20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
All are welcome to attend.
Titles are available to borrow; no reservations are necessary.
March 6th at 6:30 pm
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.
1907 Wisconsin: when Catherine Land, who's survived a traumatic early life
by using her wits and sexuality as weapons, happens on a newspaper ad from a
well-to-do businessman in need of a "reliable wife," she invents a plan to
benefit from his riches and his need. Her new husband, Ralph Truitt, soon
discovers she's deceived him but driven by a complex mix of emotions,
marries her anyway. Now wedded, despite growing misgivings, Catherine begins
to poison Ralph with small doses of arsenic. As Ralph sickens, their future
together begins to unfold in ways neither had anticipated.
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.
Around Valentine’s Day our cravings turn to chocolate. Get ready for
Chocolate Wars! on Tuesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Food is an integral part of Mardi Gras. In honor of our One Book Middletown
area program that is set in Louisiana, on Fat Tuesday, we invite Maria
Poirier Brandriff to demonstrate several delicious chocolate recipes. You
get to try them and cast your vote for the best! Reservations required.
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!
For Your Health!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lupacchino returns with more insights and guidance
on stress relief. No hypnosis will take place, but you may enjoy a guided
stress reduction technique if you wish.
Registration is requested.
March is Women’s History Month
Save the date of March 18th at noon for an author talk on Female
Adventurers: The Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut
by Alice Stelzer
Read & Recycle
Save the Date!
The Friends of the Portland Library’s next intake date of gently used books
& DVDs is Saturday, March 29th.
Movies at the
Movies in the Evening
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
In honor of Black History month, the movie is Lee Daniels' The Butler
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusack; Anchor Bay;
directed by Lee Daniels; PG-13, 2013, 132 minutes.
As Cecil Gaines serves eight
presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil
rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect him, his family, and
the American society.
Movies in the
Wednesday, March 12th,
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
on Monday, March 17th,
2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Bullock, George Clooney, & Ed Harris; Warner Home Video; directed by Alfonso
Cuaron; PG-13, 2013, 91 minutes.
Dr. Ryan Stone is on her
first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command. On a
seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed,
leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each
No reservations necessary! The Friends of Portland Library supports the
Library’s DVD collection.
Art on Display
During February, The Portland High School Portfolio Art
Show will be on display in the Mary Flood Room of the Portland Public
Library. The show will feature multiple pieces from ten of Portland High's
finest artists. The exhibit will include pencil, pastel, and charcoal
drawings as well as watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings. Be prepared to
be "wowed" by the ability of these young artists.
During March, the
Schools finest art work
be on display in the Mary Flood
Room of the Portland Public Library. Please come and meet these young
talented artists at the artist reception on
13th from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. hosted by the Friends of the Portland
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: 02/20/2014