20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
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
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.
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
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, April 16th,
2014 at 1:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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
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
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: 03/21/2014