Readers & Writers

The Library is your partner to explore, research, and share the love of reading and writing. We love recommending what to read next, what’s popular and what’s lesser known, and to spread the word about what’s going on in the library and in the community for readers and writers.


2023 Scary Story Writing Contest

This year marks Portland Public Library’s Inaugural Scary Story Writing Contest! Time to get scary and enter for a chance to win a prize and showcase your story on our website. We want to be extra scared this Halloween, so send us your most bone-chilling story!

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Our Book of the Week project is created by Reader’s Advisory staff and is focused on sharing one great book from across the Library’s collections each week.  You can see a photo of each new book of the week and a list of the books in our library catalog here.

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Join fellow Mainers for a statewide Summer Reading program, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine State Library.

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Join one of our ongoing book groups for children, teens, or adults, or find resources to start your own! 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.

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Join us every other Thursday at noon in Congress Square Park for Blurb Club, the book club where you might just find your new favorite book!


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Are you unsure of what to read next? Our Reader’s Advisory staff is here to help! We’re ready to put our professional book-matching skills to work for adults, teens, and children.


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woman smiling and hugging a stack of books

The sixth annual Reading Challenge is here! 24 books in 12 months: will you accept the challenge?


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Not sure what to read next? Explore our librarian-crafted book lists for new releases, older favorites, and books in-between!


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Attend events featuring authors from Maine and beyond! Watch past events on YouTube or listen to them on the PortLit podcast.


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Whether you’re selling your epic novel or creating a book of family recipes, we’ve got what you need to get started!


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Up Next at the Library:
Spotlight Lecture: Heidi Julavits & Mary Pols at Oxbow Brewing6:00pm - 7:00pm
Spotlight Lecture: Heidi Julavits & Mary Pols at Oxbow Brewing
Blurb Club in Congress Square Park12:00pm - 1:00pm
Blurb Club in Congress Square Park
Creative Writing for Kids at Peaks (Grades 3–5)3:15pm - 4:00pm
Peaks Island Branch
From the PPL blog:
Summer Reading 2023: A Shining Success for Young Readers
Rain, fog, and more rain could not dampen the start to our 2023 Summer Reading Program @ PPL. This y   More »
A Career in Books: Summer Staff Picks
Our library staff shines a light on reads both sunny and serious—in keeping with this stormy season.   More »
Meet Gail: award-winning author talks about dreams, “characters being characters,” and storytelling
Interview with Gail Donovan award winning author and Portland Public Library Interlibrary Loan staff   More »
Contact the Librarian
Rebecca Starr   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x728
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