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? We can help! Our Reader’s Advisory staff is ready to put their professional book-matching skills to work to find the right book for you.

Simply fill out this short form and we will email you a list of 5 or more book suggestions picked just for you. You can expect to hear back from us within one week.

Featured Book List

Wild Hundreds: Contemporary Poetry

A sampling of contemporary offerings in poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Month! With poets Tracy K. Smith, Tarfia Faizullah, Crystal Williams, Noor Unnahar, Andrea Gibson, Danez Smith, Mai Der Vang, and more.

Check out these other great resources for additional reading inspiration:

Curated Book Lists for Adults
Book Sets for your Book Group
NoveList Plus
LibraryReads

Our Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the last 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!

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The first 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?

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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.

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Download free eBooks and eAudiobooks to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, but some content is exclusively available to Portland Public Library cardholders.
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Calling all writers! Are you looking for someone to critique your work? Interested in meeting other writers? Searching for inspiration and collaboration? Meet up with like-minded locals at Portland Public Library to discuss authors and ideas and listen to and inspire one another!

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Greater Portland’s only writing group dedicated to journal and memoir writing! Journalists are encouraged to produce creative, reflective writing through the use of autobiographic and historic elements in PPL’s collections, including memoirs, archives, journalism, letter correspondence, & the history of writing in material culture.

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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.

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read
As books continue to be challenged, restricted and banned at schools and libraries across the country, we pause to think about censorship and celebrate our freedom to read and openly access information.

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Up Next at the Library:
May10
Riverton Book Group6:30pm - 7:30pm
Riverton Branch
May16
Journaling in the Library5:30pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
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Contact the Librarian
Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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