Portland Public Library   


Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
Tel:  860-342-6770
Fax:  860-342-6778


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Date/Time: 5/5/2016 7:43 PM 

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One Book on the Riverbend
One Book on the RiverbendOne Book on the Riverbend
One Book on the Riverbend brings the communities of Middletown, Cromwell, and Portland together through common reading of a seminal novel, To Kill a Mockingbird
There is something for everyone at One Book’s 14th annual series of events, which will take place April 4 – May 21, 2016 in Middletown, Cromwell, and Portland. With the classic by Harper Lee at its center, this year’s program is designed to get neighbors talking, spark conversations across generations, and provide safe spaces for respectful debate.

To Kill a MockingbirdPrograms for Adults
Portland’s Book Discussion: 
Portland Library
Thursday May 5th, 2016 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Marsha BansavageThese books discussions are led by popular presenter Marsha Bansavage who has taught AP English and Film Study for many years and is a member of the Connecticut Humanities Council. She previously has facilitated community read discussions for One Book including The Lifeboat and The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

Program for Families
Riverfront Park, Portland, CTOne Book Outdoor Family Event:  Bike Parade and Treasure Hunt

Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 pm
Join us for this family event honoring the joy of children playing in the outdoors, as they did in the classic book To Kill a Mockingbird. Gather at 
Riverfront Park on Middlesex Avenue and enjoy a leisurely walk along Portland's new StoryWalk trail or decorate your bike and take part in a bike parade. Kids will also have the chance to hunt for treasure in the trees. In the book, Scout and Jem found treasures in a tree that were left behind by Boo.  

Program Survey!  Please respond.  For print copies, please ask at the Portland Library.

Passport to CT Libraries

Passport to Connecticut Libraries
Join the adventure!
April 1 - 30, 2016

Passports are due by Friday, May 6, 2016 to be considered for the statewide drawings.

Passport to CT Libraries

If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to a participating library by May 6th, then you will be entered into one state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $100 Visa gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries.
For more details and a full list of participating libraries, ask for a copy at the Portland Library.   

See updates and information:  Facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries
List of Participating Libraries

Special Programs

Read and Recycle

Friends' Read and Recycle

Save the Date!  The Friends of the Portland Library’s next intake date of gently used books & DVDs is Saturday, June 25th from 10 am until 12 noon. The Friends of the Portland Library will collect gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games. Thank you for your support. Other scheduled date in 2016 is 9/24.

SMS Text Messages

Cell Phone1) Go to our Encore catalog (www.portlandlibraryct.org)
2) Log in to your account
3) Click on Edit Account
4) In the Modify Patron Information popup, enter your cell number in the "Mobile Phone No." field, click on the "Opt In" check box, and click on Submit at the bottom of the page
5) You will receive a text within a few minutes confirming that you want to sign up. You need to text back "YES".
6) You will receive a confirmation message within a few minutes saying you have signed up.

The SMS messages are in addition to the other notices, not a replacement. So patrons will still receive email/print notices as they always have, but those signing up for SMS messages will also receive the immediate text message. 

Once that is all done, they will start getting text messages every time an item goes onto the holdshelf for them, within a few minutes of when the item is ready for pickup. This does not replace traditional email/print notices; it is in addition to them. Note that multiple patron accounts cannot use the same cell number for receiving these texts.
Art on Display
Art at the Library: Barbara Beck
ArtBarbara Beck received her art training in Cleveland, Ohio at Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art.  She taught art in public schools for  22 years.  In her retirement years, she has focused her art primarily on printmaking and on watercolor paintings.  Her style of painting has evolved over the years; her realism has always had a little edge, unusual subject matter, or  perhaps can be called “eclectic”. Barbara is a member of the Art Guild in Middletown, Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden, the New Haven Paint and Clay Association, and the Connecticut Watercolor Society.

You are invited to the Artist Reception, Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. which is hosted by the Friends of the Portland Library!

Printable Museum Passes
Museum Passes 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.

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Want to attend a Portland Library program?
Many of the programs at the Portland Library require registration.
To register for a program, telephone the Library, ask at the Library's Information Desk, or click on CALENDAR.

Program Information:  ADULT, CHILDREN, and TEEN!