Print: A Bookstore is dedicated to not only being part of our neighborhood community, but also supporting other organizations and businesses that help our community thrive! Below is a list of some of our community partnerships, but we are always looking for more opportunities to engage with other organizations. If you'd like to partner with us, you can email our community coordinator at email@example.com
The ACLU of Maine is the state's guardian of liberty. We are active in the courts, the legislature and the public sphere to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and to extend their promises to all Mainers. Our priority issues include criminal justice reform, reproductive freedom, racial justice, immigrants' rights, LGBTQ rights, women's rights, voting rights, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and religion, and privacy.
Banded Brewing Co.
Banded Brewing – originally Banded Horn Brewing – is Biddeford, Maine’s first brewery, established in 2013 by Ian McConnell, their Portland location opened in October of 2020. Banded stands for solidarity – “banding together” – both in and out of the beer industry. They prioritize collaboration and keep community at the forefront of everything they do. They strive to produce a high quality and varied lineup of beers that ranges from the traditional to the avant-garde, all of which share a paramount characteristic: balance.
Books & Beer Community Book Club
Book Fairy Pantry Project
The Book Fairy Pantry Project is a grassroots family literacy movement. This project is implemented by the people, for the people. Volunteer book fairy helpers collect new and gently used, quality children’s books from donation boxes and book drives and deliver them to participating food pantries and WIC offices to be given out to parents.
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine was created through a 2008 merger of two children’s organizations–both of them with deep roots in Portland and both founded by the Junior League of Portland. The Museum & Theatre includes the oldest continuously operating children’s theatre in the nation, originally founded as the Children’s Theatre of Maine in 1923 and now named Maddy’s Theatre. Over eighty years later, in 2008, the theatre merged with the Children’s Museum of Maine (which was founded in 1976). For the past century, the staff of the Museum & Theatre have designed and delivered multidisciplinary and experiential learning experiences for toddlers through teens, with their families.
Not only is Cocktail Mary one of the best cocktail bars in Portland, Maine, but they are a proud LGBTQ+ community hub. Cocktail Mary was founded in 2019 at the foot of Munjoy Hill as a queer, lesbian, and gay bar, welcoming folx of all creeds to our East End. The cozy atmosphere at Mary is the perfect spot for a date or gaiety with friends and chosen family. In addition to cocktails, the menu offers craft beer, wine, mocktails, and light snacks.
Coffee By Design
Since 1994, Coffee By Design has led the way in bringing impeccably sourced, painstakingly roasted, and lovingly served artisanal coffee to Maine. Their commitment to ethical practices, long history of support for the arts and progressive causes, and the consistently outstanding quality of their coffee have made them an iconic mainstay of the ever-evolving Portland scene—earning them Roast Magazine’s 2020 Roaster of the Year award.
Cooking for Community
Cooking for Community is a Portland, Maine-based, grassroots organization that raises money to hire local restaurants that need work to prepare healthy meals for people who need food. Their social service affiliates then distribute these comforting meals to the underserved in our communities, creating a matrix of outreach no single entity could deliver alone.
March 2021 Community List
Equality Community Center
The ECC currently houses EqualityMaine, MaineTransNet, PFLAG, Pride Portland!, SAGE Maine (a program of EqualityMaine), Cross Cultural Community Services, Democracy Maine, and Khmer Maine. Their programs make a difference in the lives of thousands of LGBTQ+ people through advocacy, education, community events and support.
Reading the Rainbow Queer Book Club
EqualityMaine is the oldest and largest statewide organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Mainers. Their mission is to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration.
May 27, 2020 - Saundra Mitchell
Falmouth Public Schools
Falmouth Public Schools is the public school district in Falmouth, Maine. The school district has three school buildings, all situated on an 125 acre campus in the heart of the town's geographic boundary. Their mission is Navigating Creative Pathways to Courageous, Compassionate, and Fulfilling Lives.
Foundation Brewing Company
Foundation Brewing Company is the story of what can happen when you follow that passion, pushing past the easy appeal of everything safe, solid and sure to pursue the promise and perils of the unknown. Since creating Foundation in 2014, they’ve grown by focusing more on getting better than getting bigger. They've opened their tasting room doors to crowds of beer lovers, taking the time to listen, to share new recipes, to gain new insights, and to test new ideas in their perpetual pursuit of the next great recipe.
Full Plates Full Potential
Full Plates Full Potential is a coalition of community leaders, stakeholders and advocates working to end child hunger in Maine. Today, at least 80,000 Maine Public School children rely on school meals to get the nutrition they need. And even though these students qualify for school meals, too many of them face barriers to accessing school meals. We work to ensure that every eligible child has access to nutritious food so that they can learn, grow and thrive.
Hardshore Distilling Company
Hardshore Distilling Company is a different kind of distillery. They are constantly trying to coax new tastes and textures out of anything they can fit in our stills (and with a 1,200-liter Arnold Holstein still, they can fit a lot). In 2016, after nearly four years of tinkering and tweaking, they released their flagship product, Hardshore Original Gin, which is thoughtfully crafted from family-grown grain and is brimming with fresh rosemary and green mint. While making exceptional gin is their passion, they also strive to do their part to conserve the natural wonders of Maine that make Hardshore so unique. Their water comes straight to them from Sebago Lake, and is so clean that they don't require the use of reverse osmosis to purify their water. This helps them use up to 30% less water than other facilities of a similar size.
Hunt + Alpine
Opened in 2013, the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club is a nationally recognized cocktail bar. Featuring quality cocktails and spirits, paired with friendly service, a knowledgeable staff, and Scandinavian + Alpine-style food. The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club is a two-time James Beard semi-finalist for 'Outstanding Bar Program' (2015, 2017). Named by Thrillist as one of the nineteen “Best Cocktail Bars in America” in 2019. And a 2022, Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards regional honoree for “Best American Cocktail Bar”. Wine Enthusiast named Hunt + Alpine one of the “50 Wine Restaurants We Love” in 2021.
I'm Your Neighbor Books
I’m Your Neighbor Books strives to build a stronger America, one where immigrants are welcomed and where first-through-third-generation Americans truly belong. Through their Welcoming Libraires, New Arrival / New American Children's Book Catalog, and Rabid Response Book boxes they facilitate deep engagement with the children’s books that represent our New Arrival and New American communities.
Katherine Marsh and Kirsten Cappy discussing THE LOST YEAR, in support of I'm Your Neighbor Books
Indigo Arts Alliance
Indigo Arts Alliance embodies a Black-led, multiracial approach to the rich intersections of citizenship, community-building, and creativity. More than ever, our world needs people who can help us imagine more compassionate, generous, and welcoming human societies. Indigo does that work. It is a great gift to the Portland community, to the region, and to our nation!
Beautiful Blackbird Festival 2021
Beautiful Blackbird Festival 2020
League of Women Voters of Maine
The LWVME is a chapter of the League of Women Voters, an organization born out of the suffrage movement of 1920 that continues to work doggedly towards voter accessability and participation for all Americans. Active in all 50 states, DC, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong, the LWV is dedicated to a democracy and a nation in which we all have the ability to vote.
Ladies Adventure Club Maine
"In the summer of 2015, I fell in love with a show on Netflix called Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Miss Phryne Fisher, a 1920s Australian feminist and lady detective, is independent, irreverent, intelligent, brave, and very much her own person. She’s everything I want to be. And she inspired me to start the Ladies Adventure Club here in Maine. I imagine that if you are visiting this website, you want more adventure in your life or want to share your adventures with a group of fun, friendly, and supportive women. Check out our adventure offerings, read out trip reports for a flavor of what we do, and feel free to be in touch." – Gillian Schair, Founder
Lewiston Public Library
At over a century old, the Lewiston Public Library today is an invaluable community asset. This important public repository of knowledge and culture serves as a focal point for education and information in Lewiston. It provides a wide range of needed information services to users of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and, in so doing, it remains both a significant institutional symbol and a core working component of our democratic society.
Read Your Mind: Teen Health Series 2022
Read Your Mind: Teen Health Series 2021
Maine Association of School Libraries
The mission of the Maine Association of School Libraries is to provide connections for creating and advancing effective school library programs through professional development, advocacy, and community-building. MASL believes that the Library Media Specialist and the support staff personnel are totally involved in.the teaching/learning process, working with students.and teachers, using every means possible to help make learning a meaningful and rich experience. MASL supports the integration of learning experiences throughout.the curriculum and the integration of new technologies into.the learning environment. MASL is dedicated to promoting quality library media services in all schools of our state.
Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in education, conservation, and action. They focus on engaging with students, the general public, and government organizations on a local, state, and federal level.
Rebekah Lowell discusses CATCHING FLIGHT: SOARING ON THE WINGS OF BIRDS in support of Maine Audubon
Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center is a complete health care resource for the people of greater Portland, the entire state of Maine, and northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 700 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. Maine Medical Center’s unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including the state’s only allopathic medical school program, through a partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine, and a world-class biomedical research center, the MaineHealth Institute for Research.
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
The MWPA brings together Maine writers, editors, publishers, booksellers, and literary professionals at all stages of their careers to sharpen craft, create community, and celebrate great writing. The MWPA fosters a greater awareness and readership of Maine writers; builds networks of writers, readers, and publishers; creates opportunities for writers to improve their craft; and acts as the foremost authority on Maine literary news, keeping our members and the public alike engaged and informed.
Mano en Mano
Mano en Mano works with farmworkers and immigrants to thrive in Maine. They envision a stronger, more inclusive Downeast Maine where the contributions of diverse communities are welcomed, access to essential services, education and housing are ensured, and social justice and equity are embraced.
In 1815, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was the fellowship for Portland’s creative community: the blacksmiths, coopers, carpenters, and more. Between 1857 and 1859, they built Mechanics’ Hall to house their library and become a communal gathering space. Today’s Mechanics’ Hall connects to that rich history by inspiring and enriching the community while promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation and the diffusion of useful knowledge.
First Friday Reading Series
The mission of Milestone Recovery is to provide compassionate care and services to empower individuals experiencing substance use disorders, mental illnesses and homelessness to attain an enhanced quality of life regardless of ability to pay.
Misty Lee Coolidge discusses WE ALL STIR THE POT: TO END HUNGER in support of Milestone's HOME Team
MSAD 51 encompasses schools in North Yarmouth and Cumberland. The mission of MSAD #51 is to guide all students as they acquire enthusiasm for learning, assume responsibility for their education, achieve academic excellence, and discover and attain their personal best.
Norway Savings Bank
Since 1866, Norway Savings Bank has been here in the background, supporting generations of Maine families and business owners as they live their unique lives. Norway Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank – a true community bank. They are perceived as the bank that does the right thing by contributing to the growth and betterment of their communities. Their commitment and accountability is to the people, employees and communities they serve.
The Opportunity Alliance
The Opportunity Alliance works with people to build better lives and stronger communities. We provide advocacy, leadership, and support to identify the goals and address the needs of individuals, families, and communities. The Opportunity Alliance envisions contributing meaningfully to a community in which families and individuals are thriving and supported as they pursue their aspirations for a better life.
Pine Island Camp
Their purpose is to give boys an adventurous, happy, and safe summer experience in an atmosphere that increases self-confidence, broadens knowledge, and strengthens character. To this end, Pine Island Camp keeps its enrollment small, its program varied and imaginative, and its life simple, unplugged, and close to nature. In this age of cell phones, computers, and social media, a summer at Pine Island offers boys the opportunity to grow in physical skills, imagination, and self-confidence, away from the screens and clamor that dominate our world. They believe it is self-confidence above all that promotes the growth of all the other qualities that we want for our children, including independence coupled with a concern for others, honesty, generosity, a sense of humor, and the ability to find joy in life.
Library Wish List
Portland Adult Education
Portland Adult Education welcomes thousands of adult learners each year. PAE offers programs designed to prepare Greater Portland area residents for a better, more fulfilling life. They are a wide-ranging community program that brings people and resources together for academic, English for speakers of other languages, job skills training or personal enrichment courses.
Portland Public Library
Portland Public Library (PPL) is the city’s cultural center, serving 675,000 visitors annually at four locations and a bookmobile. Chartered in 1867, PPL is Maine’s oldest and largest public library system and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine. The library offers over 300,000 books, audiobooks, musical recordings, movies, and digital resources, and access to the collections of the world’s great libraries. We also provide robust internet access and free wireless connectivity. They present a wide variety of lectures, classes, exhibits, programs and performances for all ages. The library's mission is to build a city of readers.
Spotlight Lecture Series
Read Your Mind: Teen Health Series 2022
Read Your Mind: Teen Health Series 2021
Portland Public Schools
Portland Public Schools is the public school district in Portland, Maine. The district operates eighteen primary and secondary schools and is the largest and most ethnically diverse school district in Maine. Their mission is to ensure a challenging, relevant, and joyful education that empowers every learner to make a difference in the world. They build relationships among families, educators, and the community to promote the healthy development and academic achievement of every learner.
Portland Reader Program
School Wish Lists
Portland Trails transforms Greater Portland into a healthier community for people powered transportation, conservation, and recreation, by creating a network of trails and green spaces that connect people with places. Since 1991, Portland Trails has built and maintained a trail network serving residents and visitors throughout Greater Portland. The current trail network includes over 70 miles of trails and green space that reach within a half mile of every residence in Portland and connect thousands of residents across Greater Portland.
Rising Tide Brewing
Rising Tide Brewing Company is an independent, family-owned brewery that anchors Portland, Maine’s vibrant East Bayside neighborhood. We are guided by creative flavors, quality, consistency, community, and a love of all things outdoors. Rising Tide supports our farmers, using local ingredients in every beer. Through their extensive charitable giving program, they strive to create a thriving and safe space for all and to support and lift up our neighborhood and greater Portland communities. They focus their efforts on supporting economic development, LGBTQ+ rights, BIPOC equality, reproductive health and rights, combatting hunger, stewardship of Maine’s natural environment; oceans and rivers, local land trusts, and outdoor activities.
SMX is a team of technical and domain experts dedicated to enabling individual digital missions. From priority national security initiatives for the DoD to highly assured and compliant solutions for healthcare, they understand that digital transformation is key to future success. SMX empowers government and commercial enterprises to become more effective, innovative, and resilient no matter what challenges they face. From technical consulting to embedded mission and programmatic support to next-gen managed services, they are both a platform and a capability enhancer.
South Portland Public Library
The South Portland Public Library provides service from two locations in the city, providing access to library services seven days a week, year-round. South Portland Public Library's mission is to welcome all citizens to the wealth of accumulated knowledge and provide free resources to support the interests of its patrons.
South Portland School Department
The South Portland School Department encompasses five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school and serves more than 3,000 students. Together, they seek to foster a culture of respect, understanding, and celebration of what makes us unique and what binds us together. They mission is to enrich lives through quality learning for all.
SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas. Grounded in the belief that vital communities are activated by experimentation, conversation, and camaraderie, SPACE engages a wide audience with provocative arts programming and category-defying events. As a nexus for curious minds, we collaborate with original thinkers and invite the public to participate in the ongoing pursuit of adventurous ideas.
Kristin Hannah and Martha Waters discuss THE FOUR WINDS
Speak About It
Speak About It is a non-profit consent education organization based in Portland, Maine. Speak About It uses theatre and dialogue to engage schools and communities in Maine and across the country in preventing violence, promoting sexual health, autonomy, and pleasure, and building a culture of consent. Learn more at www.wespeakaboutit.org and @wespeakaboutit
The Telling Room
The Telling Room empowers youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, they seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for their students. They believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.
Show & Tell 2022
Show & Tell 2020
Telling Room Titles
Two Fat Cats Bakery
Two Fat Cats Bakery is committed to the honesty and legacy of scratch baking with an emphasis on American desserts and pies. We are focused on the experience of the customer and, in our food, value high-quality ingredients, time-honored baking traditions and techniques, and a humble creativity. Our goal is to modernize and bring back home-baked favorites to provide our customer with a memory of the past, but a taste sensation of the present. We do this through a love and pursuit of food history, particularly New England cooking, an openness to experimentation in all things, an adherence to high quality and, when possible, local ingredients, a respect for our customers’ advice and goodwill, and a loving determination to feed people and feed them well.
Two Fat Cats & Black History Month
Urban Farm Fermentory
Urban Farm Fermentory® is a fermented beverage producer and community engagement hub located in Portland, Maine. They craft authentic kombucha, cider, beer, gruits, mead, and jun using local and foraged seasonal ingredients, when available. They forage, grow, and harvest, purchase local plants, herbs, roots, leaves, bark, fruit, fungi, seeds, and more whenever in season to enhance their products with the flavorful and medicinal properties of our natural surroundings. Their Portland tasting room is a hub for community engagement and acts as a meeting space, open and safe. It is a vibrant art gallery, music hall, workshop nook, and educational space where freedom of expression is preserved.
Since 1898, Waynflete School has been a private, coeducational, college preparatory school and has been home to families seeking an extraordinary education for their children. Waynflete’s mission is to engage the imagination and intellect of our students, to guide them toward self-governance and self-knowledge, and to encourage their responsible and caring participation in the world. Our aim is to provide a program that combines security with challenge, playful exploration with rigorous expectation, and range of experience with depth of inquiry.
Westbrook School Department
The Westbrook School Department serves about 2,400 students across three elementary schools, a middle school, high school, and vocational school.