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.

 

Portland Public Library is an official 2019 Come Write In location for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This is a fun approach to creative writing, and is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Join us every Tuesday & Saturday in November and write your novel!

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Linda Aldrich, Portland’s Poet Laureate, hosts a series of poetry readings that feature a range of local voices through varying themes and collaborations of poets.

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Portland Public Library is hosting a Halloween-themed reading of short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with a haunted vibe, a gruesome twist, or a general fall feeling on October 24th from 6-7:30 pm. Interested writers should email their pieces to pplwritersmeetup@gmail.com by Thursday, October 17th.

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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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Portland Public Library hosts nationally touring authors at the Spotlight Series. Authors talk about newly released work followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. The series is co-hosted by Portland Public Library and sponsored by the Press Hotel and Bangor Savings Bank.

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Looking for help with reading suggestions? Would you love to get a personalized list of ideas based on your own reading interests? Our Reader’s Advisory staff is here to help! We’re ready to put our professional book-matching skills to work.

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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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Portland Public Library’s knitting groups are geared toward adults who enjoy socializing and sharing projects, patterns, and ideas. Meetings are held every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30pm at our Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Avenue, and the second Saturday of every month from 10:30am-12:00pm at our Burbank Branch, 377 Stevens Avenue.

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Join Maine Medical Center, The University of New England, and Portland Public Library for our fourth annual Community Health Fair! This event is free and open to all.

 

 

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Death Cafes are interesting and inviting gatherings held around the world to increase awareness of the importance of making the most of this life as we ponder what we know of death.

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Up Next at the Library:
Oct23
Oct24
Halloween Reading for Local Writers6:00pm - 7:30pm
meeting room (5)
Oct24
Classics of Horror: Don't Look Now6:30pm - 8:15pm
Rines Auditorium
From the PPL blog:
October Staff Picks
In October our staff looks at fantastic fiction and nonfiction picks.   More »
Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Maine Citizen’s Guide to the November 6, 2018 referendum Election.   More »
Snapshots from the Stacks: The Book of the Week Project
We celebrate books, writers, readers, and one year of the Book of the Week project at the library.   More »
Contact the Librarian
Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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