Summer Reading Program for Teens
Tails and Tales


1) Visit the library to pick up your reading log. Be sure to get your photos with some of our exotic animals while you’re here!


2) Start logging the minutes you read on June 16. For every 100 minutes you read, you will receive a digital badge and be eligible for a prize! (Limit of one prize per week.)

Logging can be done through the ReadSquared portal on the homepage of our library website. You can also pick up a lined journal at the library to write down the titles of your books.

3) Win prizes! Choose from books, toys, a stuffed animal to adopt, or a raffle ticket to be entered to win gift cards to GameStop, Amazon, Starbucks, Bass Pro Shops, and more! 



Thank you to the Friends of the Portland Library for sponsoring all of our Summer Programs for teens.

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Don't miss these summer programs for kids going into grades 6-up! 

2022 Nutmeg Nominees:

The 2022 Nutmeg nominees were announced on May 1. Below is the list of nominees in each category. We have several copies of each book at the library, and many are available to borrow as downloadable e-books through the Overdrive and Hoopla links on our library website. The winners of the 2021 Nutmeg Awards will be announced on May 15.


The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten (fifteen elementary) nominated titles. The award is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL). Nominees are selected by a committee of students, school librarians and public librarians around the state.

2022 Middle School (grades 7-8)
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Good Enough by Jen Petro-Roy
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia


2022 High School  (grades 9-12)

Cosmoknights (Book One) by Hannah Templer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger

Homework Help

Not sure where to start? Stop by or call and we will help you use these resources.  


School Links

Portland Middle School

Portland High School

Mercy High School

Vinal Technical High School

Xavier High School


WolframAlpha: Find answers and statistics based on computational data. Lots of charts and graphs!

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper: Great site offering free help in math, science, English and more!

Discovery Education Classroom Resources: Click on Student to find Homework Help and other helpful resources.

Homework Spot: A search engine of homework sites for grades K-12. 

Math & Science

How Stuff Works

Cool Math

Interactive Mathmatics: Learn math by playing with it!

Fun Mathematics Lessons: learn math through games and puzzles

History & Social Studies

CIA World Factbook

U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract

English & Literature

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Absolute Shakespeare: everything about Shakespeare!