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PPL Is Bolder Than Ever!

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Portland Public Library unveiled a new look on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

It’s a big week at PPL! We are making some noise! Noise, you say, in a library? Yes!

Did you know that Portland Public Library is the most visited cultural institution in all of Maine? Over 600,000 people visit PPL each year at our four locations (not counting all who use our online services for language-learning, practice tests, small business info, Consumer Reports, and more!).

Did you know that PPL offers over 1,000 workshops, discussions, exhibits, and events throughout the year?

You already know we have great wifi, but did you know we lend wifi hotspots to take home? How about hosting free tax filing support? Ballot issue discussions? Coding workshops? And Legos!

PPL is constantly evolving to mirror the dynamic community we serve, growing and changing as we facilitate the vibrant conversations of our city. We provide the rich experiences and access to resources you’d expect from a big city library tailored to the unique flow and interests of life in 21st century Portland.

When you have a library card, you’re a Library insider. And even library insiders don’t know all this about PPL, so chances are our friends and neighbors throughout Greater Portland don’t know about it either. Help us spread the word. We are excited to change our logo, colors, and messaging to boldly speak out about the Library’s evolution as an epicenter for lifelong experiential learning, civic and cultural gatherings, and partnership in community-wide innovation. Today’s PPL is vital to our great city, that is on-the-move in so many ways!

There is literally something for everyone at today’s PPL, whatever your stage of life. And it is FREE. Enjoy our expert staff, services, collections, and programming. Our storytimes, performances, business seminars, computer help, music-making, telescopes, 3-D printer. Our amazing partnerships with creative leaders and thought trailblazers. It’s all to share, discover, and build more…together.

Welcome to PPL!


RIP John Singleton

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture

 

John Singleton died on Monday, April 29th, at the age of 51, following a stroke. He was the first African American and the youngest director nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his debut film “Boyz n the Hood” in 1991. Singleton was 24 at the time. In 2002, “Boyz n the Hood” was added to the National Film Registry to be preserved by the Library of Congress.

He went on to write and direct several more critically acclaimed films, including “Rosewood,” “Poetic Justice,” and “Baby Boy.” He also directed some television episodes of “Empire” and “American Crime Story,” and he worked as a production assistant on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” Among the films he produced are “Hustle & Flow” and “Black Snake Moan.”

For a list of the Library’s holdings, click here.


Meet Jess: A Library Love Note

posted: , by Heather Wasklewicz
tags: Portland community | Adults | Teens | Discover Portland | Art & Culture | English Language Literacy | Readers Writers

Libraries are read.
Non-fiction is true.
PPL loves me
and I love them too.
The library takes me anywhere I want to go!

In addition to being one of PPL’s most enthusiastic and loyal supporters, Jessica is a local Portland, Maine writer and illustrator. Trained as a journalist with an eye for connection and a concise style, Jessica synthesizes complexity and repackages it in eye-catching, easy-to-digest formats.

Check out her illustrations and related work, including The New Yorker Gender Tally which looks at The New Yorker contributors by gender, on her dynamic Instagram feed and website.

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