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Community forum: Peaks Island Branch Library and Community Center Renovation Plans

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

Over the past 14 months, Portland Public Library staff have worked with the leadership of the Friends of the Peaks Island Library and with City staff, particularly in the Recreation Department, to develop a new vision for the Library/Community Center. We have discussed various strategies for increasing and enhancing functionality, efficiency, and enjoyment of services. We have incorporated the great energy and ideas from the Community Forum which we held on Peaks in April 2013, have analyzed the current condition of the building, and have begun developing a plan for the Center.

Our goal is to maximize internal space, update necessary systems to meet all codes, resolve ergonomic problems, and – most importantly – create a comfortable and welcoming space for reading, exploration, and learning. At this point, our plan is to begin renovation in Fall of 2015.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends, we have contracted with architect Dick Reed to develop a preliminary design that captures these ideas. We will pursue this design with the City shortly but would love more community input as we finalize the plans. Please join us for another Community Forum, on Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm. We look forward to your thoughts, reactions, and input. If you cannot attend but have questions or suggestions, please call 871-1700 x759 or send email to librarydirector@portland.lib.me.us

The Peaks Island Library and Community Center is a special part of island life, and we are excited to build its future.


August 26th = Women’s Equality Day

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Government

August 26th was National Women’s Equality Day, a day to commemorate the accomplishment of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The story of the  women’s suffrage movement is not a well known one, but it is an extraordinary tale of persistence (80 years were spent working on the enfranchisement of women in the USA) and daring (Alice Paul led a hunger strike to call attention to prison abuse happening to suffragettes) and innovative social movement tactics — while the image of the Victorian Lady (Downtown Abbey) might dominate in popular culture, the variety of ways that suffragettes embraced and challenged constructions of femininity to create political opportunities fascinates me.  As we gear up toward another chance to VOTE in Maine (69 days left as of August 26th 2014), consider learning a bit more about the events that led up to August 26th, 1920.

Download the National Women’s History Project 2014 brochure : http://www.nwhp.org/Equality_DayCopymaster2014.pdf

Or check out these updated book lists:

Just for fun, you might also want to view this video –  Bad Romance : Women’s Suffrage (a take on the Lady Gaga classic)

 


Burbank Branch Renovation Project

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

The Burbank facility, created in 1995, is the 6th busiest library location in Maine, operating well beyond the capacity imagined twenty years ago. In order to reflect changes in how our loyal Burbank patrons use the library, to address building infrastructure issues, and to solve long-standing ergonomic challenges for library staff, PPL is undertaking a renovation to reconfigure and update the branch. We are thrilled to have the chance to provide a healthier environment for our staff and an improved experience for those who use and love the Burbank branch.

The renovation will be funded through an allocation of $255,000 from the City’s Capital Improvement Program. Scott Simons, whose firm was responsible for the 2010 Phase I renovation of the Main Library, is the project architect. You can see the current renovation drawings by clicking here for a PDF.

Once the bidding process for the project is completed this fall, the branch will be closed for six to seven months while construction takes place. We expect this closure to begin in November 2014 but look forward to updating you on the specifics and to serving you at our Main Library, Riverton, and Peaks Island locations during the Burbank closure.

And of course, we look forward to celebrating with you when we open a beautifully renovated Burbank branch!

Questions or feedback? Contact us at 871-1700, ext. 759 or librarydirector@portland.lib.me.us

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