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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.


a medical professional takes someone's blood pressure

Join Portland Public Library and the Maine Medical Center Stroke and Neurovascular Care Center for free blood pressure screenings and information on strokes and stroke prevention.

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Portland Comics Club aims to support emerging graphic artists and cartoonists by providing support, reflections of ideas, and awareness to publishing and self-publishing. Open to the everyone in the public aged 16 and over. Some supplies will be provided. Discussion of graphic novels encouraged and welcomed. The Comics Club meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

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Information about the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse passing through parts of Maine.

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Elizabeth holds two books about cats for #PPL2x2Tuesday

What happens on PPL’s 2×2 Tuesday? Poetry meets poetry, art meets art, mysteries meet mysteries, gardens meet gardens, how to make amazing pizza meets how to make amazing pizza, and more! On 2×2 Tuesday, we’ll highlight two books from two authors on one scintillating subject for your reading enjoyment.

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All are welcome to join the book group. Titles are chosen in advance by the members who rotate leading the discussion. Meetings are fun and mind-broadening. Contact the Peaks Island Branch Library for help in procuring these titles.

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balls of yarn and knitting needles

Love to knit? Bring your current project and join other knitters for conversation and inspiration at the Peaks Island Branch! All are welcome, as are all skill levels.

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Portland Public Library tax resources

UPDATE: The deadline to file taxes for taxpayers in counties impacted by the recent coastal flooding has been extended to June and July of 2024.  The effected counties include Cumberland, York and Oxford counties.

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The seventh annual Reading Challenge is here! 24 books in 12 months: will you accept the challenge?


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The AARP Tax-Aide program will be at the Downtown Library to assist with filing your taxes for free every Wednesday from February 7 to April 3. This program is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (207) 518-8579.

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Looking to play chess? Want to brush up on your skills? Join us downstairs at the Downtown Library for drop-in chess. Bring a friend and bring your lunch.

Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Some skill is appreciated, but not necessary.

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Up Next at the Library:
Closed for Memorial Day12:00am - 11:59pm
Downtown Library
Work Permit Clinic for Asylum Seekers10:15am - 5:00pm
Downtown Library
From the PPL blog:
Roof Gardens and Backyard Birds: May Staff Picks
In our May Staff Picks, we share what we're reading and looking forward to this spring.   More »
Explore new titles in 2024!
Learn how to explore new titles that have just arrived or are on order at the library.   More »
Library Love: Our February Picks
Our staff shares a few great library picks for February.   More »
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Adult Services Director
207-871-1700 x726
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