Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT  06480

For the Teens...

New YA Program
Teen Activity Group (T.A.G.)
Who we are: A group of like-minded,
action-oriented teens and tweens in grades 6 and up, interested in participating in a series of monthly, fun and creative projects, and/or in need of community service hours who want to help out in the library and their community in a meaningful and valuable way.

How to get involved: Each project involves
a monthly time commitment of at least 3-4 hours, but may require more time depending on the project.
Register on-line for individual projects,
keeping in mind the time commitment per
Community Service hours are awarded after the completion of each project.

TAG Project #2
1,000 Cranes for Peaceful Families
Asian legend states that when 1,000 origami cranes are folded, a wish can be granted….Origami cranes have become a symbol of peace through the story of WWII survivor Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who folded a thousand paper cranes to be granted one wish—to live. Her story has inspired people all over the world to fold and display origami cranes as a symbol of peace. We are bringing that spirit to Portland by creating the 1,000 Cranes for Peaceful Families, a new art installation at the Portland Library. Get ready to start folding!

The 1,000 Cranes for Peaceful Families art installation that T.A.G. began in March will be extended to April in order to have time to complete the project.

Even if you didn’t make the meetings in March, new members are always welcome to join us in folding!

Mandatory Meeting Dates:
April 10 and 24th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Portland Library

The Riverfront project originally planned for April has been postponed to the fall.

Summer Opportunity
If you are looking for something worthwhile to do this summer consider Summer Volunteer Opportunities
at the Portland Library
The Portland Library’s 2014 Internship Program is a volunteer program for students in grades 6 and up with the intent of providing an enriching work experience for successful applicants. Intern positions at the Portland Library will be limited to 25 students who are going into grades 6 and higher. Selection of Intern Candidates will be based on qualifications and availability.
If you are selected into the Portland Library’s 2014 Internship Program, you will be expected to attend the mandatory training session on Wednesday, May 21st at 4 p.m.
Intern duties will consist of light office duties, event preparation and assistance, program promotion, and the registration and reporting of readers’ progress with summer reading.
All 2014 Interns will receive a certificate of service from the Library after successfully completing the program.
Please come into the Portland Library and fill out an application if you are interested.
Applications must be received no later than the May 11th deadline to be considered.

Facebook link

See the our teens' Facebook page!

The Young Adult area of the Library is designed especially to meet the needs of our middle school aged patrons. The collection is  made up of  books, audio books, and magazines. There are nonfiction books with subjects that young teens will especially find helpful and reference materials for a teen's reading level.   Videos, DVDs, and Music CDs are located in the Adult collection.

Registration is required for all Teen programs. 

Nutmeg AwardThe Nutmeg Award Chosen by Connecticut’s Youth





Nutmeg Voting begins this year on April 1st! Finish up those titles because YOUR OPINION MATTERS!

Voting on the 2014 Nutmeg Nominees will take place at the Portland Library throughout the month of April. Winners will be announced on May 15th and next year’s nominees will be announced on May 1st.


2014 High School Nominees
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Kings of Colorado by David E. Hilton
Legend by Marie Lu
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Paper Towns by John Green
Shine by Lauren Myracle
The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

2014 Teen Nominees
City of Orphans by Avi
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Mindblind by Jennifer Roy
Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


The Portland Library has purchased multiple copies of each title for your convenience.

Click here Nutmeg Award

Last updated:  03/20/2014