Category: Featured

Closed May 28th

All library locations will be closed on Monday, May 28th . We will re-open on Tuesday, May 29th at regular time.

Quick Pick

Your PPL is featuring a new service called Quick Pick to help you get new books more quickly! Beginning June 1st, 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… Read More »

Events Filtering

It’s now easier to find the library programs that fit your schedule. Head over to our Events Calendar and use the newly added filter bar to narrow the events listings.

Adult Summer Reading

Looking for a fun way to reach your reading goals this summer? Adult Summer Reading will begin at all locations May 1st and will run through July 31st. All patrons 18+ with a valid library card may sign up for free at any location and will immediately receive a bag full of fun readers’ advisory information and be entered to win 2 free Renaissance Fair tickets. Once signed up, patrons can enter their check out receipts to be entered to win a bag full of books and our monthly Grand Prizes, all donated from local businesses. All patrons are also invited to attend our Summer Reading Programs in honor… Read More »

May A.R.T. Gallery

Thank you for your interest in the A.R.T. (Appalachian Regional Talent) Gallery! Please vote for your favorite piece. At the end of the month, a People’s Choice winner will be selected based on the number of votes received. Be sure to check back with us every month to vote for your favorite artwork!

Time Traveler Newsletter #2

Welcome to the second edition of The Time Traveler: Portsmouth Past and Present! Our goal is to bring Scioto County, Ohio’s past to life through engaging articles, archives and images that residents can be proud to share today. Be on the lookout for our next issue in July! View the Newsletter

Oil Painting Group

Afternoon of Oils – Oil Painting Group

Join us in learning techniques in oil painting. There is a $10.00 supply fee, due at time of registration,  for all participants and pre-registration is required. A lack of interest will lead to the cancellation of the program. Where: Main Library – First Floor Who: For adults ages 18+, limited to 6 people per session How: For more information or to register, please visit the Reference Desk or call (740) 354-5688 Classes: From 4:00p – 6:00p April 26th– Floral Fence June 28th– Van Gogh style beach scene August 23rd– Peaceful Waters October 25th– Autumn Scene December 27th= Winter Wonderland

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.

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 »