at 6:30 PM, as well as a panel discussion on September 14 at 6:30 PM. Learn more here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, Sep 12
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Join us on Monday, September 12 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              image10th Anniversary Kickoff, Sep 17
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Join us on Saturday September 17 from 11 AM for our 10th Anniversary Kickoff! Alex the Jester will perform at 1 PM, followed by a proclamation from Mayor Jack Blalock. White Heron will provide FREE drinks, and we’ll also have cake! Learn more here...

                              imageGenealogy After Hours, Sep 18
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Join us Sunday September 18 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM for a Genealogy "Noisy Research" After Hours Event! Consult with expert library staff and DAR volunteers, meet other genealogy buffs, and eat free pizza! See all upcoming genealogy programs here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, Sep 20
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory by Caitlin Doughty. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, Sep 28
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageSpeak a language? Practice here!
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Join one of our Language Discussion Groups in French, Spanish, German or Italian, to meet others who speak the language and keep your skills fresh. See the schedule here or check our calendar.

                     for Library Cardholders
Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

Portsmouth Library cardholders now have free access to almost 3,000 courses at These self-paced, video-based training courses are offered on a wide range of computer skills for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more. Learn more here...

                              imageNew York Times: Free & Unlimited
Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We now offer free & unlimited access to the New York Times online. Read in the library, or use your library card to access from home. Learn more here...

                              imageSummer Issue of The Parrott is Here!
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016

The Summer issue of The Parrott is now available online and in print at the library! Featuring book reviews, interviews, and more by the PPL staff, The Parrott will give you a look inside the library and at your own community! Pick up a copy, or read it here...

                              imageSubscribe to the Monthly Library Newsletter!
Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

Learn about upcoming events, new services, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the library in our monthly newsletter! Sign Up Here. Or, view past issues.

                              image Help with eReaders, Smartphones & Tablets
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014
How do I get that eBook I downloaded onto my Kindle? How in the world do I silence my iPhone? Can I read an eBook on my iPad? Is there an App for that? Just call 766-1720 to schedule a personal appointment on
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