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Community Concerts are off-site performances by the advanced young musicians who come to the Festival each summer from conservatories and graduate schools all over the world. Concerts feature a variety of traditional classical repertoire and are typically about 45 minutes in length.

The musicians at Bowdoin are defined by their dedication, thirst for knowledge, creativity, curiosity, and passion for excellence in music. A summer at Bowdoin surrounds young musicians with like-minded peers while offering opportunities and resources to realize these passions, bring joy through music to the lives of others, and prepare for meaningful lives in art.

The event is free for all to attend.

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Listen Up! Music, a non-profit community support day program and music studio for adults with intellectual uniqueness, is proud to present a live daytime performance at the Rines Auditorium on Monday, May 8th from 12:30-1:30pm.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with PPL! We’ve planned a slew of literary programs throughout April: poetry open mic, conversations with local poets, poetry spotlight series, and an evening of poetry set to music in our gallery, to name just a few. Visit the library and browse our collections for poetic inspiration all month long. April is Poetry Month @PPL!

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The PPL Teen & Health teams are pairing up again for a month of fun, free fitness at the library for teens and adults. We’re excited to work with an experienced Zumba instructor who creates such an easy-going and welcoming environment for all fitness levels!

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Formerly known as the Brown Bag Lecture Series, our new Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the last Wednesday of each month. We host authors with newly released work in conversation with a literary friend, colleague or critic. Bring your lunch and join us!

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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, book sets you can borrow, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you.

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Each Thursday in April we’ll present a film about the Holocaust.

Join us in the Rines Auditorium at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6.) Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

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Maine Community Law Center Series

Tuesday Nights, Meeting Room # 3

In this series, attorneys from Maine Community Law Center will provide informative workshops on the divorce after 50, how to legally break off a relationship, immigration facts and your rights regarding interacting with law enforcement.

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Death Cafes are not grief sessions or bereavement groups, but rather interesting and inviting gatherings held around the world to increase awareness of the importance of making the most of this life as we ponder what we know of death. 

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Tax filing season runs through April 18.

Keep reading to find all of the information you need to file your taxes.

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Up Next at the Library:
Legos @ PPL Riverton10:00am - 11:30am
Riverton Branch
Wrecked Panel Discussion2:00pm - 3:00pm
Rines Auditorium
16 Counties Poetry (and Song!) Project4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lewis Gallery
From the PPL blog:
.Govs w/ Cher!
PPL is an FLDP Library. This blog series will explore .gov websites. This edition: senate.gov.   More »
April Staff Picks: Celebrating Poetry
Library staff members share poems, poets, and poetry celebrate National Poetry Month.   More »
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Sarah Skawinski, MLIS   Email »
Literature & Language Librarian
207-871-1700 x726
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