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Drop-In Playdates

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
May 8, 15, 22, 29



New Dates: June 5, 12

Storytimes ended at the end of April, but we will continue to offer some drop-in programs during the month of May. No registration is required for these programs, which are geared for kids between the ages of 0-5.


Read with a Therapy Animal

Saturday, June 1

10:30am - 12pm

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Middletown High
School’s animal ambassador program. Each month, we will be
hosting a therapy animal at the library. Kids between the ages of
3 and 12 can make an appointment for a 15-minute session to
read to an animal buddy.
Reservations are required and space is limited.

Family Craft Night:
Bean Planting and Clay Pot Painting

Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.


 Come start your own bean plant from seed and paint a pot to house your bean once it begins to sprout.

This project is being offered in conjunction with the One Seed, One Community Project, which encourages community members to learn about gardening by each growing the same type of native plants.

Beans and planting materials have been generously donated by Fire Ring Farms. 


One Seed One Community:
Intergenerational Green Bean cooking class

Friday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waverly Senior Center


Buried in beans? Learn a simple green bean recipe from our friends at Fire Ring Farm at this fun community/ intergenerational program at the Waverly Senior Center
Kitchen! Open to chefs ages 6 and up.


Please register all who will be present in the room because space is limited.
Registration can be done through our website calendar or by calling the library
at 860-342-6770.

2024 Summer Reading Program for Families and Children:
Adventure Begins at Your Library


How It Works

Visit the library to pick up a reading log and start logging the minutes you read on or after June 17. Each day you read 20 minutes or more counts towards your
summer reading goal. Earn bracelet charms each time you reach 5 days and
additional prizes each time you read 15 days. Logging can be done through the ReadSquared portal on our library website, or you can pick up a lined journal or a coloring sheet to log your minutes if you prefer.

Registration for all programs begins on Monday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m.


Weekly Programs for Kids

Storytime Adventures

Mondays at 10:30 a.m., June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Join us in our Mary Flood Room to enjoy stories, rhymes and songs. A craft project will be offered at the end of the program.


Summer Adventure Club

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

For students going into Grades K-2

Join us for six weeks of summer adventures in building, the great outdoors, cooking, circus activities, crafting and Olympic games.


League of Adventurers

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

For students going into Grades 3-5

Join us for a new adventure each week, from traveling the Oregon trail, to participating in the Greek Olympics, to solving an ancient Egyptian mystery.


Thank you to the Friends of the Portland Library for sponsoring all of our
Summer Programs for Children and Families.

Wednesday Night Family Shows

Portland Library will host FREE family shows at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the summer! Shows will be held either indoors at the library or on the Town Green by the gazebo adjacent to the library parking lot; call 860-342-6770 or visit our website to register and get updated times and locations. Outdoor shows are open to all; in case of inclement weather, we will move indoors and only those on the registration list will be allowed due to room capacities. For that reason, registration is encouraged and begins on Monday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. 


June 26: The Poop Museum
Fast-paced and highly interactive, The Poop Museum
is the perfect combination of fun, fascinating facts, so that kids (and parents) never forget what they learned.

July 10: Malik Comedy Magic
Malik’s show focuses on adventures and exploration and is packed with visual magic, juggling, comedy and tons of audience participation.

July 17: Flash Mob Circus!
This program is part show, part tutorial. After a short demonstration, you can practice a variety of circus tricks on your own.

July 24: Turtle Dance Music
Turtle Dance Music’s mission is to coax kids out of their shells through dancing, moving, singing, laughing, learning, and connecting with each other.

July 31: Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Leave your favorite stuffed animal at the library after a special storytime and then pick them up the next day to hear about their adventures!

Reading Lists

Not sure what to read next? Check out these book lists for some new ideas.

Adventures for Children

Books for Animal Lovers in Grades 3-5
Character Counts: Picture Books about Kindness and Caring
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Readalikes
Historical Fiction for Children
Mysteries for Children
Ready for School

Scary Stories for Kids
Science Fiction for Children

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Computers in the Children's Area


Early Literacy Computer Station Added

In September 2014, the Youth Services Department added an AWE Early Literacy Computer Station to its list of services. Stocked with more than 40 games that build skills in the areas of reading, words and phonics; science and nature; math and problem solving; reference; music and arts; writing and computer skills; and social studies and geography, this colorful touch-screen computer is great for kids between the ages of 2-8. Users may sign up at the children’s reference desk to use the computer.


Portland Library Computer Information

We have two computers with Internet access in the Children's Department that can be used by patrons under the age of 11. Only children or others accompanied by children are allowed to use these computers. 

Please note the following when using the computers:


  • Parents and guardians will have to sign a Public Computer Procedures form the first time their child uses a computer.

  • If others are waiting, use is restricted to 30 minutes per user. 

  • There is filtering software on the computers in the Children's Department. 

  • Please, no eating or drinking at the computer. 

  • Our printing rates are as follows: Each user is allowed two free black and white pages. Additional pages are $.15 per page. Color copies are always $.50 per page. 


Recommended Websites for Children: 

BookFlix (Portland Library database subscription, requires library card number)

Cool Math Games

Fun Brain

Highlights Kids

Lego Play Zone

Nat Geo Kids

Scholastic Go! (Portland Library database subscription, requires library card number)

Homework Help

School Websites:

Valley View School

Gildersleeve School

Brownstone Intermediate School


Discovery Education

DK FindOut!: This secure search engine from published DK has information for young children on many different subjects. 

Math and Science:

Math Baseball Learn how thousands of things work

NeoK-12:  Fun videos and lessons on science subjects

Social Studies:

Social Studies for Kids

Social Studies Games: for younger children

Scholastic News Online

English and Spelling:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Raise a reader! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national reading initiative that encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud daily to their children from birth to age five. Reading to children builds important vocabulary and language skills that are needed for kindergarten. We invite you to participate in this exciting, free program open to children birth to age five.

How long will it take to read 1,000 books? This is a self-paced program that depends on how often you read together. Reading three books together a night—approximately 15 minutes—will mean you will have read 1,095 at the end of one year.

Come into the library and pick up your 1,000 Books Before Kindergartenwelcome packet in the children’s department.

Thank you to the Friends of the Portland Library for funding this program. 


Not able to come to the library but want to get started on your next reading journal? Print them out here!

Books 1-100

Books 101-250

Books 251-500

Books 501-750

Books 751-1,000

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