Upcoming Events 

20 Freestone Avenue

Portland, CT. 06480



10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. 
Fri & Sat    
10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.



Connecticut River Museum
Free admission for 2 adults and
their children or grandchildren.
Printable pass.


26th annual Holiday Train show
Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday from November 27, 2019 – February 23, 2020

The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 26th year of fun for all ages.
See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year!
A fully operational 26 foot train layout, “I SPY” scavenger hunts,
and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun!

Reserve passes online or request that staff reserve the pass for you at the Library’s Information Desk.Instructions are given on the web page. If you need to cancel or view a reservation go to: https://www.libraryinsight.com/mpviewmyreservations.asp?jx=cl

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E-Books & E-audio

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Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.  You must have a valid Portland Library card to set up an account on Hoopla and (back by popular demand) you may now borrow up to 5  items a month, starting January 18, 2019.


Read ebooks! Listen to audio books! Watch videos! With your Portland Library card and an OverDrive app or the Libby App (both of which are available for free in your App store). , you can borrow/place holds on 10 titles. Enjoy!



News and Announcements

Check out our new Museum Pass Flyer! Click here!

Portland Library's Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 8:00
Friday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
Happy Holidays to all!
The Library is closing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday                                                                December 24th and will be closed Wednesday December 25th!
The Library is closing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday                                                                December 31st  and will be closed Wednesday January 1st!

Come in and get a Library Card...
Library cards are free to all residents of Portland. All you need is a picture ID with your Portland address or a picture ID and a piece of mail with proof of your Portland address. Portland residents of all ages may obtain cards; if you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign the library card application. If you are over 18, you can also apply for a temporary library card. For more details about library cards, visit our My Account page.

NEW: Automatic Renewals!  
Beginning January 1st, any item checked out at the 
Portland Library and eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed.
  Renewals won’t happen for Zoom books, items with holds for another patron, or if the user's library card is expired or blocked. Please note, our renewal policies have not changed, 
everything has stayed the same with the exception that your renewals will happen automatically.
If you have an email associated with your account. You will receive an email listing the items that have been renewed.  You will also continue to receive a courtesy email alerting you that your items will be coming due. We hope this service will 
assist you in managing your account with ease.  As always, if you have any questions, please call the library at 860-342-6770.

Dinosaur Footprints

When dinosaurs roamed the Connecticut Valley some of them came to Portland!

There are still footprints to be found in Portland including a few mounted on walls at the Portland Library.  Inside the library there are 2 brownstone slabs, one containing several good quality, medium-size theropod footprints labeled as Anchisauripus and the other containing two remarkable specimens of Otozoum.


Treasures of Connecticut Libraries

Treasures of Connecticut Libraries; Portland archives and photographs. Search here!

Food for Fines

November 12th through January 31st,  2020   
You may pay overdue library fines with 
non-perishable food items that will be given to 
the Portland Food Bank. Please bring your  
donations to the circulation desk so that your 
fines may be cancelled.  We ask that your 
donations reflect the spirit of the season. 
Food may not be used to pay for missing/lost 
or damaged items.
Thanks to Adams Hometown Market
for the use of their shopping cart.

Buy a bag for $1.00 and support the Friends and the Portland Library! Good for library books or groceries!
Holiday Book Store starting December 2nd
The Friends are featuring holiday books, dvds and puzzles that could be a special gift for that certain someone and the prices cannot be beat!

Upcoming Events

Book Discussions: December

Thursday Night Book Discussion

Thursday December 5th at 6:30 p.m.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday December 10th at noon

The Family Man by Elinor Lipman

Mystery Lovers Book Club

Tuesday December 17th at 1:00 p.m.

 A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré.

Books will be available for borrowing prior to the discussion.

Awesome digitial magazine collection!

Online Resource
of the month 


If you are planning to get a learners permit or driver’s license, the best way to begin that process is by studying for the tests. This is the perfect website to find practice tests that will prepare you for the real thing. 


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