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                              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.

                              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.

                              imageSaint Patrick School exhibit begins Apr 18
Posted on Wednesday, April 12

Visit the library between April 18 and May 22 to view a collaborative art installation by Saint Patrick School students. Join us for a reception on Wednesday May 10 from 5:30 7:30 PM. Learn more here...

                              imageSpring Break Movies for Youth, Apr 22-27
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our Youth Services department is showing movies almost every day of Spring Break, from Saturday April 22 to Thursday April 27!

Click here for the schedule...

                              imageGenealogy Workshop, Apr 23
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017

Join us Sunday April 23 from 2 - 4 PM for Research Help with Experts. Library staff, volunteers, professional genealogists, and DAR members will be on hand to help. See all upcoming genealogy programs here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, Apr 26
Posted on Thursday, March 30 2017

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageFilm: Hidden Figures, Apr 27
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017

Join us for the next movie in our Film series on April 27 at 3 PM or 6:30 PM, when we'll show Hidden Figures (PG). Learn more here...

                              imageAfrican-American Soldiers & Sailors of NH, May 2
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2017

Join us Tuesday, May 2 for a talk on African-American Soldiers & Sailors of New Hampshire during the American Revolution. This program is sponsored by the Gundalow Company and the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Learn more here...

                              imageWorld Affairs: American Empire, May 7
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In conjunction with World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, we bring speakers to the library to discuss international issues. On Sunday May 7 at 12:30 PM we will host Stephen Kinzer, who will be discussing The Birth of American Empire. Learn more here...

                              imageFirst Sunday: Live Guitar, May 7
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Join us Sunday, May 7 at 3 pm for a free concert by David Newsam on classical and jazz guitar. Learn more here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, May 8
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Join us on Monday, May 8 at 1 pm or 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              image8th Annual Clothing Swap, May 13
Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Join us on Saturday, May 13 from 10 AM - 2 PM in the Levenson Room for our 8th Annual Clothing Swap. Bring a bag of gently used items, and leave with a bag of new-to-you items from your community! Learn more here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, May 16
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey. Learn about the other titles we'll read 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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