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USCIS Immigration Corner

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Government

IMG_3245The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has generously donated a collection of resources for circulation to PPL. Furthermore, there is now a shelf on the Lower Level of the Main Library full of items donated from USCIS that folks can take (for free!) to help prepare for the process.

Sally Bauvelt, Field Office Director, and Cindy Lembarra, Supervisory Immigration Services Officer,  want to be sure that people know that at the USCIS office in South Portland they are available and willing to help. In fact, they even plan on setting up workshops in the near future here at PPL to talk to New Mainers about any immigration questions they have and  to help answer any questions around the citizenship process.

If you speak with anyone who may find these materials helpful, please send them our way!

A sample of the available items (with links to the library catalog):

flahs     Civics flash cards for the new naturalization test

The USCIS naturalization  interview and test [videorecording] from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services.

Civics and citizenship multimedia presentation [videorecording] : a  promise of freedom : an introduction to U.S. history and civics for immigrants :  becoming a U.S. citizen : an overview of the naturalization process from the  U.S.  Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Resources are also available on the USCIS website at the Citizenship Resource Center.

We at PPL, are very thankful to the USCIS for the support of the library and for their support of the New Mainers community. 

 


“…to the Spring and its glorious happiness”

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Yes, they’re playing and singing a toast to dear old Maine, in 1937, with the famous Rudy Vallee at the baton! Clicking in the image to enlarge it, you’ll see the name “Stein Song” on the kids music sheets. (The auditorium appears to be in the old Lincoln Junior High School- today’s Lincoln Middle School- which was the original Deering High building.)

This image is part of the Library’s Archives, being processed and indexed in the Portland Room.

Happy Spring, Everyone!


Portland History and the “Valentine Bandit”

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

The photo below was our Valentine’s Day treat in 2010. Already two years ago! Notice the Library’s first-phase renovation was nearly done, as seen in the photo. Still, Portland’s mysterious Valentine Bandit saw fit to visit us!

Valentine’s Day 2010

Since Valentine’s Day 1976, each February 14th has greeted Portlanders with paper and banner-style valentine heart decorations. One year, Fort Gorges in Casco Bay was draped in a large valentine. This year, the huge heart banner is suspended on the Portland Museum of Art. Paper valentines, as usual, are taped on downtown shop windows- and along the front of the Library today.

Here’s an entry from the Portland Now blog about Portland’s annual Valentine phenomenon.

Today’s Portland Daily Sun features an article with some fascinating background about Valentine’s Day in Portland.

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