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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.

side x side animal books

An exhibit of handmade books created by local first grade students at Ocean Avenue Elementary School will be on display for the months of February & March. The exhibit is the culmination of a 4-week program with Side X Side and Ocean Avenue Elementary School.

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shakespeare clip art

Portland Public Library will be Maine’s host for the touring exhibit, First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare. The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is excited to host a number of events and resources especially created for children and families!

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Norman cards

Norman Ng has been performing his exciting and unique brand of magic throughout the U.S. for over 23 years. He has performed for millions of people live, on TV and on the internet. His show has been featured in 48 states, Canada and on the TV show- Penn and Teller Fool Us on the CW Network.

It’s Magic That’s Far from the NORM!

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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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play5

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Join us for a series of programs focusing on play and the important role it plays in every child being ready to read!

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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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smart girls read image

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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annelies & grace

Grace, a 9 year old yellow Labrador retriever, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library to encourage children to read and to be a furry, non-judgmental listener to readers.

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lego square

Did you know Legos are not just toys? They’re STEM learning tools. Please join us each week for Lego clubs, and join your neighbors to build in suggested themes and activities.

 

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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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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:
Feb11
Toddler Story Time at Riverton10:15am - 11:00am
Riverton Branch
Feb12
Toddler Story Time at Riverton10:15am - 10:45am
Riverton Branch
Feb12
Tales for Twos10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
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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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