Burbank Users: The Burbank Branch parking lot will be closed on Saturday, April 26 until 3 pm due to the closure of Stevens Ave. for a road race. The branch will be open for normal hours Saturday from 9am - 5 pm.
Life of the Library
The world at your fingertips right in your neighborhood.
Portland Public Library’s mission is to serve the Greater Portland Community by providing a diverse collection of books and other resources, with access to information resources worldwide. The library’s services support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all community members.
Are you trying to button up the house this fall to save on your heating or energy bills? We have two devices that could help you.
The first one is called a Minitemp.
Pull the trigger, aim the beam at walls, ceilings, floors, and foundations (but not people nor at reflective surfaces such as windows) and find where the cold spots are, where insulation is missing, where outside air is penetrating. This point and shoot gadget can be found in our catalog under “Minitemp” and can be reserved or borrowed just like a book.
The second is the Kill-A-Watt – an electricity usage monitor that you can plug in between your electrical outlet and any appliance to measure exactly how much electricity each device is using. Provided by EfficiencyMaine http://www.efficiencymaine.com/ it, too, is available for checkout.
The National Bullying Prevention Center sponsors bully prevention month in October… with Unity Day on October 9th. Bullying really constitutes the opposite of civility — bullying reduces participation in our civic spaces, targets individuals (often for intrinsic characteristics rather than behaviors) and diminishes the integrity of bystanders. Bullying undermines community for all of us. The Choose Civility Initiative hopes to amplify the voices, strategies and resources available to all of us to counter bullying with active efforts to create and sustain welcoming civic spaces. To that end, please see our ongoing programsand check out some of the following resources!
The general municipal election on November 5th is coming quickly. Are you registered, researched and ready?
How do you register to vote? You fill out a voter registration card. You can register until/on Election Day. You must register in person and must show ID and proof of where you live. (21-A MRSA §121)Where do you register to vote? You can register to vote at your town office or city hall, or through any Motor Vehicle branch office. Completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered (it is too late to mail a voter registration card) to your town office or city hall, or to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta.
Go to Maine.gov for voter information look up; to find out who the candidates are in your district. Also, if you live in Portland you can look up your district information on the city’s webpage.
Read theMaine Citizens Guide to the Referendum Election – inside this booklet, you will find the referendum questions, the legislation each question represents, a summary of the intent and content of the legislation, an explanation of the significance of a “yes” or “no” vote, and much more information.
Find sample ballots on the City of Portland webpage, here you will find local candidates names and also a summary on Question 1 re: recreational use of marijuana by adults ages 21 and older. ***Since the ballot is different for each town, look for voter information and a sample ballot on your town’s website. Sample ballots may not be available very far in advance of the election. If your town has not posted a sample ballot, you can call them and ask them to do so. Find contact information for your town on the State of Maine website.
Use your PPL card to access library databases including Global Issues in Context (a colorful wealth of resources explaining the background and viewpoints necessary for understanding global issues, conflicts, and events), Opposing Viewpoints (an online resource covering today’s hottest social issues) and the Maine Newsstand (an index to and full text coverage of five Maine newspapers).
Voting smart is important. Have questions? Visit your local library!