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 meet virtually on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM.  The book we will be discussing is My Antonia by Willa Cather.  Books are available at the library or you can use your own.  Sign up is needed to receive the link.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club will next meet on Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 over Zoom to discuss Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett.  Books are available to borrow at the library.  The Zoom link will be emailed to participants the week of the discussion. Email porlibteen@gmail.com if you would like to join us and aren't aready on our mailing list for the book group. 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

Feb
03
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Enslaved African-Americans of colonial Rhode Island lived and worked, and even sometimes prayed and played next to their white masters; however, with few if any basic human...
Feb
09
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Are you finding yourself with more and more tasks to do, yet there’s never enough time to get everything done? Are you stumped about how to accommodate kids, spouse and...
Feb
10
6:30pm - 7:30pm
The American Revolution was a partial revolution: It promised the protection of unalienable rights to some, but not all, Americans. Enslaved African-Americans were...
Feb
16
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us virtually as we discuss American Dirt by Jeanine...
Jan
28
Thursday, January 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett via Zoom.  This book is a RI Teen Book Award honor book for 2020.  Books are available to borrow at the library. ...
Feb
03
Wednesday, February 03
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Enslaved African-Americans of colonial Rhode Island lived and worked, and even sometimes prayed and played next to their white masters; however, with few if any basic human...
Feb
09
Tuesday, February 09
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Are you finding yourself with more and more tasks to do, yet there’s never enough time to get everything done? Are you stumped about how to accommodate kids, spouse and...
Feb
10
Wednesday, February 10
6:30pm - 7:30pm
The American Revolution was a partial revolution: It promised the protection of unalienable rights to some, but not all, Americans. Enslaved African-Americans were...
Feb
15
Monday, February 15
9:00am - 8:00pm
The Library is Closed today.  We will reopen on Tuesday Feb. 16 at 9 am.
Apr
19
Monday, April 19
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crisp spring mornings teeming with the anticipation of sunrise contain a beautiful surprise to the observant eye. The sky dance of the American woodcock (photo by Gerry...
May
31
Monday, May 31
9:00am - 8:00pm
The Library is Closed today.  We will reopen on Tuesday June 1 at 9 am.
Jan
28
Thursday, January 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett via Zoom.  This book is a RI Teen Book Award honor book for 2020.  Books are available to borrow at the library. ...
Feb
15
Monday, February 15
9:00am - 8:00pm
The Library is Closed today.  We will reopen on Tuesday Feb. 16 at 9 am.
Feb
25
Thursday, February 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert via Zoom.  Explore 1929 New Orleans with this mystery that takes place in a speakeasy in the French...
Mar
25
Thursday, March 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...

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