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Coming to You On All Kinds of Roads

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families

Portable Library StaffIn the spring of 2010, the Library publicly put forth its Portable Library concept.  The effort included a number of elements but the basic idea was to transcend the physical locations of the library by going to where the people are working, living and recreating.  The Portable Library Team includes, among other things, deposit collections at places like the METRO waiting room on Elm Street, coffee houses and a bookmobile.

BookmobileThe bookmobile, funded in part by support from Key Bank, will arrive in Portland sometime next week and will be on the road in April.  It will bring books, programs, internet access, training and the ability to sign up for a library card to locations throughout Portland.  Many folks have fond memories as children of PPL’s full scale bookmobile from 1972 to 1994.
Here’s to a new set of memories and a lot of fun!

Get The Vote Out!

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Exhibits & Displays | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Government

PPL’s Business and Government Team proudly announces a unique art display at the Main Library. In collaboration with the Public Engagement Students at Maine College of Art, we encourage you to VOTE!

 

“What is the B+G Team?” you ask.  The B+G Team is a group of PPL staff and civic minded colleagues who, among other goals,  aim to create a culture of civil literacy and civic engagement here in Portland; resulting in a first-rate quality of life and community.  How do we propose to do this?  Through research support, public programming, public forums/conversations on important topics, by maintaining a collection of up-to-date political and current event titles (both in print and for your e-reader), by engagement of the City’s efforts and now… also through ART! PPL is not only a place to check out a good book (though we do have plenty);the library is also a dynamic and energetic community center.  So, you can see voting is something our Team cares about. We don’t offer opinions on how you vote or who you vote for, we simply encourage you to educate yourself on the issues and then get out and VOTE!

This fantastic collection of posters was created by the talented students in the Graphic Design Jr Studio, taught by Charles Melcher and David Puelle, with support from the Public Engagement Program at MECA.  The posters were designed in connection with AIGA’s Get Out the Vote campaign, which invites designers to create nonpartisan posters and videos that inspire the American public to participate in the electoral process and vote in the2012 general election. PPL is  honored to hang the posters in our window and are very thankful for the student’s efforts in creating the art and for caring about the electoral process.


The Graphic Designers
Cassie Amicone, Kailin Callender, Sam Chabot, Vanessa DeMars, Jon Foster, Chrissy Hill, Nicloe Holmes, Cori Kippin, Sarah McLean, Shelby Newsted, Celia Packard, Hannah Sherwood, Carly Soos, Anna Taylor, Katie Tomasyan and Sabrina Volante


Portland History and the “Valentine Bandit”

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

The photo below was our Valentine’s Day treat in 2010. Already two years ago! Notice the Library’s first-phase renovation was nearly done, as seen in the photo. Still, Portland’s mysterious Valentine Bandit saw fit to visit us!

Valentine’s Day 2010

Since Valentine’s Day 1976, each February 14th has greeted Portlanders with paper and banner-style valentine heart decorations. One year, Fort Gorges in Casco Bay was draped in a large valentine. This year, the huge heart banner is suspended on the Portland Museum of Art. Paper valentines, as usual, are taped on downtown shop windows- and along the front of the Library today.

Here’s an entry from the Portland Now blog about Portland’s annual Valentine phenomenon.

Today’s Portland Daily Sun features an article with some fascinating background about Valentine’s Day in Portland.

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