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                              imageHappy 10th Anniversary To Us!
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016

This year, Portsmouth Public Library’s building celebrates its 10th anniversary. Help us celebrate our past, present & future with events, activities and prizes! Learn more here...

                              imageHarry Potter Art Show! Sep - Oct
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Calling all artists and Harry Potter fans! The library will take your Harry Potter fan art this fall. Display your work in the library, and be entered to win a drawing on Harry Potter Day, October 15! Learn more here...

                              imageCuba Sí Exhibit, September 1 - 30
Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016

Visit between September 1 and 30 for an exhibit of art and photographs of Cuba, organized by Diane Stradling. Join us for a reception on September 8 at 6:30 PM, as well as a panel discussion on September 14 at 6:30 PM. Learn more here...

                              imageKid Lit Author-to-Author, Sep 21
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

On Wednesday, September 21, help us welcome Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places. Podos will speak at 10 AM to interested writers, and hold book signings in the lobby at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Learn more here...

                              imageLift Every Voice Watch Party, Sep 24
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Join us on Saturday, September 24 in the Levenson Community Room for a live stream of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail will host, with related exhibits! Learn more here...

                              imageWorld Affairs: International Security, Sep 28
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28 in the Levenson Community Room, Dr. Kelly Greenhill of Tufts University will speak on International Security in our ongoing World Affairs series. Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, Sep 28
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageLEED Certification Event, Sep 29
Posted on Monday, Sep 19, 2016

Join us on Thursday September 29 at 7 PM for an event with the U.S. Green Building Council. Find out how our library building is LEED certified, and how sustainability has evolved. Learn more here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, Oct 3
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Join us on Monday, October 3 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imagePortsmouth 2016: Media, Oct 5
Posted on Monday, Sep 19, 2016

On Wednesday, October 5 at 7 pm, we'll host a panel on the state of our local media. Learn more here...

                              imageGary Hirshberg, Oct 6
Posted on Monday, Sep 19, 2016

Gary Hirshberg, former CEO of Stonyfield Farms, will visit on Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm. Learn more here...

                              imageDeath Cafe, Oct 8
Posted on Monday, Sep 19, 2016

Along with the Hospice Help Foundation, we're hosting another Death Cafe on Saturday, October 8 at 10 AM. Eat cake, drink coffee, and discuss your inevitable demise. Learn more here...

                              imageCaptain America: Civil War, Oct 13
Posted on Friday, September 2, 2016

Join us in the Levenson Room for the nexy title in our Fall Films Program. We'll be showing Captain America: Civil War (PG) on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 PM! Learn more here...

                              imageGenealogy Databases, Oct 16
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016

Join us Sunday September 18 from 2 - 4 PM for a Genealogy Databases: Training and Tips with librarian and professional genealogist Erin M. Apostolos. See all upcoming genealogy programs here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, Oct 18
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, October18 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Lest innocent blood be shed: the story of the village of Le Chambon, and how goodness happened there by Philip Paul Hallie (1994). Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageWeekly Meditation Continues
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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!

                              imageSpeak a language? Practice here!
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Join one of our Language Discussion Groups in French, Spanish, German or Italian, to meet others who speak the language and keep your skills fresh. See the schedule here or check our calendar.

                     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...

                              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...

                              imageSummer Issue of The Parrott is Here!
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016

The Summer 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...

                              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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