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“War is hell.”

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


“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” –General Tecumseh Sherman
And it was Francois Truffaut who supposedly said that it’s impossible to make an anti-war movie, because depictions of war are bound to make it look glamorous and exciting. Click here for a list of movies that prove him wrong.

Burbank Branch Closing for Renovation

posted: , by Ellen Gilliam

Autumn 2015Portland Public Library’s Burbank Branch at 377 Stevens Avenue in the Deering neighborhood will close for renovations on Saturday, December 5, at 5 pm. We anticipate that the building will be closed for approximately seven months, and we expect to reopen mid-2016.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Burbank collections and services to patrons during the branch’s closure can be found HERE.

Planned renovations will provide:

– upgrades to building systems (heating and air conditioning; electrical; information technology)
– accessibility improvements (elevator to replace stairlift)
– increased energy efficiency
– enhanced browsing experience
– improved ergonomics to handle the flow of materials at the 6th busiest lending location in the state

Starting Monday, December 7, 2015 PPL will offer expanded service at our Riverton Branch, located at 1600 Forest Avenue:

Monday 1-6pm
Tuesday 10am-7pm
Wednesday 10am- 6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

 Members of our Burbank Branch team will help staff Riverton during this period, and portions of our Burbank collection will also temporarily relocate to Riverton. Other Burbank collection items will be available upon request via the Library’s online catalog. We will deliver them promptly to your preferred pickup location (Riverton Branch, the Main Library, or Peaks Island Branch). We are ready to help make this transition a smooth one for our patrons.

We are excited to serve our Burbank patrons in a fresh, engaging, and more efficient space. Stay updated at PPL’s website ( or by visiting the branch. We look forward to keeping the community informed about our progress and ways to be involved.

Check Out Book Sets for Your Book Group!

posted: , by Elizabeth Hartsig
tags: Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture
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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.

What books has your group read lately?

What great book 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.”

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