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.

International Games Day

International Games Day @ Portland Public Library is a celebration of games, play, libraries, and learning that any library in the world can join.  This is literally a world-wide event, with libraries on all seven continents participating (including Antarctica!). Here in Portland, it is a true community event, and a great way to spark conversations about the importance, power, and diversity of Portland’s people. 

We will have four rooms reserved for gaming, each with a special purpose—one for card games, another for board games, and another for video gaming. The assortment of games is appropriate for all ages—ranging from Mancala, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Candyland, to Trivial Pursuit. There will be a special library version of jenga, and other fun surprises.

Also—come use one of the library’s laptops to participate in the international Minecraft Hunger Games tournament.

Save the date! This year’s International Games Day is happening on Saturday, November 15, from 11am to 4pm.

Here is a monthly calendar of activities!

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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.

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Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
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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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