of the Portsmouth Public Library
Be sure and visit our

Book Nook
4934 High St. W.
Portsmouth, VA

at the Churchland Library

Select books for sale at modest prices

Monday - Saturday
11 - 5

Next Book Sale
The Book Nook located at the Churchland Branch of the Portsmouth Public Library needs a few really good volunteers to help us grow!

Shifts run in two-hour increments, once a week. It's easy, fun and a great way to spend quality time at your beloved library.

Volunteers should be warm, friendly, dependable and love working with the general public.

For more information, please contact Glenn Tinsley at:
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We need your books

Friends of Portsmouth Public Library needs book donations. We use these donations to sell at our monthly book sales at the downtown library and at our store, Book Nook, located in Churchland. The sales finance many wonderful improvements to our libraries. Books should be in good conditions, boxed and bagged and ready for easy pickup. Call one of the numbers below to schedule a pickup today!

Call Jan and Wayne Davis to schedule the pickup of your donated books.
757 393-1372 or 919 624-4212
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All previous content is archived on the NEWS ARCHIVE page.
October 19, 2014 Elizabeth Psimas surprises outgoing president, Jeanne Larcombe

At the beginning of the October 19th business meeting of the Friends, Elizabeth Psimas appeared to represent the Portsmouth City Council. She greeted the group, presented the president, Jeanne Larcombe, with a gift and proceeded to read aloud a proclamation from the City Council in appreciation of the contributions made to Portsmouth by Jeanne Larcombe in her capacity as president of the Friends of the Library.  The proclamation declared Sunday, October 19, 2014 to be Jeanne Larcombe day in Portsmouth.
New Book Nook Manager for 2015
With an impressive background in business and management, Diane Brunk has agreed to start anew January 1. Thank you Diane! .
Open to Public
January 2, 2015
12 pm to 6 pm

January 3, 2015
10 am to 4 pm

Call Carol
Upcoming New Programs in 2015 see Facebook for details!

Book Hunters - local book dealers who will find your book! Dealers who are members of the Friends will be listed as available for individuals to contact for this special service.

Friends to Friends - sharing our donations with other Portsmouth nonprofit groups. Edith Blake is the 2015 Friends to Friends Coordinator and will be available one day a month Downtown for pick ups!

Anna Delcour is the 2015 Children's Programs Coordinator further promoting the Friends' interest in existing Portsmouth programs and pursuing new opportunities including the Junior Volunteer program. ..

Friends of Portsmouth Public Library Schedule

All board meetings are 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Annual meetings are at 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

1 /5 board meeting Downtown
1/2, 1/3 Downtown sale
2/2 board meeting Craddock
2/6, 2/7 Downtown sale
3/2 board meeting Manor
3/6, 3/7 Downtown sale
4/6 board meeting Churchland
4/3, 4/4 Downtown sale
4/26 annual meeting Downtown
5/1, 5/2 Downtown sale
5/4 board meeting Downtown
6/1 board meeting Craddock
6/5, 6/6 Downtown sale
7/6 board meeting Manor
7/3, 7/4 Downtown sale
8/3 board meeting Churchland
8/7, 8/8 Downtown sale
9/4, 9/5 Downtown sale
9/14 board meeting Downtown (due to Labor Day)
10/2, 10/3 Downtown sale
10/5 board meeting Craddock
10/25 annual meeting Churchland
11/2 board meeting Manor
11/6, 11/7 Downtown sale
12/4, 12/5 Downtown sale
12/7 board meeting Churchland
Book Crawl
Make your own Portsmouth
Book Crawl!

Book Owl Books

Borderless Comics and Collectibles

Childrens Hospital of Kings Daughters Store

Churchland Book Nook

Downtown Monthly Friends' Sale


Jeannie's Used Books
Book Crawl
Portsmouth - Downtown 1st full weekend of each month , Churchland Branch ongoing

Chesapeake - 3rd Saturday, Branch ongoing

Norfolk - Annual sale at Main Branch

Suffolk - 1st full weekend of each month

Virginia Beach - Main ongoing
Music, laughter and Friends at the Library Thursday night, December 11!!
The 100th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Public Library was celebrated with a welcome from Todd Elliott, Director of Libraries, congratulatory remarks by Mayor Kenny Wright and City Manager John Rowe and presentations of awards by Todd Elliott.

Recognized were the people who played a role in the history of the library , staff members for length of service and families whose support of programs have brought the joy of reading to the youngest readers in Portsmouth.
Book Crawl.
We're on!