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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!

 


Moxie!

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Portland History

As we reach the weekend that follows 4th-of-July weekend, it’s time to celebrate Maine’s own and much-loved Moxie! Moxie Fest is this weekend, as always, in Lisbon Falls, Maine. In fact, the root beer-like soda, invented in 1884 by Dr. Augustin Thompson (of Union, Maine), was declared the Maine State Beverage in 2005. Maine is surely the heart of Moxie country, and we all know that Maine libraries have moxie!

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Moxie and Monument Square, with the Library at center.

To help celebrate the annual Moxie Festival, here are some images to encourage the enjoyment and study (yes, research is enjoyable, too!) of the fabled 19th century remedy / modern soft drink.

Moxie can surely be researched in the Portland Room, which produces the Maine News Index, navigating through microfilmed newspapers and hardcopy local periodical imprints.

As well, here are 2 popular Moxie references we have here in the Library:

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Snapshots from the Moxie Parade, in 2011

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The Moxie Mobile, which is actually steered from a “horseback” seat!

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Moxie Man stopped long enough for me to take his picture- and to offer his prescription to cure all that ails!

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All of Lisbon Falls gets into the spirit !

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During Moxie Fest, the Kennebec Fruit Company (the Moxie birthplace store) serves Moxie ice cream and splendid Moxie floats.

From the Portland Public Library Archives

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Checking out the Moxie supply, in 1947.

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Moxie Fest, in 1984. Reading up on the goods!

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Moxie Fest, 1984. At the wheel of the Moxie Mobile.

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Moxie Fest, 1984. Moxie expert, Mr. Frank Anicetti, packing up a purchase at Kennebec Fruit Company store.

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Willie Nelson, playing a concert at Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center, June 21, 1985. Willie’s Moxie hat tells us he knows what’s what!

Have a Wicked Good Weekend !

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Whether you’re writing, reading, or enjoying parades and the outdoors, enjoy-

and know you’re always welcome at the Portland Public Library !

moxie

 

 

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