The Library will be closed Monday, April 21 in observance of Patriot's Day. We will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday, April 22.
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Kids and Families

Children’s Services Has Something for Children of All Ages

PPL mooseYou are invited to bring your family to the library! Read, learn, grow, and play at PPL. PPL has a strong (and long) tradition of serving kids & families with great collections, programs, and services designed to build kids’ love of reading and discovery, as well as engaging with parents, teachers, and other child educators.

Every PPL location has a dedicated area just for kids, for reading, exploring, and enjoying our programs.

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Join us during April vacation week for an extraordinary magic performance by Scott Jameson.  Don’t miss this show  -  Wednesday, April 23rd in the Rines Auditorium at 2:30 pm.

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Story Times take a Vacation

There have been some staff changes in the Children’s Services Department at the Main Library – so we are taking some time to step back and look at our programming.  Beginning Monday, March 17 we will have a programming hiatus at the Main Library (except for the Read to Grace program).  We will be working hard to refresh our programming schedule.  Programs will restart later in the spring.

Thanks for your patience – and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Grace will be visiting the library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month beginning January 21st to encourage children to read and to be a furry, non-judgmental listener to readers.  Readers to age 12 can sign up for a 15 minute session with Grace.  SIGN UP IN ADVANCE.

Family Place Library & Workshops

Join us at the Family Place Library in the Main Library, a specially-designed family-centered space filled with books, toys, music, and multimedia materials for very young children, parents, and caregivers to play, learn, and build early literacy.

We offer special five-week programs throughout the year for toddlers and their parents and caregivers featuring local professionals who share information for parents as the first teachers of their children, and teach strategies for healthy child development and early literacy.

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story time

We offer several story times designed for kids from birth to age 5 at all of our locations, from basic rhymes to movement and music. Join us and cultivate a love of reading in your child early on!

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Fiber Fun

Kids and Teens – do you like to:

Knit? Weave? Crochet? Do Needlepoint?

Join us every Monday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the Main Library. We have plenty of yarn to share, but please bring your own equipment or tools.  Basic knitting instruction provided if needed.

The program is for ages 5 to 19.  Adults over 19 are welcome when participating with a child.  Kids younger than 8 must have an adult with them.

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Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Homeschoolers

PPL’s Children’s Services Team has put together a collection of books, resources, and other events for educators and others who take care of children.

Schools and community groups can also call the library to set up tours, story programs, booktalks, and research instruction. In addition, the Children’s Library staff offer outreach programs to schools, day cares, and community centers to talk about the wonders of reading and kids’ learning resources. Contact us at 207.871.1700 x707 or childrens@portland.lib.me.us.

NOTE: Using the new library catalog

To ensure compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPA), some features in the new catalog are
restricted and not available to children under age 13. Restricted features include the ability to share comments,
send/receive messages, and create a free-text username. For more information, see How to Use My PPL.

Up Next at the Library:
Apr18
Toddler Time at Riverton with Miss Phyllis9:30am - 10:15am
Riverton Branch
Apr18
Preschool Story Time at Peaks10:15am - 11:15am
Peaks Island Branch
Apr18
Preschool Story Time at Burbank with Erica10:15am - 10:45am
Burbank Branch
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Contact the team leader
Mary Peverada   Email »
Children's Services Team Leader Youth Services Department Head
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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