Connect with the Library:

We love bookgroups!

Join one of our ongoing bookgroups at our branches, or let us help your bookgroup with suggestions for what to read, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you. Contact the Main Library Readers Advisory Desk at 207-871-1700 x705 or burrows@portlandpubliclibrary.org with any questions.

For bookgroups for Adults, read on! Click here for information about our LGBTQ Teen Book Group, which meets every third Saturday in the Teen Library.

Peaks Island Branch:

crowlakeFirst Tuesday Book Group

First Tuesday of each month
7:00pm – 8:00pm

First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. There is a moderator for each discussion and on occasion the author is present. Once a year the Fifth Grade Class from Peaks Island Elementary School joins the adults to discuss a specially chosen book.

First Tuesdays Book Discussion is supported by the Friends of the Peaks Island Branch Library, who purchase extra library copies of the books when needed. Some people attend regularly, but different books draw in different people. Anyone is welcome at any meeting. Readers are encouraged to call (776-5540), email (peaks@portland.lib.me.us) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Upcoming meetings in 2015:

Our Group Recently Read:


Riverton Branch Library:

 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: http://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: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.WFbHfOLh.dpuf

pettigrewRiverton Book Group
Second Thursday of each month
6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Riverton Book Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. Selections include a hearty mix of fiction and nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. The Riverton Book Group is always open to new members, so 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: http://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: http://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: http://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: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/#sthash.IKSl8wAd.dpuf

Readers are encouraged to call (797-2915), email (riverton@portland.lib.me.us) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Upcoming Meetings in 2015:

Our Group Recently Read:

 


 

Main Library:skippydiesFriday Night Book Club

Third Friday of each month
Meeting Room #4 in Lower Level
5:45pm – 7:00pm

Friday Night Book Club is for those interested in reading and discussing fiction written within the last twenty years. The group meets the third Friday of every month with discussions led by library staff members. Friday Night Book Club is a social event where readers will have a chance to socialize before the discussion begins at 6pm. Join us and bring a friend!

Readers are encouraged to call the Readers’ Advisory desk (871-1700 x705), email (hartsig@portlandpubliclibrary.org) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

 

Upcoming meetings for 2015-2016

Our Group Recently Read:

 


Main Library:

Wit_Faber_and_Faber_play_cover“Let’s Talk About It” Book Group (September-December 2015)

The Portland Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.  This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series, “Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients,” begins Tuesday, September 15, 2015, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library in Meeting Room 4. There will be 5 discussions in all through December 1st, 2015. A scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate the discussions.

  • Please register to participate in the discussion series (even if you will only participate in one or two discussion). To register, email Elizabeth Hartsig at hartsig@portlib.org, or call the Reader’s Advisory Desk at the Main Library at 871-1700 ext. 705.
  • Need a book? We have been provided with copies of each book for participants. Books can be picked up at the Reader’s Advisory Desk at the Main Library.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include:

September 15 Discussion: The Plague, by Albert Camus

A major point of Albert Camus’ The Plague is that plagues come in many forms. It is the individual and public health responses to the “plague” that provide such rich material for discussion. Camus’ work has the additional advantage of being one of the relatively few pieces of literature that present physicians in a positive light.

October 6 Discussion: Wit, by Margaret Edson

W;t, by Margaret Edson, is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning play about the interactions between a middle-aged academic dying of ovarian cancer and her health care providers. It raises a variety of issues germane to the health care world, including the limitations of expertise, the subtleties of communication, and the lessons that can be learned around the process of dying.

October 20 Discussion: The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is a short work that has entered the women’s studies canon. This early 20th century portrayal of a woman ill with an unidentified condition—what we would probably call depression—is particularly pointed on the dynamics of gender and power.

November 10 Discussion: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a nonfiction account of an epileptic child from a Hmong family living in California, and the interactions (and clashes) between her family and the American medical and social service cultures that attempt to help them. It highlights the problematic nature of communication, the significance of cultural differences in relation to that as well as to appropriate treatment, and the often very real uncertainty of diagnosis and therapy.

December 1 Discussion: The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, by Jean-Dominque Bauby

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean-Dominque Bauby is a memoir by the former editor of Elle who suffered a stroke that left him only able to blink one eye. His book, composed a blink at a time, describes the almost unimaginable situation of someone at the peak of his career condemned to virtually total paralysis but full consciousness.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Hartsig at hartsig@portlib.org, or at 871-1700, ext. 705.


Main Library

 

moneyballRead with Steve
Second Thursday of each month
Meeting Room 2
1:00- 2:00pm
Genre: sports

Read with Steve “Best of Sports” Book Club is led by retired Portland Public Library executive director Steve Podgajny and is for those interested in reading and discussing sports-themed books.

 

Note: The “Best of Sports” Book Club is taking the summer off (to spend more time with sports, of course!) We will start reading and meeting again in September 2015. Please check back for our September book title.

Readers are encouraged to call the Readers’ Advisory desk (871-1700 x705), email (hartsig@portlandpubliclibrary.org) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Bring your lunch; drinks will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Our Group Recently Read:

 

 

Upcoming Events:
Sep01
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Sep10
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Sep18
Friday Night Book Club:
5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults
Oct06
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Oct08
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Nov03
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Nov12
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Earle Stegner. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Dec01
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Dec10
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Jan05
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Feb02
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Mar01
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Apr05
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
May03
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
Jun07
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesdays Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library. In July and August, discussions are at the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA) clubhouse.
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