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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.

 

Looking for a Reading Challenge this summer? You’ve come to the right place! The annual Portland Public Library Reading Challenge is well underway, and summer is the perfect time to catch up. We’ve 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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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Our Pride@PPL team works to provide resources, programming and community connections throughout the year, with special events and celebrations planned for June.

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Portland Public Library is hosting a reading of short fiction & nonfiction essays & stories on July 11th from 6-7:30pm. Interested writers may submit their work to pplwritersmeetup@gmail.com by June 14th.

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Portland Public Library partners with POV each year to bring a series of incredible documentaries on a variety of subjects to Portland and grants the Library permission to show the films ahead of their scheduled air date.

 

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Around the world, LGBTQ people are living, loving, and struggling to be seen and heard. The Pride Film series focuses on films that reflect the realities of life in the queer community.

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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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Learn English with others! Sign up for a class at one of these local organizations.

Apprendre l’anglais avec d’autres! Inscrivez-vous à un cours dans l’une de ces organisations locales.

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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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An exploration of films about rock music, the people who create it and the people who love it.

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Our Book of the Week project is created by Reader’s Advisory staff and is focused on sharing one great book from the library’s collections each week. The book might be fiction or nonfiction, a new title or an older gem from the stacks. You can see a photo of each new book of the week and a list of the books in our library catalog here.

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Up Next at the Library:
Jun19
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement10:00am - 5:00pm
Lewis Gallery
Jun19
Journaling in the Library5:30pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
Jun20
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement10:00am - 5:00pm
Lewis Gallery
From the PPL blog:
PBS To Air Documentary “The Lavender Scare”
Description of a documentary on PBS in June about discrimination against LGBTQ people in government.   More »
A List of Further Possibilities: June Staff Picks
June Staff Picks explore LGBTQ+ voices in our nonfiction and fiction collections.   More »
Contact the Librarian
Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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