All Library locations will be closed Thursday, Nov 27, in celebration of Thanksgiving. We will re-open for regular hours on Friday, Nov. 28.
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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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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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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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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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Up Next at the Library:
Nov24
The Pulps!10:00am - 7:00pm
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From the PPL blog:
Forget the Turkey: Poems of Thanksgiving
Links to Thanksgiving poetry and ideas for Thanksgiving poetry available at Portland Public Library.   More »
Choosing to Participate
Choose to participate in Portland; learn more about our November 25th Choose Civility program!   More »
Online Learning and Technology Offerings at PPL
An overview of the online learning options available at PPL, 24/7.   More »
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City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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