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Welcome to the Teen Library at PPL!

Our space is a place to read, watch, study, game, connect, learn, and create. The Teen Library @ 5 Monument Square has dedicated seating, technology, resources, and library staff for ages 12-19.

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

Stop by and visit us or follow us on Twitter @ppl_teen for library, local, reading, and random-pop-culture-related news.

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Portland Public Library is excited to partner with EqualityMaine to bring their 7th Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Conference to Portland. This one-day event will focus on creating safer schools & communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

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Join us in the Teen Library during Spring Break week for a series of fun, adventurous, & creative programs! We will be tearing up old library books to make buttons, creating fantastic maps out of collage materials, playing a one-off Dungeons & Dragons campaign, and competing in a mega video game tournament where you can challenge the librarians. Don’t miss it! 

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Our goal is to bring topical and relevant conversations directly to the young people who use our library. We invite teens to share a snack and a conversation with a diverse array of passionate professionals working in the Portland community. Topics can be hyper-local all the way to global and universal — you never know where the conversation will take us.

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Join us for Teen After Hours on First Fridays! Play video games, watch movies, play board & card games, eat pizza, listen to music, and hang out – without having to stay quiet! These events will run from 6-8pm and are for teens ages 12-19 only. Space is limited, so you must register at the teen desk.

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The Many Voices Teen Book Group recognizes the need for all teens to see themselves mirrored in the books on our shelves, and to use fiction as a window into other lives, cultures, and worldviews beyond their own. This group is open to all teens ages 12-19 interested in exploring diversity through YA fiction.

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The Teen Library and Pride@PPL are excited to announce the launch of our Teen Pride eReaders! Full of some of the best LGBTQ teen books in recent years, these two devices (a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a Nook GlowLight) can be checked out from the teen desk at the main branch of PPL.

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The Teen Library offers video game playing on our PlayStation 4 in the teen lounge during selected hours: Monday-Thursday 2-6pm, Fridays 2-5pm & Saturdays 12-4pm. Teen patrons ages 12-19 with library cards in good standing only.

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PPL has partnered with Driving-Tests.org 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.

Up Next at the Library:
Apr20
Mega Gaming Tournament12:00pm - 5:00pm
S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
Apr21
Legos @ PPL Riverton10:00am - 11:30am
Riverton Branch
Apr21
Many Voices Teen Book Group: Dreadnought2:30pm - 3:30pm
S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
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Contact the Librarian
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Teen Librarian
207-871-1700 x773
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