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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 First 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. 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 library 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:

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

Riverton Book Group

thedinnerSecond 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 2015/2016:

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


Main Library

the first bad manFriday Night Book Club

Third Friday of each month
Meeting Room #4
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!

Upcoming meetings in 2015-2016:

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

Main Librarythe immortal lifeTrue Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
Third Thursday of each month
Meeting Room #3
Noon (bring your lunch!)
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.
Upcoming Meetings in 2016:

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.


Main Library

March 2016: Thursdays with The Bard

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s First Folio- and your love for Shakespeare- with a special book group at PPL this March.  Join the Thursdays with The Bard Discussion Series to read aloud from and discuss four of Shakespeare’s plays with library staff. Feel free to come to any or all meetings of this group. We’ll meet from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday evenings starting Thursday, March 10.
  • March 10 – Much Ado About Nothing
  • March 17 – Hamlet
  • March 24 – Twelfth Night
  • March 31 – King Lear

Baseball Book Group
Second Thursday of the Month
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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. For information please contact: s_podgajny@yahoo.com
Upcoming Meetings in 2016:

  • February 11, 2016
  • March 10, 2016
  • April 14, 2016
  • May 12, 2016
  • June 9, 2016
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:
Feb18
True Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors A book club that meets to discuss nonfiction of all sorts - science, travel and exploration, food, health, relationships, memoir, business, civility, culture, math, society, history, poetry…the sky's the limit. Click above link to view the schedule.
Feb19
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors 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.
Mar01
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesday Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library.
Mar10
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.
Mar17
True Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors A book club that meets to discuss nonfiction of all sorts - science, travel and exploration, food, health, relationships, memoir, business, civility, culture, math, society, history, poetry…the sky's the limit. Click above link to view the schedule.
Mar18
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors 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.
Apr12
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesday Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library.
Apr14
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.
Apr15
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors 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.
Apr21
True Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors A book club that meets to discuss nonfiction of all sorts - science, travel and exploration, food, health, relationships, memoir, business, civility, culture, math, society, history, poetry…the sky's the limit. Click above link to view the schedule.
May03
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesday Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library.
May12
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.
May19
True Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors A book club that meets to discuss nonfiction of all sorts - science, travel and exploration, food, health, relationships, memoir, business, civility, culture, math, society, history, poetry…the sky's the limit. Click above link to view the schedule.
May20
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors 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.
Jun07
First Tuesday Book Club (Peaks Island)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Adults, Seniors First Tuesday Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Community Room, across the hall from the library.
Jun09
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.
Jun16
True Story: A Nonfiction Book Club
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (3) Audience: Adults, Seniors A book club that meets to discuss nonfiction of all sorts - science, travel and exploration, food, health, relationships, memoir, business, civility, culture, math, society, history, poetry…the sky's the limit. Click above link to view the schedule.
Jun17
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors 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.
Jul14
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.
Jul15
Friday Night Book Club
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors 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.
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