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Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

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                              imageGenealogy Workshop Kickoff Rescheduled
Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Join us for our new Genealogy Workshop series, on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 2 - 4 PM. At the Kickoff, which has been rescheduled for March 1, you'll learn how to get started and help us decide on future topics. Learn more here...

                              imagePeace of Mind Series: End of Life Care, Mar 3rd
Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2015

Join us Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 PM in the Levenson Room for a workshop with Portsmouth Hospital staff about End of Life Care. Learn more here...

                              imageMarch Movie Madness Begins March 5th
Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015
Join us at the library for some great films in March. At 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 5th, we'll be showing Beyond the Lights, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. See all March Films here...

                              image Spring Music Series Begins March 8th
Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Join us in the Levenson Room on Sunday, March 8 at 2 PM for a performance by The New England Irish Harp Orchestra. They will be playing traditional Irish dance tunes, slow airs, and other songs. Learn more about the Spring Music Series here...

                              imageAdult Fiction Book Discussion, Mar 9th
Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2015

Join us Monday, March 9 at 1 or 7 PM in the MacLeod Room to discuss The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imagePreserving Tibetan Culture, March 13
Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Join us on Friday March 13 at 12:30 PM for a visit from Dhardo Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist monk and tulku. He will discuss the preservation of Tibetan culture. Learn more here...

                              imageAARP Tax Aide begins February 1st
Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

From February 1 - April 12 the library will host FREE tax help from AARP! Tax Aide will be held on Sundays 1:30 - 4:30 and Thursdays 4:30 - 7:30. Drop-ins welcome, or dial 2-1-1 to make an appointment with the NH Tax Line. Learn more here...

                              imageWatercolors added to
Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2014

Views of Portsmouth and Wildflowers by Sarah Haven Foster have been added to the Portsmouth Public Library Digital Archive and are now available on Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900) lived and painted in Portsmouth, in the surrounding area, and abroad. A collection of watercolors was gifted to the Library by her sister in 1901, and has received conservation and preservation care through grants from the Rosamond Thaxter Foundation and the New Hampshire Conservation License Plate Program.  

                              imageLearningExpress Online Test Prep
Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015

Do you have a standardized test to prepare for? Try the library's LearningExpress service! It provides test prep for SATs, PSATS, advanced placement exams, and exams for many careers as well as skill building exercises in a wide range of subjects. Materials are available for elementary through college students and beyond. Got questions? Call 766-1720.

                              imageDownloadable Magazines with Zinio!
Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Our new service, Zinio, lets you read complete digital editions of current magazines, including interactive elements like audio and video. Zinio can be used on your PC, Mac, or mobile device. We've just added three new titles - The New Yorker, Wired, and Vanity Fair. Keep magazines as long as you want - for free! Learn how to use the service here, or go directly to the Zinio start page.

                              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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and get your questions answered.
Learn more about this great service here...
                              image Take Advantage of OverDrive Advantage!
Posted on Monday, March 25th. 2013

                                  IdeasDid you know the library buys additional downloadable ebooks and audiobooks that are only available to Portsmouth Public Library members? These items are referred to as Advantage titles. Browse a complete list of them here...

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