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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.

Celebrate Picturebook Month! Listen to authors and illustrators answer the question: “What is a picture book?”




Celebrate the 20th anniversary of ALICIA HAS A BAD DAY by Lisa Jahn-Clough with an art exhibit of the picture book’s artwork in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library.  The exhibit opens on First Friday, November 7, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Maine author/illustrator Lisa Jahn-Clough will appear at the event.

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Here is a two month view of activities at the Main Library’s Children’s Room (Monument Square)

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Toddler Story Time at Riverton

Interact with your toddler (ages 2-3) while we read books and sing songs to nurture a love of books early in your child’s life.  This program encourages children to be active with music and storytelling. Parents and caregivers are expected to stay with children during all story time sessions.

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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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

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:
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Preschool Story Time10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
From the PPL blog:
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Forget the Turkey: Poems of Thanksgiving
Links to Thanksgiving poetry and ideas for Thanksgiving poetry available at Portland Public Library.   More »
eBook Privacy and the Adobe Controversy
PPL echoes eBook privacy concerns surrounding Adobe Digital Editions version 4.   More »
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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