Arts & Culture

Portland plans to recognize "Read Across America Day"

PORTLAND, Maine -- Portland’s celebration of Read Across America Day will have special meaning,as it becomes the first community in Northern New England to join the nationwide campaign for grade-­level reading.

This year's Read Across America Day will mark Dr. Seuss's birthday. The event focuses on the importance of reading aloud with children even just 15 minutes a day.

Schools including Ocean Avenue, East End, Lyseth, and Hall (and maybe others) will surround Dr. Seuss's birthday with guest readers coming into  classrooms this week and next.  

Convergence: engaging in the milieu

Convergence: engaging in the milieu

When I first met Francine Schrock, she had just finished creating a beautiful mural for a memory care facility in Portland. Her grandmother died of Alzheimer's, so the project had special meaning and she went on to paint more murals in other facilities. You can read about the first mural in my health and wellness blog Catching Health.

Letter-Writing Workshop for girls

Letter-Writing Workshop for girls
The Teen Center at Portland Public Library hosts a Letter Writing Workshop series for Girls Wednesdays in April: April 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at 4:15pm Girls ages 12-19 are invited to joing the Portland Public Library Teen Center each week to explore a different mode of letter-writing in a one-hour snack-filled time together. Some of the letters will be fit to drop in the mail to loved ones near and far; others of them we'll never show a soul, so full of secrets they will be! Some of them we would need a time-machine to send. And for others, we'd need to step into a fictional world to find the right mailbox. Snacks and supplies will be provided. All you need to do is sign up and show up! Contact Dave Kiersh, the Teen Librarian, with questions: kiersh@portland.lib.me.us  or 207-871-1700 ext 772.

For the Love of Art and Family

For the Love of Art and Family

I said I was going to write some posts over the winter holidays for my art student blog mylatestart, but I didn't. I had good intentions. You know where that often leads!

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