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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.




Portland Public Library is pleased to bring back certified college planner Gary Canter for a series of free workshops on the college planning process.

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The Portland Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.

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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, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you.

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Did you know Legos are not just toys? They’re STEM learning tools. Please join us each week for Lego clubs, and join your neighbors to build in suggested themes and activities.


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Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3
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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Join us on Thursday nights in October to celebrate your intellectual freedom with movies based on banned books. Movies are screened at 6:30 pm in the Rines Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

This year’s featured banned books are:

10/1    A Streetcar Named Desire

10/8    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

10/15  Moll Flanders

10/22  Frankenstein

10/29  The Dead Zone



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The Technology Center has added a Maker Bot Replicator to our services. Currently, this exciting new technology is available by appointment on Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm, or via email. Please read the guidelines to make your appointment, or to learn how to submit your file via email for printing. No experience with 3D printing is required, you can select a test print or have a staff member help you select a design from one of the many free libraries of 3D designs on the web.

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Philosophy Forum - LG

Portland Public Library presents Philosophy Forum, an informal social gathering bringing people together who enjoy discussing philosophical ideas.

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Join us for a series of workshops and programs on this topic, and learn what actions you can take to protect yourself online.


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Please help us determine public computing options by answering a survey. There are paper copies available at the main branch.

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Up Next at the Library:
Legos @ PPL Riverton11:00am - 12:30pm
Riverton Branch
Closed for Columbus Day10:00am - 7:00pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
True Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
True Story is a book club that meets to discuss nonfiction of all sorts.   More »
Intellectual Freedom
What does intellectual freedom mean to you?   More »
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Jim Charette   Email »
City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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