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 (October through April) at 10:30 am 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.

 

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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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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:
Jan22
One-on-One Technology Tutoring10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library
Jan22
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies at Peaks10:15am - 11:00am
Peaks Island Branch
Jan22
Rhythm and Rhymes for Babies - Main Library10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
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