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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.


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


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Three books by Ursula K. Le Guin appear next to a photo of the author

Join us on Back Cove Books’ comfy couches during winter’s dark months to discuss three books by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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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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Do you like to write? Join Creative Writing for Kids in Grades 3, 4, & 5

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Spider webs surround the words "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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This is a writing group that meets each Saturday morning! This is for anyone who likes to write or would like to start. All skill levels, beginners to experienced, are welcome.

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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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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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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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The Portland Poet Laureate is an honorary position given every 3 years to a poet who resides in the Greater Portland area and wishes to connect our shared community to the wonderful world of poetry. Portland’s current poet laureate is Maya Williams.

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Up Next at the Library:
Creative Writing for Kids @ Peaks (Grades 3–5)3:15pm - 4:00pm
Peaks Island Branch
Writing Group for Adults @ Peaks9:00am - 9:45am
Peaks Island Branch
Blurb Club in Mechanics' Hall12:00pm - 1:00pm
Blurb Club in Mechanics’ Hall
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Contact the Librarian
Rebecca Starr   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x728
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