Welcome to the Portage Public Library
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The Library will be closed on September 7th, 2015 for Labor Day.
Starting September 8th: Get help with your questions about computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, and more! No appointment or registration needed, just show up! Every Tuesday starting September 8th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in the Library Technology Room (by the teen space.)
Back by popular demand, Chair Yoga will be restarting this fall!
Classes are scheduled:
September 3rd, 17th and 24th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm
October 1st, 22nd, and 29th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Back to School Coffee for Parents of school-age children - September 1st, 9:00am to 11:00am
Parents: Drop you kids off at school and then drop in to the library for coffee and treats on us. Enjoy the first day of school with other parents. For events for your children, please see the "children" and "teens" pages.
International Peace Day Program to be held at Portage Public Library on September 21st.
Please see the "events" page for more information!
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.
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.
Adult Programs (Free, no cost)
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 led by Sheril Lannoye, library adult programmer. New members are always welcome!
Tuesday, September 8th -- The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
Linda Wallheim is a devout Mormon, the mother of five boys and the wife of a bishop. But Linda is increasingly troubled by her church's structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in her ward. One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie's husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family, but Linda doesn't trust him. As Linda snoops in the Helm Family's circumstances, she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as a wronged husband.
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 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
For people who know nothing about getting started on Facebook.
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.
A link to our campaign for the library expansion
Feel free to browse this web site.
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