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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.



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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Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 25-October 1, 2016

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 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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This series is co-presented with the University of New England, and is intended to highlight the remarkable gathering of world leaders in Portland for the Arctic Council meeting. Please join us to learn more about this important topic.


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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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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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Greet the summer with an eye for exploring the world– check out one of the five Family Science Backpacks. Available to borrow for one week, see the staff at the Children’s Desk in the main library for more information!

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Always available eBooks  — 24/7

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Up Next at the Library:
A Frozen Ocean in a Changing Climate4:30pm - 5:30pm
Main Library
Write-In!10:00am - 1:00pm
meeting room (4)
Legos @ PPL Riverton11:00am - 12:30pm
Riverton Branch
From the PPL blog:
Peaks Branch Renovation Plans Moving Ahead
The Peaks Renovation design subcommittee has been working to finalize many renovation plan details.   More »
Talk Like a Pirate
Shiver me timbers—it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!   More »
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Jim Charette   Email »
City of Readers Librarian
207-871-1700 x732
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