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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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Your digital presence is more than just what you choose to share on social media and what you type in your email account– it impacts your reputation, your privacy, and almost every aspect of your personal, social, and professional life today. Librarians are some of the oldest guardians of privacy, and we’re excited to help the community tackle this challenging digital landscape. Please join us for programs and workshops on these topics.

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 23, 2016

 Planning for Makers@PPL in 2016 is underway.

If you’re interested in sharing your talents at the event, please fill out this form.

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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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self-publish with SELF-e

SELF-e connects indie authors, libraries & readers. It is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal & BiblioBoard that enables local authors & Portland Public Library to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. Let’s build a community of indie writers and readers at PPL!


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

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Legos @ PPL Riverton11:00am - 12:30pm
Riverton Branch
From the PPL blog:
What We’re Thankful For
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Curiouser and Curiouser: November Staff Picks
November's Staff Picks of interesting library materials at PPL.   More »
Movie of the Month: The End of the Tour
Recommended film for National Novel Writing Month   More »
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Jim Charette   Email »
City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x732
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