Readers & Writers
Portland is a City of Readers! 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.
Are you looking for new ideas for Your Next (Great!) Read? Trying to find a great eBook or eAudiobook in cloudLibrary? Searching for the right movie? We can help! Our Reader’s Advisory staff is ready to put their professional book-matching skills to work to find the right pick for you. Simply fill out this short form and we will email you a list of personalized suggestions.
Featured Book List
If you have a roadtrip on the horizon, don’t leave home without an audiobook or two! We’ve compiled our favorite fiction & nonfiction audio titles to keep you engaged & entertained mile after mile. Although this list was created with adults in mind, many of the titles are family-friendly. Most are also available in eAudiobook format through cloudLibrary. Happy trails, and happy listening!
Looking for more book suggestions? Our Reader’s Advisory staff has curated dozens of great lists just like this one. Explore the wealth of topics and genres here.
Book Group Sets
Our book group sets include multiple copies of the same title in regular print, large print, & audio formats. You can request a book group set with your library card, just like any other library material.
Staff Curated Book Lists
Looking to browse topics & genres to find your next great read? Check out these frequently-updated adult fiction & nonfiction lists curated by PPL Reader’s Advisory staff.
Books & Authors
Browse title recommendations and reading lists for genre fiction and essential non-fiction through this database.
Explore eAudiobooks available with your library card through the cloudLibrary app and free to all in the public domain.
Explore eBooks available with your library card through the cloudLibrary app and free to all in the public domain.
The monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction — a great way to stay up-to-date with the hottest books!
The premiere database of expert reading recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Our Book of the Week project is created by Reader’s Advisory staff and is focused on sharing one great book from the library’s collections each week. The book might be fiction or nonfiction, a new title or an older gem from the stacks. You can see a photo of each new book of the week and a list of the books in our library catalog here.
Want help finding eBooks and eAudiobooks on cloudLibrary during our closure, or other reading recommendations? Would you love to get a personalized list of ideas based on your own reading interests? Our Reader’s Advisory staff is here to help! We’re ready to put our professional book-matching skills to work.
Portland Public Library hosts nationally touring authors at the Spotlight Series. Authors talk about newly released work followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. The series is co-hosted by Portland Public Library and sponsored by the Press Hotel and Bangor Savings Bank.
Our Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the third Wednesday of each month. We host New England authors with recently-released work in conversation with a literary friend, colleague or critic. Bring your lunch and join us!
Poetry lovers, come explore the web with us! Here’s a list of resources and links to poetry. We include favorite websites where you can find fantastic poems, videos of great poetry readings, links to some of the best podcasts today, and more.
Can’t get to the library but still need to satisfy all of your bookish needs? Never fear, these awesome eResources are here! Check out this link for the library’s digital catalog, always-available eBooks & eAudiobooks, freebies from subscription services, book talk podcasts, virtual book groups, and more.
Linda Aldrich, Portland’s Poet Laureate, hosts a series of poetry readings that feature a range of local voices through varying themes and collaborations of poets.
Indie Author Project connects indie authors, libraries & readers. It’s an innovative collaboration between Library Journal & BiblioBoard that enables local authors & Portland Public Library to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to readers looking for something new.
The third annual Portland Public Library Reading Challenge is here! We have selected 24 book prompts and we challenge you to read one book from each category throughout the year. That’s just two books a month – will you accept the challenge?
Join one of our ongoing book groups at our branches, or let us help your book group with suggestions for what to read, book sets you can borrow, advice on book group strategy, and extra copies to supply you.
Up Next at the Library:
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Virtual Literary Lunch: Stephanie Soileau and Elizabeth Wetmore on “Last One Out Shut Off the Lights” & “Valentine”
From the PPL blog:
Poet Danez Smith sings out poems of love and intimacy in their 2020 collection "Homie." More »
Explore virtual stacks around the world like these images from Ariyoshi Kondo's sketchbooks. More »
It's Poem in Your Pocket Day, a day to collect and share poems. More »