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Manor Crochets!

  This group crochets everything from baby hats to dresses. If you are interested in joining Mrs.  Mary Hampton and Friends, meet them at the Manor Branch Library located at 1401 Elmhurst Lane.  The group meets the first and last Wednesday of the month from 11am to 12pm!  For more information, please call 465-2916.     

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Craft Your Christmas

Adults will craft some beautiful ornaments that you will want front and center on display for all to see. We will have several different ornament designs for you to choose from – these will be on display at the Churchland Branch leading up to our workshop. On December 7th 6-7:30 PM, take a ladies night […]

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Adult Coloring Programs

Coloring is not just for kids, Grown Ups can color too and so can you! Join us for the Adult Coloring Programs, at Churchland, Cradock, Main and Manor. Supplies are provided. Cradock Coloring Club, every 1st Tuesday at 11am. Churchland Coloring Society, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 11 am. Manor Color Yourself Calm, every 3rd […]

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Coloring Meet Up!

Are you looking for a way to relax after school? If you answered yes, then join us at the Main Library for coloring!  If you have any questions, please contact us at 393-8501. 

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Children’s Department Holiday Headquater’s at Main!

The Children’s Department at the Main Library has planned an abundance of activities for youth ages 5-11 for the month of December.  The children will enjoy a reindeer hunt, crafts, movies or simply complete their wishlist. Below are scheduled activities.  If you have any questions, please contact the Children’s Department at 393-8501.           […]

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Second Tuesday Forum

January 10th, 2016 “From Norcom to London and around the world” Ms. Chrystal Williams, acclaimed Portsmouth mezzo-soprano. THE SECOND TUESDAY FORUM SERIES is sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library and funded by grants from the Portsmouth Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, Portsmouth Museum, Fine Arts Commission, and The City of Portsmouth. All forums […]

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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, December 5th to discuss next year’s book group picks. Come prepared to share the next book you’re “itching to read!” Light refreshments will be served. Contact Aren Gonzalez at (757)686-2538 with questions.

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TECH TALK TUESDAY – “One Click Digital”

Register today for our newest technology training class covering “One Click Digital: Downloading E-books and E-Audio Books”. Bring your device along and be taken step-by-step through the process of accessing thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks on the One Click Digital platform . Join us on Tuesday, December 20th @ Churchland Branch. Class will be held […]

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Nutrition for the Holidays

Does holiday fare weigh you down with extra calories and pounds? Crystal Barber of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will give us healthy holiday recipes and samplings to avoid the holiday bulge. Wear a red shirt, enter to win a door prize, and sample some tasty recipes! Call (757) 393-5125 to register or register at the circulation […]

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OneClickDigital

    OneClickDigital, is your new one stop for both e-books and online audiobooks. Download the free OneClickDigital App to your Apple, Android and Computer devices to have easy access to over 1100 E-Books and over 4000 online audiobooks.

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Flipster Magazines

Patrons of the Portsmouth Public Library System now have access to several electronic magazines through Flipster.  Accessible magazines now include: Black Enterprise, Ebony, Essence, Hispanic Network, Rolling Stone and two coloring books.

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Knitting and Crochet Club

Club Cancelled for November and December, see you January 24th. 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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The elections results are in at Main!

The Children’s Department at the Main Library held their 2016 Mock Presidential Elections! Balloting took place November 3 through November 8.      All children ages 6-11 had the opportunity to cast their ballot for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.  Hillary Clinton was the projected winner with a vote of 86 to 41. THE […]

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Basic Computer Class for Adults

Do computers have you stumped? Main Library Wednesday, January 4th 11am – 12:15pm Wednesday, January 18th  11am – 12:15pm We will cover a basic computer topic each month which will then build upon the following month. Topics will range from opening an email account to forming a document in Word to uploading/downloading documents and beyond. […]

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A Toot-Toot Storytime at the Main Library!

Today’s storytime was awesome; our participants enjoyed the story “Trashy Town” read by Amos Taylor of the Portsmouth Waste Management Department. Following the reading the kids had an opportunity to get on the truck and watch an actual curbside pick-up. Participants also received frisbees and coloring books as takeaways.  What an awesome way to learn about recycling! Be sure to […]

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Build One Portsmouth

Build One Portsmouth is about coming together as a community to shape our future. This two-year planning process will result in an updated Comprehensive Plan for the city. Build One Portsmouth is designed to be inclusive, transparent and robust. The goal is that every person in Portsmouth knows it is a choice to get involved and […]

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Teen Canvas Painting at Main!

On Saturday, November 5 the teens at Main enjoyed an afternoon of Harvest Canvas Painting. Below are some our their creations! If you missed this event, be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, February 4, 2017  from  2 to 4 pm for our Cupcake and Canvas Paint. If you have any questions, please contact […]

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Gobble Up A Good Book!

Stop by the Main Library Children’s Department during the month of November and Gobble Up A Good Book! Choose a picture book as we celebrate National Picture Book Month or simply enjoy a book on Thanksgiving or Native Americans!    

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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. Our December meeting has been cancelled due to the holidays. See you in January! 

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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. – 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 15th at the Churchland Branch in the Teen Scene Room. Come and invite a friend!

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National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, a hands-on writing adventure where people all around the world write a novel in 30 days! No judges, no entry fees, no pressure. The Main Library Meeting Room will be open to assist you from 11am to 4pm on: Wednesday, November 2nd Wednesday, November 9th Wednesday, November 16th Wednesday, […]

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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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Library Jeopardy Tuesdays

Library Jeopardy Rules Each Tuesday morning a new Library Jeopardy question will be posted to the Portsmouth Public Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The question will remain in effect for one (1) week only. During that week anyone following our Facebook page (@MyPortsmouthPublicLibrary) and/or Twitter (@PPLibrary_VA) account is eligible. In following true Jeopardy fashion – […]

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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! This months book! All I need […]

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Teen Book Club!

Do you like to read and meet new friends? If you answered yes, then look no further! The Main Library’s Teen Book Club will meet every Tuesday from 4:30pm-5:30pm during the month of November. Participants will receive a free book and refreshments. If you have any questions, please contact us at 393-8501. 

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Teen Coloring Meet Up!

Meet us at the Main Library for an afternoon of  coloring, conversations and refreshments as we color the afternoon away! Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 Time: 4pm-5pm If you have any questions, please give us a call at 393-8501.

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MINI-CON 2017

Portsmouth Public Library’s 3rd annual comic con on April 22, 2017 will host local artists, vendors and the best of local geek culture. Admission is free and open to all ages! If you have questions, please give Aren Gonzalez a call at 757-686-2538 or email gonzaleza@portsmouthva.gov. Follow us and get updates by liking our Mini-Con Facebook event […]

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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 a different book each month. Register with the Children’s Department in person, by phone @ 686-2538 ext. 6626 or below.  […]

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Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults!

New things happening at MAIN Library! Just as we have a Coloring for Adults poster each month for patrons to color, we now have a JIGSAW PUZZLE FOR ADULTS! Each month will feature a jigsaw puzzle in the lobby for adults to enjoy. Come in – pick up a piece – find where it belongs. […]

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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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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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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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Second Tuesday Forum!

February 14th, 2016 Dr. Douglas Gregory, F.A.A.P THE SECOND TUESDAY FORUM SERIES is sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library and funded by grants from the Portsmouth Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, Portsmouth Museum, Fine Arts Commission, and The City of Portsmouth. All forums are free and open to the public. Reservations are not […]

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Yoga at Main!

Find your inner peace at the Main Library with Saturday morning Yoga! During the the month of February, we will be offering two Saturday morning sessions. Each session will be for 60 minutes. So, come and calm you mind!   If you have any questions, please contact us at 393-8501. 

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ESL Conversation Café

ESL conversation café is always held on the first Tuesday of the month. This is 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 up who English is not their […]

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December Movies@Main

The Main Library will be showing two teen movies during the month of December. So, grab a friend and join us on the dates listed below! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us 393-8501!    

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Deck the Halls Teen Tree Trimming!

 Join us the week of December 5-9 at the Main Branch  for  Teen Tree Trimming from 4pm to 5pm!   Teens will decorate ornaments to be placed on a tree in Teen Center.   Stop by the Children’s Department to pick up your ornament! If you have any questions, please call 393-8501. 

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