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Welcome to the Teen Center at The Portland Public Library!

This is a place of learning and self-discovery. Our space is a place to read, watch, study, game, connect, learn, and create. We’ve got an amazing and diverse collection of materials for teens, including the latest fiction, informational books, magazines, movies, and even video games. All this plus computers, WiFi, and the best study spaces in the entire library (keep that a secret!). Ages 12-19 are welcome!

There’s always a friendly staff member here to help you find your next favorite book or to answer your most burning questions. Come hang out with us – the Teen Team, or follow us on Twitter @ppl_teen.

Teachers: we are happy to arrange library tours and orientations for middle or high school aged students! We kindly request that tours be arranged with a minimum of two weeks advance notice in order to ensure adequate staffing for your visit. To arrange a tour, please contact Teen Team Leader, Kelley Blue.

–Kelley, Emily, Laura & Harper

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. For more information about MeCAF, visit

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Finals Week Fun for teens! Come relax and destress during exams with yoga, henna, and origami. All programs begin at 2 PM in the Teen Library and are free. Stop by and take a break from all the tests and studying – it’s good for you!

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Calling all teen writers and fandom fans! Start the summer off right with our Flash Fan Fiction Workshop for teens with Unwritten Roads.

The goal of this week-long “mini-camp” is to engage students in the writing process through works they already know and love. Students will focus the skills of writing, editing, and publishing a single, fully developed short story in the course of one week. We will emphasize the basic elements of well-crafted story arc and the importance of the editing process in creating work students can be proud to share.

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Join the Pride@PPL team, Pride Portland, Equality Maine, the Telling Room, Faces for Equality, and other community partners for a month of LGBTQ programming at the library!

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Do you have a favorite book or series that was turned into a movie? Did they get it right, or ruin it? Why are the movies often so different from the book? This book group is for middle school aged teens who want to keep up with their reading this summer (beware the summer slide!) but want to have fun while doing it. Each week, we’ll talk about a different book-turned-movie. Click for more details!

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Sci-fi, cli-fi, dystopias, superhero universes…it’s all on the table for Teen Sci-Fi Saturdays at the Portland Public Teen Library. Join us the first Saturday of every month at 2 PM in our Teen Lounge for mind blowing science and adventure movies… plus popcorn.

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Wednesdays are hard! Get over the mid-week hump by getting crafty, make-y and art-y during Unwind Wednesdays at the PPL Teen Library. Stop by anytime between 2PM and 5PM to get creative!

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Join us once a month at our Teen LGBTQ Book Group, where we read and discuss works written by LGBTQ authors & featuring queer characters and themes. Meetings are hosted by members of the Library’s Pride Team and take place in our Teen area. LGBTQ teens & allies only.

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Cozy up in the Library’s Teen Lounge for a film, popcorn, and maybe even a little discussion as part of our LGBTQ Teen Film Series @ PPL. This monthly event happens every 2nd Saturday and is hosted by members of the Library’s Pride Team.

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PPL has partnered with to bring you Maine DMV practice tests online. It’s easy and free! Includes car practice tests, motorcycle practice tests, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

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Kelley Blue   Email »
Teen Librarian
207-871-1700 x773
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