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Welcome to the new PPL website

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Exhibits & Displays | Library Collections | Online Services | Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Science & Technology

Welcome to the new PPL website. We like to think of it as a Virtual Branch!

It used to be that websites were just layers of pages under a header of some sort that over time became more and more dense. For an information organization like the library, the more pages meant the better the site.  What has become much clearer for PPL over the last 18 months is that the website is our virtual branch — complete with its own unique opportunities and challenges, like a physical library location. It is also a unique opportunity to create a way to recognize our users as being many kinds of people  and needing to be served in many different ways.

We hope that this new online library environment and experience is exciting and productive for you and just maybe you’ll find what you seek and be exposed to the unexpected!

Please tell us how we can make it better by dropping us a note at web@portland.lib.me.us.

We thank our friends at Vont Web Marketing, our partner in conceiving and creating this site, and the Sam L. Cohen Foundation without whose support we could not have completed this effort.

Enjoy your explorations!


MONTGOMERY’S VIEW (and more)

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Recommended Reads | Kids & Families

The Children’s Services Area of the Portland Public Library will more actively keep you informed about programs, special events, books and more through the blog.

This will include the start of MONTGOMERY’S VIEW.  Beginning this week we will begin to post reviews of children’s books – at least once a week.  These posts will be featured under the title MONTGOMERY’S VIEW – in honor of our resident moose.  We will review new titles on our shelves, books on order and soon to arrive – as well as old favorites that we want you to know about.

Tomorrow the first MONTGOMERY’S VIEW will appear!


Ray guns in the library!

posted: , by Linda Putnam
tags: Adults | Seniors | Science & Technology

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.

Kill-A-Watt
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