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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Reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing are the 5 practices that stimulate the growth of a child’s brain and make the connections that will become the foundation for reading. The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be presenting Singing Through Your Day, a series of programs for parents and caregivers and their young children which will focus on the practice of singing.

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The Portland Public Library and the Portland Public Schools are excited to announce a joint Summer Reading Program for 2017, I ♥ Reading in Portland: Pedal Through the Pages. The program will run for 8 weeks, starting June 18 and finishing August 12.

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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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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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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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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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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:
Jun26
Books with Baxter! Riverton's Library Dog3:00pm - 4:00pm
Riverton Branch
Jun27
Preschool Story Time with Special Guests10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Jun27
Legos @ PPL for Children3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
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Montgomery’s View: Summer Reading 2017
Summer reading program 2017 coming soon.   More »
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Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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