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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.


Formerly known as the Brown Bag Lecture Series, our new Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the last Wednesday of each month. We host authors with newly released work in conversation with a literary friend, colleague or critic.

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Tax filing season runs through April 18.

Keep reading to find all of the information you need to file your taxes.

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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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Race and Justice in America is a Maine Humanities Council “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series taking place at the Main Library from January 23-April 10 2017. The book discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African-American History & Politics at USM. Books for the series are available to pick up at the Reader’s Advisory desk at the Main Library.

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Portland Public Library and the Portland Press Herald team up once again to present “Photos of the Year” an exhibit of the newspaper’s best photos of 2016 and a review of what the year entailed.  On view in the Lewis Gallery January 6th – February 18th 2017.

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Join us for a series of films from California Newsreel documenting the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Thursday nights at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Refreshments provided.

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The Riverton Knitting group is for adults who enjoy socializing and sharing projects, patterns, and ideas. Meetings every Thursday night, except for the 2nd Thursday of the month, from 6:30-7:30pm at our Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Ave.

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Join us Thursdays from 12:15-12:50pm in January for a weekly Noonday Concert series that we’re presenting with the Portland Conservatory of Music. These concerts are free and open to the public.

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Family Friendly Film Days

Join us Saturday, December 10th and Saturday, December 17th for Family Friendly Films!

The Muppet Movie Saturday, December 10 – 10:15am – 12:00pm Location: Main Library Rines Auditorium

Monkey Kingdom Saturday, December 10 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm Location: Rines Auditorium

Raiders of the Lost Ark Saturday, December 10 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm Location: Rines Auditorium

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Saturday, December 10 – 3:30pm – 5:15pm Location: Rines Auditorium

Despicable Me Saturday, December 17 – 10:15am – 12:00pm Location: Rines Auditorium

Born Free Saturday, December 17 – 12:00pm – 1:45pm Location: Rines Auditorium

The Jungle Book Saturday, December 17 – 2:00pm – 3:45pm Location: Rines Auditorium

A Night at the Opera Saturday, December 17 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm Location: Rines Auditorium


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Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility!  Join us as we engage in lively conversation on a variety of topics important to our community.


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Up Next at the Library:
Journaling In the Library5:30pm - 7:00pm
Portland Room Special Collections
Legos @ Burbank3:00pm - 5:00pm
Burbank Branch
From the PPL blog:
A (New) Year of Reading! Books for A Calendar Year
Exploring books that take place over the course of a calendar year.   More »
Readjoice! December Staff Picks
Our staff "Readjoices" over books from the PPL collections this December.   More »
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Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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