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.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and Pride@PPL is excited to partner with our local community organizations for a month of programming at the library! Join us in June for events for all ages, and make sure to catch us with the Bookmobile in the Pride Portland parade & festival!

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Here is a calendar view of activities at the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library (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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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 Portland Public Library is excited to announce their 2018 summer reading program, I Reading in Portland: All Aboard! Children throughout the community are encouraged to read and explore Portland this summer!

The program will run for 8 weeks and sign up at the Portland Public Library begins the week of June 18. Participants will be given a reading log and adventure map. The goal is to read or listen to at least 8 books and to complete at least 8 activities on the adventure map. The adventure map contains suggestions for reading as well as outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There will be a variety of educational and entertaining programs at different Portland Public Library locations!

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Portland Public Library and Portland Public Schools announce the 2018 launch of an exciting new pilot program, SEED Card – Student Education, Entertainment, and Discovery Card.  Every child enrolled at Reiche Elementary School and King Middle School will receive a Portland Public Library card through their school identification number, even if they have an existing PPL card.

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Portland Public Library’s Reading Dog program, Come! Sit! Read! will be continuing this summer at our Riverton Branch with Baxter, our furry, non-judgmental listener.  Children can sign up for a session to read to him (and his handler) with a book of their choice.

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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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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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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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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:
Jun19
Preschool Story Time with Special Guest Reader10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Jun20
Toddler Story Time at Burbank10:15am - 11:00am
Burbank Branch
Jun20
Preschool Story Time at Peaks10:15am - 11:15am
Peaks Island Branch
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Contact the Librarian
Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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