Adults

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.

 

Looking for a Reading Challenge this summer? You’ve come to the right place! The first annual Portland Public Library Reading Challenge is well underway, and summer is the perfect time to catch up. We have selected 24 book prompts and we challenge you to read one book from each category throughout the year. Will you accept the challenge?

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The Portland Poet Laureate is an honorary position given every 2-3 years to a resident of the Greater Portland area who is both an accomplished poet and an excellent ambassador within the community. Portland’s current poet laureate is Linda Aldrich.

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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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Our Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the last 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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Join us for a series of films based on banned books. This year’s selections include Jeannette Walls’s moving memoir “The Glass Castle,” a Coen Brothers interpretation of a Cormac McCarthy novel (almost as controversial as the novel itself) and a tribute to the late Philip Roth.

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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and Pride@PPL is excited to partner with our local community organizations for a month of programming at the library! Join us in June for events for all ages, and make sure to catch us with the Bookmobile in the Pride Portland parade & festival!

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Join one of our ongoing book groups at our branches, or let us help your book group with suggestions for what to read, book sets you can borrow, advice on book group strategy, and extra copies to supply you.

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Join our monthly Business Data Workshop, a 1-hour hands-on FREE mini-workshop at the Portland Public Library

The Business Data Workshop with PPL Business Team Leader will show you how to find in-depth information to help you launch or grow your business.

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USCIS personnel from the Portland Field Office will be on hand to provide case status updates as well as to provide general information and answer questions.

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In the 2018 series, attorneys from Maine Community Law Center will provide informative workshops on immigration facts and fiction, Protection From Abuse Matters, Landlord/Tenant Issues and Ballot Issues: What do they mean?

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Up Next at the Library:
Jul17
Main Library Book Group5:30pm - 6:30pm
meeting room (2)
Jul18
Journaling in the Library5:30pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
Jul19
Legos @ PPL Burbank3:00pm - 5:00pm
Burbank Branch
From the PPL blog:
Diary or Almanac? Enoch Freeman’s annotated almanac/diary (1729-1786)
Enoch Freeman's diary, handwritten on the blank pages of almanacs, posed a cataloging dilemma.   More »
The 1968 Project – June
The 1968 Project aims to highlight some of the historic events of the year.   More »
LGBTQ+Pride! Newer Fiction and Nonfiction Titles
Our staff picks celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride and newer fiction and nonfiction.   More »
Contact the Librarian
Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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