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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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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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The Definitive Survey of a Re-Discovered American Genre from the Lesser Collection at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Sensational paintings that gripped the Depression-era public with their themes of adventure, mystery, horror, sci-fi and damsels in distress.

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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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Save the date! This year’s International Games Day is happening on Saturday, November 15, from 11am to 4pm. International Games Day @ Portland Public Library is a celebration of games, play, libraries, and learning that any library in the world can join.

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This Fall, the library will be presenting monthly workshops with our Technology Manager. Learn more about these opportunities here.

If you’re thinking about making the transition to open source technology, now is your chance to learn some fundamental programming skills at the Library! – See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/sams-test-highlight/#sthash.KhHAU79J.dpuf
If you’re thinking about making the transition to open source technology, now is your chance to learn some fundamental programming skills at the Library! – See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/sams-test-highlight/#sthash.KhHAU79W
If you’re thinking about making the transition to open source technology, now is your chance to learn some fundamental programming skills at the Library! – See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/?post_type=highlight&p=23480&preview=true#sthash.z6pubed0.dpuf
If you’re thinking about making the transition to open source technology, now is your chance to learn some fundamental programming skills at the Library! – See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/sams-test-highlight/#sthash.KhHAU79J.dpuf
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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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Visit our library locations to experience a variety of visual and performing arts.

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The results are in for HeLPURS, the first ever research study into the relationship between public library use and public health, a partnership between Portland physician Dr. Sam Zager and the Portland Public Library. The results provide evidence that public library use has quantifiable associations with health, particularly in the areas of substance abuse and depression-anxiety disorders. The most dramatic finding is that moderate or higher use of public libraries is associated with tobacco cessation. Individuals who have ever been smokers and who used the library at least moderately – seven or more items checked out per active year – were nearly three times more likely to have successfully quit smoking, compared with smokers who used the library less.

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[ See our original October 2013 post about the launch of the study. ]

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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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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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From the PPL blog:
It’s still 2014. We’re still reading good books.
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Whose Port This Is, I Think I Know: PPL & Local Poetry in October
A description of the October 2014 Port City Poems reading at PPL.   More »
eBook Privacy and the Adobe Controversy
PPL echoes eBook privacy concerns surrounding Adobe Digital Editions version 4.   More »
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207-871-1700 x725
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