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                              imageHow-To Festival August 1!
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2015

Come to our second How-To Festival on Saturday, August 1 and learn 25+ things in 5 hours! Win prizes, gain new skills, and meet new people. FREE and open to the public. Learn more here...

                              imageSummer Reading Program
Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2015

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has a Story!" We have events, movies, story times, crafts, and more scheduled from now through August 22nd, so download the Summer Reading Program Calendar or click here to learn more here...

                              image Weekly Meditation Continues this Summer
Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The library offers a weekly meditation on Mondays in the evening and Wednesdays at lunchtime. Learn more here...

                              imageLocal Author Fair Spots Open For Sign Up
Posted on Friday June 26, 2015

The library will host a Local Author Fair in September. Spots are open to authors within 20 miles of Portsmouth, and the deadline for applications is August 7. Find out more and apply here.

                              imageCamp NaNoWriMo July 20 & 29
Posted on Wednesday July 8, 2015
Working on your novel? Wish you could jump start your writing? Join us for two write-ins during July - unlike the National Novel Writing Month challenge in November, you can choose your own word count goal! Find out more here, or sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo.

                              imageBlood Drive August 7
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Local heroes wanted! Come donate blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday August 7! Learn more here...

                              imageSelma on August 13
Posted on Friday July 27, 2015

On Autust 13, we'll be showing the next in our summer film series, Selma at 6:30 PM. Free, open to the public, and refreshments served! Find out what other films we're showing this summer...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion on Aug 18
Posted on Monday June 29, 2015

The library's Nonfiction Book Discussion group meets throughout the year. On Tuesday August 18at 7 PM, we will discuss How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern Worldby Steven Johnson..

Learn more here...

                              imageGenealogy Workshops continue Aug 20
Posted on Friday June 19, 2015

The library's popular Genealogy series will continue throughout the summer. In August,

learn about the American-Canadian Genealogical Society. Learn more about the series here...

                              imageIntroducing The Parrott, the PPL Magazine
Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

The Portsmouth Public Library is pleased to announce our brand new quarterly zine. 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...

                     for Library Cardholders
Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

Portsmouth Library cardholders now have free access to almost 3,000 courses at These self-paced, video-based training courses are offered on a wide range of computer skills for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more. Learn more here...

                              image3D Printing @ PPL
Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The library is proud to introduce our new Makerbot 3D Printer, Gutenberg. You can meet Gute in the library - check here for upcoming demos. Or, request a print starting April 1! 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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Learn more about this great service here...
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