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 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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The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is delighted to present a Creative Movement class taught by teachers and students in Portland School of Ballet’s Young Dancer Program. The class is for children ages 4-7.

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Join us the first Thursday of each month for a Spanish Story Time for children ages birth-5 and their caregivers.

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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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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:
Aug18
Legos @ PPL Riverton10:00am - 11:30am
Riverton Branch
Aug20
Books with Baxter! Riverton's Library Dog3:00pm - 4:00pm
Riverton Branch
Aug21
Legos @ PPL for Children3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
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Contact the Librarian
Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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