Science & Technology
There’s a renewed interest in, and urgent need for, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) literacy today. Portland Public Library strives to engage the community with a fascination for science, the wonders of the natural world, and the possibilities of technology. Through explorations of all kinds – information services, hands-on learning, digital experiences, and public programming – the Science & Technology team aims to stimulate understanding, exploration, and creativity with the sciences and present the fun, the useful, and the very interesting.
International Games Day @ Portland Public Library is a celebration of games, play, libraries, and learning that any library in the world can join. This is literally a world-wide event, with libraries on all seven continents participating (including Antarctica!). Here in Portland, it is a true community event, and a great way to spark conversations about the importance, power, and diversity of Portland’s people.
We will have four rooms reserved for gaming, each with a special purpose—one for card games, another for board games, and another for video gaming. The assortment of games is appropriate for all ages—ranging from Mancala, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Candyland, to Trivial Pursuit. There will be a special library version of jenga, and other fun surprises.
Also—come use one of the library’s laptops to participate in the international Minecraft Hunger Games tournament.
Save the date! This year’s International Games Day is happening on Saturday, November 15, from 11am to 4pm.
This Fall, the library will be presenting monthly workshops with our Technology Manager. Learn more about these opportunities here.
Doing science can be fun! You may think of research as teams of professional scientists at work but with the aid of the Internet, non-specialists can contribute, too. As “Citizen Scientists” we can share in scientific data collection and providing access to scientific information within our communities. PPL promotes citizen science through events, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities for you to explore science or technology on your own, increase personal understanding and appreciation, and contribute to the research underway.
Or, did you know you can borrow a telescope from the Library?
Science research affects us and the world we live in every day. We may think it happens in remote labs but, in fact, great science is being done in our own backyard. Come meet a scientist. In the informal setting of the library’s atrium, USM faculty will share what they’re up to. Coffee and cookies provided.
Explore how-to instructions and videos in our online reference resources and fix it yourself!
- Small Engine Repair Reference Center has repair information for lawnmowers, water craft, ATVs, motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles and more.
Our lives are integrally connected to the climate. Learn more at the library about how human societies have adapted to the relatively stable climate we have experienced since the last ice age and the changes, anticipated or unanticipated, that a warming climate will bring. How we react, how we adapt, how we protect our environment, our health, and our safety, depends on understanding and a will to action.
The Library offers more than 65 computers, as well as wireless access, at our four locations for email, web searching, and basic computing needs. To use our computers, you must use your library card or show valid ID to receive a guest pass, and agree to comply with time limits, the posted Rules of Conduct, and the Computer Rules and Acceptable and Safe Use policy.
Computers have unfiltered Internet access, and also offer Microsoft Office programs for word processing, spreadsheets, and other projects. Printing is available for $0.10 per page in black and white. Ask the Library staff for assistance to locate a computer with the resources you need. Questions? Contact the Public Computing staff at the Main Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 871-1700 ext. 708.
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