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    Check out all the wonderful Preschool Programs we have! Did you know preschool programs like these contribute greatly to early school success.

Celebrate National Fire Safety Month!

Fires can start and escalate fast.  This is why it is very important that  we are meticulous and knowledgeable when it comes to fire safety and  prevention.  The Main Branch located at 601 Court Street will be celebrating fire safety all month with fire safety tips, activity sheets, stickers and books that will be available for […]

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CAREERS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE – Teen Program

Not sure what to do after graduation from high school? Explore career options in this teen program hosted by the Career Access Network. You will discover the best educational pathway to your career goals and learn to be financially savvy in meeting them! Workshop to be hosted at the Churchland Branch on Saturday, October 15th […]

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TEEN READ WEEK @ Churchland

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 9th-15th at the Churchland Branch. Post a selfie of you reading a Top Ten Teen Read Book of 2016 on Facebook, tag #PortsmouthPublicLibrary and be entered to win the grand prize. Pics must posted by midnight on Oct. 15th. The Top Ten Books will be posted in the library started […]

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Boo-a-pa-looza!

  Visit the Main Library on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 to 4:00  for extra spooky crafts, some tricks (Spooky STEM) and some treats.   *All ages are invited!  If you have any questions, please contact the Children’s Department at 393-8501.    

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Congrats Summer Reading Program Winners!

The Portsmouth Public Library concluded their Summer Reading Program on July 29, 2016.  This year’s theme was Read for the Win!  This summer was filled with wonderful activities that promoted movement, creativeness, literacy and community interactions for infants, teens and adults. All participants registered for the teen and adult program,  who met their activity and […]

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Voter Registration

Don’t miss out on voting for the candidate of your choice this November.

Register to Vote! Voter registration will be held in the Main Library Meeting Room EVERY Tuesday from 10:30AM to 1:30PM from now until October 11, 2016.

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Tidewater Reads: Discover Something New at Portsmouth Public Library

Join other Tidewater area readers in reading the book Shine, Shine, Shine by local author, Lydia Netzer and attending a variaty of programs and events at your area libraries complementing the book’s themes. Portsmouth Public Library is celebrating Tidewater Reads with a visit from the author herself on September 7th at Churchland Library and arts and crafts programs at Main Library, Cradock Branch, and Manor Branch. Click on the post for more details.

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Quilting Guild @ Churchland

Every 4th Thursday of the month from 10am to 12 noon, quilt with beginners and advanced quilters alike. Bring your latest project. Learn from more experienced quilters or share your wisdom with another fellow quilter.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose on the Loose is a fun fast paced program for children ages birth to 36 months and their parents that incorporates books, songs, rhymes, instruments, and props to help young children learn the pre-literacy skills needed to become successful readers. Saturdays at 11am, Main Library.

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The Mix Book Club @ Churchland

 Join The Mix Book Club! @ The Churchland Branch. Formerly known as La Mezcla An OPEN FORUM to Discuss and Share Opinions on Books written by Authors from Various Cultures. Join us every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm to discuss a variety of cultures, authors and books! Upcoming books! No Meeting in August […]

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Lunchtime Yoga at Main

Join us for a 20 minute yoga practice to focus on breathing to calm your mind, stretches, and balancing to loosen your muscles. Every 4th Thursday of the month at 1pm. bring you brown bag lunch and enjoy a moment to sit and chat after yoga practice with your fellow yogis.

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Adult Coloring Programs

Grown Ups can color too and so can you! It is not just for kids. Join us for the Adult Coloring Programs, at Churchland, Cradock and Manor. Supplies are provided. Churchland Coloring Society, 11am Tuesday, Cradock Coloring Club, every 1st Tuesday at 11am. Churchland Coloring Society, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 11 am. Manor Color […]

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Monthly Coloring Contest!

 Stop by the Main Branch to participate in our Monthly Coloring Contest!                            Coloring pages will be available at the Main Branch the beginning of each month.  All entries must be submitted with their name and grade  level           […]

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Read and Eats Book Club

Read and Eats Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month at Main Library form 1-2pm. Bring a bag lunch and meet us at the library to discuss this month’s book, The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.

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Teen Reads Week: Book Cover Contest

Celebrate Teen Reads Week October 9-14! Visit your Main Branch to participate in the Book Cover Contest.   On Tuesday, October 11th, feel free to stop by the Teen Center  between 3:30-5:00 pm to utilized any of our crafts supplies.  Teens will create an original book cover of their favorite  book!  *Please submit your entries […]

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Monthly Movie Mania!

Visit the Main Branch Library at 601 Court Street for a viewing of Hotel Transylvania 2 on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Kids will enjoy this fun filled movie on the big screen!   Snacks will be served! *Please note that Movie Mania takes place the 2nd Saturday of each month! If you have any questions, please […]

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Learning Tree Programs

Join us at Noon on Monday September 8th  at Afton Square in Cradock for a fun hour of Stories, Rhymes, Songs, Art and Fun in the sunshine. Bring a Sandwich and we will provide Chips, Cookies and a Drink.

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Genealogy Workshop

Have you seen the DNA, Ancestry, and My Heritage commercials on T.V.? Have you wondered how to get started tracking down your roots? This family history workshop will cover the on-line tools and tricks to help you find your ancestors and uncover your past. Saturday, October 8th @ 2PM – Churchland Branch

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Star Wars Reads @ Churchland

We will be raffling off a gift basket of Star Wars paraphernalia. Patrons 18 years and above may enter the raffle at the Churchland location on Saturday, October 8th. One entry per Portsmouth Public Library card holder. The winning ticket will be drawn on Monday and the winner will be be notified the same week. […]

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Breast Cancer Education Workshop

We are happy to welcome Sentara Community Health Educator Amy Peterson to the Churchland Branch on Saturday, October 8th. She will be presenting a superior educational workshop on breast cancer in honor of October’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” theme. We will be learning about early detection, diagnostic screening, breast cancer support, and more! 1 in 3 […]

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Movie Night

Enjoy the latest series of programming at Churchland with our monthly movie night. Movie title is “The Good Lie”. The movie will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30pm. Bring a friend and munch on some popcorn! PG-13

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“TRUE COLORS” Teen Coloring

Why let the kids have all the fun? Teens like to color too!  Join our “True Colors” Teen Coloring Group on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We will color from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15th at the Churchland Branch in the Teen Scene Room. Come and invite a friend!

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Teen Writer’s Group – Meet the author

Calling all teens – do you like to write? Would you like to improve your writing skills? Join our Teen Writer’s Group at Cradock Branch on Thursday, October 6th from 4-5 PM. We will be welcoming local teen author Lakita Sharpe to our group for a question and answer session as she shares her writing […]

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Book Buddies Book Club @ Churchland

For 4th & 5th grade kids 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 The group will be discussing Flora and Ulysses the Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo Register with the Children’s Department in person, by phone @ 686-2538 […]

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Knitting and Crochet Club

A knitting and crochet club is active at the Cradock Library. Whether you have been stitching 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.

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Playdate at Churchland Library

  “Looking for a place to meet people with young children? New to the area? Join us for Monday Morning Playdate. We will meet the 1st Monday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Young children and babies are welcome. No registration required”

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PORTSMOUTH BOOK GROUP

Our book group meets every 1st Monday of the month from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Churchland Branch. We will meet next on Monday, October 3rd to discuss “H is for Hawk” by Helen McDonald. Venture out to find your next “good read”! Light refreshment served. Contact Aren Gonzalez at (757)686-2538.

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Lego Club @ PPL

Come to our Lego Club on Saturday, January 23rd from 2-4pm. Ages 6-11
Main Library 601 Court St.
Free program and free parking in parking garage on Saturdays!
Your projects will be displayed in the Library and on our website!

The LEGO CLUB will meet on the 4th Saturday of each month.

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