Pickup times for held items are shorter as of 11/14/23. Please check your pickup date in your hold notification. Learn More »
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We are dedicated to helping parents, guardians, and teachers during this time. Though many of our services are changed, we still want to help you give the children in your care. Please check the pages below for resources you can access.


If you are struggling to find childcare, please visit this link for some suggestions.

Borrow totes of books on different subjects for early educational settings.

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Your Next Great Read, the library’s popular reading advisory service, is now available for kids, teens and their caregivers! Just fill out a form, sit back, and wait for your customized selections of titles from Youth Services team.

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Our virtual programming includes archives of our Music & Storytelling, Learning with PPL, and Read Alouds. All videos can be found on our YouTube.

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The Digital Maine Library has it all! You’ll find cool things – like sharks and pets and the solar system and sports and graphic novels. Our brand new resources have it all, from language learning to reading recommendations and popular magazines as well as easy-to-use research databases fro any class or topic.

Library cards and special loan privileges are available to adults working in child care centers, preschools and family day care homes. Along with books in the Library’s collection, there are also 60+ thematic book boxes that can be borrowed.

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READ = Research, Entertainment, Access, and Discovery. Thanks to a partnership between Portland Public Library and Portland Public Schools, READ accounts allow all PPS students in every grade to access public library resources with their unique school ID numbers.

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Up Next at the Library:
Asylum Seeker Resource Center10:00am - 4:00pm
Meeting Room (5)
Story Times for Children at Peaks10:30am - 11:30am
Peaks Island Branch
Teen Video Games2:00pm - 5:00pm
Teen Library
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Contact the Librarian
Kelley Blue   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 x772
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