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posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families

stickToday, we begin our book reviews of titles old and new!

Stick by Andy Pritchett, Candlewick Press, 2013

I can’t help it – I’m always drawn to picture books featuring dogs.  I have been like this since I was a kid.  Sometimes – I’m deeply disappointed in the book.  However, the big-eared canine on the cover of this picture book did not disappoint.

The bubbling excitement of the pup, when a stick is discovered, seems like it should be contagious.  He tries to find a friend to play ‘stick’ – but the cow, bird and pig have other interests.  The poor puppy is dejected – and throws the stick away.  But another puppy finds it and returns to play. The other animals (cow, bird and pig) are attracted by the joy playing ‘stick’ brings to the pups – and join in.

The story is told using only 6 words. But the text size, punctuation marks – and mostly the expressiveness of body language explore the emotions of the simple tale.  Speech balloons indicate who is speaking.  The page colors are bright and cheerful until the two page gray gloom of the poor pup’s dejection at not finding a friend.

The story is VERY simple, and the characters are appealing.  The very limited vocabulary could work for emerging readers.  It is very simply told but captures the joy of finding a friend for very young readers.


Welcome to the new PPL website

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Exhibits & Displays | Library Collections | Online Services | Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Science & Technology

Welcome to the new PPL website. We like to think of it as a Virtual Branch!

It used to be that websites were just layers of pages under a header of some sort that over time became more and more dense. For an information organization like the library, the more pages meant the better the site.  What has become much clearer for PPL over the last 18 months is that the website is our virtual branch — complete with its own unique opportunities and challenges, like a physical library location. It is also a unique opportunity to create a way to recognize our users as being many kinds of people  and needing to be served in many different ways.

We hope that this new online library environment and experience is exciting and productive for you and just maybe you’ll find what you seek and be exposed to the unexpected!

Please tell us how we can make it better by dropping us a note at

We thank our friends at Vont Web Marketing, our partner in conceiving and creating this site, and the Sam L. Cohen Foundation without whose support we could not have completed this effort.

Enjoy your explorations!


posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Recommended Reads | Kids & Families

The Children’s Services Area of the Portland Public Library will more actively keep you informed about programs, special events, books and more through the blog.

This will include the start of MONTGOMERY’S VIEW.  Beginning this week we will begin to post reviews of children’s books – at least once a week.  These posts will be featured under the title MONTGOMERY’S VIEW – in honor of our resident moose.  We will review new titles on our shelves, books on order and soon to arrive – as well as old favorites that we want you to know about.

Tomorrow the first MONTGOMERY’S VIEW will appear!

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