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

The Library will be closed Sunday, Oct 9 and Monday, Oct 10. 

What's Happening

The class resumes Tuesday, 10/11, at 2 PM!
Try something new! Wednesday Oct. 19 at 5:30 pm
Oct 17 at 6:30 pm. Join Dr. Fred Zilian for a lecture on three local Suffragettes
Oct. 12: Beginner's Welcome! Bring your own project and work alongside fellow crafters.

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, October 18 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing  All That She Carried by Tiya Miles.  If you world like to attend the discussion via Zoom, please click here to register.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is on the last Tuesday of each month. Our next meeting is Tuesday, Sept 27th at 6:30. We will discuss I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez. Books are available to borrow at the library. All ages welcomed for this book discussion.

About Us

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 will be celebrating its 125th anniversary and still provides 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.

Hours & Contact

   
Mon - Wed 9-8
Thu - Fri 9-6
Sat 9-5
Sun 1-5

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone

(401) 683-9457

Fax

(401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Oct
05
9:00am - 5:00pm
Crafts available from 9am-5pm for all ages in the Children's Room!
Oct
06
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3 and up! Younger children are always welcome!
Oct
07
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3 and up! Younger children are always welcome!
Oct
08
10:00am - 12:00pm
CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS! Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons (5e) one-shot adventure and become a hero on dangerous quests to search for treasure, battle deadly...
Oct
07
Friday, October 07
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Are you a knitter? Crocheter? Someone who enjoys embroidery, needlepoint, or spinning? Join us on the first Friday of every month for a makers social. Bring your WIP and a...
Oct
11
Tuesday, October 11
2:00pm - 3:15pm
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, we also stand utilizing our chair. ...
Oct
17
Monday, October 17
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage player Carol at Portsmouth Free Public Library and play with others, newcomers and more...
Oct
17
Monday, October 17
6:30pm - 7:30pm
This lecture will focus on three Rhode Island women of the 19th and 20th centuries. A talented, independent-minded woman, Julia Ward Howe was a poet, writer, playwright,...
Oct
05
Wednesday, October 05
9:00am - 5:00pm
Crafts available from 9am-5pm for all ages in the Children's Room!
Oct
06
Thursday, October 06
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3 and up! Younger children are always welcome!
Oct
07
Friday, October 07
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3 and up! Younger children are always welcome!
Oct
11
Tuesday, October 11
10:00am - 12:00pm
Open soft play from 10am-12pm! No registration required, but children will have to wait their turn. No more than 5 children allowed in the play area at a time!
Oct
08
Saturday, October 08
10:00am - 12:00pm
CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS! Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons (5e) one-shot adventure and become a hero on dangerous quests to search for treasure, battle deadly...
Oct
22
Saturday, October 22
2:00pm - 3:00pm
For our first selection, we'll read and talk about the very popular Tweet Cute by Emma Lord.  We'll do a small...
Oct
25
Tuesday, October 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us the last Tuesday of each month to discuss a Young Adult book title. This book club is open to everyone that wants to read the book, regardless of age. Snacks provided...
Nov
05
Saturday, November 05
10:00am - 12:00pm
CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS! Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons (5e) one-shot adventure and become a hero on dangerous quests to search for treasure, battle deadly...

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