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Lunch & Learn


Lunch and LearnPortland Library's Lunch and Learn

Tuesday November 14th at 12 noon  Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Renée, the concierge and Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius and daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. 
Books will be available for borrowing prior to the  discussion. Bring a lunch if you like. Light dessert is provided. 

Save the date: December 12th Lunch & Learn: A Man called Ove by Frederick Backman


Movies in the Afternoon: Wednesday November 15th at 1:00 p.m.  

The Glass Castle

Starring: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts. Director: Destin Daniel Cretton. PG-13, 127 minutes. 
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

Movies in the Evening: Monday November 20th at 6:30 p.m.  

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett.   Director: Aisling Walsh;  PG-13, 115 minutes.
An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the 

No reservations necessary!  The Friends of Portland Library supports the Library’s DVD collection.

Monthly Book Discussions

Thursday November 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful businesswoman and a devoted wife and mother, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
Titles are available to borrow.


Tuesday November 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Mysteries through the Decades Book Club 

2000s: Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

For bakery owner Hannah Swenson, life in Lake Eden, Minnesota, seems to be lacking a certain flavor. It's not that she doesn't enjoy teaching a weekly 'Potluck Cooking' class at the community outreach centre. Or that she's not 
excited about her sister Andrea's bun in the oven - watching the very pregnant Andrea try to sit on a stool at The Cookie Jar is worth it every time. Maybe it's this year's sheriff's election that's got her down. For years, Sheriff Grant's been the iron hand in town. But now, Hannah's brother-in-law Bill is giving the old blowhard the fight of his long, dubious career - and Grant's not taking it in stride, especially once the local polls (and the Cookie Jar gossip) show Bill pulling ahead. But before anyone can get a taste of victory, things go sour. Just as Hannah's emptying the trash, she makes a very unappetizing discovery: Sheriff Grant's body in the dumpster behind the high school where she's teaching her cooking class. Another mystery for Hannah to crack (with yummy recipes)!

Books will be available for borrowing prior to the discussion. Registration Requested!