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Summer Reading at Portland Public Library: June 19 – August 12, 2023


June 19–August 12

This year everyone is doing summer reading together! Check here for summer reading programs for babies, children, teens, and adults.

Stop by your favorite PPL location to learn more about summer reading activities including special giveaways and prizes. This summer, prizes include ice cream cones, take and make kits, free books, a chance to win a bike! To be eligible for prizes, participants must be in PPL’s service area, but feel free to use our materials for your own reading challenge.

Get started with your summer reading today!

Babies (0-2)

You’re never too young to start summer reading! By interacting with your child through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, you are helping them learn the skills they’ll need to become good readers.

Download or pickup an Early Literacy Summer Reading Log and complete eight early literacy activities. Show library staff your completed log fill out this form and earn prizes like a free book!


Children (3-12)

You have your choice of goals. Read or listen to eight books this summer and track them on your reading log. You can also choose to fill out the bingo board on the reading log that is full of summer learning activities.

Download or pickup your Children’s Summer Reading Log and get started. Do either or both! Show library staff your completed log or fill out this form and you can get a prizes like a free book and more!


Teens (12-19)

This year, you’re in charge. Join our summer learning community and focus on your own reading goals this summer.

Download or pickup your Teen Summer Reading Log and Summer Reading Pack (with treats, a free book, and more) from any location. Return your reading log by August 12 or fill out this form and we will enter you to into the Teen Summer Reading prize raffle. You could win a prize—maybe even a bike!


Adults (20+)

Who says Summer Reading is just for kids?

Every year, a Maine author chooses two books – fiction and nonfiction – for statewide reading and discussion. This year, author Colin Woodard selected Lungfish and Night of the Living Rez.



Looking for more? Take on the 2023 Reading Challenge!

24 books in 12 months: will you accept the challenge?

Join Portland Public Library community members in completing the 2023 Reading Challenge!



Our Reader’s Advisory staff is here to help! We’re ready to put our professional book-matching skills to work for all ages. Check out Your Next Great Read to get started.

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