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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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Peaks Island artist, Jamie Hogan will be exhibiting her lush pastel and colored pencil illustrations of the water and waterfront in the Sam L.Cohen Children’s Library from July 1st – September 25th. An exhibit opening will be held on Thursday, July 9th and Jamie will speak about her illustration inspirations for her three new books, Island Birthday, John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall and Tiger Boy.

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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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PPL Youth Services is proud to partner with Portland Summer Success – Feeding Bodies & Minds to bring children and teens free lunch this summer! Join us every weekday, June 29-July 30, for lunch and an exciting story from one of our librarians.

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This year’s  summer reading program for children Birth- Age 12 is I ♥ Reading in Portland: Sail into Reading. Sign up begins the week of June 15th!


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Birds are not the only ones building nests this spring! Join author and illustrator Cathryn Falwell for events to celebrate the publication of her newest book, The Nesting Quilt.

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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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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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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:
The Storybook Waters of Illustrator Jamie Hogan10:00am - 7:00pm
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Toddler Story Time at Burbank10:15am - 11:00am
Burbank Branch
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
From the PPL blog:
A Day to Remember at the Library
A summary of the events at PPL on June 17th   More »
Get ready for the annual Friends of PPL book sale!
The latest info and an FAQ on the annual Friends of PPL book sale.   More »
Guess the New Tool Coming to PPL!
maker fair at Portland Public Library teaser   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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