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Get ready for the annual Friends of PPL book sale!

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

Enjoy this entry from guest blogger Mary McQuillen, currently president of the Friends of PPL. Here, she shares the latest on one of the Friends’ biggest efforts: the annual book sale!


The Friends of Portland Public Library is getting ready for its annual book sale, to take place Father’s Day weekend at the Catherine McAuley School gym. The hours are as follows:

Thursday, June 18* from 4 pm – 8 pm

Friday, June 19 from 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday, June 20 from 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday, June 21 from 10 am – 3 pm

*Thursday is our preview night just for Friends of PPL members, but you can easily join at the door. Learn more about membership levels here.


Here are some book sale frequently asked questions:

How many books will you have? The book sale features more than 20,000 books! We will have books in all categories, with lots of quality paperback fiction and children’s books. This means the book sale is ideal for stocking up for beach or camp reading or for giving kids plenty of great books to choose from for relaxing summer reading.

How much do the books cost? $3.00 for hardcovers, $2.00 for paperbacks $1.00 for children’s books. We also have special Sunday pricing, so keep reading!

Does the sale include other items? Yes, we’ll also have CDs and DVDs, including music, movies, and audio books.

Where do all these books come from? All of the books are donated.

What happens to the leftovers? We’d love it if we didn’t have any leftovers, and you can help by coming on Sunday and taking away as many books as you like for a voluntary contribution. For items that are left at the end of the sale, we pack them up and give them to various area charities.

What do you do with the proceeds? This year, a large portion of sale proceeds will benefit PPL’s summer learning program. Proceeds also help support Friends of PPL activities like our First Friday Art Walk receptions at the Main Library.

How can I donate books? You can donate books by dropping them off at the loading dock behind PPL’s Main Library (on Elm Street, just off Monument Square) when the library is open. There are some items the Library can’t accept, so check here first.

How can I volunteer? Our volunteers are what make the book sale so great, and we always love having more help! Volunteer roles include helping with sale set-up as well as helping during the sale itself. Email us at, and we will get in touch to let you know how to help!

Library Computer Classes

posted: , by Samantha Soucy
tags: About the Library | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors

Happy spring! As we welcome the warmer weather, the Public Computing staff would like to update you on upcoming courses for the season. Check out these classes in April, May, and beyond:

Basic Computing 1 alternating Wednesdays (next is 4/15), 5-6pm

Our introductory class is designed to be a supportive learning enviornment for patrons who are totally new to computers. This course covers the fundamental skills necessary to get a handle in the computing world, including identifying the basic parts of the computer and their most common functions.

Basic Computing 2 alternating Wednesdays (next is 4/22), 5-6pm

Are you beginning to familiarize yourself with computers, and ready to take your knowledge a little further? In this class, patrons will apply the skills learned in level one to creating word documents and navigating the Internet. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 1 or equivalent experience

Intro to Gmail Wednesdays 4/15 & 5/9, 3-4pm

Gmail is Google’s highly customizable and easily navigable email service. This class focuses on email basics and is intended for patrons who have not yet registered for an email address. Participants will be guided through creating accounts, and then we’ll cover the ins and outs of sending, reading, and attaching files to email messages. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 2 or equivalent experience

Online Job Searching Wednesdays 4/22 & 5/16, 3-4:30pm

Finding a new job is stressful enough, but as more and more employers are advertising job openings online, learning to use the Internet for your search can be overwhelming. The main goal of this course is to acquaint patrons with popular job search engines and introduce the tools necessary for a productive job hunt. We’ll also take a quick look at Optimal Resume, a résumé-building service available to PPL cardholders. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 2 or equivalent experience

One-on-One Tutoring Fridays 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30

Whether you’re struggling to master social media, have a question about downloading ebooks, or want help practicing some basic computer skills, our half-hour tutoring sessions might be the place to turn! If you have your own computer or tablet, feel free to bring it in; otherwise, we can work together on one of the library’s laptops.

All current computer classes at PPL are:

  • free and open the community
  • taught on laptops running Windows 7
  • stand-alone, one-time classes, though prerequisites may apply to some
  • limited to six people and require registration to guarantee a spot

To sign up for any of these classes or a tutoring session, call 871-1700 ext. 708 or stop by the Public Computing desk. We plan to expand our offerings in the near future, and are always glad to hear from you if there is something you’d like to see added to the list.


Guess the New Tool Coming to PPL!

posted: , by Samantha Soucy
tags: About the Library | Library Collections | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Science & Technology

In anticipation of the Library’s maker fair happening later this month, our staff have been hard at work getting together an arsenal of tools to unveil. While a few of them will stay complete surprises, we can’t contain our excitement over our newest tool. It is currently living in the IT department, getting polished and prepped so it can be wheeled out into the community on April 25th.

Here are a few clues about this new piece of our technology collection. Read the clues below to try and figure out what we’ll be introducing,

  • The ink for this machine is known as filament
  • The creation of a raft is a necessary step before your project really begins with this tool
  • The first commercially available model of this tool was called Cupcake
  • File format .STL is the most compatible format with this tool
  • Different tools vary slightly on the process for utilization, PPL’s new tool uses fused deposition modeling

If you think you correctly guessed the new tool using these facts, email: to verify, and then come to the maker fair on 4/25 to claim your prize!

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