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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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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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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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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. Experiment with BookPsychic, an interactive recommender from LibraryThing that makes recommendations based on your reading preferences.
4. Explore Novelist Plus or other online recommendation services we like including Good Reads and Literature Map.
5. Read and enjoy!

Up Next at the Library:
Jul26
Family Movie Saturdays at Peaks6:00pm - 8:00pm
Peaks Island Branch
Jul26
Feature Film Saturdays at Peaks8:00pm - 10:00pm
Peaks Island Branch
Jul28
Gmail for Beginners2:00pm - 4:00pm
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From the PPL blog:
FLASH book sale
PPL will hold a FLASH book sale on Saturday, July 29 from 9 am - noon at 1000 Riverside Street.   More »
Woman’s Literary Union on Digital Commons
Woman's Literary Union ephemera and pamphlets added to Digital Commons   More »
Louise Penny to speak about book “How the Light Gets In”
PPL and Longfellow Books present a book talk and signing by Louise Penny on Thursday, July 31at 7pm.   More »
Contact the team leader
Jim Charette   Email »
City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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