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PPL Is Bolder Than Ever!

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Portland Public Library unveiled a new look on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

It’s a big week at PPL! We are making some noise! Noise, you say, in a library? Yes!

Did you know that Portland Public Library is the most visited cultural institution in all of Maine? Over 600,000 people visit PPL each year at our four locations (not counting all who use our online services for language-learning, practice tests, small business info, Consumer Reports, and more!).

Did you know that PPL offers over 1,000 workshops, discussions, exhibits, and events throughout the year?

You already know we have great wifi, but did you know we lend wifi hotspots to take home? How about hosting free tax filing support? Ballot issue discussions? Coding workshops? And Legos!

PPL is constantly evolving to mirror the dynamic community we serve, growing and changing as we facilitate the vibrant conversations of our city. We provide the rich experiences and access to resources you’d expect from a big city library tailored to the unique flow and interests of life in 21st century Portland.

When you have a library card, you’re a Library insider. And even library insiders don’t know all this about PPL, so chances are our friends and neighbors throughout Greater Portland don’t know about it either. Help us spread the word. We are excited to change our logo, colors, and messaging to boldly speak out about the Library’s evolution as an epicenter for lifelong experiential learning, civic and cultural gatherings, and partnership in community-wide innovation. Today’s PPL is vital to our great city, that is on-the-move in so many ways!

There is literally something for everyone at today’s PPL, whatever your stage of life. And it is FREE. Enjoy our expert staff, services, collections, and programming. Our storytimes, performances, business seminars, computer help, music-making, telescopes, 3-D printer. Our amazing partnerships with creative leaders and thought trailblazers. It’s all to share, discover, and build more…together.

Welcome to PPL!


Congratulations to Author Richard Ford

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Author Richard Ford has been selected to receive a Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, to be awarded in August. Ford won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1996 for his novel “Independence Day,” and was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2015 for his collection “Let Me Be Frank With You.” Ford has also received the PEN/Faulkner award, the PEN/Malamud award, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, among other achievements. He lives in East Boothbay and is a dedicated supporter of libraries.

Ford says of this prize, “If you’re lucky enough to win an award, you have the opportunity to do something good with that notoriety. So I’d like to do something useful and remind people about libraries. I am a library enthusiast.”

Read the Portland Press Herald article here, and click on this link for a list of Ford’s books.

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