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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

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!

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