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“Participation! It’s what all my work has been about.” – Pete Seeger

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Art & Culture

Pete Seeger has died at age 94.  His January 27th 2014 passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many but his legacy asks us to memorialize him by participating in our own communities and standing up for our common good with bravery, joy and music.

Learn more about Seeger by watching The Power of Song on DVD or reading a book by or about Seeger.    Or read the Smithsonian Folkways tribute to him, complete with links to music.

Watch Bruce Springstein and Pete Seeger sing This Land Is Your Land on the Lincoln Memorial steps during the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

If you’re so moved, consider checking out a PPL Ukulele (see Teens for more info) and plucking a few famous Seeger tunes (here’s a link to a tutorial for If I Had a Hammer on Ukulele).

Commemorate Pete Seeger by choosing to participate! FMI: www.peteseegermusic.com


AARP Tax Help

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Government

AARP will once more be at PPL to help you with your taxes! 

Where:  Portland Public Library

5 Monument Square

Meeting Room #5

When: 2/4/2013– 4/9/2013

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

10:00- am – 5:30 pm

Appointments recommended, call: (207) 776-6316

AARP staff will also be at other locations throughout the Greater Portland Area from 1/31/2014 to 4/15/2014:

Mondays: South Portland City Hall, 9 to last appointment 5PM. 207-776-6316 *
American Legion Hall, Yarmouth, 12 – 4. 207-829-4675

Tuesdays: Gorham Community Center, 9 to last app’t at 12:15. 207-776-6316 *
Unity Gardens, Windham, 2 to last appointment 5:30 PM. 207-893-8170
Portland Public Library, 10 to last appointment 5:30 PM. 207-776-6316*


Wednesdays: Portland Public Library, 10 to last appointment 5:30 PM 207-776-6316*
The Woods at Canco (Portland) 9 to last appointment 12:30 207-776-6316
Westbrook Community Ctr, 4 to last appointment 7:30. 207-776-6316*                          Portland Public Library, 10 to last appointment 5:30 PM. 207-776-6316* 

Thursdays: AARP Office, 1685 Congress St. 9 to last app’t at 12:30. 207-776-6316 *
Unity Gardens, Windham, 2 to last appointment 5:30 PM. 207-893-8170
Scarborough Public Library, 4 to last appointment 6:45 207-776-6316

Fridays: Southern Maine Agency on Ageing Scarborough 9 to 1 207-396-6500

Saturdays: Westbrook Community Center, 9 to last appointment 12:30. 207-776-6316*

Select a tax preparation site. Then, call the number shown for that site and make an appointment. When you make an appointment, they will tell you all of the paperwork you need to bring with you in order to have your tax returns completed with one visit.

* These locations MAY be able to prepare return(s) for people who walk in without an appointment. Appointments always have priority! And, if opting to just walk in you may not bring all the necessary paperwork with you and have to make another trip home to get it.


No Name Calling Week

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Adults | Government

One Today by Richard Blanco

Last year on this date, Maine poet Richard Blanco shared his poem “One Today” at the Presidential Inauguration.  The poem reminds us of all we share :  “One ground. Our ground… ” and reminds us that our differences also shape our uniquely personal path:

All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming,
or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain
the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
today, and forever.

In the end, Blanco reminds us that it is our collective vision, spirit, effort and attitude that will shape our collective future.

It is much this same message that No Name Calling Week proffers — a message to youth and adults and to the institutions within which we learn and work  to embrace kindness and make it active… to Choose Civility in a big way.  To resist a bullying culture is not just to punish those who cross the line but to develop strategies to encourage and enhance empathy in ourselves and our communities.

The GlSEN site offers many resources for engaging young people in conversations about bullying and about kindness — their suggested reading list is here.

Portland Public Library offers many provocative and helpful materials as well — a small sampling is here but a reference librarian can help you find just what you’re looking for!

Join us on Thursday January 24th for an evening of “Kindness Shorts” including winners from Kindness The Movie‘s video contest and an opportunity to watch Blanco read “One Today.”

 

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