2658 East Main Road | Portsmouth, RI | 02871 | (401) 683-9457 | Hours

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Book Clubs

After recommendations from the Office of Library & Information Services, the Third Tuesday Book Club will be able to meet in person on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 PM!  Masks are required.  We will discuss the books suggested and vote for our favorites for the upcoming year. 

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is back in person on the last Tuesday of every month going forward. Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 25th at 6:30. We will discuss Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo.  Books are available to borrow at the library. All ages welcomed for this book discussion.

About Us

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.

Hours & Contact

   
Mon & Tues 9-8
Wed thru Fri 9-5
Sat 9-1
Sun closed

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone

(401) 683-9457

Fax

(401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

May
18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Annual 3rd Tuesday Book Club Meeting to discuss LOTS of books for the upcoming year!  Submit your suggestions (limit to 3 titles, please) to Carolyn by May 7 so the books...
May
20
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Expert rug hooker Roberta Conti will provide advice and enthusiasm for all rug-hookers, new and experienced alike.  Bring your projects and enjoy the company of others as you...
Jun
02
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Rhode Island’s Civil War Hospital, Life and Death a Portsmouth Grove, 1862-1865 by Frank L. Grzyb  Wednesday June 2nd 6:30 PM This...
Jun
15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Details soon.
May
18
Tuesday, May 18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Annual 3rd Tuesday Book Club Meeting to discuss LOTS of books for the upcoming year!  Submit your suggestions (limit to 3 titles, please) to Carolyn by May 7 so the books...
May
20
Thursday, May 20
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Expert rug hooker Roberta Conti will provide advice and enthusiasm for all rug-hookers, new and experienced alike.  Bring your projects and enjoy the company of others as you...
May
25
Tuesday, May 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
May
31
Monday, May 31
9:00am - 8:00pm
The Library is Closed today.  We will reopen on Tuesday June 1 at 9 am.
May
31
Monday, May 31
9:00am - 8:00pm
The Library is Closed today.  We will reopen on Tuesday June 1 at 9 am.
Jun
23
Wednesday, June 23
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages birth through 2 years.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years...
Jun
24
Thursday, June 24
10:00am - 10:30am
Preschool Story Time
Jun
30
Wednesday, June 30
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages birth through 2 years.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years...
May
25
Tuesday, May 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
May
31
Monday, May 31
9:00am - 8:00pm
The Library is Closed today.  We will reopen on Tuesday June 1 at 9 am.
Jun
29
Tuesday, June 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Jul
15
Thursday, July 15
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Happy Summer Teens! Join us for the first of our two outdoor events this summer, weather permitting. We will be having a tie-dye extravaganza! Held in the grass on the...

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