20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT. 06480
Fri & Sat
Lutz Children's Museum
The Lutz Children’s Museum is proud to be the home of the official Connecticut state groundhog, Chuckles. Crowds of dedicated fans gather at the museum each year on Groundhog Day to hear her prediction. You can see Chuckles all year long at the Lutz Museum!
Half-price admissions for up to six people to the Lutz Children's Museum. The Lutz Museum is an educational experience for youngsters. There are live animals, displays and hands-on activities.
There are many special events including storytelling, crafts and demonstrations.
Hours: Closed Monday. Tuesday - Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday - Sunday 12:00-5:00
Regular admission: Children and Adults ~ $7.00.
Lutz Children's Museum
247 South Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040
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
E-Books & E-audio
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 you may now borrow up to 5 items a month, starting January 18, 2019.
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
The Library will be closed on Monday February 17th in honor of Presidents Day!
CT Tax forms are available at the Library!
Copies of Federal forms 1040 & 1040-SR
are here. We are waiting to receive
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.
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!
Sunday January 26th @ 2:00 p.m.
at the Waverly Senior Center
Susan B. Anthony,
Women's Rights Activist
(portrayed by Sheryl Faye)
presented by The Portland Historical Society
Food for Fines
Now 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!
Scams: How to Spot 'Em
Tuesday February 18th @ 6:00 p.m.
Texts, Emails, Phone Calls, Snail Mail and even Door-to Door visits are some of the many ways scammers try to get to us! Kevin Armstrong, our Town Tech guru, makes us all more tech savvy and ready to spot all sorts of scams!
Tech Talk with Kevin
Tuesday January 21st @ 2:00 p.m.
Did you get a new gadget or technology over the holidays!
Come get comfortable with your new device!
Kevin has all the answers to our tech questions!
Another puzzle completed!
Our patrons are amazing at working together to get the puzzle done!
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!
Awesome digitial magazine collection!
of the month
Book Discussions: January 2020
Mystery Lovers Book Club
Tuesday January 28th at 1:00 p.m.
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Jan Massey
Book Discussions: February 2020
Thursday Night Book Discussion
Thursday February 6th at 6:30 p.m.
The 100-year-old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Brown Bag Book Club
Tuesday February 11th at noon
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
Mystery Lovers Book Club
Tuesday February 25th at 1:00 p.m.
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Books will be available for borrowing prior to the discussion.
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