NEW UPDATE JUNE 1: PPL bookdrops are open! Materials are due June 29 and no overdue fees will be incurred until after that date including MaineCat and ILL items. See our FAQ page for more details. We are developing plans for re-establishing services at our locations in conjunction with city and state authorities. We look forward to being able to welcome you to the Library again, and we will make a public announcement when our re-open date is set. See our COVID-19 information page for links to current health information in multiple languages. Reference will be answering questions Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, 871-1700 x725. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email us at lending@portlib.org
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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.

 

The words "Spotlight Lecture Series" on a black and teal background.

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 third 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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How do you show and receive love, affection, and intimacy right now? We’re accepting submissions that answer this question.

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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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Time with a Financial Advisor, Marta Haydym, Financial Advisor-Edward Jones

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Find resources available during COVID-19 for food, support, unemployment assistance, and more.

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Want help finding eBooks and eAudiobooks on cloudLibrary during our closure, or other reading recommendations? Would you love to get a personalized list of ideas based on your own reading interests? Our Reader’s Advisory staff is here to help! We’re ready to put our professional book-matching skills to work.

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Poetry lovers, come explore the web with us! Here’s a list of resources and links to poetry. We include favorite websites where you can find fantastic poems, videos of great poetry readings, links to some of the best podcasts today, and more.

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Here are a few sites that accentuate photographic media, their many different processes, and how they’ve been used since the mid-19th century. Archival work, such as we do in the Portland Room at PPL, brings together the interpretation and cataloguing of photo media, understanding historic image-creation processes, and their preservation.

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For your viewing enjoyment, here are some major library collections of digitized rare books and prints.

 

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Up Next at the Library:
Jun11
Virtual Writers' Meet-Up6:00pm - 7:00pm
meeting room (3)
Jun16
Love and Pride - Virtual Event4:00pm - 4:30pm
Love and Pride – Virtual Event
From the PPL blog:
Poetry 2020: “Homie” by Danez Smith
Poet Danez Smith sings out poems of love and intimacy in their 2020 collection "Homie."   More »
Weekly Wonder: The Sketchbooks of Kondo Ariyoshi
Explore virtual stacks around the world like these images from Ariyoshi Kondo's sketchbooks.   More »
Whatever Light Bees Give Off After The Last Snow: Celebrating Poetry
It's Poem in Your Pocket Day, a day to collect and share poems.   More »
Contact the Librarian
Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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