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.

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

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Portland Public Library’s early literacy initiative Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library ® is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association (divisions of the American Library Association.) This parent education initiative stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adult in a child’s life. Developing early literacy skills has a long-term impact on children’s reading achievement and academic success.

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Reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing are the five practices that stimulate the growth of a child’s brain and make the connections that will become the foundation for reading. The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be presenting, Singing Through Your Day, a series of programs and workshops for parents and caregivers and their young children which will focus on the practice of singing.

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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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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:
Mar26
Read to Ruby! Riverton's Library Dog4:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverton Branch
Mar26
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies4:00pm - 4:30pm
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Mar27
Toddler Story Time at Riverton10:00am - 10:45am
Riverton 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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