The Main Library and all branches are now open to the public. Masks are required. Check here for branch hours.
COVID19 Resources: Find trusted information and city/state updates, with some information available in many languages.

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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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On this page, you will find resources meant to help teachers as they navigate the 2020-2021 school year.

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On this page, you will find resources meant to help homeschooling parents as they navigate the 2020-2021 school year.

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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 Music&Storytelling on Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Learning with PPL on Thursdays at 10:30 am, and a Read Aloud weekdays at 6 pm. 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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SEED = Student Education, Entertainment, and Discovery. A partnership between Portland Public Library and Portland Public Schools, SEED numbers 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:
Sustainability Series: Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change5:30pm - 7:00pm
Sustainability Series: Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change
Blurb Club in Congress Square Park12:00pm - 1:00pm
Blurb Club in Congress Square Park
Teen Volunteers Information Session3:30pm - 4:30pm
S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
From the PPL blog:
Cozy Spooky Season: October Staff Picks
Calling all fans of pumpkins and page-turners! Here are our October Staff Picks.   More »
The Freedom to Read in Prison
Banned Books Week considers the freedom for everyone to read - including prison residents.   More »
Apple of My Pie: September Staff Picks
Our staff dives into reading ideas from our Children’s, Teen, and Adult Nonfiction.   More »
Contact the Librarian
Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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