Portland Public 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.


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

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Date/Time: 7/28/2017 7:07 AM 

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Summer Reading

Portland Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program for Children

The Portland Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, Build a Better World, will run from June 15th –August 31st, 2017.

For the second year, we’re using Wandoo Reader to track our summer reading. Like last year, for every 140 minutes that you read and log this summer (that's 20 minutes per day for 7 days!), you will earn 2 BOOK BUCKS. These Book Bucks can be redeemed at the Portland Library for small prizes; saved to earn bigger prizes such as books; or exchanged at the library to go towards raising money for Books for Africa, a group that works to build libraries in African communities. The more you read and log, the more points you will also earn in the online Summer Reader game, which will allow you to customize your Wandoo champion and level up to make more summer fun!

We want you to read all summer and also earn extra prizes for fun challenges! Once you register for the program, you can check out the Challenge page to find extra activities that you can do to earn Book Bucks, such as coming to a library program, performing a random act of kindness, or building your own creation and submitting a photo to the library.

Registration for Portland Library’s Summer Reading program starts on June 1st. 

Thanks to the Friends of the Portland Library for funding our summer programming. 


Turtle Dance Music
Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Portland Town Green

Turtle Dance Music will bring songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology and original stories to the library in this great show! The show is inclusive for all children including children on the Autism Spectrum. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time.

Bryson Lang Comedy
Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Portland Town Green

Bryson Lang has entertained thousands around the world with his creative, high energy, family-friendly, comedy-juggling act. Don’t miss it!

 Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Frisbee Disc Dogs
Portland Town Green
Rain date: August 9

Ed Jakubowski and his fabulous Disc Dogs will be here to perform some of the tricks that have made them Skyhoundz/Hyperflite champions! Featured on Animal Planet, ESPN, and  performing in multiple MLB and NHL events, these canine athletes need to be seen to be believed!

In case of inclement weather, Town Green programs will move indoors to the  library and attendance will be limited. Registration is recommended. All ages are welcome.


Save the Animals! 

Going into grades K-2

Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1

Each week we will learn about an animal on the endangered animals list and create a craft to help spread the word on what can be done on the local level to help these species. 

Book displays and website resources will be available each week. Registration will begin on June 1 and can be done HERE.



Summer Reading Programs
Where in the World?
Going into grades 3-5
Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26 and August 2
Each week, participants going into grades 3-5 will find themselves 'lost' somewhere in the world. Use clues and library resources to discover 'where in the world' you are for that week in this game-based program. Space is limited and registration is required.   Each session must be registered for separately.  Click Here to Register!



Growing through Stories Storytime

Children ages 0-5 will learn how to “Build a Better World” by learning about the creatures and plants in our natural surroundings. Our weekly story themes will include bees, butterflies, gardening and so much more! We will end each week by observing how our own seed gardens are growing at the library and participating in a craft and open playtime. Registration is required and will begin on June 1. Click HERE to register.



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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!