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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.

                              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...

                              imageDeath Cafe, June 28
Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Join us on Wednesday, June 28 from 6-9 pm for a Death Café, hosted by Hospice Help Foundation in collaboration with the Library. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, June 28
Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discussSignal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageFilm: Julia & Julia, June 29
Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

Join us for the next movie in our Summer Film series on Thursday, June 29 at 3 or 6:30 PM, when we'll show Julia & Julia (PG-13). Learn more here...

                              imagePhotoVoice Exhibit begins June 29
Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017

This exhibit of photographs and essays by brain injury survivors from Krempels Center will run from June 29 to July 30. There will also be a reception on Wednesday, July 19 from 3 to 5 PM. Learn more 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.

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, July 10
Posted on Tuesday, Jujne 13, 2017

Join us on Monday, July 10 at 1 pm or 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss At The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, July 18
Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss My Life in France by Julia Child. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageGenealogy Workshop, July 20
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017

Join us Thursday July 20 from 6 - 8 PM for the next in our Summer Genealogy Workshop series: NARA: National Archives and Records Administration, presented by Daniel Fleming. Learn more about our genealogy series...

                              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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