Adults

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.

 

PPL’s Business & Government Librarian will show you how to find in-depth information to help you launch or grow your business.

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Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Jason Grundstrom-Whitney as he reads from his new book Bear, Coyote, Raven. The reading will be held Saturday, February 22nd, from 2-3pm in the Rines Auditorium.

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Join us during February School Break for a conversation between two celebrated authors of contemporary teen fiction, Maria Padian and Shana Youngdahl! Maria and Shana will discuss Maria’s brand new book, How to Build a Heart.

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Portland Public Library is seeking short fiction and nonfiction essay, story, or poetry submissions for a Valentine’s Day-themed reading, and we want to hear from you! Interested writers may email their pieces to pplwritersmeetup@gmail.com by Friday, February 7th. All are welcome to attend the reading on March 12th.

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This spring, join a group at the Peaks Island Branch Library for focused writing time in a quiet space every other ThursdayBring your notebook or laptop and your memories! We’ll be working on memoir and personal essays. 

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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 the library’s collections each week. The book might be fiction or nonfiction, a new title or an older gem from the stacks. 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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The third annual Portland Public Library Reading Challenge is here! We have selected 24 book prompts and we challenge you to read one book from each category throughout the year. That’s just two books a month – will you accept the challenge?

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On Thursday nights in February, we present a series of films by and about the Black Americans. 6:30 pm in the Rines Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

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

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Our Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the third Wednesday of each month. We host New England authors with recently-released work in conversation with a literary friend, colleague or critic. Bring your lunch and join us!

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Up Next at the Library:
Feb26
One-on-One Technology Tutoring10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library
Feb26
Architecture with Birds in Mind5:30pm - 7:00pm
Architecture with Birds in Mind
Feb27
Monthly Business Data Workshop12:00pm - 1:30pm
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Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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