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 Welcome to the Portage Public Library

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The Library will be closed from

9:00am-12:00pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015 for staff training.

Thank you for your understanding!

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Did you know - You can now pay library fines online?

If you would like to pay your fines online, click on the LINKcat link in the left-hand menu of this page and log-in with your library barcode and pin. Once logged in, click on the "Fines" tab and then click on the "Pay Now" link. You will be asked to re-enter your library card and pin number. After re-entering your library card information, there will be a "Pay with Credit/Debit Card" link. Click the link, enter your payment information, and click submit. Because of processing fees charged by credit card companies, you must pay your full fine and fee balance in order to use the online payment system and credit/debit card payments cannot be accepted for fines under $10.00. We apologize for any inconvenience because of this.

April 21st, 2015 2:00PM - 4:00PM - Royal Sutton

Royal Sutton will be signing his book,"On the Edge of Extinction" here at Portage Public Library on Tuesday, April 21 from 2-4pm.  He will also be bringing photographs of Native Americans from Frank Rinehart's original glass plates .  The photos were commissioned for the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition held in Omaha. You can see many of the photos on Google images. The event is free and open to the public.

Native American Black and White Photo

New Language Learning Database Now Available!

Mango Languages conversation and film-based digital resources help you learn over 70 langauges from just about anywhere. And the best part? It's free through the library!

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Overdrive News

If you get a new library card and have items checked out or on hold in overdrive, please let the library staff know at the desk immediately. You will not be able to access the items until we send a request to overdrive to change your barcode in your account.

Kids and Teens now have their own ereading rooms in Overdrive. Scroll down Overdrive's main page and click on the appropiate reading room.  These are only kids or teen books. 

Overdrive runs their maintenance program the 3rd Thursday of the every month, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.   Overdrive will not be available during this time. 

It is now possible to suspend your Overdrive holds, so you do not have all your holds coming at once.   And when your hold is ready, automatic checkouts are available.  Just choose that option when placing a hold or while the hold is pending.  The book will be on your computer or device. Just download it.  Make sure when you are entering the name of your library, you chose PORTAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY.  There a number of Portage County libraries in our system and if you chose one of these libraries, you will not be able to download your book.

Overdrive works best on the Firefox browser.

Overdrive:  Streaming Videos

220 streaming videos will be available through the WI Digital Library (Overdrive) beginning today, May 20, 2014.  Streaming video works on mobile devices and computers as long as you're using a browser with HTML5 support (such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer).

Here is a link about streaming videos to help you get started.

streaming videos


New to Portage Library!

Fred Galley of Galley Studio has donated a DVD to the Portage Library entitled "People of Portage:  Five Generations of Doctors; Representing 150 years of Medical Practice to the People of Portage".

It includes information about Doctors William & Byron Meacher and interviews with Doctors William, Stewart Taylor, Jr. & Sr.   The DVD is non-circulating.  It can be viewed on our library's computers.


Adult Programs (Free, no cost)


Memory Cafe

For people who are experiencing the early stages of memory loss, and their family members & caregivers. Anyone who needs assistance to participate would need to be accompanied by someone who can provide that assistance.

The main purpose of the Memory Café is to give people an opportunity for social interaction.

4th Wed. of every month
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

FREE! NO COST! However, donations are welcome to offset costs.



Mystery Lovers Book Club

Do you love a good mystery?  Would you like to share your enthusiasm with like-minded people?  Sign up for the library's MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB.  This is a daytime book discussion group with titles chosen by participants. The group meets from 1:30 to 2:30 the second Tuesday of the month at the Library. Discussions lead by Sheril Lannoye, library adult programmer.   New members are always welcome!

Cover of Open Season by C.J. Boxdetective

Tuesday, May 12 -- Open Season by C.J. Box.

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden -- especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way -- is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, Joe takes it personally.

Cover of The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell

Tuesday, June 9th -- The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell

Sweden, winter 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip-off. A few days later a life raft is washed up on a beach. In it are two men, dressed in expensive suits, shot dead. The dead men were criminals, victimes of what seems to have been a gangland hit. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon take on a far more sinister aspect. Wallander travels across the Baltic Sea, to Riga in Latvia, where he is plunged into a frozen, alien world of police surveillance, scarcely veiled threats, and lies. Doomed always to be one step behind the shadowy figures he pursues, only Wallander's obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light.


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Be ready for emergencies, including bad weather.


City Weather Emergencies

When a city weather emergency is declared and/or cancelled, the information will be sent out via Nixle, and will be posted on Police Dept. Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PortagePD) and on Twitter.  If you do not have a cell phone or access to the Internet, you can call the dedicated Snow Emergency hot line at 742-2176 Ext 335.


Library Bulletin Boards

Due to limited space on our public bulletin boards, the Library asks that the space be used for posters for community and non-profit organizations only.  This means we can not allow merchandise or services for sale, rental announcements, lost pets, religious, political or for-profit posters.  Please check with the circulation desk before you post any flyers. 



   OverDrive: eBooks, audiobooks and videos for libraries


OverDrive released an updated version of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for iOS and Android (v2.6.5) on Tuesday, May 29.

To help you with reauthorizing please read the links below.



There have been some changes at Overdrive, the e-book and audio book download site. These upgrades are designed to make it faster and more intuitive to connect you to the books you want. Take a look at this video that explains the changes: http://dbooks.wplc.info/AB28163F-0FFD-4B51-8C84-7A51AA9057B3/10/50/en/NextGen.htm



Free Online Facebook Guide

For people who know nothing about getting started on Facebook.


Hold Authorizations

To protect your privacy, holds will only be checked out to you or to people you authorize. You must complete the Holds Pickup Authorization Form to authorize other people to check out your holds. To comply with Wisconsin State Statute §43.30 parents or guardians of children under 16 must complete the Holds Pickup Authorization Form as well, but you can sign for your children.

Portage Campaign

A link to our campaign for the library expansion


Feel free to browse this web site.


Got a chemistry test, alegbra homework, resume to write?  Tutor.com gives students of all ages the help they need to succeed in school and beyond. Professional tutors are available to help with all math, science, social studies and English subject- from elementary to advanced levels. 

You and your tutor work one-to-one in a secure, online classroom and everything is anonymous. You use an interactive whiteboard, file sharing and instant messaging to work through your problem. Work with a tutor in real time to help with homework, but also, to get help with resumes and cover letters.  Your tutor edits your resume on screen and reviews all edits with you. 

Tutors only work with one student at a time.  No exceptions.  Tutors work step-by-step with you to make sure you really understand the material.  Tutors never give answers. 

Every tutor is screened, certified and background-checked, and no personal information is ever shared between tutor and student. 

In the SkillsCenter Resource Library, you have access to thousands of worksheets, videos, lessons and other resources to work on independently.  Find resources for math, science, citizenship and GED test prep, family budgeting, resume writing and more.  The service is available 24/7. 

Access Tutor.com by clicking on "online resources" and then "view by name" then "locally subscribed resources". Scroll down to tutor.com and click on "Portage Public Library".

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