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Resources, events, and local organizations for Maine Makers.

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Save the date: and start memorizing your lines! Wednesday, March 16, we’ll host the First Folio Shakespeare Slam, a recitation contest open to Teen and Adult solo and group performers of Shakespeare’s works.

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This month we present feature films by and about Black Americans.

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Shakespeare Film Series

This month at the Library, it’s all Shakespeare, all the time.

The Bard had a gift for telling old stories in a new way, and in his honor we present a series of films that retell these stories yet again.

Join us for one or all of these movies. Free and open to the public.


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

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s First Folio- and your love for Shakespeare- with a special book group this March.
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Digital materials are available to all PPL cardholders through Overdrive and Hoopla.



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Help us name our 3D Printer. It is a MakerBot Replicator, Fifth Generation, and we’d like to give it an official name. Please submit your idea using this form. Whoever comes up with the winning name will win a family pack of tickets to the Portland Science Center!

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This collection showcases the year’s best work by the Press Herald staff.

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Wondering what your neighbors were up to this year? Explore the reading habits of Portland Public Library patrons… Add some new titles to your own “For Later” list. Here is a taste of the top three from each list and a link to the complete sets of our readers’ favorites for 2015 in a variety of areas.

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Up Next at the Library:
Film: What's Love Got to Do With It6:30pm - 8:30pm
Main Library
Riverton Book Group6:30pm - 7:30pm
Riverton Branch
Legos @ PPL Riverton11:00am - 12:30pm
Riverton Branch
From the PPL blog:
Selecting the Best of Videoport Comedies
As of February 1, 2016, all of Videoport's comedies are available for circulation   More »
Staff Picks for a New Year
Portland Public Library staff picks on the themes of growth and new beginnings for a new year.   More »
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