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 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 (except for our December 2018 concert) at 10:30 for our 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. The Library will provide concert attendees with resources about the importance of music in the  early literacy and brain development of young children.

This series in funded in part by the Davis Family Foundation.

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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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Come join a  community of readers that meets once a month to enjoy some lively conversation about literature and share yummy (and wholesome!) snacks. This book group is for homeschooling children ages 9-12 and meets monthly from September – May in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library. If you have children that are interested in joining the book group or you have any questions, please contact Jerri  at 871-1700 ext.707 or blatt@portlib.org.

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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 autumn 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 hosts a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. Smart Girls Read @ PPL book club provides 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:
Oct23
Preschool Story Time10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Oct23
Legos @ PPL for Children3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Oct24
Nursery Rhyme Time for Infants and Toddlers10:15am - 11:00am
Peaks Island Branch
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Contact the Librarian
Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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