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.


Are you worried about losing your MaineCare (formerly Medicaid) health insurance? Do you need other options for healthcare? Community Health Workers from the New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO) can help with your MaineCare enrollment and renewal information or enrolling in healthcare via the Healthcare Marketplace at

French and Arabic interpretation available.

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2023 Scary Story Writing Contest

This year marks Portland Public Library’s Inaugural Scary Story Writing Contest! Time to get scary and enter for a chance to win a prize and showcase your story on our website. We want to be extra scared this Halloween, so send us your most bone-chilling story!

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An illustration of both a violin and a trumpet with music nots in the background.

The Noonday Concert Series provides free access to live performances by Maine’s most talented musicians throughout the academic year. The series has always been an integral part of the Conservatory’s mission to provide equal access to high quality music and highlight its talented faculty and students.

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Two new mothers discuss their postpartum concerns

An open support group offering information, resources, and community for new parents. Topics include caregiver and child health, access to local and state resources, nutrition, and more. Presented by medical students in the Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track MD Program and featured guest speakers. Lingala and Portuguese language interpretation and limited child care available on-site.

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Our Book of the Week project is created by Reader’s Advisory staff and is focused on sharing one great book from across the Library’s collections each week.  You can see a photo of each new book of the week and a list of the books in our library catalog here.

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Join fellow Mainers for a statewide Summer Reading program, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine State Library.

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to-go coffee cup with a skull on the sleeve

Death Cafés are full of nourishing conversation, heartwarming reflections, and a plethora of questions about how we are all leaving this planet.

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Portland’s Public Health department will be on-site at the Downtown Library from 10am–12pm all week with information about their array of programs and services to help individuals and families get and stay healthy.

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These local resources are geared towards supporting seniors in a number of ways.

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These organizations can support New Mainers in a number of ways;  housing, food and childcare, employment and education, legal advice, healthcare and making meaningful connections in your community.

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Up Next at the Library:
Asylum Seeker Resource Center10:00am - 4:00pm
Meeting Room (5)
PPL Annual Book Sale10:00am - 3:00pm
Writing Group for Adults at Peaks9:00am - 9:45am
Peaks Island Branch
From the PPL blog:
Here in the Night: September Staff Picks
PPL library staff share reading ideas for September.   More »
Summer Reading 2023: A Shining Success for Young Readers
Rain, fog, and more rain could not dampen the start to our 2023 Summer Reading Program @ PPL. This y   More »
PPL Downtown’s Roof-Top Gulls Take Flight
As summer transitions and prepares to take flight into fall, so do our winged rooftop friends, the r   More »
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Sarah Skawinski   Email »
Adult Services Director
207-871-1700 x726
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