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Library Employment

Job ads

Job Description for Circulation Supervisor

Job Description for Teen Services Coordinator

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trick or treat times

daylight savings time november 2

Set your clocks back an hour.  Daylight savings time ends November 2 @ 2 am


Voting/Election Information in Wisconsin

General Election Day in Wisconsin is November 4, 2014Voting for the city of Portage will be at the Portage Public Library for this election.  The city will be using our lobby and a small part of the library on election day.  PLEASE USE THE CHILDREN'S ENTRANCE TO USE THE LIBRARY.  THE LIBRARY'S MAIN ENTRANCE WILL BE USED FOR VOTING ONLY!

Here are some links to voting/elections.  No ID needed for this election.

Elections (Portage)

Aldermanic & Supervisory Maps (Portage)

Election Polling Locations for Columbia County

Wisconsin Voting Information

Fall 2014 General Election

Find Your Legislator

Wisconsin Application for Absentee Ballot

If you need a photocopy of your ID to submit for voter registration, the library will provide this service for free.




Portage Library Foundation Beer & Wine Tasting Event

Spend an enjoyable evening with music, spirits and lots of people. 

Anyone over 21 is welcome.

November 13, 2014

5-9 pm

$25 per person

Tickets will soon be available @ the library. 

       beer and wine tasting





We now have FREE digital magazines available thanks to the Middleton Library.  You can check out digital magazines with no waiting period or expiration date. They stay on your computer/device until you remove them. Magazines are limited to the Middleton Digital Magazine catalog.  You can only check out the magazines on Middleton's site.  If you go to Zinio and check out a magazine, there will be a charge.  Go to the web site listed on the poster below.  You will need 2 accounts, 1 to check out the magazine through Middleton, and 1 for Zinio so you can read the magazines(you can create accounts when you get on the page).  And if you have a tablet or smartphone, you can scan the code below to get started with Zinio.  The program runs better on another browser beside Internet Explorer.



Once you're in Zinio, go to settings and create a shortcut.  There will be an shortcut placed on one of your screens of your device.  You might need to download the Zinio app, also, to read the magazines. You will need to have a Zinio account.


Overdrive News


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.  There might be problems with Internet Explorer, especially if it's older than Internet Explorer 10.


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.


The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

**AARP's Guide to the Affordable Care Act

Official site of Affordable Care Act Insurance

Health Insurance Marketplace  Online guide for health insurance now that the Affordable Care Act is in effect.

Video about the Affordable Care Act

Young Adult Insurance Coverage

Learn how the healthcare law works for you and your family

Benefits of the Affordable Care Act



Adult Programs



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 (excluding December 2014)
1-3 pm

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



CultureWorks, Inc. Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

November 5, 2014

@ the Portage Public Library

7-8:15 pm

The Effigy Mound Culture, seen during its peak from approximately A.D. 750 thru A.D. 1300, were burial mounds built in the shapes of animals. While these effigy mounds were commonly seen along the shorelines of the Mississippi River or on the bluffs of the “Driftless Region,” the vast majority were spread throughout present-day Wisconsin. The social complexity of the Effigy Mound Culture was unique compared to many other cultures, and moreover has raised many questions about the individuals who created them. Today, many of these mounds have been destroyed due to farming, looting, and increase in building residential housing. Various groups and archaeologists have taken the initiative to preserve the remaining mounds in order to respect the deceased as well as the present day Native American’s culture.
Seth Taft, research archaeologist from Oxford, Wisconsin, will be presenting on interpreting the history of the Effigy Mound Culture as well as addressing the importance of preservation of the  remaining mounds are left today. He will use various archaeology sites as examples in his talk.

For more information, call 608-356-3556

wisconsin burial mounds


Job Search Club & Career Workshops

Every Wednesday in October@ 1:00-3:00 pm

No Job Search Club October 29 and November 12

These are special workshops that are provided during Job Search Club

They cover resumes & cover Letters and interview skills.


job search club


WorkSmart Program (@ the Portage Public Library)

Unemployed? Laid off?  Unsure of your career path?  This program is for you!

Find & achieve your career goals.  Explore training options.  Become work ready and connect with employers.

Need help filling out a job application online?

1-3 pm on:

Thursday, November 20

Call 608-355-4807 to schedule a personal appointment for here at the library




chair yoga


Dates for Chair Yoga

With certified instructor, Peggy Nelson

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

2-3 pm


October:  30

November 6, 13

December 4


Movie & Book Signing:  Secret Life, Secret Death

Thursday, November 6, 2014

6:00 p.m.

The Portage Public Library will have a movie night for adults on Thursday, Nov. 6 @ 6pm to screen the independent film, Secret Life, Secret Death.  This film was produced entirely in Wisconsin with Wisconsin actors, antique trains, vintage cars and period costumes.  Director Genevieve Davis will be present to answer questions and sign the book of the true story.  Friends of the Library will also furnish pizza and beverages to enjoy during the movie or feel free to bring your own bag supper.  For more information, call Sheril at the library, 742-4959.

secret life secret death

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Registration is required.  To register stop at the front desk or 742-4959.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with movie and pizza at 6 p.m.

Computer Help

BASIC ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER HELP is now available.  Someone will be available to help with your computer questions.  The type of help includes:  using a mouse, searching on the Internet, job applications, setting up e-mail.  Times are 1:30- 2:30  p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays with Sheril. Tuesdays @ 5:15 pm or Fridays @ 11am with Kelly.   We have avolunteer, Karyn, who is willing to help.  You have to call to make an appointment with her.  Call 608-742-4959 to sign up or find out available dates . 




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.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

1:30-2:30 p.m. 

held in the Sanderson Room

the innocent by david baldacci

America has enemies -- ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.

But Will Robie may have just made the first—and last—mistake of his career.

The Innocent It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.


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


Ready Wisconsin

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 ( 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:



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? 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 by clicking on "online resources" and then "view by name" then "locally subscribed resources". Scroll down to and click on "Portage Public Library". Or click on the icon below. 


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