The Portland Library is open for Curbside Pickup only       

Curbside Hours:
Monday -- Thursday 10:00-6:00
   Friday   10:00-4:45
     Saturday 10:00-1:30
      Staff in the Library are always available by email and phone: contact 
PortlandLibrary@portlandct.org       860-342-6770
Faxing, copying & scanning services are available curbside as well!

Please check our Portland Town website for UPDATED information on the      Covid-19 virus situation.
The Book Drop is open 24/7!!!
Beginning Monday December 21st, per the Board of Selectmen  12-16-20, Portland Library is closed until further notice due to the rising COVID positivity rate in our community. The Library will continue to provide curbside service by arrangement. Telephone and email service will continue.  Faxing, copying & scanning are available curbside. 

For the March newsletter click here.

Learn facts and information about this important topic on the contributions of Black Americans to our history

Click Here!

Did you know? The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Anti-Racism Booklist

Covid 19 Vaccine info:

Online VAMS Enrollment

(for Eligible Individuals)

65 and over can register online click here

Access the VAMS manual for more help!

You can also call Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224, seven days a week from 8:00am to 8:00pm. 
Due to high volume, hold times may vary or you can call 211.

or sign up through Middlesex Health click here

or New! Call 860-358-7050 to Schedule a vaccine at Middlesex Health!

The State of CT is allowing the following age groups to receive vaccinations over the next few months. 

March 1, 2021: ages 55 to 64

March 22, 2021: ages 45 to 54

April 12, 2021: ages 35 to 44

May 3, 2021:   ages 16 to 34

Request IRS tax forms and Instructions for curbside delivery!
2020 Tax Forms

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is NOT sending printed forms or instructions to libraries this year. 

You can download Forms and Instructions using this link to  the DRS website. 

State Tax Form and Instruction Requests by Mail

You are welcome to contact DRS at the phone number below to request tax forms, booklets, and instructions that DRS maintains in-house and can mail directly to your home address.

Normal DRS Business Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Phone (to ask questions and request paper forms by mail)

860-297-5962 (from anywhere)

800-382-9463 (Connecticut calls outside the Greater Hartford calling area only)

Looking for some recommended reading or items to request for curbside pickup?  The Library has some booklists of the latest books: click here

To join Library program Zoom meetings

To go to Portland Library's virtual meetings, click on "Join remote meeting access through Zoom"

ID is 8603426777 

Passcode is Portland

E-Books & E-audio

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E-Books & E-Audiobooks

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E-books, E-audiobooks,
Comics & Movies

Thursday March 4th at 7:00pm Zoom Presentation

IBeyond the Amistad: Black History at the CT Historical Society                                                                                 

This program from the Connecticut Historical Society will take you on a tour of items from our collection representing a spectrum of the Black experience in CT. You’ll learn about a Harlem Renaissance writer, Ann Petry, who carefully preserved artifacts chronicling the black community of Saybrook. Examine daguerreotypes by Augustus Washington, who abandoned a successful Hartford photography business to build a new nation in Africa. Browse through the photo album of a Hollywood actress who became a champion of labor rights for black entertainers. Marvel at the gorgeous costumes created by CT’s West Indian community for their annual MAS celebration, and see artifacts documenting the Civil Rights movement in our state.  

Sponsored by

Inner Circle Family Martial Arts LLC and Be Stronger Personal Training LLC,

 

Join remote meeting access through Zoom the ID is 8603426777 and the Passcode is Portland

Registration Requested!

Tuesday March 16th at 6:30p.m. Zoom Presentation

Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy

Connecticut's history is filled with remarkable women who achieved extraordinary things! Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame and learn about some of the state's powerful female voices for change in our democracy. Discover the power your own voice can have by exploring the inspirational stories of suffrage advocates like Alice Paul and Isabella Beecher Hooker, prominent female firsts like Ella Grasso and Denise Nappier and social activists like Helen Keller, Anne Stanback and Estelle Griswold. March is Women's History month!

Join remote meeting access through Zoom the ID is 8603426777 and the Passcode is Portland                              Registration Requested!

Zoom meetings

To join Portland Library's virtual meetings, click on "Join remote meeting access through Zoom", the ID is 8603426777 and the Passcode is Portland

Mystery Lovers Book Club Discussion
Tuesday March 16th @ 1pm (Zoom 
                 meeting)
Stranger
Diaries
by Elly Griffiths
Job Seekers

Looking for a job? Considering a career change? Need to update your resume?

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator or JobNow Live Job Assistance can help you be successful in your search!  You can register for an account and use it from home!

LearningExpress Computer Skills Center
Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more. 

 

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Wednesday March 24 at 7:00p.m.

Welcome Home To Native Plants

Featured Speaker: Kathy Connolly

 

How can we bring beautiful native plants into the foundation garden? Kathy Connolly focuses on two major topics that help answer the question. She will discuss the fundamental design problems posed by planting near buildings, driveways, sidewalks, and other structures. She offers new ways of looking at the home landscape. Then she talks about the many native shrubs, small trees, perennials, and ground covers that suit foundation-area gardens. She also explores native substitutes for traditional
non-native foundation plants and identifies deer-resistant selections.

Portland River Valley Garden Club and the Portland Garden Club are sponsoring a joint gardening program to get your garden ready for Spring.
To join these virtual meetings, on the Library's webpage  www.portlandlibraryct.org click on 'Join remote meeting access through Zoom', the ID is #8603426777 and the Password is Portland

Portland Library now offers museum passes for free or discounted access to your favorite museums!
 
New Britain Museum of Art 
All visitors using a Museum pass from the Portland Library are required to make a reservation online in advance at nbmaa.org/visit
Check what days are available for our library pass, reserve that day and then go to the museum website to reserve a time on that day to visit the museum! 
Register as a member, using Portland Library as the member name and present the printable museum pass for that day when you get to the museum.

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Send questions to the Information Staff.

 

Do you have a question?
This service is meant for brief factual questions
(a definition, a date, a phone number, what library in
the area has the item you are looking for, etc.)

If you need an immediate answer, please call the
Library at 1-860-342-6770.

Temporary Library Card

Click here to apply for a temporary library card!
Portland residents can register online as a patron of our library and get temporary access to request materials and use some online resources. If you do not visit Portland Library to complete the registration process within 30 days, this account will be deleted. Please bring proof of residency, such as a photo ID, utility bill, or other official mail, to the library and we will then provide you with your physical library card.

Automatic Renewals are so convenient!  
Any item checked out at the Portland Library and eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed.  
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.

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