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Classical Music in Video
Watch Classical Music in Video, the definitive online video collection for the study of classical music, including almost 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses -- approximately 1,500 performances of all forms of classical music -- from Medieval to the 21st century.
Search hundreds of reference books, on subjects from Art to Technology. Includes full text articles from dictionaries and encyclopedias, images, animations, and art reproductions. Available from home - Log in with your 14 digit library card number.
Digital Commons is a collection of the Portland Public Library featuring digitized materials that capture and preserve the history and community life of Portland, Maine. These materials are drawn from the library’s own collections and from partnering organizations in the region.
Hoopla is a digital borrowing platform that allows you to download free movies, television, music and audiobooks. Choose from thousands of Hollywood blockbusters to best selling authors and music artists. An extensive catalog of educational materials, children's titles, foreign films, and hard-to-find content. Patrons are limited to six downloads per month.
Parents are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet.
Maine Memory Network
The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, is a statewide digital museum that provides unprecedented access to over 10,000 historical items from over 160 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine.
Maine News Index
The Maine News Index (MNI) is a collection of abstracts that cover substantive Maine- or Portland-related articles published in local newspapers and magazines. MNI Online covers articles published from 1992 on. For the period 1945-1992, please consult the card file index in the Portland Room. Indexed periodicals include Down East, Mainebiz, Island Journal, Portland Monthly, and Casco Bay Weekly.
Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library
Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State of Maine through the online resources of MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library, a service of Maine InfoNet
MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags. Updated daily.
New York Times (Digital Microfilm)
The New York Times on digital microfilm - with the full image of the daily paper - is now available. This digital version is available for dates December 2008 up to near the current date (2- 3 months delay in digital delivery). Visit the New York Times archives site [link to http://query.nytimes.com/search] for the newspaper index. Microfilm for 1851-2008 is available in the library’s Portland Room.
Novelist K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Find easy access to recent feature length articles in many of the most popular magazines organized by category.
Portland Jewish Oral History Project
Photographs and oral history recordings with members of Portland's vibrant Jewish community are available here online. Bringing together Portraits of the Past: The Jews of Portland Dr. Konnilyn G. Feig, Director, commissioned by the Jewish Community Center, 1976 and The Oral History Project of Documenting Maine Jewry, supported by the Maine Humanities Council, 2009. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TumbleBook Cloud Jr.
Read-along books are great for early or shy readers. This collection for grades 3-8 features over 120 read-along books including classics and even Shakespeare.
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book (and some classics) which you can read, or have read to you.