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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.

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 Maine Comics Arts Festival returns to the Portland Public Library on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 10:00-5:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature over 100 comic creators, publishers and cartoonists.

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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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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 Burbank10:15am - 11:00am
Burbank Branch
May25
Legos @ Burbank3:00pm - 5:00pm
Burbank Branch
May26
Toddler Story Time at Riverton10:00am - 10:45am
Riverton Branch
From the PPL blog:
Montgomery’s View: Jean Fritz – a Tribute
Tribute to children's author Jean Fritz   More »
May Staff Picks: New Nonfiction!
Librarians and staff share picks for new nonfiction in the library's collections.   More »
Montgomery’s View: Early Literacy
Early Literacy is what children understand about reading and writing before they can actually read   More »
Contact the team leader
Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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