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                              imageGenealogy Workshop, Aug 17
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017

Join us Thursday August 17 from 6 - 8 PM for the next in our Summer Genealogy Workshop series: Got Your DNA Test Results Back? Now What?!, presented by Jennifer Shoer. Learn more about our genealogy series...

                              imageSpeak a language? Practice here!
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017

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

                              imageHistory Talk: The Music Hall, Aug 22
Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, August 22 at 7 pm for a talk by Zhana Morris and Trevor Bartlett on the history of The Music Hall! Learn more here...

                              imageChef Evan Mallett, Aug 23
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Join us on Wednesday, August 23 at 7 pm for a talk and tasting with Chef Evan Mallett, owner of the Black Trumpet here in Portsmouth! Learn more here...

                              imageFilm: A Monster Calls, Aug 24
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017

Join us for the next movie in our Summer Film series on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 PM, when we'll show A Monster Calls (PG-13). Learn more here...

                              imageFake News Discussion, Aug 29
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, August 29 at 7 pm for Finding the Truth in the Fake News Era, a nonpartisan discussion with White House press veteran Randall Mikkelsen, a managing editor at Thomson Reuters. Learn more here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, Aug 15
Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, August 15 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Ecomind: changing the way we think to create the world we want by Frances Moore Lappé. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, Aug 30


Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, August 30 at 7 pm to discuss The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Venue to be determined. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, Sep 1
Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Join us on Monday, August 14 at 1 pm or 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageUpdated Digitized Collections Page
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The library’s digital archive has been redesigned to better share our collections with the community. Visit to see the newly-added Adams Collection and comment on our shared local history. Learn more here...

                              imageWeekly Meditation Continues
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2017

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!

                     for Library Cardholders
Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

Portsmouth Library cardholders now have free access to almost 3,000 courses at offered include: Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, a/v 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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