Category: Featured

Swimming in Dreamland: A Community Looks Back – Presented by Dr. John H. Lorentz

The program will be on Tuesday, July 23rd from 5:30pm-7:30pm on the Main Floor of the Portsmouth library. The Portsmouth Public Library will host Dr. John H. Lorentz as he presents “Swimming in Dreamland,” a look at his research for his latest documentary film by the same name. “Swimming in Dreamland” will focus on the role of public spaces in America by examining the importance of the Dreamland Pool within Portsmouth’s community along with the current issues Kenova’s own Dreamland pool is currently facing today. The event will take place on the Main Floor of the Portsmouth Library.

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 »


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 »

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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

Memorial Donations

Honor someone special in your life by making a meaningful donation to the Portsmouth Public Library in their name. A tribute or memorial gift is a simple, thoughtful way to show your respect for a family member, friend or co-worker. Your gift makes it possible for the Library to enhance its collections and continue to serve as a vital resource for the community. Your donation will be used to purchase adult, teen, or children’s materials in the subject area of your interest. A bookplate will be added to each new item and a note acknowledging the gift will also be… Read More »

Yearbook Collection

Come spend a day traveling back in time in our Local History Department at the Portsmouth library!!! We have hundreds of Scioto County High School year books to look through. You might even see someone you know! 🙂 Interested in donating your old yearbooks to the collection? Call the 740-354-5304 for more information. Can’t make it into the library? Many of the yearbooks have been added to our digital collection! Glenwood High School Minford High School Portsmouth East High School Portsmouth High School Portsmouth West High School South Webster High School Wheelersburg High School