20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
All are welcome to attend.
Titles are available to borrow; no reservations are necessary.
Thursday, May 1st at
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.
Thursday, June 5th at
by William Landay
Attorney Andy Barber’s fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a
fellow student. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. As
damning facts and shocking revelations surface and as a marriage threatens
to crumble, the trial intensifies. The crisis reveals how little a
father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own, between
loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried
to bury and a future he cannot conceive.
Read & Recycle
Save the Date!
The Friends of the Portland Library’s next intake date of gently used books
& DVDs is Saturday, June 28th.
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
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.
Movies at the
Movies in the
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, & Sophie Kennedy Clark; Starz / Anchor
Bay; directed by Stephen Frears; PG-13, 2013, 98 minutes.
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search
for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became
pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Movies in the Evening
Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Showing: Labor Day
Starring: : Josh Broslin, Kate Winslet and Gattlin Griffith; Paramount;
director: Jason Reitman; PG-13, 2014, 111 minutes.
As Adele and her son shop for clothes, the boy is accosted by Frank, an
escaped convict. Frank manipulates Adele into letting him hide out at their
house, and soon the seemingly scary man shows a strong domestic side and, in
just a few days, develops a deep bond with both Adele and Frank.
No reservations necessary
to attend the movies! The Friends of Portland Library supports the
Library’s DVD collection.
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
Specializing in acrylic and
Slym is a self-taught
artist as well as the Assistant Town Clerk. Painting and drawing have been
part of her life for as long as she can remember. Paula has recently been
working in acrylics as she enjoys the flexibility and range this medium
offers. She work on commission, with landscapes and animals being the most
frequent choice of subject matter. She is a member of the Art Guild of
Middletown and the Glastonbury Art Guild. Most of the paintings on display
will also be available for sale. Paula’s philosophy: “I believe art has the
ability to bring us closer to the beauty that surrounds us, and my goal is
to help others to see this as well. Art is the most direct route to the
emotion within all of us.”
Paula’s Artist Reception Saturday May 3rd
p.m. hosted by the Friends of the Portland Library.
Free Museum Passes
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!
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: 04/23/2014