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

What's Happening

Tuesday July 23rd at 6:30PM: Local History Talk with Gloria Schmidt
July 22 at 5:30: Acrylics with John Irwin
Karen Katin from Stitchery is here to lead us through Felting! Monday August 5 at 6 pm
Register now for our summer reading programs (including our program just for Adults!)

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, August 20 at 4:30 and 6:30 PM!  In July, we will be reading The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons.  Copies are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

Our Mystery Meetup Book Club is going old school.  For August, we'll be spending time with Hercule Poirot as we discuss: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 PM.  Copies are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

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 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.

Hours & Contact

   
Mon - Tues 9-8
Wed - Fri 9-5
Sat 9-1
Sun Closed

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI  02871
 
Email

Phone

(401) 683-9457

Fax

(401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Jul
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-...
Jul
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...
Jul
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...
Jul
23
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop-in event; no registration is required.
Jul
22
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...
Jul
22
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...
Jul
23
Tuesday, July 23
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. ...
Jul
23
Tuesday, July 23
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...
Jul
23
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.
Jul
25
Thursday, July 25
10:30am - 11:00am
We are thrilled to present the Audubon of Rhode Island Nature Story about turtles, a special event for children in Pre-K to 2nd grade. This engaging program includes...
Jul
31
Wednesday, July 31
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Aug
01
Thursday, August 01
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!...
Jul
22
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-...
Jul
29
Monday, July 29
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...
Aug
05
Monday, August 05
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...
Aug
06
Tuesday, August 06
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...

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