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Portland is a City of Readers! The Library is your partner to explore, research, and share the love of reading and learning. We love recommending what to read next, what’s popular and what’s lesser known, and what’s going on in the library and the community for our adult patrons.

Registration is required for this workshop.  Please call Harper at (207) 871-1700 x 756 or email chance@portlandpubliclibrary.org.  The workshop will be held at 10:30am-12:30pm from March 26th through May 28th with a culminating concert on June 4th.

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Do you have to pay a tax penalty due to lack of health care coverage?

If you learn as you do your taxes that you owe a fee for not having health insurance last year, avoid having to pay this fee next year. Find out if you are eligible to sign up for health insurance for 2015, even though open enrollment has closed. If you are – you’ll avoid bigger penalties next year, and may receive subsidies that make the insurance premiums more affordable. This special enrollment period runs from March 15 to April 30.

Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator volunteer to sign up for coverage during this special enrollment period if you qualify. Main Library Meeting Room #3 – Wednesdays, March 18th th to April  29th  10am-12pm and  Friday March 20th, Friday April 3rd and Friday April 17th 10:30 am – 12:30pm.

In partnership with Opportunity Alliance and Portland Community Health Center.

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Join one of our ongoing bookgroups at our branches, or let us help your bookgroup with suggestions for what to read, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you.

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Announcing Portland’s first maker fair!

Makers@PPL is the first local event to celebrate maker culture, and bring together the talents and creativity in the community to share ideas and projects with others. Mark the day on your calendar– Saturday, April 25, 11 to 4– and come ready to learn new skills, experiment with tools and materials, and observe stuff used in ways you never thought possible! Regardless of your background or expertise, this event will show you that everyone is a maker; after all, humans have been inventing and experimenting for hundreds of years.

Makers@PPL will highlight the importance of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math), and will showcase workshops and presentations that not only teach, but are fun and engaging. Think: robots, flying helicopters, cheese tastings, blacksmithing, table saw trainings, and so much more.

No registration is required. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the date.

A big thank you to our sponsors: Open Bench Project, & Maine State Library.

Please note that we are still looking for more supporters, we have sponsorships at all levels. Please contact Samantha, the event organizer for more information: soucy@portlandpubliclibrary.org. We also need volunteers, please contact Samantha if you’re interested in helping out on April 25th for a few hours.

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The Portland Public Library offers classes for all levels of computer users.  Advance registration is required– please call 871-1700 x 708, or stop by the public computing desk at the main library to get on the roster.

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The Friday Local Author Series is held from 12pm-1pm in the Main Library’s Meeting Room 5.

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The Library is pleased to partner with Cornerstones of Science to offer monthly Science Cafes on a wide range of issues and topics of interest to our community.

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Poetry Aloud

At Poetry Aloud, PPL’s community takes to the microphone to share favorite poetry by published poets. (Think Dickinson, think Dove, or think differently!) Each spring, summer, fall, and winter, poetry lovers gather at the Main Library for an evening of simply reading aloud and listening to others read. Join us each season to share.

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Volunteers from  AARP  will be at the Main Library to help patrons file their taxes (free of charge!) Tuesdays from 10 AM to 5:30 pm  and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 1:15 pm – starting February 3rd and going through April 15th.   The phone number to make appointment is  (207) 699-4280

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Our Places, Our Times : Portland Through the Decades, 1930s – 2000s is an comprised of series of photos pulled from the Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.

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207-871-1700 x725
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