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Please note that the online payment system for library fines is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Coming Up:

MacKenzie Rietmann

MacKenzie Rietmann: Elephants and the Amazing Thailand Adventure

October 8th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

MacKenzie will share about her experience caring for elephants in Thailand through the group "Rustic Pathways."


Money Tree

How Money Works in Retirement Seminar

You are invited to attend a seminar on financial planning and wellness to be held at the Portage Public Library on October 19th at 6:30PM. Learn the three root causes of the financial problems most families face and learn principles to make your financial future better. Topics such as "how your life insurance policy works" and "debt stacking" will be discussed, among others. The event is free and open to the general public. Rebecca Kirchberg of Primerica will be presenting the seminar.

Computer Technology

Tech Tuesdays!

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.)


Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga classes are scheduled:

October 1st, 22nd, and 29th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm


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


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.



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 (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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