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Going into grades 6-up and looking for community service hours this summer? Check this out! 

2023 Nutmeg Nominees Announced

The 2023 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 2022 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.

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Congratulations to the 2022 Nutmeg Award winners! 

Middle School: The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

High School: Sadie by Courtney Summers

S'mores Sushi
Thursday, June 23 @ 3pm

(going into grade 6-up)

We're putting an international twist on this traditional outdoor treat. Come make and try these delicious rolls with chopsticks and a side order of chocolate syrup. Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 6. 

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The Amazing Race: Library Edition
Thursday, June 30 @ 3pm

(going into grade 6-up)
 

The hit game show is coming to Portland Library! Race around the world and complete challenges at each pit stop. The team to finish all of their challenges first and return to the starting point wins an AMAZING prize! Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 6. 

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Pickle Autopsy
Thursday, July 14 @ 3pm

(going into grade 6-up)
 

A confrontation over missing items in the fridge has led to the demise of several pickles from the Claussen and Vlasic families. As a new CSI agent, you are called to the scene to determine the manner of death. Join us as we dig into the world of forensics (and some pickle snacks too!). Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 6. 

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Line Art Embroidery
Thursday, July 21 @ 3pm

(going into grade 6-up)
 

No painting or sewing experience required! We'll supply everything you need to create a line art masterpiece, including a bunch of designs from which to choose. Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 6. 

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Library Lock-In! 
Friday, July 29 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. 

(going into grade 6-up)
 

After a two-year hiatus, our library lock-in is back and better than ever! Teens are invited to visit the library after closing time for this once-a-year opportunity. The exact plans for the night are kept TOP SECRET, but will include games, crafts, and of course, food!

 

This is one of our most popular events of the year, so sign up early! Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 6. 

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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

General

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

Science.gov

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!