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Animation from Videoport and PPL

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture

Animation provides film makers with a variety of styles and techniques for realizing their artistic vision. On April 1st, the Portland Public Library will make available the entire adult animation collection from Videoport, along with the animation we have been collecting over the years. Try searching the keywords “animation,” or “animation for adults,” and request the films you want to see.

Here’s a list to get you started.

Portland Public Library awarded “Bridging Health Information Gaps at the Public Library” Grant

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Health | Language Learning


Portland Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). These funds will support programs to bridge the gap in access to health information for our patrons, focusing on the most vulnerable members of our community — teens, immigrants and refugees, and patrons experiencing homelessness.

As part of the grant, Portland Public Library staff will receive training on an online resource called Medline Plus. We will offer workshops, community discussions, and direct interaction with health professionals and organizations, in order to build awareness around health information resources and provide opportunities for deeper engagement around the issues most critical to our community.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Some programs have limited spots and will require registration. A complete listing of all library events can be found on our website. You may also request information by calling the reference desk at 871-1700 x725.

Montgomery’s View: Groovy Joe Ice Cream & Dinosaurs (a picture book)

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families


written by Eric Litwin

illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

published by Orchard Books (imprint of Scholastic)

The author of the first titles in the popular Pete the Cat series now brings readers Groovy Joe (the dog). Groovy Joe is so excited by his ice cream he bursts into song attracting the attention of others – first a small dinosaur, then a big dinosaur and finally a huge dinosaur. The dinosaurs arrive with spoons in hand, bibs and an appetite for ice cream. Of course, Groovy Joe announces that “it’s awesome to share”! Alas, all ice cream containers empty – as does Groovy Joe’s. Groovy Joe is never at a loss for what to do – and everyone ends up happy – singing and dancing. The story is very repetitive (but not annoying) and the song is catchy (and can be found online.) The illustrations are bold and fun. This picture book is perfect for story time. Here’s hoping Groovy Joe has many more tunes to play on his guitar.

Pick up a copy at the library!

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