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.

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. For more information about MeCAF, visit http://www.mainecomicsfestival.com

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The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is delighted to present 2 exhibits of projects made by young students in the Portland Public Schools, which were created while working with visiting artists from SideXSide. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 26th from 4:30-6:30.

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

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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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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 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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Grace, a 9 year old yellow Labrador retriever, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be a furry, non-judgmental listener to readers.

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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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In partnership with the Opportunity Alliance each week we will post a new vocabulary word to use in every day conversations with children!

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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:
May25
Toddler Story Time at Riverton10:15am - 11:00am
Riverton Branch
May25
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
May25
Memorial Day Crafts at Riverton2:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverton Branch
From the PPL blog:
The Words Are Maps: Poetry Staff Picks
Portland Public Library staff share their picks for poetry and poems they love.   More »
Peaks Branch renovation plan takes big step forward
We are thrilled to announce that on April 25, the City Council approved the FY2017 Capital Improveme   More »
Spring into Nature! March Staff Picks
March Staff picks focus on nature and spring-related books and resources.   More »
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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