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.

 

Portland Public Library is an official 2019 Come Write In location for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This is a fun approach to creative writing, and is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Join us every Tuesday & Saturday in November and write your novel!

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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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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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Looking for help with reading suggestions? 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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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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Portland Public Library’s knitting groups are geared toward adults who enjoy socializing and sharing projects, patterns, and ideas. Meetings are held every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30pm at our Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Avenue, and the second Saturday of every month from 10:30am-12:00pm at our Burbank Branch, 377 Stevens Avenue.

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Death Cafes are interesting and inviting gatherings held around the world to increase awareness of the importance of making the most of this life as we ponder what we know of death.

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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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A series of films we wanted to watch but didn’t get the chance, for one reason or another.

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The Library presents a series of classic horror films on Thursday nights in October, at 6:30 in the Rines Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided

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Up Next at the Library:
Dec10
Peaks Island Knitting Group6:30pm - 7:30pm
Peaks Island Branch
Dec11
MOOSE Storytelling7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rines Auditorium
Dec11
One-on-One Technology Tutoring at Peaks Island10:00am - 12:30pm
Peaks Island Branch
From the PPL blog:
New Mainer’s Guide to Greater Portland now available!
The free New Mainer’s Guide to Greater Portland is now available   More »
We’re Thankful For You…and November Staff Picks!
In November, our staff members celebrate a cornucopia of library resources.   More »
Ebook collection restrictions imposed by MacMillan publishers
Starting Friday, November 1, libraries will only be allowed to buy ONE copy of new eBooks published.   More »
Contact the Librarian
Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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