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Spring: April - May

Special Programs

Tuesday April 24th @ 6:30 p.m. 
A walk in the woods and then some ...Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Sam  Ducharme

Without any prior backpacking experience, Sam Ducharme, a retired K9 Officer, avid outdoorsman and empty-nester, set out on a 2,180-mile, 14-state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin, Maine, hiking the entire 
Appalachian Trail. During his six-month journey, he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. His presentation will highlight the trail towns he visited and the mountaintops he climbed through the backcountry. He will also give his audience a peek at the gear he wore, see how he learned to cook and hear about what it was like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons. Registration Requested!


Monday April 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Sarah Harris: Bringing Antarctica home! 


Sarah Harris, a Portland Middle School teacher and 2008 Portland High School graduate, recently had the opportunity to travel to Antarctica as a 2017 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Each year, the Grosvenor Fellowship program sends 35 educators from across North America to remote places around the globe to engage in hands-on professional learning and bring their experiences back to the classroom. While in Antarctica, Sarah encountered penguins, whales, and seals, worked closely with National Geographic naturalists, biologists, and photographers, collected still and video footage, and maintained a blog to share her expedition with her students, colleagues, family, and friends. Please join us at the Portland Library at 7:00 p.m. on April 30 as Sarah shares her experiences on the 'White Continent'. Registration Requested!

Local Author Series 2018: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
April 17th: Irene Silvers, author of Shrink Wrapped
May 15th: Frank Connolly, author of Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall
June 12th: Katherine Spada Basto, author of  Days to the Gallows, a novel of the Hartford Witch Panic
Come hear about their writing process, explore their latest novel and get to meet some local authors who live right in Portland. 

Book Discussions

Lunch & Learn: Tuesday April 10th at 12 noon - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Title are available to borrow!

Mysteries around the World Book Club: Tuesday April 24th at 1:00 p.m. - Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo

Thursday Night Book Club: Thursday May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. - The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig


Movies in the Afternoon: Wednesday April 11th at 1:00 p.m. -  The Greatest Showman

Movies in the Evening: Monday April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. -  The Post

Tech Workshop

Tech Talk with Kevin: Tuesday April 17th at 2:00 p.m. - Google Docs & Google Drive


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Student Art Month at the Library

The visual arts instructors for the Portland Public Schools are pleased to present an exhibit of student work through the month of April in celebration of Youth Art Month.  Drawings, paintings, prints and ceramics created by students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 will be showcased. Please come see the wonderful work of our young artists and support the visual arts program in our schools.