AS OF SEPT 14: We have made schedule changes at Riverton and Burbank in order to expand their pickup hours. See the new schedule here -- PPL To Go Place a hold. Wait for your pickup notice. Then make an appointment to pick it up. We look forward to seeing you! Our COVID-19 page continues to have links to current health information in multiple languages. Reference will be answering questions Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, 871-1700 x725. If you would like to get a library card, please email

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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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Awesome Offer from TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks offers free access to libraries and schools until August 31.

Our patrons have enjoyed TumbleBooks for years – it is one of our most popular databases.  At this most extraordinary time with schools and libraries closed around the state and around the country, TumbleBooks is offering access to some of their other databases: TumbleMath (K-6 Math ebook database) and AudioBookCloud (which includes titles for children through adults.)  In addition there is a Teen Book Cloud for grades 7-12 and an Adult Romance data base that can be found in the Resources for adults.

We thank TumbleBooks for their generosity – and hope our patrons enjoy these new resources.


There are book awards given each year that honor Maine authors and illustrators or books that focus on our state. There are other awards that are determined each year by Maine children.

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There are numerous awards granted each year for the best children’s books. Here are descriptions of the 5 most distinguished awards and their lists for present and past years.

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Can’t find your favorite book on the shelf? Here are some suggestions for read alikes of our most popular chapter books and graphic novels.

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Looking for recommendations of our favorite picture books about trucks and construction equipment? Or picture books about a new sibling in the family? The Children’s staff has curated lists of books on the most frequently asked for topics!

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Up Next at the Library:
Virtual Book Discussion - Mill Town6:00pm - 7:30pm
Virtual Book Discussion – Mill Town
Virtual Writers' Meet-Up6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day12:00am - 11:59pm
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