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The Portage Public Library Website is under construction. We anticipate the roll-out of a new and modern library website early summer 2015. Thank you for your patience with our current website as we work towards puting out a more attractive and easier to navigate site.



Federal Income Tax Forms Information

Due to federal government changes to the IRS, the PORTAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY will only provide 3 Federal Income Tax Forms:

The library will carry the forms only; we will no longer have instruction books available. If you are in need of instructions for federal tax forms you can obtain copies FREE through:

Please be aware that if you choose to print any copies at the library there will be a charge of $.10 per page.


State Income Tax Forms Information


You and Your Dreams in 2015--Are dreams important? Can dreams change your life? The Portag Public Library is offering you the opportunity to learn more about the power of dreams as you re-evaluate your life in the New Year. Robert Thompson will be facilitating a group on “Dreams” at the Library.  Mr. Thompson has previously taught a class on the history of dreams at MATC (Madison College).  Some topics that could be covered include: the history of dreams through various cultures, dream interpretation, and documenting your own dreams. The first session was in the Tech Room of the library on Thursday, January 22 at 6:30. Due to high interest, the group will continue on a monthly basis. The next sessions will be Mar. 12 at 6:30pm and Mar. 26 at 6:30pm. New participants are welcome. All library programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, call Sheril at 608-742-4959.

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Hanging Up The Rope:

Paul Huebner Book signing and power point presentation --Here! at the Library--Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 PM!

Veteran climber Paul Huebner takes you on some of his climbing adventures to the Alps in Europe, Devils Tower in Wyoming, the Needles in South Dakota, and mountains throughout the Western Hemisphere. He will show slides of his climbs and read excerpts from his book titled "Hanging Up The Rope," in which he describes in vivid detail the many risks, mishaps and close calls he's experienced on these adventures.     

Paul became a recreational rock climber and mountaineer in 1985 at the age of 39. He enjoys many other outdoor pursuits, photography, writing, and of course travel. He has lived in Portage, Wisconsin his entire life and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1977. He became Sauk County's first Parks and Solid Waste Manager before accepting a position in 1980 as a hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. While working for the Department he coauthored several technical publications on the site selection, design, construction, operation and monitoring of engineered solid waste landfills, much of Wisconsin's current solid waste landfill rules and regulations, and led the Solid Waste Team for several years before retiring in 2001.

Paul Huebner


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.

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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)



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.


Book Discussion:  Adventure in Winter

Sponsored by the Friends of the Portage Public Library

Beginning in February 2015

Monthly on following Mondays

5:30 pm,  Brown bag.  Coffee & Tea provided


March 2:  Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - led by Hans Jensen

** April 13:  Pick a sea adventure:     Captains Courageous  by Rudyard Kipling

                             (Choose 1)            The Sea Runner by Ivan James Hall

                                                         Sailing Around the World Alone  by Joshua Slocum

                                                       or a sea adventure of Joseph Conrad or Herman Melville

                                                                        Led by Charles Bradley

May 4:  Endurance by Alfred Lansing  - led by Jane Considine

If the Portage School System cancels school, then the book discussion will be held on the following Monday.

Contact Sue at 742-7844, if you need a ride.



Job Search Club & Career Workshops

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


These are special workshops that are provided during Job Search Club

They cover resumes & cover Letters and interview skills.


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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

chair yoga


NEW Dates for Chair Yoga

With certified instructor, Peggy Nelson

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

2-3 pm in the Bidwell Room.

March 12, 19, and 26


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.  Please call to set up a time.




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!



March 10--The Murder Room (Adam Dalgliesh Series #12) Murders present meet murders past in P.D. James’s latest harrowing, thought-provoking thriller. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne--a museum dedicated to the interwar years, with a room celebrating the most notorious murders of that time--when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the family trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of the fellow trustees and the Dupayne's devoted staff.  Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime.  When it becomes clear that the murderer has been inspired by the real-life crimes from the murder room--and is preparing to kill again--Dalgliesh knows that to solve this case he has to get into the mind of a ruthless killer.

April 14--The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series #19)  Order this one early! Lots of holds on it!! In the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, Detective Harry Bosch and his rookie partner investigate a cold case that gets very hot... very fast. In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other clues are virtually nonexistent. Even a veteran cop would find this one tough going, but Bosch's new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, has no homicide experience. A young star in the department, Soto has been assigned to Bosch so that he can pass on to her his hard-won expertise.Now Bosch and Soto are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive.


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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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