Teen Events: the main event happens every day after-school at the main branch. Here teens can collaborate, study, socialize and game. Seating and technology in the Teen Library are reserved for teens only. Mentors and tutors of teens are welcome to join their students to use our study rooms, computers, collections, or ask a Teen staff member for assistance.

In addition to our daily routine, the Teen Library plans a variety of teen events and special programs throughout the year. Check in below for highlights of upcoming events as well as ongoing Teen series.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Pride@PPL invites a new generation to learn about the history of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and create an artistic response for display in our Teen Library.

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317 Main Community Center and PPL Teen are joining forces to bring you Drop the Beat, a digital-music creation series for teens at Portland Public Library. Teens are invited to sign-up or drop-in for weekly sessions in April and May. All sessions will be facilitated by local musician and teaching artist Kafari!

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Join us for Teen After Hours on First Fridays! Play video games, watch movies, play board & card games, eat pizza, listen to music, and hang out – without having to stay quiet! These events will run from 6-8pm and are for teens ages 12-19 only. Space is limited, so you must register at the teen desk.

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Our goal is to bring topical and relevant conversations directly to the young people who use our library. We invite teens to share a snack and a conversation with a diverse array of passionate professionals working in the Portland community. Topics can be hyper-local all the way to global and universal — you never know where the conversation will take us.

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Many Voices at PPL Teen is a book group with two purposes: (1) to recognize the need for all teens to see themselves mirrored in the books on our shelves, and to use fiction as a window into other lives, cultures, and worldviews beyond their own; (2) to create a space for the diverse teen voices in our own community to share the books that excite and engage them. Each month is a free-choice read based on a unique theme.

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The Teen Library offers video game playing on our PlayStation 4 in the teen lounge during selected hours: Monday-Thursday 2-6pm, Fridays 2-5pm & Saturdays 12-4pm. Teen patrons ages 12-19 with library cards in good standing only.

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Up Next at the Library:
Apr23
Preschool Story Time10:30am - 11:00am
Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Apr23
Tuesday Teen Homework Help3:00pm - 4:00pm
S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
From the PPL blog:
And Then Our Singing: Poetry Staff Picks
Library staff members reflect on poetry in April.   More »
Women’s History: Staff Picks
Women's History Month: Staff Picks   More »
Contact the Librarian
Kelley Blue   Email »
Teen Librarian
207-871-1700 x773
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