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New Report : Volunteering & Civic Engagement 2012

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Programs & Events | Adults | Careers & Jobs | Government

The Corporation for National and Community Service has released a report on the state of volunteerism in the USA and the States in 2012. Overall, Maine is doing great, ranking 14th in the Country.  However, we have some places where we could improve and the Choose Civility Initiative hopes to encourage even more participation in coming years!

A few highlights:

In 2012, one in four adults (26.5 percent) volunteered through an organization, demonstrating that volunteering remains an important activity for millions of Americans. In Maine, 32.5% of residents volunteer, combining into a total 43.8 million hours of service!  And, more than 1/2 of Mainer’s report contributing financially to charities of some kind.  If this moves you to consider volunteering in 2014, check out Volunteer Maine to learn about opportunities around our State.

While Maine reports very high voter-turn-out, only 9.9% of volunteerism is within a civic realm, and  18.8% of residents report participating in public meetings –what could we do to encourage greater participation in our civic life?  Please share your ideas in the comments section!
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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!


Startup Weekend

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Programs & Events
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This is a no talk, all action event!

People with new business ideas are invited to participate in this  Maine event called Startup Weekend on October 25-27th 2013. There are limited early bird tickets so go to http://portlandmaine.startupweekend.org/ for a schedule of the weekend activities as well as a way to get tickets in order to participate. Please sign up now since space is limited.

A Startup Weekend is unique because it brings together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in an intense 54-hours weekend to take new business ideas from concept to launch. Participants start at 5:30pm Friday night and work late into each night until they leave on Sunday night at 8:30pm. Nationally, 36 % of ideas developed during a Startup Weekend have developed into new businesses.

On Friday night, attendees will take the open mic to pitch their ideas to the group of up to 75 participants in 60-seconds or less. After groups form, the rest of the weekend will be spent developing business models around the most popular ideas with the help of mentors, coaches and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes, including co-working space and memberships in mentorship programs, all of which are targeted to help teams build their startups after the weekend.

Individual volunteers from PelotonLabs, AIGA, Blackstone Accelerates Growth, Maine Center for Creativity, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Olympico Strategies, Portland Greendrinks, Portland Public Library, Rising Tide Consulting, Shines and Jecker laboratories, and SMCC are organizing this first local effort.

JOIN US!

 

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