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We appreciate your patience as we shift the collection. Adult fiction, mysteries and science fiction/fantasy have been moved to the adult non-fiction area. This will enable us to expand the collection and shelve incoming books promptly. The adult non-fiction collection (excluding biographies and the Rhode Island Genealogical Society collection) will be moved to the adult fiction area. We have shelved up to 919 in the former adult fiction area.
The John T. Pierce, Sr., Historical Collection is a digital project started in 2007 by Portsmouth Free Public Library to preserve and provide public access to collected materials documenting the history of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Materials for this site were donated to the Library by retired Portsmouth Police Chief John T. Pierce Sr. and was funded by a grant from BankNewport. To view the collection, click ...
Several museum passes or discount coupons are available for loan at the library. They may be checked out on a first come, first served basis.
Passes or coupons available are:
Russell DeSimone will present a lecture on Rhode Island Lotteries - Three Centuries of History on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 PM at the Library. This talk follows the development of Rhode Island lotteries from its early beginning in the 18th century to its demise during the 19th century and reintroduction in the 20th century. Throughout its history, Rhode Island lotteries played a vital role in the building of the colony's and later state's roads, bridges, churches, schools and even a ransom demand for the release of one of its citizens held in captivity....
How did people get around town in the old days? Trolleys, ferries, horse and wagons, Model-T's, of course! This photographic lecture from Portsmouth historian James Garman is part of a series of public events and observances over the course of the year in celebration of Portsmouth's 375th anniversary. This lecture will be held at Portsmouth Town Hall.
Our Third Tuesday Book Club will be meeting May 21 at 6:30 pm to discuss Bossypants by Tina Fey.
Our Saturday Book Club meets June 1 at 11:30 am with Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
Our YA Books for Adult Readers Book Club meets Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 pm with A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly.
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