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October is Bullying Prevention Month

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Adults

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 programs and check out some of the following resources!

New books and videos:

Bully [videorecording]

Bullied : what every parent, teacher, and kid needs to know about ending the cycle of fear / Carrie Goldman 

Sticks and stones : defeating the culture of bullying and rediscovering the power of character and empathy / Emily Bazelon

Sexual harassment and bullying : a guide to keeping kids safe and holding schools accountable / Susan L. Strauss

 

Local Advocacy Organizations:

Department of Education Model Policies

Department of Education – List of Prevention Organizations and Resources

 

Web Resources:

ChildTrends : 5 Things to Know About Kids Who Bully

Teaching Tolerance : Bullying Basics

 

We also encourage you to use the Opposing Viewpoints Database – search bullying for all kinds of resources!


Before you rock your vote…RESEARCH YOUR VOTE!

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Government

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.

If you’ve already registered, but wish to verify your registration, contact the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions, your town office or city hall.

Also, make sure you know where you go to cast your vote; find your local polling place.  .

RESEARCH THE CANDIDATES AND ISSUES

  • 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 the Maine 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!


Buried Musical Treasures from the PPL Archives

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Exhibits & Displays | Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

When not being used in the Lewis Gallery, our nineteenth-century vitrines (glass display cases) are hosting displays from our collection in the Main Library Lower Level – Information Desk area.  Our first display, on view now through November, is a selection of sheet music from the Portland Room Archives.

In the nineteenth and early twentieth century musical life revolved around the family piano, and sheet music was provided for home performing mostly from publishers in New York’s Tin Pan Alley.  But most large cities had their own small music publishers (who were usually instrument and sheet music sellers) and many songwriters would publish with local firms or simply publish their own works.

Portland could boast several such publishers, including the Paine family, whose most distinguished member, John Knowles Paine, was Harvard’s first Professor of Music. J.K.’s father Jacob and uncle William sold instruments and music at 113 Middle Street. The Paines published many of the compositions of Hermann Kotzschmar, the leading Portland musician of the period.  Cressey and Allen had a music shop at 566 Congress Street; Cressey was also a composer and published many of his own pieces.

Many of the compositions featured in our exhibit were on local subjects: dance pieces named for Portland landmarks: the Forest City Polka, the Diamond Cove Waltz, and others in that vein.  Others were hymns to local pride: Somewhere in Maine, Down in Maine.  Patriotic compositions were standbys of the home music collection, and we have several from the Civil War to World War II.

We’ve included two items published “away”.  The first, Kathleen Mavourneen, was a sentimental pseudo-Irish ballad popularized by tenor John McCormick.  It was written by Frederick Nicholls Crouch, an English musician who lived and taught in Portland until his secessionist leanings made him unpopular in 1861; he joined a Virginia regiment as a trumpeter.  The other New York publication is perhaps the most familiar college song of the 1920s, Rudy Vallee’s Maine Stein Song.

We hope that local music lovers, local history buffs, and everybody else will stop by the lower level and see this exhibit!

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