About the Riverton Branch

The Riverton Branch is located in the Riverton Community Center at 1600 Forest Avenue. The 3,500 sq. ft. branch holds nearly 25,000 books, audiobooks, movies, and more for all ages. Riverton is open 23 hours weekly, including morning, evening, and weekend hours to coincide with Portland Recreation programs. See our Holiday Schedule for planned closings.

The Riverton Branch offers lots of great programs for all ages and interests. Come to our weekly story times and craft days for kids and join our monthly adult book group and knitting group. We also have special events monthly. Check below for current happenings.


 


All Ages/Family Lego Club

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Legos are not just toys, they are also STEM tools that allow people to invent, collaborate, engineer and build. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

Riverton’s Lego Club meets every Saturday from 10am-11:30am

We will provide weekly themes and lots of Lego pieces and bases…you bring the creativity! This program is free and open to everyone.


Come! Sit! Read! Meet Baxter, Riverton’s Library Reading Dog!

Baxter!

Baxter the standard poodle is a certified therapy dog who visits libraries to encourage children to read by being a sweet, furry, non-judgmental listener. When he’s not listening to stories, Baxter enjoys playing Frisbee, chasing tennis balls, eating cheese, and visiting hospitals with his handler Kevin.

It has been shown that library reading dogs help children become more confident readers by providing positive and enjoyable experiences. Reading to dogs gives children essential practice with reading and oral skills. Studies have shown that reading fluency can increase after participating in a reading dog program. Although these programs were started for struggling and reluctant readers, everyone is invited to read to Baxter.

Readers up to age 12 can sign up for 10 minute sessions to read to Baxter in a quiet area with a book of their choice. Baxter is taking appointments for the following dates*:

 

Monday, November 6th, 3-4pm

Monday, November 20th, 3-4pm



*Please call (207) 797-2915 or email riverton @portlandpubliclibrary.org to make an appointment to read to Baxter.


Riverton Book Group

The Riverton Book Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We read a healthy and hearty mix of fiction & nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. The group is always open to new members, so please join us to share or listen.

Readers are encouraged to call (797-2915), email (riverton@portlandpubliclibrary.org) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Upcoming meetings:

Happy 15th anniversary to the Riverton Book Group! For a complete list of books that the Riverton Book Group has read, check out these links:

Riverton Book Group Booklist 2010-Present
Riverton Book Group Booklist 2001-2009


Riverton Knitting Group

knittersThe Riverton Knitting Group gets together every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30pm. The group is made up of members who enjoy socializing and sharing projects, patterns, and ideas. Our library collection has a very well-developed knitting section offering inspiration readily at hand. The group is always open to new members, so please join us!


The Riverton Branch Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We are always open for new members so be sure to stop by and share your thoughts, or not! – See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/#sthash.C3e57DsW.dpuf

Riverton Book Group
Second Thursday of each month
6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Riverton Branch Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We are always open for new members so be sure to stop by and share your thoughts, or not!

Readers are encouraged to call (797-2915), email (riverton@portland.lib.me.us) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

– See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/#sthash.C3e57DsW.dpuf

Riverton Book Group
Second Thursday of each month
6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Riverton Branch Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We are always open for new members so be sure to stop by and share your thoughts, or not!

Readers are encouraged to call (797-2915), email (riverton@portland.lib.me.us) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Books We Read in 2014:
October 9 – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
November 13 – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
December 11 – When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood

Upcoming meetings for 2015:
January 8, 2015  – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
February 12 – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
March 12 – The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
April 9 – One Hundred Years of Solitde by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

May 14 – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
June 11 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
July 9 – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
August 13 – The Help by Kathryn Stockett
September 10- Angle of Repose by Wallace Earle Stegner
October 8 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
November 12 – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
December 10 – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

– See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/#sthash.C3e57DsW.dpuf

Riverton Book Group
Second Thursday of each month
6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Riverton Branch Book Group meets on the second Thursday of each month and discussion is facilitated by a library staff member. We are always open for new members so be sure to stop by and share your thoughts, or not!

Readers are encouraged to call (797-2915), email (riverton@portland.lib.me.us) or come into the library to reserve copies of the books. If you have trouble finding the book in the Portland library system, please contact us and we can locate a book through MaineCat.

Books We Read in 2014:
October 9 – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
November 13 – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
December 11 – When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood

Upcoming meetings for 2015:
January 8, 2015  – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
February 12 – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
March 12 – The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
April 9 – One Hundred Years of Solitde by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

May 14 – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
June 11 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
July 9 – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
August 13 – The Help by Kathryn Stockett
September 10- Angle of Repose by Wallace Earle Stegner
October 8 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
November 12 – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
December 10 – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

– See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/#sthash.C3e57DsW.dpuf

 

Riverton Branch

1600 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

207-797-2915
riverton@portlandpubliclibrary.org

Branch Manager, Catherine Curran

Parking: Parking is available in the Riverton School & Community Center parking lot.

Bookdrop: The bookdrop is located to the right of the main entrance to the School building.

Wheelchair accessible


Hours:
Sunday
closed
Monday
1pm-6pm
Tuesday
closed
Wednesday
9am-1pm
Thursday
1pm-8pm
Friday
9am-12pm
Saturday
9am-1pm
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Adult Knitting Group at Riverton6:30pm - 7:30pm
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Fair Isle Knitting Workshop6:30pm - 7:30pm
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Oct27
Toddler Story Time at Riverton10:00am - 10:45am
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