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Lunch & Learn


Lunch and Learn Portland Library's Lunch and Learn

Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
at 12:00 noon

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Mamah Borthwick Cheney struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright in her diary. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the 
lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. 

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!


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.

Movies in the Afternoon

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.


Starring:  Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson & Jovan Adepo. Director:  Denzel Washington. Rated PG-13; 139 minutes; 2016.
Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Movies in the Evening

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 

La La Land

Starring:  Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt & J.K. Simmons. Director: Damien Chazelle. Lionsgate. PG-13, 128 minutes.
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Monthly Book Discussions

Thursday May 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
In Tokyo, sixteen-year old distraught Nao wants to end it all but plans to first document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace, a diary that will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific is Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of boxed artifacts washed ashore, possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Titles are available to borrow.


Thursday May 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Mysteries through the Decades Book Club 

1960s: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

Emily Pollifax is bored in retirement. Her husband is deceased and her children are grown and married. She volunteers for various charities, but she is growing tired of that. What else could she possibly do? America is engaged in the Cold War against Communist countries. She figures she’s resourceful, intelligent, patriotic, loyal, and good at puzzles, so she leaves her New Jersey home and goes to Washington to meet with the CIA and offer her services as a spy. It just so happens they are looking for the perfect operative to pose as a tourist in Mexico City and pick up a certain package, and the director calls in a certain candidate for an interview. He’s charmed by the woman he meets in the interview room, and before he discovers his mistake, he has offered Mrs Pollifax the job.

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