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Portland is a City of Readers! The Library is your partner to explore, research, and share the love of reading and learning. We love recommending what to read next, what’s popular and what’s lesser known, and what’s going on in the library and the community for our adult patrons.


This series is co-presented with the University of New England, and is intended to highlight the remarkable gathering of world leaders in Portland for the Arctic Council meeting. Please join us to learn more about this important topic.


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Sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series will present a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative as we engage in these important issues and conversations.

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The Journaling in the Library group will meet monthly in the Portland Room. This will be the Greater Portland region’s only writing group dedicated to journal and memoir writing, and welcomes all ages and manual writing media. Journaling encourages creative, reflective writing- along with reading, extending the Library’s literacy mission.

Journaling in the Library makes use of autobiographic and historic elements in PPL’s collections: this includes memoirs, archives, journalism, letter correspondence, and the history of writing in material culture.
The format is similar to many other writing groups, though focused on journaling: using assigned prompts for written exploration. Participants will have opportunities to cultivate and read their writing, with the support of the community that comprises the group.

3rd Wednesdays of the month, 5:30pm-7pm, in the Portland Room : beginning on September 21st

Read on to find out about the current varieties of seeds available to borrowers, and some growing tips. Check out is at the Main Library Reference desk.

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Join one of our ongoing bookgroups at our branches, or let us help your bookgroup with suggestions for what to read, book sets you can borrow, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you.

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Greet the summer with an eye for exploring the world– check out one of the five Family Science Backpacks. Available to borrow for one week, see the staff at the Children’s Desk in the main library for more information!

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Always available eBooks  — 24/7

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Instantly stream music 24/7 with your library card.

We bring you thousands of artists and titles, all genres –  Explore and enjoy them, always available, no waiting lists.


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Instantly stream videos and TV 24/7 with your library card.

We bring you thousands of movies — popular, niche, documentary, performance. Explore and enjoy them, always available, no waiting lists.

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Overdrive borrow digital books

Download popular eBooks and eAudiobooks for free to your computer, portable player, eBook reader, tablet, and smartphone from the Maine Infonet Download Library, powered by OverDrive and offered in partnership with other Maine libraries. PPL also subscribes to OverDrive Advantage, which gives PPL cardholders additional titles to download.

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Up Next at the Library:
Adult Knitting Group at Riverton6:30pm - 7:30pm
Riverton Branch
POV Film Series Presents: My Way to Olympia 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Rines Auditorium
From the PPL blog:
Adventures in Staff Picks
August staff picks focus on adventure.   More »
Olympic Vocabulary
A short list of sports vocabulary from the Olympics.   More »
Riverton Branch schedule update
Information about the updated schedule of open hours at PPL's Riverton Branch.   More »
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Jim Charette   Email »
City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x732
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