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                              imagePhotoVoice Exhibit ends July 30
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...

                              imageMoving Mountains, July 25
Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 PM for an inspiring talk by Kara Richardson Whitely, author of Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds! Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, July 26
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 pm at Ri Ra in Portsmouth to discuss Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageFilm: Moonlight, July 27
Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017

Join us for the next movie in our Summer Film series on Thursday, July 27 at 3 or 6:30 PM, when we'll show Moonlight (R). 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.

                              imageDrawing for Seniors begins July 10
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Instructor Bernice Richman is teaching a four-week drawing class for Seniors ages 65+ with library cards. Registration is FULL, waitlist available. Learn more here...

                              imageCartooning Class begins July 19
Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cartoonist John Klossner will teach a FREE, 6-week Cartooning Class at the library on Wednesday evenings beginning July 19. Registration is limited. Please call 766-1720 to register. Learn more here...

                              imageHow-To Festival on August 5!
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. Learn more here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, Aug 14
Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Join us on Monday, August 14 at 1 pm or 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageGenealogy Workshop, Aug 17
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017

Join us Thursday August 17 from 6 - 8 PM for the next in our Summer Genealogy Workshop series: Got Your DNA Test Results Back? Now What?!, presented by Jennifer Shoer. Learn more about our genealogy series...

                              imageHistory Talk: The Music Hall, Aug 22
Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, August 22 at 7 pm for a talk by Zhana Morris and Trevor Bartlett on the history of The Music Hall! Learn more here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, Aug 31
Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Ecomind: changing the way we think to create the world we want by Frances Moore Lappé. 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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