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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.

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NEXT EVENT: DECEMBER 22, 2014! At Poetry Aloud, PPL’s community takes to the microphone to share favorite poetry by published poets. (Think Dickinson, think Dove, or think differently!) Each spring, summer, fall, and winter, poetry lovers gather at the Main Library for an evening of simply reading aloud and listening to others read. Join us each season to share.

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Call For Presenters: Makers @ PPL
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The inaugural Makers @ PPL event is happening here on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11am to 4pm. The community is invited to respond to the Call for Presenters from December 1 through January 15, via this form: http://bit.ly/1vsVoFc.

Maker culture is a movement that emerged from the do-it-yourself community. This attitude that people can best learn new skills through hands on experimentation has been embraced by open source computer advocates, manufacturers looking for ways to renew interest in craftsmanship, and librarians and educators who advocate for information sharing and engagement with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math).

Community focused interaction around making has proven to be one of the best ways to incubate and develop ideas. With that, Portland Public Library is excited to announce the first Makers @ PPL event— an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn about all the creative opportunities right here in Portland.

The themed tracks of the event have a broad appeal—Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Entrepreneurship, Food & Drink, and Local History. This event is designed to expose people to a variety of topics, ideas, and new materials, and the hope is that people will not only walk away with a bag full of creations, but with a profound sense of having learned something new.

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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. Contact the Main Library Readers Advisory Desk at 207-871-1700 x705 or charette@portland.lib.me.us with any questions.

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New Printing Options

The Public Computing area in the Main Library will now be offering a wide variety of printing options. The new machine is capable of black and white copies and printing, color copies and printing, scanning, faxing, print from USB, and wireless printing.

Instructions are available at the Public Computing Help Desk, and costs for each service are listed below:

  • Color prints and copies: 25₵
  • Black & white prints and copies: 15₵
  • Fax: 75₵ session fee, 25₵ per page
  • Scan: free

To print wirelessly, you will need to create and register an account with OCS Web Print.

Please note that PDF is the preferred format for materials printed wirelessly.

 

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To celebrate the importance of reading, film and the freedom of the First Amendment, the Portland Public Library presents the third annual “Banned Book Film Series”.  Join us for a screening of each film in the Rines Auditorium. These films are Rated for adults. Refreshments will be provided.  Thursdays in October!

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Up Next at the Library:
Dec20
The Pulps!10:00am - 5:00pm
Main Library
Dec22
The Pulps!10:00am - 7:00pm
Main Library
Dec23
The Pulps!10:00am - 7:00pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
Reflections on Civility
The Choose Civility Initiative depends on the values of respect, curiosity, and advocacy.   More »
Picturing Portland : Portland Public Conversation #3 – Dec 9th (7:30 am coffee / 8:00 am start)
The Choose Civility initiative invites readers to reflect on the issue as we look to 2015!   More »
Announcing the Call for Presenters: Makers @ PPL
Call for Presenters: Makers @ PPL! Share your skills, creative pursuits, and knowledge!   More »
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