Some fifteen years ago, New Portland’s first public library opened in an old school house in the North Village. Over time the building proved no longer suitable, and thanks to many grants a new library was built in the East Village, close by the Town Office and Fire Station. The new library opened in 2006 and has more space than the previous building, a special children’s corner, a board room, a tutoring office and computers with high speed internet available to the public. There is a wireless connection for use with people who have their own laptops. We have a large selection of books, including large print, hardcover and paperbacks, magazines, audio books, and movies available. The board room as well as seating space in the library and the tutoring office are all available to patrons for individual use as well as small meetings. Various meetings and public events are held throughout the year. Toasty Tuesday mornings invite the public in to do crafts, play cards, view our collections, get assistance with genealogy questions, and enjoy a hot beverage and snacks.
A list of special events organized by the library for 2016 include:
Children’s Story Hour (1st Saturday of the month, 9-10am)
Booksignings by local artists
Photo Challenge Slideshow
Happy Horseshoe Chinese Auction
Plant, Bake and Book Sale
Ice Cream Social
10th anniversary party
Art shows that change every quarter
Various speakers on a multitude of topics about Maine
To check our inventory online please go to the following web address:
When you go to the above link it is going to ask for a username and password.
Check with the library for specific dates and times. Our hours are Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 4-6pm and Tuesday and Saturday morning 10-noon. We can be reached by phone at 207-628-6561. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out our Facebook page at newportlandcommunitylibrary group.
Our New Portland and area authors:
Dr. Bill Hopkins: Kennebec: Part One, Into Maine
Gary Cobb: The History of Pierce Pond
Karen Bessey Pease: The Irregular column “Observations From the F.A.R. M.”
Laura Hall Dunham & Hazel Hall: No, We Weren’t Poor, We Just Didn’t Have Any Money
Laura Hall Dunham & Hazel Hall: No, We Weren’t Poor, We Just Didn’t Have Any Money, Part II