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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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Stream movies, tv episodes, audiobooks, and music for FREE using your PPL library card. Sign in and you are set to begin. You can borrow up to 6 items per month and borrowing times are 21 days for an audiobook, 7 days for music, 3 days for video.

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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 with any questions.

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Page to Stage is an opportunity to engage in questions about the plays, playwrights, and ideas presented on Portland Stage Company’s Main Stage.  The discussion is facilitated by Portland Stage artistic staff and free and open to the public.
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Author Talks

Join us to get to know authors at one of our regular author talks.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series, our premier series going into its 20th year, takes place Wednesdays at noon in the Main Library Rines Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

The Friday Local Author Series, Fridays at noon in Main Library Room 5, introduces newer, self-published, or local interest authors.

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What to Read Next

Looking for advice on choosing your next book? We can help!

1. Talk to staff at the Readers Advisory desk (ext. 705) or pick something from our displays of featured good reads.
2. Check out our recommendations and staff picks.
3. Explore Novelist Plus or other online recommendation services we like including Good Reads and Literature Map.
4. Read and enjoy!

Take it to go! Coffeehouse Library Project

Grab a cup of coffee and a good read. PPL and partner coffeehouses around town now provide shelves of quality books available for free – no check out, no due date — just read, enjoy, then return or pass along to another reader.

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Choose Civility

Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility! PPL is pleased to announce  Choose Civility Portland.  With generous funding from the Lerner Foundation, the Library aims to position itself as a community center where citizens can gather to discuss issues that are important to our community.

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Up Next at the Library:
Family Movie Saturdays at Peaks6:00pm - 8:00pm
Peaks Island Branch
Feature Film Saturdays at Peaks8:00pm - 10:00pm
Peaks Island Branch
Closed for Patriot's Day10:00am - 7:00pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
Welcome To HOOPLA! Our Newest Digital Service for DOWNLOADS!
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National Poetry Month at PPL
A time to celebrate poets and poetry and the beauty of language.   More »
Poetry Books in the Portland Room
An exhibit of poetry books in the Portland Room.   More »
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Jim Charette   Email »
City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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