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Healthy Resolutions

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Seniors | Health

January is resolution time. Everywhere you turn you’ll find tips and tricks for making and keeping those New Year’s Resolutions. The New Year gives us an opportunity to make changes and try new things. Portland Public Library has many free resources to help you keep your resolutions. Whether you have resolved to lose weight, exercise regularly, travel, be more creative, learn something new, find a new job, get out of debt, watch less TV, get more organized, live a simpler life, listen to more music, defeat a bad habit…We have what you need to get started on the right foot and stay on track. Achieve your goals and save money by using the resources available at the Portland Public Library!

Our online resources can help with anything from health and wellness, to learning a new language or changing careers. Our print collection is a great resource too, with thousands of materials to help you achieve the changes you seek. Just do a search for what you’re interested in: exercise, home improvement, self-improvement, diet, meditation, etc. You can also check out our lists, like this list of best selling health books.

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Also, be sure to join us for a free program on January 5th @ 5:30 in meeting room 5. As part of the Health First initiative, the Library is happy to present Healthy Resolutions. Many people have limited or no experience with setting realistic goals for themselves so we’ve invited Ellie Foster from MaineHealth here to help you. In the pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes, many people set themselves up for failure by not having a clear, realistic pathway to success. This leads to frustration and self-doubt. Learn how setting small, achievable goals can boost confidence and lead to lasting lifestyle change.

Whatever goals you set for yourself, we wish you the best of luck!

New England Osteopathic Heritage Center

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: About the Library | Adults | Health

For the month of August, New England Osteopathic Heritage Center at University of New England will have an informational kiosk on display at the main library. The exhibit was designed to educate the public with panels focused on the history of Osteopathic medicine, women in the profession, and Osteopathic medicine today. The kiosk includes images of records and artifacts held by the New England Osteopathic Heritage Center (NEOHC) as well as original images. This exhibit explores the wide variety of artifacts, including medical equipment, yearbooks and drug kits held by the NEOHC.

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States. According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

Other interesting osteopathic links around the web:

The Evolution of Osteopathic Medical Education

Discover Osteopathic resources at the library.

Explore the nature, history, and future of Osteopathic Medicine in the online interactive video Hand Over Hand” 



A Day to Remember at the Library

posted: , by Raminta Moore
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Health | News | Portland History | Science & Technology

NamesHeartsmallPortland Public Library is a proud participant of Pride Week, and we are thrilled to be presenting an entire day of events dedicated to those affected by HIV/AIDS. On June 17 at the Main Library, PPL will host twelve panels of the AIDS Quilt presented by the NAMES Project of Northern New England. Conceived in 1985, by Cleve Jones, the Quilt was meant to commemorate those who had lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. Sadly, for many, the Quilt was the only opportunity for survivors to remember their loved ones.

For more on the Quilt, be sure to check out the book, The Quilt: Stories from the Names Project by Cindy Ruskin. The panels will be on display in the library for one day only, so be sure to stop by the Atrium and take a look.

Our afternoon author talk for that day is Deborah Freedman, author of Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt: Stories from Maine. Debb has traveled throughout our state for ten years sharing the Quilt and sharing the stories of the Quilt. Deborah Freedman will be speaking at noon in the Rines Auditorium. We are so happy to have her and her stories!

Throughout the day, staff from Apothecary by Design will be in the Library and available to discuss how they support current medical management of HIV/AIDS.

In the evening, PPL will host The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS. This panel discussion will focus on various aspects of the history of HIV/AIDS in Maine, as well as what is going on now for those living with the disease. Panelists include:

  • Crystal Gamet, who will speak about the Quilt
  • Ralph Cusack, who will speak about activism around HIV/AIDS
  • Charlie Grindle, who will give the prospective of a first responder
  • Dr. Lani Graham, who will discuss the public health aspects
  • Myles Rightmire, who will discuss the medical and health response
  • Kelly Arbor, who will give a personal perspective

This will definitely be an informative panel, which will be followed by a discussion between the audience and the panelists. PPL is truly excited to be hosting the second annual Pride week history event! For information on other Pride events happening throughout the month of June, check here.

Our June 17 events were made possible by the following great sponsors:

The Maine Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundatio

Coffee by Design

Apothecary by Design

Pride Portland!

The Frannie Peabody Center

SAGE Maine

The Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM – See more at:

The Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM

The NAMES Project of Northern New England

M.E.S.H. (Maine Educationalists on Sexual Harmony)


Maine Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation – See more at:


The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, June 17 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, June 17 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, June 17 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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