Library Zines


Portsmouth Public Library has created a variety of publications in recent years. Read on for all past issues of our Anti-Racism Zine, The PRRTT Zine, and The Parrott Magazine!

Anti-Racism Zine

Libraries, like all public institutions, have a history of exclusion, segregation, and discrimination. This includes our own beloved PPL. As the staff of the library, we are raising our voices and saying it is time to change.

In June, we launched a staff working group that we’re calling TIDE: The Taskforce for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. Our weekly meetings have encouraged us to speak candidly about our own experiences, to educate ourselves about the experiences of others, and to look critically at our library. What can we do to better serve the human beings in our community? How can we uncover and combat racism in our collections, our building, and our profession?

Zines have long been used to easily share information, encourage personal expression, and promote community. In this tradition, we created a zine that serves as both an invitation and a challenge to ourselves and our patrons - a starting point for critical reflection that will hopefully inspire conversation, education, and action. Our zine includes reflective prompts as well as resource lists to help us integrate anti-racist work into our daily lives. We have personally engaged with many of the resources we list. These are the books, films, and podcasts that have inspired us to examine our preconceived notions of race and racism. We acknowledge that this zine is curated by a predominantly white staff and encourage you to check out additional resources created by BIPOC folks (such as those listed in this zine and our #ReadWoke lists which are findable on our website).

It’s taken a long time for us to get here and we know we’ve only just begun. If you want to come along with us on this journey, you’re in the right place! Spend some time with the prompts, sign up for our Standing Up To Racism course, and, as always, keep reading!

The PRRTT April 2020

The PRRTT (short for Parrott Avenue, where the library is located) is a small zine with book lists, book reviews, and more - written, designed and illustrated by library staff!

What you'll find inside this issue:

  • How to get a beach brain
  • YA books adults will love
  • Playlists with music available on Hoopla
  • Strange things we've found in the library
  • Book/music pairings
  • Crossword
  • and more...

Click here to get the printable file (8.5 x 11, double sided, black and white), or read online below!

The Parrott Magazine


The Parrott was a quarterly magazine from the library. Written, edited and designed by library staff, The Parrott featured book reviews, interviews, and more. Readers could get an inside look at their library and their community.

The library no longer publishes The Parrott, but you can read all the archived issues below!

The Parrott Winter 2017

What you'll find inside this issue:

  • Cover Artist Interview with Patrick Healey
  • Views of PPL art show
  • Interview with the Director
  • Review of The Girl with all the Gifts
  • and more...

The Parrott Summer 2016

What you'll find inside this issue:

  • Practical Magic: 3D Printing
  • Interview with local inventor Sam Asano
  • Review of The Invention of Nature
  • Heather DJs your summer experience
  • and more...

The Parrott Spring 2016

What you'll find inside this issue:

  • Interview with cover artist Sam Paolini
  • Barb's list of awesome books to gift for holidays, birthdays, and more
  • Interview with former City Council member Stefany
  • Speculative Film review of What if...
  • and more...

The Parrott Winter 2015

What you'll find inside this issue:

  • Review of Modern Romance
  • Remembering Pat Palmer
  • Interview with filmmaker Michael Rodriguez Torrent
  • Short stories for winter
  • and more...

The Parrott Autumn 2015

What you'll find inside this issue:

  • Cover model interview with Tana Sirois
  • Research Tips from Richard
  • Interview with Knate Higgins
  • Jessica shares with us the story of Lyman D. Spalding
  • and more...

The Parrott Summer 2015

What you'll find inside this issue:

  • A note from the Assistant Director
  • Review of Americanah
  • Heather reminisces about mix tapes and shares a playlist
  • Help Special Collections identify the graduates of PHS class of 1929
  • and more...