Category: Featured

Closed May 27th

All library locations will be closed on Monday, May 27th . We will re-open on Tuesday, May 28th at regular time.

Spring Book Sale

Book sale items will be available to purchase at all library locations with a larger selection at the Portsmouth Library. Available items will include (while supplies last): Hardback Books-$1.00 Oversized Paperbacks-$1.00 Paperbacks-$0.50 DVDs, Music CDs-$1.00 Audiobooks-$3.00 Magazines-$0.25


The Portsmouth Public Library offers the TumbleBook Library for use by our library patrons. This library is a collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books – suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to create an electronic picture book. These electronic books are a literacy resource that keeps children interested and involved in reading and are great for children learning to read. The interactive web site keeps children engaged and contributes to success in school while helping to instill a love of reading. The TumbleBook Library collection can… Read More »

Summer Reading For All Ages

Summer Reading for all ages begins June 3rd at all locations! Join us for fun programs and more through July 13th. Ages 13+ sign-up at the Reference desk with a valid library card and check out books, books on CD, and magazines to be entered to win weekly prizes! Visit our IGTV channel @yourpploh for bi-weekly book talks fitting this year’s theme: A Universe of Stories. Teens: pick up an essay form at any location and tell us about your favorite summer read to be entered to win a free $10 Amazon gift card! Essay are due on July 13th.… Read More »

Novelist Plus

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Childrens Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “A Universe of Stories” and will start June 3rd at all library locations. Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate in special Summer Reading programs, set goals to read books, and win free prizes! View our Summer Reading Programs for June here.

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WHAT IS IT? An online learning solution to help you gain new skills and advance your career. Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of instructional videos on business, creative, and technology topics. HOW DO I ACCESS IT? With your library card number and PIN, you can access content from any computer with an Internet connection. NEED A LIBRARY CARD? Click here for information on getting a Portsmouth Public Library card. Click Here to Access! The Portsmouth Public Library now offers free access to the online library of instructional video tutorials. Log in with your library card number and… Read More »

Quick Pick Books

Your PPL is featuring a new service called Quick Pick to help you get new books more quickly! Here’s how it works: Quick Pick is a special collection of new adult fiction & non-fiction books including bestselling titles and older, high demand titles that compliments the existing collection. This service allows patrons to bypass the hold list so that everyone gets the book quicker–just pick it up and go! Quick Pick titles are available at the Main branch and cannot be transferred to another branch for check out. Quick Pick titles check out for one week only (7 days) and… Read More »

Online Book Group

Are you a book lover who can’t seem to fit book group meetings into your busy schedule? Then our Choose Your Own Adventure Online Book Group is perfect for you! Read one of the featured books or select your own “wild card” book to discuss on the online discussion board. Available online 24/7 at:…/174993-choose-your-own-adventure


BookFlix (Premium Subscription)

BookFlix® is a digital literacy resource that pairs more than 120 animated stories from Weston Woods with a best-selling nonfiction eBook from Scholastic on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts.