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

The Library will be closed Sunday May 29 and Monday May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.  We will begin our Summer Hours on Tuesday May 31.

What's Happening

Our Summer Hours begin after Memorial Day.
Can't wait to see you for the return of our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday June 4 from 9 am to 1 pm!
Join us Tuesdays at 2 pm for Chair Yoga. Beginners welcome; free for adults.
Our Cribbage get-togethers have taken off! Mondays at 1 pm. Beginners welcome.

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 PM!  We will be discussing books for the 3rd Tuesday Book Club meetings from June 2022 thru April 2023.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is back in person on the last Tuesday of every month going forward. Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 31st at 6:30. We will discuss Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus and White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson.  April's meeting is canceled due to scheduling conflicts. 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
Thurs & 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

May
31
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, we also stand utilizing our chair.  Participants receive all the benefit of Yoga:...
May
31
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...
Jun
07
2:00pm - 3:15pm
No Chair Yoga today!  Chair Yoga resumes next week.
Jun
13
9:00am - 9:15am
Today's the Day!  Registration begins for our Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program.  
May
31
Tuesday, May 31
2:00pm - 3:15pm
Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, we also stand utilizing our chair.  Participants receive all the benefit of Yoga:...
May
31
Tuesday, May 31
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...
Jun
03
Friday, June 03
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...
Jun
07
Tuesday, June 07
2:00pm - 3:15pm
No Chair Yoga today!  Chair Yoga resumes next week.
Jul
01
Friday, July 01
11:00am - 12:00pm
Join us for a STEM presentation for all ages! Registration required, no wait list; registration opens June 20th! "Ahoy there, matey! Set sail with us on a...
May
31
Tuesday, May 31
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...
Jun
13
Monday, June 13
9:00am - 9:15am
Today's the Day!  Registration begins for our Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program.  
Jun
22
Wednesday, June 22
10:00am - 12:00pm
Are you brave enough to answer the call? Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons one-shot event.  We will be playing D&D, 5th edition IN-PERSON.   ...
Jun
28
Tuesday, June 28
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...

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