Circulation Clerk Vicki Lupo assists library patron Ellen Gomez check out a book from the library. BONNIE FUSSELL

The Portland Public Library of Sumner County is opening up to in-house programs fully in August.

While the library has been able to serve its patrons during the pandemic, COVID protocols have been in force based on recommendation from the Center for Disease Control. The library has carefully relaxed these measures, as the pandemic lessened.

Patrons have been able to check out books during this time but many of the programs were put on hold however, in August the in-house programing begins again.

Patrons are invited to participate in the many activities that are offered for adults, teens, and children. For specific information on each program, patrons are invited to call the library at 615-325- 2279 or stop by the library to obtain a full calendar of events.

Assistant Library Manager Alesia Moss said, “Every one of us at the Portland Public Library are so excited to open the library back up to in-house programming in August. We would love for you to come in and participate in the many activities that we offer for adults, teens, and children.”

Several new programs have been added to the long list of programs offered by the library staff. Make and Take Crafts for Adults will provide participants the opportunity to make a craft project which they can take home. The Tweenage Book Club is offered to third graders and up. All programs are free.

Adult Programs (Meet in the Community Room)

Bingo — Every Tuesday – 1 p.m.

Make & Take Crafts — Third Tuesday — 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Coffee, Tea and Me — First Thursday — 10-11:30 a.m.

Book Club — Third Thursday — 11:30 a.m.

Genealogy Club — First Saturday – 10 a.m.


Fellowship of the Teens – Thursdays – 4 p.m.

Teen Book Club — First Friday – 4 p.m.


Read to a Dog — First Wednesday — 2:30-4:30 p.m. (sign up)

Preschool Story Time — Every Wednesday — 10:30 a.m. (3-6 years old)

After School Story Time — Every Wednesday — 3:30 p.m.

Lapsit Stories — Every Friday — 10:30 a.m. (birth-3 years old)

Tweenage Book Club — Thursday, Aug. 27– 4 p.m. (third grade and up)

VA Representative

A representative from the VA office in Gallatin will be at the library the first Wednesday of the month to meet with any veteran to help with any questions or concerns. The representative will be at the library on Aug. 4 from 1- 3 p.m. and will be located in one of the study rooms.

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