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March – Women’s History Month

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Government

March is Women’s History Month and invites us to celebrate the unique contributions that women have made to American History while also considering the ways that sexism has shaped our collective history.   There are many resources for learning more about women’s history and women’s role in political life.  Among them:

To engage with others, consider attending a Women’s History Month event:

  • The University of Southern Maine’s Women and Gender Studies program highlights many community events happening in March and beyond.
  • The Maine Jewish Film Festival and community partners offer a Women’s Filmmakers event.
  • Maine Law School’s Justice for Women lecture takes place on March 18th and is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Portland Public Library offers a huge array of materials so support more learning including this book list of picture books and this list of books and films related to women’s suffrage serve as starting places!


Individuals Make a Difference

posted: , by Wendy Nowell
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

The funding model for Portland Public Library (PPL) is anything but intuitive.  The “public” in our name might give one the impression that government funding covers our entire operating budget.  However, at PPL, government funding (City of Portland, State of Maine and Cumberland County) actually makes up 87% of our $4.2 million operations budget.  These public funds pay for staff, utilities, and other infrastructure costs; they do not pay for anything related to our programs, our collections, or our outreach.  The books on the shelves, subscriptions to physical and online periodicals, our bookmobile –anything that falls in the 13% of our budget that is allocated to collections and programs is made possible by annual gifts to the Library, earnings from our endowment, foundation support, and fees.

In essence, what PPL is now and can be in the future – our margin of excellence – is the result of a true public/private effort.  Public funds ensure we have a building and staff; private generosity guarantees we have a collection and programing that serves every individual who comes to one of our branches or logs onto the Library’s website.  As a non-profit organization, PPL is able – indeed, obligated – to raise funds so that we can help all members of the Portland community to enhance their creativity and imagination, increase their level of knowledge, and fully participate in our common, civil life.

So it is with celebration and gratitude that we acknowledge the recent bequest of Franklin Talbot of Portland to our endowment.  Franklin Talbot was a colleague, having worked previously at the University of Southern Maine library.  His gift of $101,000 will establish the Franklin Talbot Fund and increase the Library’s endowment fund to approximately $5.4 million.

The yearly income from the Talbot Fund will be used to acquire materials and support programs and exhibits in the arts and humanities, with preference for biography, American history, and British history. Mr. Talbot’s gift will support our efforts to provide all Library patrons and visitors with access to materials and programs that promote a greater understanding of the human experience and of the creative process.

All gifts to the Library make an impact, and we are grateful that Mr. Talbot was both generous and creative in giving back to the community by supporting the Library.  If you are interested in establishing a named endowment fund at the Library or in including Portland Public Library in your estate plans, please contact Emily Bray Levine at 207-871-1700 x755 or Levine@portland.lib.me.us


Money Smart Week ’14

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

Money Smart Week

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Join us in our effort to create a money-smart community. The following events are sponsored by CA$H Greater Portland at United Way of Greater Portland, KeyBank and the Portland Public Library. Please call 207-871-1700, ext. 725 for further information.

 

Credit Report Day, Friday, April 11 12pm- 3pm, Lower Level Meeting Rooms #2, #3 and #4

When was the last time you looked at your credit report? Your credit history (bill payments, credit card and loan debt) can impact your ability to make future purchases, qualify for employment, utilities and housing. Join us to review your free credit report and discover strategies to build good credit. Once you have your credit report, learn how you can multiply your savings with a Maine Family Development Account. Call 207-871-1700, ext. 725 to make your appointment. Walk-ins welcome upon availability.

 

While you’re here, drop in on an informative Money Smart workshop:

Expert Panel: Income and Your Credit, Friday April 11 12:15pm-12:45pm, Lower Level Meeting Room #4

  • A banker’s perspective: become a money management expert
  • A job recruiter’s perspective: build your money management resume
  • A business’s perspective: create a solid money management business plan

To Your Credit, Friday April 11 1:30pm-2pm, Lower Level Meeting Room #4

  • Understand Your credit report
  • Order and read your credit report
  • Tips to improve your credit score
  • Recognize credit repair scams

Charge It Right Friday April 11 3pm-4pm, Lower Level Meeting Room #4

  • Understand credit card basics
  • Know the costs of using a credit card
  • Describe how to use credit cards responsibly
  • Recognize why it’s important to pay more than the minimum payment

Credit Smart for Teens 3pm-3:30pm, Teen Lounge

  • Know basic credit card terms and definitions
  • Understand your credit rating and how it affects your interest rate
  • How to maintain good credit
  • The basics of a spending plan

CA$H Greater Portland is a program of United Way of Greater Portland and the Greater Portland CA$H Coalition: AARP Tax-Aide, Casco Federal Credit Union, CEI, Community Financial Literacy, Goodwill Industries of NNE, Gorham Savings Bank, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), KeyBank, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Portland Housing Authority, and Women, Work and Community. For more information visit www.cashgp.org.

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign, created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. 

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