NOTE: All PPL locations will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.
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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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Work Permit Clinic for Asylum Seekers10:15am - 4:00pm
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Story Time for Children Downtown10:30am - 11:00am
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Story Time for Babies Downtown10:30am - 11:00am
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From the PPL blog:
R.I.P. Tina Turner (1939-2023)
Obituary for Tina Turner.   More »
How Far the Light Reaches: May Staff Picks
Books and beyond! Staff share picks from the library for May.   More »
PPL Pop-Up Service: Connecting Curious Minds with the Things They Love 
PPL pop-up outreach service connects curious minds with the things they love    More »
Contact the Librarian
Kelley Blue   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 x772
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