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We love bookgroups!

What great book has your group read lately?

What great book has your group read lately?

Join one of our ongoing book groups at our branches, or let us help your book group with book sets you can borrow, reading ideas, advice on book group strategy, or extra copies to supply you. Click here for information about our LGBTQ Teen Book Group, or here for information about our Smart Girls Read @PPL book club. For library bookgroups for Adults and resources for your own book group, read on! Contact the Main Library Readers Advisory Desk at 207-871-1700 x705 or hartsig@portlandpubliclibrary.org with any questions.



Resources for your own book group readinggroup
  • 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.


Peaks Island Branch

amancalledoveFirst Tuesday Book Group

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

First Tuesday Book Discussion meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the Peaks Island Branch Library. In July and August, meet at T.E.I.A. Clubhouse. There is a moderator for each discussion. 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 copies of the books when needed.

Readers are encouraged to call (766-5540), email (peaks@portlandpubliclibrary.org) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding an available copy of the book in the Portland library system, please contact us. Often we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Upcoming meetings in 2016-2017:

For a list of books in the library catalog that The First Tuesday Book Group has recently read, click here.


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

nightRiverton 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@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 in 2016:

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:

Riverton Book Group Booklist 2010-Present
Riverton Book Group Booklist 2001-2009


Main Library

Friday Night Book Club

The Atrium, Main Library
5:45pm – 7:00pm

Friday Night Book Club is for those interested in reading and discussing a diverse range of  fiction and nonfiction titles written within the last twenty years. The group meets  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!

Upcoming meetings in 2016-2017

For a list of books in the library catalog that the Friday Night Book Club has recently read, click here.

Main Library
True Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
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Third Thursday of each month
Meeting Room #3
Noon

True Story is a book club at Portland Public Library that meets to discuss nonfiction of all sorts. Books about science, travel and exploration, food, health, relationships, memoir, business, civility, culture, math, society, history, poetry…the sky’s the limit! True Story is facilitated by PPL Reference Staff. Curious about what we’ve already read? Here’s a list of books we’ve discussed.

Upcoming Meetings in 2016-2017:

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.


Baseball Book Group

This Book Group is currently full!
Email programming@portlib.org to add your name to the waiting list.

Hey, batter batter! The Baseball Book Group meets at the Main Library each month to discuss all things baseball. History, lore, film, memoir, biography and essays…our bases are covered. We read a variety of material.
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.dpuf

 

Upcoming Events:
Dec08
Baseball Book Group
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors The Baseball Book Group meets at the Main Library each month to discuss all things baseball. See our "We Love Bookgroups!" page for more info on what we're reading.
Dec08
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
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