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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.


Portland Summer Reading 2019
June 17 – August 10, 2019

1. Read or listen to at least 8 books.

2. Complete at least 8 blocks on the CAMP
OUT! map.  Explore Portland and have fun!

3. Return this to any Portland Public Library
location by August 10 to receive your certificate,
a book, and coupons for The Gelato Fiasco!

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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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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.

Currently Emmie is on summer vacation and won’t be coming in to read until the fall.


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Up Next at the Library:
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement10:00am - 5:00pm
Lewis Gallery
Books with Baxter! Riverton's Library Dog3:00pm - 4:00pm
Riverton Branch
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement10:00am - 5:00pm
Lewis Gallery
From the PPL blog:
PBS To Air Documentary “The Lavender Scare”
Description of a documentary on PBS in June about discrimination against LGBTQ people in government.   More »
A List of Further Possibilities: June Staff Picks
June Staff Picks explore LGBTQ+ voices in our nonfiction and fiction collections.   More »
Contact the Librarian
Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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