Kids and Families

Children’s Services Has Something for Children of All Ages

PPL mooseYou are invited to bring your family to the library! Read, learn, grow, and play at PPL. PPL has a strong (and long) tradition of serving kids & families with great collections, programs, and services designed to build kids’ love of reading and discovery, as well as engaging with parents, teachers, and other child educators.

Every PPL location has a dedicated area just for kids, for reading, exploring, and enjoying our programs.

Here is a calendar view of activities at the Main Library’s Children’s Room (Monument Square)

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We offer several story times designed for kids from birth to age 5 at all of our locations, from basic rhymes to movement and music. Join us and cultivate a love of reading in your child early on!

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The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is excited to host the Maine Academy of Modern Music’s  The Kids Are Alright, a family friendly local music series aimed at encouraging children’s involvement in the musical arts. This series will take place on the first Saturday of the month 10:30 in the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium. In addition to live performances by some of the area’s top talent, each event will feature a “Get-To-Know-Your-Local-Musician” component that will allow parents and children a chance to ask the performer(s) questions about what it is like to be a musician in Maine.  Likewise, MAMM will host an “Instrument Petting Zoo” so that everyone will have a chance to try out some of the instruments that they will have seen used on stage during the performance that day.

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Come join the 4-H fun to build and explore 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics. The activities in Junk Drawer Robotics encourage youth to use the processes and approaches of science; the planning and conceptual design of engineering; and the application of technology in each module. Participants will build a trebuchet, make discoveries about form and function and time permitting, build a robotic arm.

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Emmie and Flip, the Library’s new Reading Dogs, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be furry, non-judgmental listeners to readers. Children can sign up for a 15 minute session to read to either dog (and their handlers) in a quiet area with a book of their choice. Flip will visit on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month and Emmie will visit on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays.

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The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is delighted to present an exhibit of children’s sculpture & sketchbooks inspired by Judith Hoffman’s sculpture, American Dream, a large-scale steel sculpture in Portland’s Lincoln Park.

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Greet the summer with an eye for exploring the world– check out one of the five Family Science Backpacks. Available to borrow for one week, see the staff at the Children’s Desk in the main library for more information!

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Portland Public Library’s early literacy initiative Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library ® is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association (divisions of the American Library Association.) This parent education initiative stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adult in a child’s life. Developing early literacy skills has a long-term impact on children’s reading achievement and academic success.

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The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. Smart Girls Read @ PPL book club will provide a forum where girls can explore what’s on their minds: what’s really important to them as well as strengthening their sense of self.

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Did you know Legos are not just toys? They’re STEM learning tools. Please join us each week for Lego clubs, and join your neighbors to build in suggested themes and activities.

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NOTE: Using the new library catalog

To ensure compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPA), some features in the new catalog are
restricted and not available to children under age 13. Restricted features include the ability to share comments,
send/receive messages, and create a free-text username. For more information, see How to Use My PPL.

Up Next at the Library:
Dec06
Preschool Story Time10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Dec06
Legos @ PPL for Children3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Dec06
Come! Sit! Read!3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
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Contact the team leader
Mary Peverada   Email »
Children's Services Team Leader Youth Services Department Head
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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