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A Junior
June 5, 2015 
11 am to 12 pm

June 5, 2015
12 pm to 6 pm

June 6, 2015
10 am to 4 pm

Call Carol
Call Jan/Wayne
The Junior Volunteer program now has five members. The junior volunteers meet on Fridays at the Downtown location at 1 p.m. to sort, shelve books and work on special projects, programs, and events. They also help at the monthly downtown sales. This is for  ages 12-17. A reference and parental permission are required. The juniors and a parent agree to abide by the By-laws of the Friends and the Library Code of Conduct. Anyone interested please email us at: webmaster

Book Crawl
Make your own Portsmouth 
Book Crawl!

Book Owl Books

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
Book Crawl
We're on!
2015 Board Members
Glenn Tinsley, president
Public relations coordinator
Carol Hines, vice-president
Sales coordinator
Charles Bowles, treasurer
Marketing coordinator
Judy Walker, secretary
Volunteer coordinator
Jan Davis
Aquisitions coordinator
Diane Brunk
Book Nook Manager
Edith Blake
Re-donations coordinator
Anna Delcour 
Children's coordinator
Jasmine Cutler
Visual/Media Arts coordinator

We are still seeking an appreciation coordinator, a community coordinator and a programs coordinator.
NEW PRICING at both locations:  
Hardbacks $2
Softbacks $1
Children's $.50
All else $.25
(We are no longer selling 'books by the inch') 
# of members - 177
# of volunteers - 78
# of programs assisted - 7
  • Local History Room
  • Summer Reading
  • General Library Fund
  • 2nd Tuesday Forum
  • Portsmouth Reads
  • Portsmouth Community Library Museum
  • Supporters of Portsmouth Public Art
# of years operating - 40
# of books at sale -15,100
# of cds at sale - 1100
# of dvds at sale - 600
# of avg dealers at sale - 12
# of avg people at sale - too many to count!
# of volunteers at sale - 14
# of books donated to us - too many to count!
Thank you to our lifetime members who invested in us, volunteered with us, and stood with us in the history of the Friends - 

Henry Barham
Hans/Gabrielle Bielenstein
Louis/Isabel Brenner
Milt/Sarah Brown
Charles Burgess
Dean/Peggy Burgess
Edie Carmichael
Anne Carney
Vincent Cherry
Joy Dean
John/Carole Duckett
Barbara Early
John Eastwood
Shirley Fox
Thomas Garrett
Carolyn Gettier
Bessie Gibson
Miriam Hartman
Linda Hayden
David Herring
Cynthia Horen
Lorene Jacobsen
Fred Jeffcoate
Florence Karp
Ellen Kohls
David Lannik
John/Jeanne Larcombe
Joseph/Margaret Leech
David Lindhauer
Kenneth Melvin
Paul/Debbie Moore
Fleet Morgan
Olde Towne Business Assoc.
Sarah Pugh
Clarita Rivera
Zelma Rivkin
Glenda Richard
Ward Robinett
Wanda Russo
Catherine Sears
Donna Westbrook
Sally Williams
Mary Ziv

Art at Downtown Sale

Jasmine, a student at the TCC Visual Arts Center and our board member for visual arts, has arranged for art for sale to be displayed on the four walls spaces in the front room by a different artist every month.

She is responsible for the display case in the lobby of the Churchland Branch.

My name is Nicolas Delcour. I have been working with Friends of the Portsmouth Library for several years and was the first junior volunteers trained unter the guidance of the Friends. My work has included shelving books, helping with the monthly book sale and working the desk at the Churchland branch Book Nook. I have met many new people, found new books and rediscovered old classics.

Reading has shaped my life from a very young age. It started when my dad would read the Bible and other books to me as a baby in the hospital. Even before I could read, I was flipping through picture books, books from my parents' shelves and even the phone book. Then, I started reading for myself, and it hasn't stopped. Now, I read five to ten books at a time.  Some of my favorites are "The Silmarillion" by J. R. R. Tolkien, "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C. S. Lewis among many others. Working with books and talking with others who share my passion for reading every week is such a privilege. Working with Friends has been a dream come true.

My fellow junior volunteers and I love the Friends junior volunteer program and are grateful for the chance to work in furthering the literacy of our community. I have so many ideas for the future of the junior volunteer program with the hope of keeping the love of reading alive for generations to come. I think with the fresh outlook of the Junior Volunteers and the mentorship we recieve from the adult volunteers we work with, this program will go far. 
 Little Free Libraries

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Downtown Visits
Visiting the Downtown Library? 
Improvements to the street in front mean that parking in the deck or at  meters a block away is available!
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