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Lunch & Learn


Lunch and LearnPortland Library's Lunch and Learn

Tuesday October 10th at 12 noon

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

 Little Bee, smart and stoic, knows two people in England, Andrew and Sarah, journalists she chanced upon on a Nigerian beach after fleeing a massacre in her village, one grisly outbreak in an off-the-radar oil war. After sneaking into England and escaping a rural “immigration removal” center, she arrives at Andrew and Sarah’s London suburb home only to find that the violence that haunts her has also poisoned them. In an unnerving blend of dread, wit, and beauty, Cleave slowly and arrestingly excavates the full extent of the horror that binds Little Bee and Sarah together. Little Bee’s elegantly phrased insights into the massive failure of compassion in the world of refugees is timely.

Bring a lunch if you like. Light dessert provided. 


Movies in the Evening: Monday September 25th at 6:30 p.m.

Going in Style

Starring:  Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, Joey King, Matt Dillon, Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman.
Director: Zach Braff. 96 minutes, PG-13, 2017.
What do you do when your hard earned pension becomes a corporate casualty? You have bills to pay and your family is counting on you; what do you do? Three men who have been friends nearly their entire lives will find out when it happens to them. They've done the right thing their entire lives but, they're coming out of retirement to go after the bank that took off with their money.

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

Movies in the Afternoon: Wednesday October 11th at 1:00 p.m.  Gifted

Movies in the Evening: Monday October 23rd at 6:30 p.m.  Churchill


Monthly Book Discussions

Thursday October 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion: How It All Began by Penelope Lively

The mugging of a retired schoolteacher on a London street has unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors when it inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a business partnership, and helps an immigrant to reinvent his life.
Titles are available to borrow.


Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Mysteries through the Decades Book Club 

1980s: The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman

Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed. The crime was called in by Rina Lazarus, and Decker is relieved to discover that she is a calm and intelligent witness. She is also the only one in the sheltered community willing to speak of this unspeakable violation. As Rina tries to steer Decker through the maze of religious laws, the two grow closer. But before they get to the bottom of the horrendous crime, revelations come to light that are so shocking that they threaten to come between the hard-nosed cop and the deeply religious woman with whom he has become irrevocably linked. This is the first book in Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus detective series.  
Books will be available for borrowing prior to the discussion. Registration Requested!