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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.

Port City Poems: A Reading

Join Portland Poet Laureate Marcia F. Brown and other local poets for a night of short readings from the anthology Port City Poems: Contemporary Poets Celebrate Portland, MainePort City Poems  (published 2013) is a collection of Portland-themed poems compiled by its current and former poets laureate.  Intended to celebrate both Portland’s rich poetry heritage and its vibrant present-day literary community, all poems in the collection are inspired by some aspect of life in the city of Portland, Maine. Poets reading at the event include: Anita Clearfield, Wil Gibson, Megan Grumbling, Claire Hersom, Annaliese Jakimides, Michele Leavitt, John McVeigh, Ed Rielly, Betsy Sholl, David Stankiewicz, Sally Woolf Wade, and Anna Wrobel. Doors open at 6:30; reading is from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Please email hartsig@portland.lib.me.us or call the Reader’s Advisory desk at 871-1700, ext. 705, if you have any questions about the event. This program is free. Light refreshments will be provided.

Join local sexuality educator and owner of Nomia’s Portland’s first women owned and operated sensuality boutique, Gina Rourke and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel in a conversation about the role that erotica plays in literature, in the lives of readers, and in society.

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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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Portland Public Library is proud to be a co-sponsor of the First Annual Portland Greenfest!

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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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Enter our weekly drawing for each book you read and have a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Longfellow Books (thanks Longfellow Books!)

A weekly winner will be chosen at all library locations and at the end of 8 weeks, all entry forms will be entered into a drawing for a Grand Prize!

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Portland Public Library is teaming up with the Portland Museum of Art for select Brown Bag Lectures to offer three afternoons of literature, art, and discussion. On these Wednesdays, start at the Library and join the author lectures, then head to the PMA* for free admission and a tour of works related to the themes in the books. Conversa- tion continues with tea and cookies at the PMA Café.

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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 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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