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Portland Public Library collects government resource links and receives government documents as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (since 1884). Our trained staff will help you find the government information you need (demographics, statistics, legal, politics, military, forms, etc.) whether around opportunities for civic engagement, for government services application forms, or for immigration support. PPL’s Government Documents are managed by the Business and Government Team, which manages the Library collections, online resources, and programming on government-related topics as well as business-related topics (management, economics, financial literacy) and careers & jobs information.
“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or both.“
- James Madison
In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law intends to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans.
Unsure about the Affordable Care Act? Need to know how it affects you? Thinking about signing up for insurance? Need help? Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Certified Assistors from Opportunity Alliance at the Main Library Wednesdays from 10am until noon during the open enrollment period. Certified Assistors from Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health will be here on Fridays from 10:30-12:30. The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015. Certified assistors will not be at the Library on the following dates due to the holiday season: Friday November 28th, Wednesday December 24th and Friday December 26th.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has provided PPL with a collection of resources to help immigrants and refugees prepare for their next steps in the immigration process; including items that folks can keep for their private library or to share with friends. Stay tuned as Immigration Officers will conduct workshops at the Library, several times per year, to answer questions.
The general election on November 4th is coming quickly. Are you registered, researched and ready?
In 2014, Maine voters will elect the Governor, one of Maine’s two United States Senators, Maine’s Representatives to Congress, members of the Maine Legislature (State Senators and State Representatives) and certain county officers.
Voting smart is important. PPL wants to be sure that you have the information you need to make an informed decision.
Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility! PPL is pleased to announce Choose Civility Portland. With generous funding from the Lerner Foundation, the Library aims to position itself as a community center where citizens can gather to discuss issues that are important to our community.
Up Next at the Library:
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From the PPL blog:
The Choose Civility Initiative depends on the values of respect, curiosity, and advocacy. More »
The Choose Civility initiative invites readers to reflect on the issue as we look to 2015! More »
Join the Choose Civility Initiative in a public conversation on volunteerism in Portland. More »