Derivative tends not be a compliment as it implies lack of creativity or more recently a bad financial instrument. But let’s be honest, many great ideas in all areas aren’t new (like bookmobiles) and libraries mostly work with the basics of those ideas and spin them to serve some niche. PPL like other libraries lends a variety of unexpected materials including telescopes (brought to us through our partnership with Cornerstones of Science), Kill a Watt energy detectors (given to us by a private donor),and most recently ukuleles modeled on the idea first demonstrated by the Newport (Maine) Cultural Center and neighboring Falmouth (Maine) Memorial Library.
Even Isaac Newton acknowledged the contributions to his work of those before him. It is a pleasure (and an ethical obligation) for us to acknowledge this tradition of public libraries.
The 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):
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.