Continuing to promote local history as part of the community’s tourism enhancement goals, the Port Jervis Free Library announces the opening of a permanent photographic exhibit on famed 1890s author, Stephen Crane.

    Conceived, sponsored, and curated by local Crane authority, Robert Eurich, owner of the community-oriented PortJervisNY.com website, the exhibit primarily uses photos from the archives of the Minisink Valley Historical Society to tell Crane’s story though images of Port Jervis as he would have known it.

    In commemoration of Crane’s 145th birthday, the exhibit opened to the public on November 1, 2016 and is available for viewing anytime during the library’s normal business hours.



    30+ languages available to you with your Library card

    Port Jervis Free Library offers free access to Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of online services designed to help people master a new language.
    Rosetta Stone is based on the idea that everyone has the ability to learn a new language. This service offers libraries and their patrons the proven immersion method that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for more than 20 years.

    Rosetta Stone language-learning unlocks that potential with instant feedback, fun activities and expert guidance to keep you engaged and motivated. With a simple log-in through the Library, you can: 
    • Learn at your own pace on almost any device with the mobile app.
    • Interact with software that tracks your progress and automatically adjusts to your learning needs.
    • Take core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.



    Why You Should Join the Port Jervis Free Library's Online Book Club? Let me tell you why…it’s fun, it's free and you don’t have to leave your house!

    If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please feel free to email Caitlyn for more information at ctreuting@rcls.org.


    The Port Jervis Free Library was one of 100 libraries in New York State to receive a gift of 100 new children’s books, ranging from pre-kindergarten to early readers. The books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City whose missions are to foster early reading and a love of books, and encourage parents and children to read together.

  • Our Library Receives $10,980 NYS Public Library Construction Grant

    The New York State Education Department and New York State Library announced recently that the Port Jervis Free Library has been awarded a grant of $10,980 for a new handicap door and improvements to the back parking lot. 
    A special thanks to NYS Senator John Bonacic and our NYS Assemblymen Karl Brabenec for their support of this project. Their effective leadership on the state level benefits our community, especially when competing for limited public library construction funds. 
    The new handicap door was installed in 2016 and the work on the back parking lot will start in summer 2017.


    Today's libraries are not just for books, computers and magazines – the Port Jervis Free Library now has its own geocache!  In geocaching, participants obtain the location of a geocache from a geocaching website www.geocaching.com, use a GPS to arrive in the area of the cache, and then follow clues or simply hunt for the cache.   There are nearly 500 caches waiting to be found within a 10 mile radius of our public library alone! 

    Libraries and geocaching seem to be made for each other.  First, and I believe most importantly, they create a means of uniting the virtual and the real worlds, allowing people to explore both the library building and its resources. Second, they engage people and create community through real life experiences, such as the sudden discovery of a new idea or place that can be transformative. Third, they have a wide appeal across age groups and allow for family or team co-operation and interaction. 

    Come by the Port Jervis Free Library and give the sport of Geocaching a try!



    Brooklyn Botanic GardenAsk us about borrowing passes to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. One pass is good for 2 adults and all accompanying children under 17. Check it out today with your library card!

  • MGM Musical Star, Carleton Carpenter, to Appear at Port Jervis Free Library

    August 7 at 1:30PM

    It's possible his name may not sound familiar but actor Carleton Carpenter holds an indelible place in American film history for his spirited duet with actress Debbie Reynolds in the hit novelty song, "Aba Daba Honeymoon." 

    The Port Jervis Free Library will be screening the film, Two Weeks With Love, on Monday August 7th, beginning at 1.30pm. 
    Following the film, Carleton Carpenter will appear in conversation with Michael Zande and discuss the film, as well as talk about some of the fascinating people he has worked with over his long career.
    In addition to his film and stage career, Carleton has had a successful career as a magician, songwriter, and mystery novelist.  His latest book, a memoir entitled The Absolute Joy of Work, will be available for purchase.
    The event will be held at the Port Jervis Free Library on Monday, August 7th, beginning at 1.30.  The movie, conversation, and book signing are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.
    For more information, please call 845-856-7313.


When visiting the library, please park only in the designated Library Parking Lots or on Pike Street.

Persons parking in the VA Health Clinic or Orange County parking lot behind 150 Pike Street will be subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense.  We appreciate your cooperation.


New TASC/HSE/GED Preparation Class Begins

Begins August 28th!

There is a lot of alphabet soup here. GED (General Educational Development), HSE (High School Equivalency), and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). To clar-ify, the SUNY Orange class taught by the Hub Trainers at the Port Jervis Library is an HSE class to prepare students to take the TASC test. When the student passes the TASC, they receive a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma – formerly called a General Educational Diploma (GED). Still confusing? In plain English, if you did not graduate from high school but would like to get your diploma, this is the way to do it!  LET’S GET’R DONE

The class meets:
Monday and Tuesday (5:00 – 7:00 PM) for Core Subjects with Jackie Broder. Jackie also speaks Spanish and can help if English is your second language.
Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 12:30 – 2:30 PM for Math with Anna Seniw. For those who need a little extra help in math, Anna also teaches basic refresher math for students preparing for community col-lege so she can help you even if math is not your strong suit.  This is a second chance to get that High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma.  LET’S GET’R DONE THIS TIME!  Register in Person in The Hub @ the Port Jervis Free Library with picture ID. Fee for entire course is only $12 check or money order made out to SUNY Orange.  Some scholarships may be available. Transportation to some tests will be provided.