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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.

Join us at PPL for  Money Smart Week 2015 with programming on Tues April 21, Wednesday April 22 and  Friday April 24 on a variety of financial topics from credit reports to student loans to end of life planning.


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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.

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Poetry Aloud

April is National Poetry Month. BONUS EVENT! Port Veritas & PPL Poetry Slam with Performance Poets on Thursday, April 30, Rines Auditorium. 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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Registration is required for this workshop.  Please call Harper at (207) 871-1700 x 756 or email chance@portlandpubliclibrary.org.  The workshop will be held at 10:30am-12:30pm from March 26th through May 28th with a culminating concert on June 4th.

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Announcing Portland’s first maker fair!

Makers@PPL is the first local event to celebrate maker culture, and bring together the talents and creativity in the community to share ideas and projects with others. Mark the day on your calendar– Saturday, April 25, 11 to 4– and come ready to learn new skills, experiment with tools and materials, and observe stuff used in ways you never thought possible! Regardless of your background or expertise, this event will show you that everyone is a maker; after all, humans have been inventing and experimenting for hundreds of years.

Makers@PPL will highlight the importance of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math), and will showcase workshops and presentations that not only teach, but are fun and engaging. Think: robots, flying helicopters, cheese tastings, blacksmithing, table saw trainings, and so much more.

No registration is required. Detailed programs with time and location for workshops will be available soon!

A big thank you to our sponsors: Port Island Realty,  Open Bench Project, & Maine State Library.


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The Portland Public Library offers classes for all levels of computer users.  Advance registration is required– please call 871-1700 x 708, or stop by the public computing desk at the main library to get on the roster.

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The Friday Local Author Series is held from 12pm-1pm in the Main Library’s Meeting Room 5.

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The Library is pleased to partner with Cornerstones of Science to offer monthly Science Cafes on a wide range of issues and topics of interest to our community.

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Our Places, Our Times : Portland Through the Decades, 1930s – 2000s is an comprised of series of photos pulled from the Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.

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They photojournalists were there for every moment, capturing the stories of Mainers one frame at a time. This collection showcases the year’s best work by Press Herald staff.

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