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Black History Month & Civil Rights Act of 1964

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Adults | Government | Portland History

Black History Month offers us many invitations for learning.  We’re encouraged to learn more about the contributions of individuals in history who may not have originally made our history lessons :  black artists, inventors, authors…

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We’re also encouraged to learn about American history through a lens of race relations.  Understanding more about the experience of slavery, more about the experience of segregation and desegregation, more about the civil rights movement, etc.  allows us to make clearer sense of how racism exists today and allows us more tools to address racism in our society.

Finally, Black History Month brings race into our collective awareness, providing us with more opportunities to directly consider race and racism and to commit to new strategies for anti-discrimination.  This is a particularly interesting year, as 50 years has passed since the landmark Civil Rights Act was passed which made segregation illegal and paved the way for the Voting Rights Act and the end of the Jim Crow era.

BlindspotLearn more about Implicit Bias at the  ProjectImplict  website and the new book Blindspot  Watch American Promise online  – a POV documentary about race, class, education and growing up
Bookmark this Civil Rights Act calendar which details programming happening throughout 2014

 

 These resources only skim the surface of possible places for learning… share your favorite texts, films, websites, and programs in our comments section!


Maine Public Library Tax Check Off

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Government

Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off

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Support Maine Public Libraries by donating via your Maine Income Tax form using Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes. Donating $5 (or more) is easy!

How do these funds help?

Proceeds from the 2013 tax check-off supported the purchase of additional Ebooks for the Maine InfoNet Download Library. Depending on our amount of funds raised, the check-off could also support:

  • Expanding interlibrary loan support
  • Creating new library programming
  • Supporting special consultant services from which all can benefit
  • And so much more!

How?

  • Go to your Maine Income Tax form – Form 1040ME
  • Locate Schedule CP which is used for voluntary charitable contributions to any of the organizations listed. [Schedule CP is also used to purchase a park pass for entry into Maine State Parks].
  • Look for Maine Public Library Fund in section A.
  • Choose to donate _$5 _$10 _$25 or more.
  • Maine taxpayers using the I-File system will also see the Maine Public Library Fund on the Schedule CP voluntary contributions page.
  • If you have any questions, see Maine Revenue Service (MRS) or consult your tax advisor.

Instructions for individuals who use TurboTax or H&R Block


Great Meetings – Free Training on February 8th

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Programs & Events | Adults | Government

Meetings are an essential element to community work.  Most action is made stronger through the engagement of more people, the shift to collective action, and collective action usually requires meetings.  There are some great resources to help those planning meetings make them better but nothing beats an in-person training session!

To that end, the League of Women Voters of Maine and Portland Public Library’s Choose Civility Initiative  are pleased to offer two FREE facilitation workshops.  Seating is limited, so save your space for one or both by registering here Feel free to share this information with others.

Saturday February 8th  at Portland Public Library Main Branch, Meeting Room # 5 

 9:30 – 11:30 :   Never Another Useless Meeting : Meeting Facilitator Training

This training is intended for those just beginning to convene meetings AND those with a lot of experience who would like to share support and gain new skills.  The focus will be broad enough to include core facilitation skills for all kinds of meetings – big and small, public or private.

11:30 – 12:30 :  Lunch break – on your own (brown bags welcome)

12:30 – 2:30 :  The Balancing Act of Candidate and Issue Forums : From Design to Day-Of Details

This session will focus on the range of issues to consider when convening a community forum to discuss election issues, including candidate forums and forums on particular ballot questions.

Both sessions will be conducted by Anne Schink,a consultant in volunteer management, training, and facilitation offering services to nonprofit organizations, public entities, and faith-based organizations. From 1995 to 2009 Anne was the Program/Training/Disability Officer at the Maine Commission for Community Service. In 2007 Anne received the CVA designation from the Council on Certification in Volunteer Administration.   Anne currently serves on the National Board of the League of Women Voters.

For more information, contact Kim Simmons, coordinator of Choose Civility Portland at simmons@portland.lib.me.us  or 207-871-1700 or Karla Wight at  karlanjoe@aol.com  or 207 210-6572

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