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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.


Feast of Films

On Thursday nights in November, the Library will present a series of films about food. Join us at 6:30 pm. All films are free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Calling all writers! Are you looking for someone to critique your work? Interested in meeting other writers? Searching for inspiration and collaboration? Meet up with like-minded locals at Portland Public Library to discuss authors and ideas and listen to and inspire one another!

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Community Health Fair on Tuesday, October 18th from 5-7pm in Rines auditorium in the lower level of the Portland Public Library. The Health Fair is free and open to the public and will provide education on common chronic illnesses such as: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, balance disorders, depression, and more. There will also be a career discussion panel beginning at 5pm. Free blood pressure and balance screenings will be availablethroughout the night.

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Join PPL &  libraries across North America for Indie Author Day on October 8th, 2016! This event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in author panels, workshops, presentations & more. Then, at 2 pm EST everyone will join a digital gathering featuring Q&A with writers, agents and industry leaders that will bring together the larger indie community.

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Join us on Thursday evenings for a series of films based on banned books. This year’s selections feature some classic American novels, a Stephen King story, and a rarely seen version of Alice in Wonderland. 6:30 pm in the Rines Auditorium. All screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

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Greater Portland’s only writing group dedicated to journal and memoir writing! Journalists will be encouraged to produce creative, reflective writing through the 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.

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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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Celebrating the Freedom to Read
As books continue to be challenged, restricted and banned at schools and libraries across the country, we pause to think about censorship and celebrate our freedom to read and openly access information.

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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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Up Next at the Library:
Choose Civility Election Series 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Rines Auditorium
Adult Knitting Group at Riverton6:30pm - 7:30pm
Riverton Branch
From the PPL blog:
American Archives Month – Historical Research of Maine Businesses & Industries
PPL resources for historical research of businesses and industries in Maine and Portland.   More »
October is American Archives Month – Researching your house
The Portland Room & Archives offers many resources for researching the history of your family house.   More »
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Jim Charette   Email »
City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x732
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