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Derivative can be a good word

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Science & Technology

Derivative tends not be a compliment as it implies lack of creativity or more recently a bad financial instrument. But let’s be honest, many great ideas in all areas aren’t new (like bookmobiles) and libraries mostly work with the basics of those ideas and spin them to serve some niche.  PPL like other libraries lends a variety of unexpected materials including telescopes (brought to us through our partnership with Cornerstones of Science), Kill a Watt energy detectors (given to us by a private donor),and most recently ukuleles modeled on the idea first demonstrated  by the Newport (Maine) Cultural Center and neighboring Falmouth (Maine) Memorial Library.

Even Isaac Newton acknowledged the contributions to his work of those before him. It is a pleasure (and an ethical obligation) for us to acknowledge this tradition of public libraries.


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


conversations about conservation : thursday june 28th, 6pm @ PPL

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Programs & Events | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Roll to Codex to Kindle: Books and Libraries in the Age of Digitization

Lecture and conversation with James Reid-Cunningham,

from the Boston Athenaeum

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 6:00pm ~ Free

at Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium

The future of books and libraries seems increasingly uncertain. During the last fifteen years, the digitization of cultural materials has become a central focus of research libraries such as the Boston Athenaeum, just as the popularity of e-readers and digital texts has led to endless speculation in the media about the death of the book as a format for communication. The transition from paper to pixels is the third major development in the physical form of the book, paralleling two earlier changes in book technology.

This historical survey of the nature of the book over two millennia will explore whether a zero-sum game now exists between digital technologies and paper books in codex form, and how research libraries will address these challenges in the years ahead.

All are welcome to this free lecture, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Mr Reid-Cunningham.

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