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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  it, too, is available for checkout.


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!

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