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                              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.

                              imageVoter Information for the Primary Election
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Presidential Primary Election is on Tuesday, Feburary 9th. Do you know who you're voting for? For information on how to register, where to vote, and what the candidates' positions are, visit our Voter Information Page!

                              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...

                              imageWinter Issue of The Parrott is Here!
Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015

The Winter 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...

                              imageDon Gorvett Exhibit Begins February 1
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2015

Legendary local artist Don Gorvett will exhibit his work in a show titled 25 Years in Portsmouth: A Chronology of Prints and Drawings. Find out more here...

                              imageInsightful! Exhibit Begins February 2
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2015

This is the art exhibit you're ALLOWED to touch! The NH Association for the Blind and the League of NH Craftsmen team up for an exhibit titled Insightful!. Featuring tactile and high contrast art, this show is open to everyone but specially designed for the vision impaired. Find out more here...

Arrow imageAARP Tax Aide Begins Feb 4th

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2016

Get ready for tax season! Tax preparation assistance will be offered on Sundays from 1:30-4:30 and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30 in the Hilton Garden Room. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may make an appointment by calling the tax help line at 2-1-1. Find more info here...

Arrow imageAdult Coloring Group, Feb 7th

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015
Our new Adult Coloring Group begins Sunday January 24th from 2 - 4 PM. Use our supplies or bring your own! Click here to learn more.
                              imageAdult Fiction Book Discussion, Feb 8th
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Join us Monday, February 8th at 1pm OR 7 pm to discuss Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (2010). Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageMovie: Testament of Youth, Feb 11th
Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016

The library will show the film Testament of Youth, rated PG-13, on Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 PM. Click here to learn more about our winter film series.

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, Feb 16th
Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Join us Tuesday, February 16th at 7 pm to discuss The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel (2013). Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageGenealogy Workshop, Feb 21st
Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Join us Sunday, February 21st at 2 pm. Genealogist, DAR member, and current staff member at the NH Division of Vital Records Administration, Deborah Moore will discuss available resources for genealogists and how to use the collections to find what you need. Learn more here...

                              imageSpeculative Fiction Book Group, Feb 24th
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

We're trying something new! The Spec Fic Book Discussion Group will meet at Earth Eagle Brewings on Wednesday, February 24th at 7 pm to discuss The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman). Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              image3D Printing @ PPL
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015
                     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...

                              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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