Welcome Friends of the Portland Library

The Friends of the Portland Library proudly support and promote the Portland Library by informing town residents of resources and services the Library provides; by securing materials and sponsoring special projects for the Library; and, by encouraging donations to enhance cultural and educational opportunities afforded to the residents of Portland through the Library.

 Books for Babies

Attention Parents of newborns to age 18 months

As your child's first teacher in language and literacy development, the Friends want to support your efforts by offering free “Books for Babies” kits.  

Each kit contains:

 1. Baby board book                    

 2. Baby’s first library card

 3. How to guides:

  • Babies Love Books
  • Babies Need Words Every Day
  • Ways to Create Happy Memories and Help Your Child Learn

 4. Information on how to join the library's "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program


To receive your free kit, stop by the Portland Library Children's Department or the Portland Town Clerk's office. 

You can also contact Marilyn at atwmsw@sbcglobal.net

Second Hand Prose Book Shop

When visiting the Library, take an opportunity to browse the  FPL Book Shop. 

We have mysteries, general fiction, non-fiction, romance, teen and children’s used books, as well as used puzzles and DVDs.

  New treasures arrive each week!

Next Read & Recycle Collection

Scheduled for 

Saturday, Sept 14, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Portland Library - Mary Flood Room

FPL welcomes donations of gently-used books, DVDs CDs, puzzles and games.

Reusable Library Bags

FPL has "I Love CT Libraries" reusable bags on sale for $1.00 each. Purchase a bag to show your support for Connecticut Libraries and reduce your use of plastic bags. See a sample at the front desk and purchase them from the library staff.


2024 Membership Drive in Progress

Please support the Portland Library by joining the FPL or renewing your membership.

All of the FPL-funded Library programs are possible only because of the generous support of our members. Now more than ever, we need your help to continue to fund these valuable programs.

See the FPL 2023 Membership List here


 FPL's Annual Fall Book Sale 

October 18 - 20, 2024

Thank you to the many volunteers and book sale patrons who helped make last year's sale such a success. We raised approximately $2000 to support the Library. 


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