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.
Thursday, 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.

Thursday, June 5th at 6:30 pm

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Assistant District 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.

Upcoming Programs
Read & Recycle
Save the Date!
The Friends of the Portland Library’s next intake date of gently used books & DVDs is Saturday, June 28th.

Author Talk
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, May 14th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Showing: Philomena
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.


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

Specializing in acrylic and watercolor works,

Paula (PJ) 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.”  Come to Paula’s Artist Reception Saturday May 3rd

1:00-3:00 p.m. hosted by the Friends of the Portland Library.


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:  04/23/2014