Portland Public Library   

Lunch and Learn


Lunch and Learn Portland Library's Lunch and Learn

Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
at 12:00 noon

Once We were Brothers by Ronald Balson

Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson's compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit. 

Books will be available for borrowing prior to the discussion. Bring a lunch if you like. 
Dessert and beverages will be served.  Made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Portland Library!


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

Mon-Thurs 10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. 
Fri & Sat    10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.


Contact us!


Directions to the Library!

Date/Time: 3/28/2017 1:42 PM 

Digital Library

Overdrive for eBooks

OneClick Digital link



ENCORE, our online catalog
LCI online catalogLibrary Connection is a consortium of 30 libraries (including Portland Library) that share a library catalog and resources.
Click here to go to the catalog.

Take a look at
NoveList for suggestions on books of different genres and for books in series order.




The digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hundreds of thousands of titles are available to choose from, with more being added daily.


Click on the Zinio for Libraries logo at left.

NEW ONLINE SERVICE - Zinio Magazines: 

For anyone holding a valid Portland Library card, a new collection of more than 60 online popular magazines is now available through ONE CLICK Digital. Use the Zinio for Libraries mobile app to read your magazines and check out magazines. You may keep the magazines on your device as long as you wish.  With no limit to the number who may check out an issue, the magazine you want is always available. EBooks are also available through One Click.  Visit the Library’s webpage at www.portlandlibraryct.org and find the links and instructions to use these services and many more, available 24/7. Or call 860-342-6770 for more information.


How much are the Library's services and materials actually worth to you?
Click the calculator on the left and input the average amount of materials borrowed, services used, and programs attended at the Portland Library.  The value of all those "free" activities may surprise you!

Monthly Book Discussions

Thursday April 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 
by Sherman Alexie

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.  Despite being seen as a traitor to his people and enduring great tragedies, Junior discovers an inner strength he never knew existed.

Titles are available to borrow.

Thursday March 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Mysteries through the Decades Book Club 

1940s: The Hollow by Agatha Christiehollow book

Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party. The Belgian detective's arrival at the Hollow is met with an elaborate tableau staged for his amusement: a doctor lies in a puddle of red paint, his timid wife stands over his body with a gun while the other guests look suitably shocked.  But this is no charade. The paint is blood and the corpse real!  It was first published in 1946 in London and in the United States, it was published under the title Murder after HoursBooks will be available for borrowing prior to the discussion. Registration Requested!

Movies in the Afternoon

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Hidden Figures
Starring:  Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell, Kimberly Quinn and Kevin Costner. 20th Century Fox.  Directed by Theodore Melfi.  PG, 2016, 127 minutes.

The incredible untold story of  Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. 

Movies in the Evening

Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 

Starring:  Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham & Nicole Kidman.
Directed by Garth Davis. The Weinstein Company. PG-13, 118 minutes, 2016. 

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. 

No reservations necessary; refreshments available.  The Friends of Portland Library supports the Library’s DVD collection.

Knifty Knitters
Knifty Knitters

This informal group meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00-12:00 at the Library. Led by several local craftswomen, this group welcomes knitters of all levels of expertise to their group. Whether you are a beginner in need of direction, an intermediate knitter who has lost her drive, or an expert who would like to help other like-minded people, this group is a great way to make new friends and keep your incentive up. People with no knitting background are also encouraged to join!

Search Engines
Library Programs

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!