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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...

                              imageFood For Fines, Oct 5 - 26
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This month, from October 5 - 26, donate food for the Seacoast Family Food Pantry in exchange for fine forgiveness! Learn more here...

                              imageBeyond Plumbing Exhibit, Oct 4 - 31
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Visit our lobby from October 4 - 31 for an exhibit of steam punk sculpture by artist Joe Kennedy titled Beyond Plumbing. Learn more here...

                              imageMindfulness Course, Oct 19 - Nov 26
Posted on Thursday, Oct 6, 2016

Join us on Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 AM for a 5-week course, Creating Your Mindful Life. Call 766-1720 to register. Learn more here...

                              imageWorld Affairs: Israel & Foreign Policy, Oct 25
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25 in the Levenson Community Room, Dr. Dov Waxman of Northeastern University will speak on Israel and Foreign Policy in our ongoing World Affairs series. Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, Oct 26
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss Among Others by Jo Walton. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageThe Martian, Nov 3
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Join us in the Levenson Room for the next title in our Fall Films Program. We'll be showing The Martian on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 PM! Learn more here...

                              imageKid Lit Author-to-Author, Nov 9
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9, help us welcome author Adi Rule. Rule will speak to other authors and artists interested in children's literature at 10 AM and hold book signings in the lobby at 11:30 AM. Learn more here...

                              imageHoliday Closing Nov 11
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The library will be closed on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans' Day.

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, Nov 14
Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Join us on Monday, November 14 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss We are called to Rise by Laura McBride. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, Nov 15
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010). Learn more here...

                              imageGenealogy Workshop, Nov 20
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

Join us Sunday November 20 from 2 - 4 PM for Researching a Life Spent on the Fringes of Society with author Deborah M. Child. See all upcoming genealogy programs 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...

                              imageDOWNLOAD MOVIES, MUSIC, & MORE!
Posted 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!

                              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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Food For Fines
Creating Your Mindful Life
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Beyond Plumbing Exhibit
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