ESL Conversation Café

ESL conversation café which will begin March 1 and held on the first Tuesday of the month . This will be an informal guided conversation to allow non-native English speakers an opportunity to practice the use of English in a friendly and helpful environment with other like-minded people. This is open to anyone 16 and […]

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La Mezcla Book Club @ Churchland

Join the La Mezcla Book Club! @ The Churchland Branch

La Mezcla means “the mix” in Spanish, and that is exactly what this club is about!

Join us every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm to discuss a variety of cultures, authors and books!

We will be discussing The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016., at 6pm at the Churchland Branch.

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Saturday Yoga at the Library

Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting a one hour long YOGA event free and open to the public. Saturday February 27, 2016 from 11:00am – 12:00pm Class will be held in the Coleman Meeting Room at the  Branch and all levels are welcome. Bring a mat, water & some good vibrations! Please arrive a bit […]

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Book Buddies Book Club

For 4th & 5th grade kids February 23, 2016 The group will be discussing Amos Fortune Free Man by Elizabeth Yates   Meetings are held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meetings will be held once a month. Membership is limited Free book and refreshments! Participants must be registered Register with the Children’s Department in person, by phone […]

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Technology Can Be Fun Teen STEM program

Technology Can Be Fun Portsmouth Main Library 601 Court Street Date: February 20, 2016 Time: 2:00-4:00 Ages 12-18   Come try out our new Ozobots, Sphero Balls, and Snap Circuits. They are a lot of fun and you just might learn something too!!! Portsmouth Main Library 601 Court Street Date: February 20, 2016 […]

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STEM All About That Base

All About That Base! Portsmouth Main Library 601 Court Street Date: February 6, 2016 Time: 2:00-4:00 Ages 6-11 Can you tell whether something is acidic like vinegar or bitter like soap without tasting it? Come find out as we test materials to see if they are acids, bases, or neutral solutions. This program may […]

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Support Portsmouth Public Library with Kroger Community Rewards

Help Portsmouth Public Library reach our goal of 150 households supporting the Portsmouth Public Library Foundation through Kroger Rewards by March 1, 2016. Visit to create or sign into your account and register your card with Kroger Community Rewards and add Portsmouth Public Library Foundation as your community rewards organization.

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Adult Coloring Programs

Join us for the Adult Coloring Programs, at Churchland, Cradock and Manor.

Cradock Coloring Club, 11 am, Tuesday, February 2nd.

Churchland Coloring Society, 11am Tuesday, February 9th.

Manor Color Yourself Calm, 11 am, February 17th.

Churchland Coloring Society, 11am Tuesday, February 23rd.

Supplies are provided.

Did you know coloring is a great way to reduce stress and develop creativity.

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Join Us for Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose on the Loose is an early learning program that incorporates books, rhymes, songs, musical instruments, finger plays, flannel board characters, puppets and other props to help young children learn the pre-literacy skills needed to become successful readers. The program is fast-paced and fun to keep up with active little minds and includes tips for parents.

Ages birth to 36 months

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Second Tuesday Forum

Second Tuesday Forum
All forums are free and held at Noon at the Commodore theatre 421 High St, Portsmouth.

February 9, 2016 forum:
“The Santiago de Campostela Path”

Michael Pearson Professor at ODU

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Monthly Book Sale

Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library Monthly Book Sale. Friday February 5th, 11-12 members only, 12-6 open to public, Saturday February 6th, 10-4 open to public. Featuring DIY and home improvement. Prices are Hardbacks $2, Paperbacks $1, Children’s .50 and Media .25. Hours are Friday, 11-12 members only, 12-6 open to public, Saturday 10-4 open to […]

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Black History Month Children’s Programs

Main Library January 16, at 3:00 Orisirisi African stories and Music February 6, at 1:00 Ronnie Nelson Sidney will read his book Nelson Beats the Odds and share his inspirational story. February 13, at 2:00 Uncle Tyrone brings a fun-filled program of puppets, music and hilarity for all ages.

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Winter Reading Program

Ages birth to pre-K Register your child at any of our four locations beginning on Feb. 1, 2016.  Then  share some books with your child to earn a small prize.  You’ll have a great time while getting your child ready to read and ready for school success.

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Knitting and Crochet Club

A new knitting and crochet group is forming at the Cradock Library. Whether you have been knitting or crocheting for years, or you just want to learn, join fellow crafters who love all things yarn. Bring your current projects with you, or just bring your eagerness to try. We meet the fourth Tuesday of the […]

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