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I ♥ Reading in Portland: Pedal Through the Pages

The Portland Public Library and the Portland Public Schools are excited to announce a joint summer reading program for 2017, I Reading in Portland: Pedal Through the Pages. Children throughout the community are encouraged to read about and explore Portland this summer!

The program will run for 8 weeks and sign up at the Portland Public Library begins the week of June 18. Participants will be given a reading log and adventure map. The goal is to read or listen to at least 8 books and to complete at least 8 activities on the adventure map. The adventure map contains suggestions for reading as well as outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There will be a variety of educational and entertaining programs at different Portland Public Library locations!

Children who visit the Library during sign-up will also receive a ticket voucher to a Portland Sea Dogs game! Those children who reach the reading goal and return their logs to the Library will receive a certificate, a book, a coupon from The Gelato Fiasco and a free Kids’ Meal from Subway. They will also have the chance to win a bicycle thanks to the generosity of Portland’s Triangle Lodge and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Bikes for Books program.

This year there will also be a component to our program for very young children and their parents/caregivers, Stroll Through Summer Reading. It includes a gameboard of early literacy activities to complete. They include talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing – as they are the five simple and powerful ways you can help your child get ready to read!

Upcoming Events:
Jun29
Peter Boie – Magician for Non-Believers
11:00am - 11:45am
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Kids & Families Join us in welcoming Peter Boie, the Magician for Non-Believers, when he visits the Portland Public Library for our summer reading kick-off event.
Jun29
4th of July Crafts at Riverton
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Kids & Families I ♥ Reading in Portland & I ♥ Crafting in Portland! Pop into our Riverton Branch and choose from an array of patriotic crafts to start your weekend off with a bang!
Jun30
Make Your Own Buttons & Origami Workshop
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Burbank Branch Audience: Kids & Families Join Ann and Megan for a fun program of crafting buttons and origami! All materials will be supplied, so that participants can focus on making their masterpieces.
Jul08
Make Your Own Buttons & Origami Workshop
10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Kids & Families Join Ann and Megan for a fun program of crafting buttons and origami! All materials will be supplied, so that participants can focus on making their masterpieces.
Jul11
Preschool Story Time with Special Guests
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and songs every Tuesday. Today's story time will have a special guest reader, Shannon Belt, from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
Jul12
Make Your Own Buttons & Origami Craft Workshop
10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Kids & Families Join Ann and Megan for a fun program of crafting buttons and origami! All materials will be supplied, so that participants can focus on making their masterpieces.
Jul12
Kindermusik with Jacqui
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Jacqueline Savage will be visiting the library to share a Kindermusik experience for children birth-24 months.
Jul12
Bicycle Coalition of Maine: Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Course
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Shannon Belt of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be presenting a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Course for summer readers!
Jul13
Ann Thompson: Bike Part Art
10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Ann Thompson, founder of Bike Part Art, uses bike parts or other recycled materials to make art, will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library for a creative morning of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities.
Jul18
Preschool Story Time with Special Guests
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and songs every Tuesday. Today's special guest reader will be Catherine Buxton from Portland Trails
Jul19
Make Your Own Buttons & Origami Craft Workshop
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join Ann and Megan for a fun program of crafting buttons and origami! All materials will be supplied, so that participants can focus on making their masterpieces.
Jul20
Janoah Bailin Circus Arts
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Kids & Families Janoah anygoodjokes? Bailin will be performing in Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on July 20 and sharing his exuberance for the circus arts with children!
Jul25
Preschool Story Time with Special Guests
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and songs every Tuesday. Today's special guest reader will be Harper Chance (aka Botanic Panic)!
Jul27
Bicycle Coalition of Maine: Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Course
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Riverton Branch Audience: Kids & Families Shannon Belt of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be presenting a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Course for summer readers!
Aug01
Bicycle Coalition of Maine: Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Course
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Peaks Island Branch Audience: Kids & Families Shannon Belt of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be presenting a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Course for summer readers!