Connect with the Library:

We love bookgroups!

Join one of our ongoing bookgroups at our branches, or let us help your bookgroup with suggestions for what to read, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you. Contact the Main Library Readers Advisory Desk at 207-871-1700 x705 or burrows@portlandpubliclibrary.org with any questions.

Peaks Island Branch:

boyonthewoodenFirst Tuesday Book Group

First Tuesday of each month
7:00pm – 8:00pm

First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse, overlooking the water. There is a moderator for each discussion and on occasion the author is present. Once a year the Fifth Grade Class from Peaks Island Elementary School joins the adults to discuss a specially chosen book.

First Tuesdays Book Discussion is supported by the Friends of the Peaks Island Branch Library, who purchase extra library copies of the books when needed. Some people attend regularly, but different books draw in different people. Anyone is welcome at any meeting. Readers are encouraged to call (776-5540), email (peaks@portland.lib.me.us) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Books We Read In 2014:
June 3 – Life Saving Lessons by Linda Greenlaw
July 1 – The Color of Water by James McBride
August 5 – The Water Is Wide: a Memoir by Pat Conroy
September 9 – The Round House by Louise Erdrich
October 7 – The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
November 4 – Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
December 2 – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Upcoming meetings for 2015:
January 6 – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
February 3 – An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff
March 3 – Mr. Emerson’s Wife by Amy Belding Brown
April 7- East of the Mountains by David Guterson
May 5- The Boy On the Wooden Box, a memoir by Leon Leyson*

*Note: The Peaks Island School fourth and fifth graders will be reading “The Boy On the Wooden Box”  and will attend the book discussion on May 5.


Main Library:

 

relishFriday Night Book Club
Third Friday of each month
Meeting Room #5 in Lower Level
5:45pm – 7:00pm

Friday Night Book Club is for those interested in reading and discussing fiction written within the last twenty years. The group meets the third Friday of every month with discussions led by library staff members. Friday Night Book Club is a social event where readers will have a chance to socialize before the discussion begins at 6pm. Join us and bring a friend!

Readers are encouraged to call the Readers’ Advisory desk (871-1700 x705), email (burrows@portlandpubliclibrary.org) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Books We Read in 2014:
March 28 – The Dinner by Herman Koch
April 25 – Dear Life by Alice Munro
May 30 – An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
June 27 – How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
July 25 – Fair Play by Tove Jansson
August 29 – Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
September 26 – Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
October 24* - The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
November 21* – The Circle by Dave Eggers
December 19 @ 5pm* – We’ll be voting for books to read in 2015 (bring your suggestions!)

Upcoming meetings for 2015:

January 16: This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
February 20: Revolutionary, by Alex Myers
March 27: Lucky Us, by Amy Bloom
April 17: Life Among Giants, by Bill Roorbach
May 15: Relish, by Lucy Knisley
June 19: Station Eleven​, by ​Emily St. John Mandel


Main Library:

moneyballRead with Steve
Second Tuesday of each month
Meeting Room 2
1:00- 2:00pm
Genre: sports

Read with Steve “Best of Sports” Book Club is led by Portland Public Library executive director Steve Podgajny and is for those interested in reading and discussing sports-themed books.

Readers are encouraged to call the Readers’ Advisory desk (871-1700 x705), email (burrows@portlandpubliclibrary.org) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Bring your lunch; drinks will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Books We Read in 2014:
June 10 – October 1964 by David Halberstam
July 8 – Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
August 12 – Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
September 9 - The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
October 14 - A Nice Little Place on the North Side by George F. Will
November 18 – Take Time for Paradise by A. Bartlett Giamatti
December 9 -  Reading: Various Sources of Polo Grounds – specifically Bobby Thomson’s Home Run: Underworld by Dom DeLillo (approximately first 100 pages) and Selections from A Moment in Time by Ralph Branca

Upcoming meetings for 2015:
January 13 – The Natural by Bernard Malamud
February 10 – Ball Four by Jim Bouton
March 10 – The Dreyfus Affair: A love story by Peter Lefcourt
April 14 – The Catcher Was a Spy by Nicholas Dawidoff
May 12 – Moneyball by Michael Lewis
June 9 – Men at Work by George Will

 



Riverton Branch Library:

 Meet the Author @ Riverton’s Book Group Meeting!

This month local author Monica Wood will join us to discuss her memoir
When We Were The Kennedys.

The Book Group will meet Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 pm.
All are welcome but space is limited so please call 797-2915 to reserve a seat.

- See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.WFbHfOLh.dpuf

 Meet the Author @ Riverton’s Book Group Meeting!

This month local author Monica Wood will join us to discuss her memoir
When We Were The Kennedys.

The Book Group will meet Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 pm.
All are welcome but space is limited so please call 797-2915 to reserve a seat.

- See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.WFbHfOLh.dpuf


iammalalaRiverton Book Group
Second Thursday of each month
6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Riverton Branch Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We are always open for new members so be sure to stop by and share your thoughts, or not!

Readers are encouraged to call (797-2915), email (riverton@portland.lib.me.us) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Books We Read in 2014:
October 9 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
November 13 - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
December 11 - When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood

Upcoming meetings for 2015:
January 8, 2015  - A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
February 12 – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
March 12 – The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
April 9 – One Hundred Years of Solitde by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

May 14 – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
June 11 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
July 9 – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
August 13 – The Help by Kathryn Stockett
September 10- Angle of Repose by Wallace Earle Stegner
October 8 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
November 12 – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
December 10 – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Upcoming Events:
May12
Read with Steve: Moneyball
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults
May14
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
May15
Friday Night Book Club:
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults
May15
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults This month we're discussing the graphic novel "Relish" by Lucy Knisley. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call 871-1700 ext. 705 to reserve a copy of the book.
Jun09
Read with Steve: Men at Work
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults
Jun11
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Jun19
Friday Night Book Club:
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults
Jun19
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults This month we're discussing the novel "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call 871-1700 ext. 705 to reserve a copy of the book.
Jul09
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Jul17
Friday Night Book Club:
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults
Aug13
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Aug21
Friday Night Book Club:
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults
Sep10
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Earle Stegner. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Sep18
Friday Night Book Club:
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults
Oct08
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Nov12
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Dec10
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.