Connect with the Library:

We love book groups!

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.

Readers are encouraged to call the Reader’s Advisory desk (871-1700 x705), email(fiction@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.

Peaks Island Branch Library

Peaks Island 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 St. Christopher’s Church Community Room (during renovations). 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.

Upcoming meetings in 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

Riverton 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 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

Upcoming Meetings in 2017:

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


Main Library Book Group

Third Tuesday of each month
5:30pm – 6:30pm

The Main Library Book Group for adults meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. Selections include a thoughtful mix of fiction and nonfiction. The Main Library Book Group is always open to new members, so stop by to share or listen.

We’ll also have a special focus every other month on Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series, starting in November and continuing in 2018.

Upcoming Third Tuesday My Struggle discussions:

Upcoming Third Tuesday book group discussions:


Smart Girls Read Book Group

Main Library

First Saturday of each month
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. 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.

Smart Girls Read @ PPL will be facilitated by the Children’s Library staff. Please contact the Children’s Desk to find out the book of the month and to get assistance procuring a copy! 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.

Upcoming Meetings in 2017:

  • October 7 – Deadly Wish by Sarah Thomson (Note: this book is not yet released, so contact the Children’s Library for a copy!)
  • November 4 – Rain Reign by Ann Martin
  • December 2 – The Gallery by Laura M. Fitzgerald

Book Group for Homeschoolers!

Main Library

Third Thursday of each month
10:30 am – 11:15 am

Come join a  community of readers that meet once a month to enjoy some lively conversation about literature and share yummy (and wholesome!) snacks.

If you have children that are interested in joining the book group or you have any questions, please contact Jerri  at 871-1700 ext.707 or blatt@portlib.org.

Upcoming Meetings in 2017:


Many Voices Teen Book Group

Main Library

Third Saturday of each month
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Many Voices Teen Book Group recognizes 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.This book group welcomes all teens to the discussion about some of the most diverse (and best) teen books published in recent years.

 

Upcoming meetings in 2017:

This group is open to all teens ages 12-19 interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, and is a safe space for everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ancestry, national origin, or physical or mental disability. Discrimination, hate speech, and harassment will not be tolerated.

Please contact Harper at chance@portlib.org or call us at (207) 871-1700 x773 with any questions or if you would like to borrow a copy of the month’s book. We meet in the Teen Library at the Main Library from 2:30-3:30pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month and look forward to seeing you!


Resources for your own book group
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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.

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
Upcoming Events:
Oct19
Book Group for Homeschoolers!
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join Portland Public Library's homeschool book discussion group that will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month to share lively conversation about literature and enjoy a snack!
Nov04
Smart Girls Read @ PPL
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. This month we'll be discussing Rain,Reign by Ann Martin. Please contact the Children's Library if you have any questions or to obtain a copy of the book.
Nov09
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Nov16
Book Group for Homeschoolers!
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join Portland Public Library's homeschool book discussion group that will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month to share lively conversation about literature and enjoy a snack!
Nov21
Main Library Book Group
12:00am - 11:59pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors The Main Library Book Group for adults meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. This month we'll be discussing "My Struggle Book 1" by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Dec02
Smart Girls Read @ PPL
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. This month we'll be discussing The Gallery by Laura M. Fitzgerald. Please contact the Children's Library for a copy or with any questions.
Dec14
Riverton Book Group
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Adults This month we're discussing "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee. All are welcome to join in the discussion or just come for a listen. Call (797-2915) to reserve a copy of the book.
Dec19
Main Library Book Group
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors The Main Library Book Group for adults meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. This month we'll be discussing TBD.
Dec21
Book Group for Homeschoolers!
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join Portland Public Library's homeschool book discussion group that will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month to share lively conversation about literature and enjoy a snack!
Jan06
Smart Girls Read @ PPL
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. Smart Girls Read @ PPL book club will provide a forum where girls can explore what’s on their minds!
Jan16
Main Library Book Group
12:00am - 11:59pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors The Main Library Book Group for adults meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. This month we'll be discussing "My Struggle Book 2: A Man in Love" by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Jan18
Book Group for Homeschoolers!
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join Portland Public Library's homeschool book discussion group that will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month to share lively conversation about literature and enjoy a snack!
Feb03
Smart Girls Read @ PPL
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. Smart Girls Read @ PPL book club will provide a forum where girls can explore what’s on their minds!
Feb15
Book Group for Homeschoolers!
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join Portland Public Library's homeschool book discussion group that will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month to share lively conversation about literature and enjoy a snack!
Feb20
Main Library Book Group
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors The Main Library Book Group for adults meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. This month we'll be discussing TBD.
Mar03
Smart Girls Read @ PPL
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. Smart Girls Read @ PPL book club will provide a forum where girls can explore what’s on their minds!
Mar15
Book Group for Homeschoolers!
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join Portland Public Library's homeschool book discussion group that will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month to share lively conversation about literature and enjoy a snack!
Mar20
Main Library Book Group
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors The Main Library Book Group for adults meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. This month we'll be discussing "My Struggle Book 3: Boyhood" by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Apr07
Smart Girls Read @ PPL
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting a monthly book club for girls ages 9-12. Smart Girls Read @ PPL book club will provide a forum where girls can explore what’s on their minds!
Apr17
Main Library Book Group
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors The Main Library Book Group for adults meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a staff member. This month we'll be discussing TBD.
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