of the Portsmouth Public Library, Inc.
Be sure and visit our
at the Churchland Library
Select books for sale at modest prices
Monday - Saturday
11 - 5
Open to Public
May 3, 2014
12 pm to 6 pm
May 4, 2014
10 am to 4 pm
Books sold by the inch $1.25/in. Hardbacks, $.75/in paperbacks, LP Albums, Videos, Harlequin Romance Collection
Look for our directional signs in Olde Towne
601 Court Street
4934 High St W
. 2014 Annual Dues are now due! Look for your notice in the mail or click on the Membership button to the left and follow the instructions. Don't wait and feel free to increase your category of membership!
100 Years of Service
2014 is the 100th year anniversary of the Portsmouth Public Library. Keep on the lookout for information regarding the celebration!.
Friends Donate to Portsmouth Reads
Recently, the Friends donated $10,000 to the Portsmouth Reads organization. It is a non-profit group under the umbrella of the Portsmouth Schools Foundation. Their focus is teaching adults to read and/or improve their reading skills.
Contribution made to African American Historical Society
The Friends donated $3,000 to the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth towards their efforts to restore and open the building that once housed Portsmouth's Colored Library.
Friends Help Spruce Up Libraries
Friends paid for new blinds to be installed on the windows of the new meeting room at the main library ($998); new shades and blinds for the Cradock Branch ($1,400) and are in the process of working with an installer to put new carpet in the Manor Branch (the same carpet has been there since 1976). Carpet cost is something over $14,000.
Bits and Pieces
FOPPL also sponsors the Second Tuesday Forum sponsored by the library. We donate $350 for this
We are members of the Olde Towne Business Association & donated $100 for their Safe Trick or Treat for Halloween
Working together to promote our library
Workshop Builds Team Spirit
Just before Thanksgiving, under the direction of Glenn Tinsley, Friends of the Library volunteer and Book Nook manager, the Churchland library staff participated in an altered book workshop.
Staff members transformed old books, long past their prime, into masterpieces. This collaborative effort was a great team building exercise and also has resulted in a beautiful display for the rotunda, just in time for the holidays.
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:
There are few things as satisfying as finding a great book. The only thing better is finding a great book at a fabulous price. And, that's just what hundreds of people discover every month at the Friends of Portsmouth Public Library Book Sale.
The monthly book sale is held at the downtown library, located at 601 Court Street, Portsmouth, Virginia. There is an enormous number of books, spanning every possible subject. Books sold by the inch $1.25/in. Hardbacks, $.75/in paperbacks.
Come by first Friday between noon and 6 p.m., and first Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
Those donations are sold at our monthly sale and at our Book Nook store, and the proceeds fund all kinds of improvements and programs at your beloved public library.
Call 757-393-1372 (home) or 919-624-4212 (mobile))
$13,000 donated to Library
Friends of Portsmouth Public Library president Jeanne Larcombe (left) hands library director Todd Elliott a check for $13,000.
The donation came from the 2013 sales at the downtown library and Book Nook located within the Churchland branch.
Beloved volunteer passes away
Friends of Portsmouth Public Library is saddened by the passing of its treasurer, Richard "Rich" Dorson, who died March 5, 2014.
Rich worked tirelessly to ensure that the funds from book sales and Book Nook sales were counted, deposited and tracked so that they could be used for the organization's good works. Friends president Jeanne Larcombe said, "We're really going to miss him. He was truly an asset to our organization."
Rich will be missed by all who knew him or who have benefited from his dedicated work.
Friends featured in Virginian-Pilot article
The Friends of Portsmouth Public Library is featured in a terrific article by Ida Kay Jordan in the Virginian-Pilot. Click this link to see the story. Note: the dates for the book sale are incorrect. The correct dates are April 4 and 5.
Friends donates new carpet to Manor Branch
Friends of Portsmouth Public Library donated $14,000 to re-carpet the Manor branch.
This extraordinary donation was made possible through the money collected through memberships, Downtown library book sales and sales through the Churchland Book Nook.
No funds from the city were used for this project. Every dollar came from the projects of the Friends.
The Friends focuses its efforts on helping the Library grow as a primary source for citizens who want to discover the benefits of reading.
The carpet was installed by Skips Flooring.
Mary Goodman (left) and Wynne Brown hold one of the new carpet tiles just installed at Manor branch.
Book Nook has lots to offer
Spring has sprung, and so have the new titles at the Book Nook, located in the Churchland Branch!
The Book Nook is the place to find new and used books, videos, DVDs and other media.
Come by today and see what's for sale at a very low price!
The Book Nook is located at 4934 High Street West, Portsmouth, Virginia.