The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM! The September book is Foster by Claire Keegan. Refreshments will be served.
Our Teen Fiction Book Club will have its October meeting here in Portsmouth on Tuesday October 31st. We will discuss The Smell of Other People's Housesby Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. For more information, please see our calendar. This discussion is open to teens and adults that love to read YA!
Portsmouth Free Public Library grew from a group of people called the Thursday Evening Group who met at the Guild House of St. Paul's Church and at members' homes to discuss literature and culture. It was proposed that a meeting be held to explore the possibility of a town library. About 50 of the town's influential people attended this meeting on March 18, 1897, and a charter was granted by RI Secretary of State Charles P. Bennett on March 26, 1897 to form a library "for the distribution of books and other literary purposes." In March 2022, the Library celebrated its 125th anniversary and continues to provide Portsmouth citizens of all ages the best in reading material and so much more.
The mission of Portsmouth Free Public Library is to serve as an essential resource that grows with our community, enhances the quality of life of our users, supports lifelong learning, and offers access to information in a variety of ways. We provide outstanding customer service and a welcoming environment for all. The Library shall enthusiastically promote its functions in the community, provide full access to a broad variety of materials and information, including beyond the local collection, and function with efficiency and courtesy to provide a pleasant experience.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Portsmouth Free Public Library. It consists of members who are elected from the Portsmouth Free Public Library Association. The Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 PM. In case of a Monday holiday, the Board will meet on the second Monday of the month. The first Monday in May is the annual meeting.
Association membership is open to all residents of the Town of Portsmouth who are eighteen years of age and pay annual dues. The Portsmouth Town Council may appoint two Trustees. The Trustees serve without remuneration of any kind. Non Residents may join the Association but do not have voting rights.