Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT  06480

Special Events

Book Discussion
All are welcome to attend.
Titles are available to borrow; no reservations are necessary.
April 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski
One Book, One Middletown literacy project. Set in Louisiana, Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past

May 1st at 6:30 pm
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain 

Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.

Upcoming Programs
One Book Community Read
The Middletown Rotary Club is proud to sponsor the One Book, One Middletown literacy project. We join with the City of Middletown, Russell Library and other area libraries. The goal of One Book is simple: to get a lot of people in the area to read the same book at the same time and then encourage them to talk about it.  The 2014 book is The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski which is set in Louisiana. Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him.
Copies of the book are available at the Portland
Library, and we will have a book discussion led by a Humanities Scholar here at the library on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
Many One Book activities will take place from March 22 through April 8. Watch for publicity
flyers and announcements for these events and
mark your calendars!

Read & Recycle
Save the Date!
The Friends of the Portland Library’s next intake date of gently used books & DVDs is Saturday, March 29th.

The Portland Historical Society & Portland Public Library present An Author Book Talk
on Tuesday, May 13th 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Portland Library's Mary Flood Room.
Chester resident Janet Barrett will discuss her new book about a horse that served during the Korean War in the Marines’ Fifth Regiment. The horse supplied large ammunition shells in difficult terrain to the troops by carrying them on her back, eventually not even requiring a human to guide her! So beloved was she that the men often fed her from their rations and in the end Reckless was promoted to Staff Sergeant.
A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Registration requested!

Movies at the Library 

Movies in the Afternoon

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Showing:  Saving Mr. Banks

Starring:  Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks,  Paul Giamatti, & Colin Farrell; Walt Disney Pictures; directed by John Lee Hancock; PG-13, 2013, 125 minutes.

Author P.L. Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Walt Disney’s plans for the movie adaptation of her Mary Poppins series of books.  For those two short weeks in 1961, Disney pulls out all the stops hoping for Travers approval.


Movies in the Evening

Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Showing:  The Book Thief

Starring:  Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, and Emily Watson; Fox 2000; directed by Brian Percival; PG-13, 2013, 131 minutes.

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.


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


On Display 

Books on Display
In April, the Library will have a large display featuring poetry and novels in verse. Also, on display will be book titles by and about William Shakespeare to celebrate his 450th birthday.
DVDs and Music on Display
The Library will feature CDs of the sounds of
Zydeco and the Blues, and DVDs of William
Shakespeare and his works.


Art on Display

During April, the Portland Schools’ finest art work will be on display in the Mary Flood Room of the Portland Public Library until April 19, 2014.   Be prepared to be "wowed" by the ability of these young  artists.


Free Museum Passes

The Portland Library Pass Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Portland Library, provides passes to area museums and attractions.  Some of the passes allow free admittance while others provide for a discounted entrance.  The pass program requires that users are at least 18 years old, and that their library cards are registered and in good standing.  For more details or a list of attractions, stop by the Library’s Reference Desk.  Book an adventure today!


Nifty Knitters
knitting imageThis 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; needles,
yarn and instruction will be provided free of charge!

Send your ideas for film and other programs to jnocek@portlandct.org


Last Updated:  03/21/2014