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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.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME with SPECIAL GUEST READERS
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Tuesdays in July at 10:30 in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library

July 1 – an Outdoorsman

July 8 – Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

July 15 – Train Conductor

July 22 – Police Officer

July 29 – Fire Fighter

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 SUMMER READING 2014: I Reading in Portland: Paws for Reading

June 1 – July 31st

All Portland Public Library Locations

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The program will run for 8 weeks, starting the week of June 1st and finishing on July 31st. The goal will be to read (or be read to) 8 books. Each participant ages 5-12 will receive a reading log to keep track of his/her reading, and an Adventure Map. Children under 5 and their parents/caregivers have a special log of early literacy activities.

THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF:

THE ROBERT AND DOROTHY GOLDBERG CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

THE FRANCES HOLLIS BRAIN FOUNDATION

THE GELATO FIASCO

PORTLAND SEA DOGS

GREATER PORTLAND METRO BUS

FRIENDS OF THE PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

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Story Times Begin on May 6
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The Children’s Services staff is delighted to announce the return of our story programs. These programs are designed for different ages and feature stories, songs, fingerplays, music and movement. These activities help promote language development, pre-literacy skills and an enjoyment of reading.

Tuesdays at 10:30 am – PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (3-5 year olds)

Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Thursdays at 4:00 pm – RHYTHM & RHYMES for BABIES (Birth to 24 months)

Fridays at 10:30 am – TALES for TWOS (2 year olds)

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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.

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 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:
Jul29
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME with SPECIAL GUEST READER10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Jul29
Midsummer Poetry at PPL6:45pm - 8:00pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
Burbank Branch Renovation Project
An update on plans to renovate Portland Public Library's Burbank Branch.   More »
FLASH book sale
PPL will hold a FLASH book sale on Saturday, July 29 from 9 am - noon at 1000 Riverside Street.   More »
June programming for Pride Month
PPL to celebrate Pride Month with exciting and informative exhibits, films, and resources.   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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