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 Welcome to the Portage Public Library

Please send email to infoatportagelibrary.us with your comments and suggestions.  Replace (at) with the @ symbol.


Portage Public Library Open House

The Portage Public Library will be hosting an open house on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The library will be open to the public during this time, but some services may be limited.

Green Grocery Bag

Coupon Clipping 101

Tuesday, December 8th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the library Bidwell Room - Dannelle Gay will teach you how to save 50-80% on your grocery bill by finding , organizing, and using coupons! Check out Dannelle at operation40k.com


Job Openings at Portage Public Library:

Circulation Clerk, PT  (Children's Library)

Do you love working with children and parents? The Portage Public Library is currently accepting applications for a part-time circulation clerk in our Children’s Library.  We are looking for a dynamic team member who can work on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. and every fourth Saturday, with the potential to add a few more hours if desired.  These positions do not open up very often, so apply now!

Responsibilities include working at the children’s service desk, shelving library materials, processing new materials and shelving books.  Previous experience working with computers is required. Experience working or volunteering in a library is preferred. A complete job description is available below.

The ideal library employee is flexible, detail-oriented, and customer service driven.  Please submit applications (available at the service desk in the library or at the link below) to Shannon Schultz, Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater Street, Portage, WI 53901.  You may also email it to sschultz@portagelibrary.us. Applications must be received by 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 11, 2015.

Circulation Clerk Job Description

Employment Application


Adult Services Librarian, FT (40 hours/week plus benefits package)

Duties include serving Portage area residents through collection development, reference services, and planning, organizing, and conducting library services and programs for library users of ages 13 to 19, including outreach programming to area schools and youth organizations.  The Adult Services Librarian will also provide reference services to library users of all ages at the information desk.  This position requires regular evening and Saturday work. 

The successful candidate is an enthusiastic, innovative and creative individual who enjoys working with teens, adults, and seniors.  Tech savvy is essential to this position.  Strong organizational, communication and customer service skills are required.  One year of librarian experience in adult services is required; three years of experience is strongly preferred.

Please send your letter of application and resume, including three references, and a cover letter that addresses the above qualifications to Shannon Schultz, Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater Street, Portage, WI 53901.  Email applications are accepted at sschultz@portagelibrary.us.  Application deadline is 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

Adult Services Librarian Job Description

Employment Application

Computer Technology

Tech Tuesdays!

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:

November 5th, and 12th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm

December 3rd, and 10th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Peggy Nelson, M.S.O-T, leads the classes. Chair Yoga is free thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Portage Public Library.


For other upcoming events, be sure to check out the "Events" page and the library Facebook Page!


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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