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We Love Book Groups!

Join one of our ongoing book groups for children, teens, or adults at Riverton, Peaks, and the Main Library. We can also help your own book group with book sets and book club resources.


Peaks Island Kennedy-Carter Family Community Center & Branch Library

Peaks Island Book Group

Tuesdays (see specific dates below) 7:00pm – 8:00pm

March 8 – Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

April 12 – The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

May 10 –  The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett

June 7- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Peaks Island Community Room. Meetings have a moderator for each discussion, and the book group is supported by the Friends of the Peaks Island Branch Library.

 

Peaks Island Middle School Book Club

Last Tuesday of the month 5:45 – 6:45 pm

December 28

January 25, 2022

February 22

March 29

This group meets on the last Tuesday of the month in the Peaks Island Community Room. We’ve discovered that readers this age love to read books (lots of books!) and to share what they are reading with others. Unlike other book groups, there is not a specific book that everyone reads each month. Instead, everyone comes together to share what they are currently reading, a favorite book, or to make recommendations and have something good to eat while enjoying each other’s company.

Everyone who is in middle school (public, private, or homeschooled) is welcome to join in the discussions as listeners or contributors. Please join us!

Contact Peaks Island with questions about their book groups.


Main Library 

Blurb Club

Every other Thursday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Check our calendar for exact dates and locations.

Blurb Club logo

Hear about a book! Talk about the book you’re reading! Let’s get together and talk about books! Join us every other Thursday at noon for Blurb Club, an informal book discussion in which participants share a bit about a book they are currently reading or have recently read, and get a chance to hear similar book recommendations from other participants. Sharing is encouraged but not required.

We meet in Congress Square Park during the warmer months and at Mechanics’ Hall during cold and rainy weather.

Blurb Club is hosted by Portland Public Library, Friends of Congress Square Park and Mechanics’ Hall.

Contact Becca Starr, starr@portlib.org, with questions.

 

Virtual LGBTQ Teen Book Club

Meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 3:30pm. Check our calendar for exact dates and registration.

This is a book club for teenagers to discuss LGBTQ relationships through reading Young Adult Fiction! The group is open to any interested teen and new members can join at any time, though there will be a sign-up deadline for each book. New copies of each book will be provided free of charge to participants.

The book group is a partnership between Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM), Through These Doors (TTD), and the Portland Public Library.

 

Smart Girls Read @ PPL

Currently on hiatus

Second Saturday of each month, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the Main Library (5 Monument Square) will be hosting and facilitating a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. The Smart Girls Read @ PPL book club will provide a forum where girls can explore what’s on their minds: what’s really important to them as well as strengthening their sense of self. The books they read act as catalysts to spark critical conversations about the roles of girls and women in the past, and examining the girl culture of today. All you need to participate is a desire to voice your opinion, a willingness to listen to others, an interest in reading and discussing books.


Riverton Branch Library

Riverton Book Group

This book group is currently on hiatus. Check back for updated information soon.

 Meet the Author @ Riverton’s Book Group Meeting!

This month local author Monica Wood will join us to discuss her memoir When We Were The Kennedys.

The Book Group will meet Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome but space is limited so please call 797-2915 to reserve a seat.

– See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.WFbHfOLh.dpuf

 Meet the Author @ Riverton’s Book Group Meeting!

This month local author Monica Wood will join us to discuss her memoir When We Were The Kennedys.

The Book Group will meet Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome but space is limited so please call 797-2915 to reserve a seat.

– See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.WFbHfOLh.dpufRiverton Book Group

Second Thursday of each month, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Riverton Book Group for adults meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. Selections include a robust mix of fiction and nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. All titles selected for this group are available in regular print, large print, and audiobook CD, and library staff is happy to request a copy for you. The Riverton Book Group is always open to new members – stop by to share or listen!

on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We read a healthy and hearty mix of fiction & nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. The group is always open to new members, so please join us to share or listen. – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.IKSl8wAd.dpuf
The Riverton Book Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We read a healthy and hearty mix of fiction & nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. The group is always open to new members, so please join us to share or listen. – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.IKSl8wAd.dpuf
The Riverton Book Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We read a healthy and hearty mix of fiction & nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. The group is always open to new members, so please join us to share or listen. – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.IKSl8wAd.dpuf
The Riverton Book Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We read a healthy and hearty mix of fiction & nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. The group is always open to new members, so please join us to share or listen. – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.IKSl8wAd.dpuf
March 10, 2016 – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.iOTn2D1l.dpuf
March 10, 2016 – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.iOTn2D1l.dpuf

For a complete list of books that the Riverton Book Group has read, check out these links: Booklist 2018-Present | Booklist 2010-2017 | Booklist 2001-2009

Questions? Contact the Riverton Branch.


Resources for Your Book Group

Portland Public Library is now offering sets of books that you can borrow for your book group. These sets include multiple copies of the same title, often with large print or audio formats.

Book sets are available for Portland Public Library cardholders and readers throughout Maine (via MaineCat).

Available Discussion Sets >>

Looking for more inspiration or resources to help you start your own book group? Try this list:  “Book Discussion Sets, Books About Books, & Other Resources For Your (Fantastic) Book Group.”

Portland Public Library is now offering sets of books  that you can borrow for your book group. These sets include multiple copies of the same title, often with large print or audio formats. We’ll keep the sets fresh with new titles throughout the year. What book sets are available? The sets are listed in the library’s catalog under the title  “Portland Public Library Book Discussion Sets.” You can search the catalog by that title or by  “book group sets” or “book club sets.”  Click on “Place a Hold” to be taken to a page where you can view the complete list of titles and select the specific book set that you want. You’ll need to log in to your account to place the hold online. With your library card, you can also call us to request sets (871-1700) or make your request in person at the library. MaineCat users can also request Portland Public Library Book Discussion Sets through MaineCat. What books has your group read lately? Looking for more inspiration or resources to help you start your own book group? Try this list:  “Book Discussion Sets, Books About Books, & Other Resources For Your (Fantastic) Book Group.” – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/life-of-the-library/#sthash.L9JYtq1m.dpuf
Portland Public Library is now offering sets of books  that you can borrow for your book group. These sets include multiple copies of the same title, often with large print or audio formats. We’ll keep the sets fresh with new titles throughout the year. What book sets are available? The sets are listed in the library’s catalog under the title  “Portland Public Library Book Discussion Sets.” You can search the catalog by that title or by  “book group sets” or “book club sets.”  Click on “Place a Hold” to be taken to a page where you can view the complete list of titles and select the specific book set that you want. You’ll need to log in to your account to place the hold online. With your library card, you can also call us to request sets (871-1700) or make your request in person at the library. MaineCat users can also request Portland Public Library Book Discussion Sets through MaineCat. What books has your group read lately? Looking for more inspiration or resources to help you start your own book group? Try this list:  “Book Discussion Sets, Books About Books, & Other Resources For Your (Fantastic) Book Group.” – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/life-of-the-library/#sthash.L9JYtq1m.dp
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