Library Lines: Portland


Medicare 101: Confused by all the choices regarding Medicare? Are you overwhelmed by the alphabet soup of plan choices? Navigating health insurance systems doesn’t have to be confusing or stressful. Join Portland resident and Medicare expert Nathan Wirth as he explains how Medicare works and the difference between Medicare Advantage, Original Medicare and Medicare Supplements. Another session will take place on May 6 at 2 p.m.

Children and teenagers

Natural sun catchers: Take advantage of the spring rains for this fun, nature-inspired art project. You’ll gather the prettiest leaves and flowers your garden has to offer and use them to make suncatchers out of mason jar rings and contact paper. Bring the outdoors in by hanging them in a window to keep the sun shining all summer long! Sign up for this program beginning Friday, May 13 to receive a to-go bag filled with all the supplies you’ll need. Follow on YouTube as library staff walk you through the steps of completing the project. This program is recommended for ages 6-12; some parental supervision is required. Don’t hesitate, there are only 30 places available!

Teen Art Hour: Mosaic Masterpiece: Teenagers, get creative by creating your own mosaic masterpiece! You will use 4 multicolored tiles of different shapes to fill a 9 x 9 inch square frame. From Monday, May 2, you can pick up your take-out bag at the youth counter. Availability is limited to 15 teenagers aged 13-18.

Books and covers: Let your imagination soar by joining us at the Portland District Library on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. for a gardening-themed story hour Books and Blankets. Bring your blanket to sit on as we gather in the sensory garden to dig into books, songs and a special craft. We will have a snack together and each child will receive something to take away. We look forward to seeing you and your little seedlings! This program requires registration and is recommended for families with children 8 and under.

— The Portland District Library is located at 334 Kent St., Portland. For more information, call 517-647-6981 or visit


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