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

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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.


“…to the Spring and its glorious happiness”

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tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Yes, they’re playing and singing a toast to dear old Maine, in 1937, with the famous Rudy Vallee at the baton! Clicking in the image to enlarge it, you’ll see the name “Stein Song” on the kids music sheets. (The auditorium appears to be in the old Lincoln Junior High School- today’s Lincoln Middle School- which was the original Deering High building.)

This image is part of the Library’s Archives, being processed and indexed in the Portland Room.

Happy Spring, Everyone!


Portland History and the “Valentine Bandit”

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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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