Peaks Island Branch Library will close at 2:00 pm Fri, June 22 to begin the move into our beautiful new space! We re-open at 2:00 pm Tues, July 3 and plan a celebration starting at 4:30 pm. All the details are here.
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Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library

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Jun26
Preschool Story Time with Special Guest Reader
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families All Aboard for Preschool Story Time this summer! Special guest readers will delight us with stories and songs and teach us about what they do in our community. Today, a crew member from Casco Bay Lines will disembark for a boat themed story time!
Jun27
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children birth to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement, and stories every Wednesday morning.
Jun28
Summer Reading Kick-Off with Sister Steel Pan Band
5:30pm - 6:15pm
Location: Main Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is excited to announce the kick off event for our summer reading program, I ♥ Reading in Portland: All Aboard! with a performance by Sister Steel Pan Band!
Jun29
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement and stories every Friday morning.
Jul03
Preschool Story Time with Special Guest Reader
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families All Aboard for Preschool Story Time this summer! Special guest readers will delight us with stories and songs and teach us about what they do in our community. Today, Alexis from Elite Airways will land here to tell tales from the skies!
Jul04
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children birth to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement, and stories every Wednesday morning.
Jul05
Mr. Drew and His Animals Too!
10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Kids & Families Mr. Drew and His Animals Too will be visiting the library as part of our summer reading program. Using animals, he has rescued and rehabilitated, Mr. Drew brings a “hands on” experience and loads of family fun for all all ages.
Jul06
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement and stories every Friday morning.
Jul10
Preschool Story Time with Special Guest Reader
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families All Aboard for Preschool Story Time this summer! Special guest readers will delight us with stories and songs and teach us about what they do in our community. Jim Nawrocki, conductor on the Downeaster, will shout "all Aboard" for today's story time.
Jul11
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children birth to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement, and stories every Wednesday morning.
Jul12
Bookmaking Workshop with R. Gregory Christie
10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families In conjunction with the Illustration Institute, The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is delighted to present R. Gregory Christie, in a lively bookmaking program with materials often found for free for children ages 5-12! Advance sign-up needed!
Jul13
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement and stories every Friday morning.
Jul17
Preschool Story Time with Special Guest Reader
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families All Aboard for Preschool Story Time this summer! Special guest readers will delight us with stories and songs and teach us about what they do in our community. Author/illustrator Lizzy Rockwell will be visiting today and sharing her wonderful books!
Jul18
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children birth to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement, and stories every Wednesday morning.
Jul19
Magic by Scott Jameson
10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Kids & Families Join magician & juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud & perched on the very edge of your seat. Part of our summer reading program, I ♥ Reading in Portland: All Aboard! this is an all ages event.
Jul20
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement and stories every Friday morning.
Jul24
Preschool Story Time with Special Guest Reader
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families All Aboard for Preschool Story Time this summer! Special guest readers will delight us with stories and songs and teach us about what they do in our community. Today, The Greater Portland Metro will make a special stop at story time!
Jul25
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children birth to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement, and stories every Wednesday morning.
Jul26
Fish Printing
10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us for a summer reading art program! We’ll be experimenting with gyotaku, which is Japanese for “fish print”. We'll apply tempera paint to realistic fish replicas made of rubber, then place printmaking paper over the fish and rub!
Jul27
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, movement and stories every Friday morning.
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