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                              imageHoliday Closing
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

The Library will be closed Saturday - Monday for Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, 28, & 29.

                              imageHow-To Festival Presenters Needed!
Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017

Save The Date! The How-To Festival is August 5, 2017 from 11 3 PM. The How-To Festival is FREE and open to all. And we need YOUR expertise! Presenter Applications are open from April 3 to June 23. Learn more and apply here.

                              imageScottish Music Concert, May 25
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Join us Thursday May 25 at 7 PM for a Scottish Music Concert with The Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire! Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, May 31
Posted on Saturday, April 29 2017

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss Grass by Sherri Tepper. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              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.

                              imageThirteen Reasons Why Not, June 6
Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Join us for a Panel & Community Discussion with local mental health practitioners as we discuss the novel and Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why, and how suicide and mental health are portrayed in the media. Students, parents, caregivers, teachers, and the general public are welcome! Learn more here...

                              imageWorld Affairs: International Diplomacy, June 7
Posted on Monday, May 8, 2017

In conjunction with World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, we bring speakers to the library to discuss international issues. On Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM we will host Mary Thompson-Jones, who will be discussing International Diplomacy. Learn more here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, June 12
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Join us on Monday, June 12 at 1 pm or 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discussThe Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageGenealogy Workshop, June 15
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Join us Thursday June 15 from 6 - 8 PM for the first of our Summer Genealogy Workshop series: Family History Center and presented by Patty Shorland. Learn more about our genealogy series...

                              imageFilm: Fences, June 15
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Join us for the next movie in our Film series on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 PM, when we'll show Fences (PG-13). Learn more here...

                              imageIkebana Exhibit begins June 15
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Join us between Thursday June 15 and Saturday June 17 for an Ikebana exhibit in the lobby by the Kittery Point Ikenobo Chapter. There will also be a demonstration on Saturday June 17 from 2 to 3 PM. Learn more here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, June 20
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageFour Week Watercolor Class begins June 26
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Beginning Monday, June 26, the library will host a free Four-Week Watercolor Class with artist Emily Kalina. Registration is required! Call us at 766-1720 to register, or learn more here...

                              imageTides: The Science & Spirit of the Ocean, June 27
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, June 27, for a talk by author Jonathan White, author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan will take you on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide. Learn more here...

                              imageWinter Issue of The Parrott is Here!
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Winter 2017 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...

                              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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Scottish Music Concert
13 Reasons Why Not
Genealogy Workshops
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Ikebana Exhibit
Four-Week Watercolor Class
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