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Community forum: Peaks Island Branch Library and Community Center Renovation Plans

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

Over the past 14 months, Portland Public Library staff have worked with the leadership of the Friends of the Peaks Island Library and with City staff, particularly in the Recreation Department, to develop a new vision for the Library/Community Center. We have discussed various strategies for increasing and enhancing functionality, efficiency, and enjoyment of services. We have incorporated the great energy and ideas from the Community Forum which we held on Peaks in April 2013, have analyzed the current condition of the building, and have begun developing a plan for the Center.

Our goal is to maximize internal space, update necessary systems to meet all codes, resolve ergonomic problems, and – most importantly – create a comfortable and welcoming space for reading, exploration, and learning. At this point, our plan is to begin renovation in Fall of 2015.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends, we have contracted with architect Dick Reed to develop a preliminary design that captures these ideas. We will pursue this design with the City shortly but would love more community input as we finalize the plans. Please join us for another Community Forum, on Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm. We look forward to your thoughts, reactions, and input. If you cannot attend but have questions or suggestions, please call 871-1700 x759 or send email to librarydirector@portland.lib.me.us

The Peaks Island Library and Community Center is a special part of island life, and we are excited to build its future.


August 26th = Women’s Equality Day

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Government

August 26th was National Women’s Equality Day, a day to commemorate the accomplishment of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The story of the  women’s suffrage movement is not a well known one, but it is an extraordinary tale of persistence (80 years were spent working on the enfranchisement of women in the USA) and daring (Alice Paul led a hunger strike to call attention to prison abuse happening to suffragettes) and innovative social movement tactics — while the image of the Victorian Lady (Downtown Abbey) might dominate in popular culture, the variety of ways that suffragettes embraced and challenged constructions of femininity to create political opportunities fascinates me.  As we gear up toward another chance to VOTE in Maine (69 days left as of August 26th 2014), consider learning a bit more about the events that led up to August 26th, 1920.

Download the National Women’s History Project 2014 brochure : http://www.nwhp.org/Equality_DayCopymaster2014.pdf

Or check out these updated book lists:

Just for fun, you might also want to view this video –  Bad Romance : Women’s Suffrage (a take on the Lady Gaga classic)

 


Tell Me the Truth : Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Teens | Seniors

Tell Me the Truth : Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations

Join us on the evening of  September 9th for a lively conversation at PPL.

How can we speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations? What would such a conversation even look like? Join Shay Stewart-Bouley (black) and Debby Irving (white) as they talk about racism’s impact on their lives and how conversation has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st century racial dynamics.

Though conversation is a primary way human beings think together, fear of talking about race prevents us from using this critical tool. Shay and Debby will explore the common fears and pitfalls of cross-racial conversation that keep people isolated in their own racial groups, at the expense of personal, professional, and societal growth. They’ll also help audience members understand how interpersonal social patterns hinder organizations from living up to their own ideals for diversity.

Finally, Shay and Debby will offer suggestions to create racial justice habits that can move us from isolated events to sustainable connections.

The event precedes a September 10th Author Talk during the Lunchtime Brown Bag by Debby Irving, her book is Waking Up White

September 9 2014

7pm – 9pm

Main Library, Rines Auditorium

5 Monument Square Portland, Maine

FMI: Kim Simmons, Choose Civility Coordinator simmons@portland.lib.me.us

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