20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
All are welcome to attend.
Titles are available to borrow; no reservations are necessary.
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 6:30 pm
I Never Had It Made: an Autobiography by Jackie Robinson
“Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's
stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947,
Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial
equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is
Robinson's own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the
first black man in history to play in the major leagues.
Special Book Discussion
On Monday, June 10th at 7:00 pm, Bob Steele will discuss his book The Curse,
a Question and Answer session and a book signing.
Books will be for sale at the event. Save a space for you by
Snapshot Day Results:
Library Snapshot Day provided a way for libraries of all types across a
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58 Libraries Participating
37,387 Library Visits
41,728 Library Items Circulated
296 Library Cards Issued
4,232 Reference Questions
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24,384 Website Visitors
166 Library Programs
3,762 People Attended Those Programs
Adult Summer Reading Program
Coming in June! "Groundbreaking Reads" highlights books which have made
literary, cultural, or scientific impacts. Special programs “dig into”
information about our environment, our lives, and our beliefs. This year,
the Library will offer an online program. As participants enter the number
of pages they have read, they will be eligible to win prizes, and they can
also write reviews which will be posted online.
Watch for details or inquire at the Information Desk!
Works created by the
members of the Artists Society of Kindred Spirits will be on display during
May. The Society is a group of 6 artists who have been friends and
supporters of each other for many years. Members are Dianne Gorrick, Jackie
White, Janet Shea Rea, Sandy May, Lesley Braren and Ann Snow. Their
paintings are in private collections throughout the country. Most of them
have also exhibited paintings at the Portland Town Hall. A reception, hosted
by the Friends of the Portland Library, will be held on Saturday, May 4th,
2013 from 2-4 pm in the Mary Flood Room. All are invited to attend.
May is Mental Health Month!
Mental health is an essential
component of overall health and well-being. Our overall well-being is tied
to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and
mental health. During the month, a display of books will be available on
Movies at the
These programs are free
and do not require reservations. The Friends of Portland Library supports
the Library’s DVD collection.
Movies in the Afternoon
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Showing: The Guilt Trip
In this comedy, a traveling salesman talks his mother into heading out on
the road with him so that he can, unbeknownst to her, reunite her with a
Movies in the Evening
Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with many
inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
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; needles,
yarn and instruction will be provided free of charge!
ideas for film and other programs to
Last Updated: 05/03/2013