PPL offers a wide variety of activities for children ages birth-12 and their families. These enriching programs range from story times to book groups and concerts to STEM workshops – always free and open to the public! Click here for a view of this month’s calendar of events in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library.

 

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 lively Spanish Story Time with Lisa Ha-Ngoc. This program is for children ages birth-5 and their caregivers.  A performer at heart, with a love of teaching and singing, Señora Lisa delights audiences of all ages with her engaging activities and enthusiasm for the Spanish language.

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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 Reading Dog program, Come! Sit! Read! will be continuing with our two furry, non-judgmental listeners Emmie and Baxter! Children can sign up for a session to read to these dogs (and their handlers) with a book of their choice. Come! Sit! Read! will be happening at the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library as well as the Riverton Branch Library.

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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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Up Next at the Library:
Apr23
Preschool Story Time10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Apr23
Tuesday Teen Homework Help3:00pm - 4:00pm
S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
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Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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