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Portland District Library News


Summer Reading Program

Unite with the Portland District Library starting Friday, June 9 for Summer Reading 2023: All Together Now. The library is offering an all-ages Summer Reading Program which will run for 8 weeks until Saturday, August 5. Patrons will have the option of using PDL’s virtual reading tracker, Beanstack, or logging minutes using a traditional paper tracker. Adults will get a sweet treat for unlocking their first badge and then can enter to win one of our wonderful prize packs at the end of the summer. Youth readers, ages 18 and under, will earn a prize for every badge they unlock and also an entry into one of the many grand prize packs for each age group: Littles (ages 0-5), Middles (ages 6-12), and Teens (ages 13-18). All reading must be logged on Beanstack and paper trackers turned in by Saturday, August 5.

Glorious Garlands

Using cardboard, leftover yarn, and some wooden beads, we’re going to create colorful custom garlands for your home. All skill levels can enjoy this project, so join your fellow crafters on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30pm for all the fun. Ages 15 and over, registration is required.


Art After Dark: Painting

Have you always wanted to learn to paint, but thought that you didn’t have the talent? Join us on Friday, July 7 at 6:00pm as Rebecca Wychers takes us from blank canvas to finished masterpiece. She’ll provide step-by-step instructions for painting a cheery garden gnome! Free program for ages 15 and up. Space is limited, registration required.



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Fizzy Fireworks

Celebrate summer with fireworks—the fizzy, erupting kind of fireworks, that is! During Virtual STEM Club: Fizzy Fireworks we will create our own dazzling display using vinegar and baking soda. Registration for Take-and-Make bags begins Wednesday, June 21. This program is recommended for ages 6-12, requires parental supervision, and is limited to 35 patrons.

Wednesday Watch

Wednesday Watch is coming to the library this summer! Beat the heat and watch movies by joining us Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. for a family-friendly movie. Movies include: “Little Women on July 5, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” on July 19, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on August 2, and “Raya and the Last Dragonon August 16. Popcorn will be provided by the library; please feel free to bring your own beverages or other snacks.

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