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Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
Tel:  860-342-6770
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Date/Time: 11/29/2015 11:18 PM 

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Nook eReaders
Getting to Know Nooks at the Portland Library
Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Want to know about eReaders and don’t know where to start?  This program is for you!  

Nook eReadersJenna LaRiviere, the Community Business Development Manager from Barnes & Noble  in West Hartford  will be in the Mary Flood Room to discuss Nook eReaders.  She’ll compare the different Nook products:   NOOK GlowLight Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK, Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK.  Then LaRiviere will describe the basics of how to browse for titles, authors, or topics as well as how to buy a book, magazine, newspaper, or app in our NOOK Shop, how to customize your NOOK experience with reading and text tools, and how to manage digital content and parental controls.  Learn how to browse the web, side-load MP3 music, photos, screensavers, and more!  She’ll have Nook accessories, promotions, and coupons on hand.  Then the evening will conclude with a Question & Answer Session.
As Community Business Development Manager at Barnes & Noble in West Hartford, LaRiviere partners with local schools, businesses, and corporations to help them purchase the books, NOOKs, and gifts that best meet their needs. In addition, she coordinates store events which include author signings as well as bookfairs which support local preK-12 schools and non-profit literacy and arts organizations.

Registration requested.

Food for Fines

November 16, 2015 through January 2nd, 2016
Shopping cartYou may pay overdue library fines with non-perishable food items that will be given to the Portland Food Bank. Please bring your  donations to the circulation desk so that your fines may be cancelled.  We ask that your donations reflect the spirit of the season. Food may not be used to pay for missing/lost items.

Printable Museum Passes
Printable Museum Passes Now Available at the Portland Library!
Portland Library now offers more convenience to its popular museum pass service.  Fifteen of its 20 passes are now printable passes.  When you reserve a pass online, a printable pass may be generated at that point.  You take the printable pass to the participating museum or zoo for entrance or to receive a discount.  The printable pass does not need to be returned to the Portland Library.
The remaining passes will be checked out using the standard procedures.  These nonprintable passes must be returned by midnight of the reservation day (the day of your visit to the museum) since other patrons may be waiting to use the pass the next day.

Printable passes: Children’s Museum/Roaring Brook Nature Center, Connecticut’s Old State House, Connecticut River Museum, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Florence Griswold Museum, Imagine Nation Children’s Museum, Lutz Children’s Museum, Mark Twain House, Mystic Seaport, New Britain Museum of American Art, New England Air Museum, New Haven Museum, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Wadsworth Atheneum

Nonprintable passes:  Beardsley Zoo, KidCity Children’s Museum, Maritime Aquarium & Imax, Mystic Aquarium, and No Child Left Inside/State Parks & Forests’ Day Pass

Coupon: Connecticut Science Center
Reserve passes at online or request that staff reserve the pass for you at the Library’s Information Desk.  Instructions are given on the web page.  

The Friends of the Portland Library supports the museum pass service.
Please contact the Portland Library at 860-342-6770 for additional information.

CT Driving Tests


Portland Library announces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons, starting April 16th, 2015. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on Connecticut’s DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.  Hundreds of libraries and schools across the country provide this service to their users.

To use this new service, go to Portland Library’s web site database section (right side of each page on the Library's web site).  For additional information, contact the Portland Library.

Art on Display
Art on Display

Portland High School art teacher Stu Noelte  has an photography exhibit entitled, "Hot Shots II: Modern Railroading on the Water Level Route" in the Mary Flood Room for the month of  November. 

Richard Raicik of Portland will present his show entitled Summer to Winter during the month of December. He is an award winning, self-taught watercolor artist and is a member of many art groups, including the Connecticut Watercolor Society, Middletown Art Guild, and the Lyme, Clinton and Essex Art Associations. A reception will be held at the Library on Saturday, December 12 from 2-4 pm. which is hosted by the Friends of the Portland 

Zinio for Libraries
Zinio for Libraries

ZinioZinio is an online magazine service accessed from Portland Library's web page, www.portlandlibraryct.org.  Zinio is for patrons with Portland Library cards to read on their phones, tablets, and computers.  It will provide free and unlimited access to the titles to which we subscribe. Patrons may keep their copy of the magazine on their device if they download the issue using free apps. Please see the Information Desk for more details.

Current titles:  American Girl Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, Conde Nast Traveler, Do It Yourself,ELLE Decor, ESPN, The Magazine, Family Fun, Food Network Magazine, GQ, HGTV Magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Prevention, Rolling Stone, Runner's World, and Us Weekly.

To get started, click on the zinio logo and enter your library barcode.  You then enter your email address as the user and create a password to create an account.  If you already use the Portland Library's Transparent Language database, you have an account.

Transparent Language

Transparent Language

Please see a library staff member at Portland Library for more information on how to access this service.

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