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Portland is a City of Readers! The Library is your partner to explore, research, and share the love of reading and learning. We love recommending what to read next, what’s popular and what’s lesser known, and what’s going on in the library and the community for our adult patrons.
Announcing Portland’s first maker fair!
Makers@PPL is the first local event to celebrate maker culture, and bring together the talents and creativity in the community to share ideas and projects with others. Mark the day on your calendar– Saturday, April 25, 11 to 4– and come ready to learn new skills, experiment with tools and materials, and observe stuff used in ways you never thought possible! Regardless of your background or expertise, this event will show you that everyone is a maker; after all, humans have been inventing and experimenting for hundreds of years.
Makers@PPL will highlight the importance of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math), and will showcase workshops and presentations that not only teach, but are fun and engaging. Think: robots, flying helicopters, cheese tastings, blacksmithing, table saw trainings, and so much more.
No registration is required. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the date.
Please note that we are still looking for supporters, we have sponsorships at all levels. Please contact Samantha, the event organizer for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Portland Public Library offers classes for all levels of computer users. Advance registration is required– please call 871-1700 x 708, or stop by the public computing desk at the main library to get on the roster.
Join one of our ongoing bookgroups at our branches, or let us help your bookgroup with suggestions for what to read, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you.
The Friday Local Author Series is held from 12pm-1pm in the Main Library’s Meeting Room 5.
The Library is pleased to partner with Cornerstones of Science to offer monthly Science Cafes on a wide range of issues and topics of interest to our community.
Volunteers from AARP will be at the Main Library to help patrons file their taxes (free of charge!) Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 AM to close – last appointment at 5:30 – starting February 3rd and going through April 15th. The phone number to make appointments will be shared closer to the start date. Stay tuned!
Our Places, Our Times : Portland Through the Decades, 1930s – 2000s is an comprised of series of photos pulled from the Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.
They photojournalists were there for every moment, capturing the stories of Mainers one frame at a time. This collection showcases the year’s best work by Press Herald staff.
Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.
In light of the recent resurgence in Civil Rights activism, and in honor of the birth month of the Reverend Martin Luther King, the Library presents a series in January of films from California Newsreel.
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