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

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth.  Our summer hours resume on Thursday, June 20th. 

Events

Tuesday, June 18
10:45am - 12:00pm
Marie is back with more chair yoga exercises!  Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, standing using our chair.  Participants receive all the benefit of Yoga: Helps with Balance Improves... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 18
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Library is so excited to be offering a second session of Chair Yoga with Marie!  This session immediately follows the first class except there will be no class on the first Tuesday of the month.  To reach as many people as possible, please do... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 18
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons.  London, 1938: The bookstore just doesn’t feel the same to Gertie Bingham ever since the death of her beloved husband Harry. Bingham Books was a dream they shared... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons.  London, 1938: The bookstore just doesn’t feel the same to Gertie Bingham ever since the death of her beloved husband Harry. Bingham Books was a dream they shared... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, June 19
9:00am - 5:00pm
The Library is closed today.  We will reopen tomorrow at 9 am.   
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, June 20
10:30am - 11:30am
Pokemon Club at the Portsmouth Library! Have cards at home but not sure how to play? Love playing and want to do it more? Head to library to learn and play with friends! This program is for grades K through 5! Parents are required to stay to... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Friday, June 21
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Another year of Fiber Arts! We are so excited for the growth and new faces we see each month. If you are any type of fiber artist (knitter, crocheter, tatting, hand sewing, felting, etc.,) please join us for an hour of comradiere and discussion.... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, June 22
10:00am - 12:00pm
Join Dungeon Master Naiara for a one-shot adventure!  Become a hero on a dangerous quest to search for treasure, battle deadly foes, or even carry out daring rescues.   Haven't played before?  No problem, this is for all levels of players.  The... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, June 24
9:00am - 8:00pm
For the first week of our Summer Reading Make and Take kits, Candy Sushi is BACK! Pick up one of the kits and make your own creative candy sushi at home, with all ingredients and instructions provided. Kits can be found in our Teen Area. Kits are... Read More
Event Location: Teen Space
Monday, June 24
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike.  Crbbage boards and cards are provided, you provide the fun.  This card... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 25
10:45am - 12:00pm
Marie is back with more chair yoga exercises!  Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, standing using our chair.  Participants receive all the benefit of Yoga: Helps with Balance Improves... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 25
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop-in event; no registration is required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, June 25
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Library is so excited to be offering a second session of Chair Yoga with Marie!  This session immediately follows the first class except there will be no class on the first Tuesday of the month.  To reach as many people as possible, please do... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, June 25
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Come to the library and have your own henna design applied! Registration is limited to 20 participants.. There will be some table top games and a craft set up to keep teens busy while waiting their turn. Size restrictions will apply based on number... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, June 27
10:30am - 11:30am
Join Us for Puppet Storytime with Leigh Baltzer! Through Me To You Puppetry invites you to join Newton and the gang for Puppet Story Time! Newton and his puppet friends take turns reading stories... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, June 29
10:00am - 12:00pm
Annual meeting
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 01
9:00am - 8:00pm
Teens are welcome to pick up a photo block art kit in the Teen Area starting Monday morning. Decorate and paint your own block with photo holder, all materials and glow in the dark stars included! Kits are for teens in rising 6th-12th grade only,... Read More
Event Location: Teen Space
Monday, July 01
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike.  Crbbage boards and cards are provided, you provide the fun.  This card... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 02
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Welcome to our new monthly book club, centered around mysteries! Join us each month on the first Tuesday at 6:30 to discuss that month's selection. We will read a variety of mystery stories throughout the year. This group is open to readers 14+ as... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, July 03
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, July 04
9:00am - 6:00pm
The Library is closed today.   We will reopen on Friday at 9 am.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, July 04
9:00am - 10:00am
This year our national holiday occurs on Thursday, July 4, 2024. Join fellow citizens at 9:00 A.M. on the grounds of the Portsmouth Free Public Library to read aloud portions of our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence,... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Friday, July 05
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Another year of Fiber Arts! We are so excited for the growth and new faces we see each month. If you are any type of fiber artist (knitter, crocheter, tatting, hand sewing, felting, etc.,) please join us for an hour of comradiere and discussion.... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 08
9:00am - 8:00pm
This week teens can take home clay and paint kits to make their own moon trinket tray. All materials and instructions are provided. Kits are for rising 6th-12th graders, and only 1 kit per teen is allowed. Kits are put out on Monday morning and will... Read More
Event Location: Teen Space
Monday, July 08
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike.  Crbbage boards and cards are provided, you provide the fun.  This card... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 08
6:30pm - 7:30pm
More info soon. This program is free and open to the public but registration is recommended.  Please sign up online or call the library at 683-9457 to sign up.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 09
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop-in event; no registration is required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Tuesday, July 09
10:45am - 12:00pm
Marie is back with more chair yoga exercises!  Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, standing using our chair.  Participants receive all the benefit of Yoga: Helps with Balance Improves... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 09
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Library is so excited to be offering a second session of Chair Yoga with Marie!  This session immediately follows the first class except there will be no class on the first Tuesday of the month. To reach as many people as possible, please do not... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, July 10
11:00am - 12:00pm
Join us to share your favorite books, drink ice coffee and learn about new books to read this summer!!  Registrations are required to ensure we have enough ice coffee to share.
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, July 11
10:30am - 11:30am
Pokemon Club at the Portsmouth Library! Have cards at home but not sure how to play? Love playing and want to do it more? Head to library to learn and play with friends! This program is for grades K through 5! Parents are required to stay to... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Friday, July 12
10:30am - 11:30am
Step right up and experience the magic of Circus Dynamics! We're thrilled to bring you an unforgettable performance filled with jaw-dropping tricks, amazing stunts, and tons of fun for the whole family.... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, July 13
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Teens entering grades 6-12: Join us for an afternoon of gaming and virtual reality with One Up Games. There will be a variety of games to choose from, and their VR area will be set up as well. Registration is limited due to size and computers, and... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 15
9:00am - 8:00pm
This week teens can take home the components for a homemade Bottle Rocket.  All materials and instructions are provided. Kits are for rising 6th-12th graders, and only 1 kit per teen is allowed. Kits are put out on Monday morning and will stay out... Read More
Event Location: Teen Space
Monday, July 15
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike.  Crbbage boards and cards are provided, you provide the fun.  This card... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable evening of excitement, camaraderie, and the thrill of the win at Bingo Games! Make sure you register so we can ensure we have enough supplies:) Prizes are books, puzzles and candy      
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 16
10:45am - 12:00pm
Marie is back with more chair yoga exercises!  Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, standing using our chair.  Participants receive all the benefit of Yoga: Helps with Balance Improves... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 16
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Library is so excited to be offering a second session of Chair Yoga with Marie!  This session immediately follows the first class except there will be no class on the first Tuesday of the month. To reach as many people as possible, please do not... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 16
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Happiness Falls by Angie Kim.  “We didn’t call the police right away.” Those are the electric first words of this extraordinary novel about a biracial Korean American family in Virginia whose lives are... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 16
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Happiness Falls by Angie Kim.  “We didn’t call the police right away.” Those are the electric first words of this extraordinary novel about a biracial Korean American family in Virginia whose lives are... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Wednesday, July 17
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Event Location: Children’s Room
Wednesday, July 17
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Watercolor instruction for students entering Grades 6-12 in the fall.   Whether you’re trying watercolors for the first time or refreshing your painting skills over the summer, this class is a fun intro to watercolor.   Each session will cover a... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Thursday, July 18
10:30am - 11:30am
Registration will open on June 18! Rhode Island is home to nearly 40 species of reptiles and amphibians, also known as herps! You will be introduced to these scaly, slimy, and secretive creatures, the conservation work being done to protect them,... Read More
Event Location: Children’s Room
Thursday, July 18
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Calling all young crafters in grades 2 to 5! We're excited to host a special Needle Art event with Karen Katin from The Stitchery. This beginner-friendly sewing program is perfect for those new to sewing.... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Friday, July 19
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Another year of Fiber Arts! We are so excited for the growth and new faces we see each month. If you are any type of fiber artist (knitter, crocheter, tatting, hand sewing, felting, etc.,) please join us for an hour of comradiere and discussion.... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Saturday, July 20
10:00am - 12:00pm
Join Dungeon Master Naiara for a one-shot adventure!  Become a hero on a dangerous quest to search for treasure, battle deadly foes, or even carry out daring rescues.   Haven't played before?  No problem, this is for all levels of players.  The... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 22
9:00am - 8:00pm
This week teens get back into the kitchen to make color-changing Galaxy Lemonade.  Delicious and Fun!  All materials and instructions are provided. Kits are for rising 6th-12th graders, and only 1 kit per teen is allowed. Kits are put out on Monday... Read More
Event Location: Teen Space
Monday, July 22
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike.  Crbbage boards and cards are provided, you provide the fun.  This card... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Monday, July 22
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Local artist John Irwin will guide the class in this fun and informative 2-hour session.  Taking you step by step, John will go through the process of starting a painting and attendees will add or subtract certain elements and decide when it is... Read More
Event Location: Michael W. Mello Program Room
Tuesday, July 23
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop-in event; no registration is required.
Event Location: Children’s Room

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