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Easy-to-Read Voter Guide (June 2018 Primary Election)

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government | News

The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has released its Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for the June 12 primary election. This is the League’s 11th Voter Guide and its first guide for primary elections. This guide covers  the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor, federal races for the U.S. House of Representatives in Districts 1 and 2, and the U.S. Senate race. It also covers the special referendum election, open to all voters regardless of party affiliation, featuring one ballot question that will be decided by voters on June 12th.

The 2018 primary also marks the first time in our nation’s history that ranked choice voting will be used in a statewide primary election. Maine voters will use RCV to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representative race in Congressional District 2. (There is also an RCV primary in state legislative district 75, although that race is not covered in the statewide voter guide.)

For the easy-to-read guide for the City of Portland

For the easy-to-read guide for the State of Maine


Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Seniors | Government | News

 

Please find a copy of the Maine Citizen’s Guide to the November 7, 2017, Referendum Election. The Information includes;

  • Each of the four referendum questions
  • The legislation each question represents
  • A summary of the intent and content of the legislation
  • An explanation of the significance of YES or NO vote
  • An analysis of the debt service on the bond issues
  • An estimate of the fiscal impact of each ballot measure on state revenues, appropriations, and allocations and
  • Public comments field in support of or in opposition to a ballot measure (if applicable).

The Guide is a collaborative effort by the Department of the Secretary of State, the State treasurer, the Attorney General and the Office of Fiscal and Program Review. For additional information relating to the election visit: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/citizensguide2017.pdf


Celebrating Welcoming Week – Resources for New Mainers & the Greater Portland Community

posted: , by Sarah Skawinski
tags: About the Library | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

As a public library, we are committed to welcoming everyone. Our staff has compiled this list of resources for New Mainers and the Greater Portland Community to unite us in the spirit of National Welcoming Week.

We hope you will find these resources useful and will share with others. Our librarians are always ready to connect our patrons and our community with vetted sources for learning more.


Books in our collection

Welcoming Week works to bring together community members in a spirit of unity and to raise awareness of the benefits of making communities welcoming. Our Welcoming Week Book Lists tackle a range of relevant related issues. Here you’ll find memoirs, novels, and nonfiction, as well as books that discuss inclusive community building through civility, dialogue, and action.

          

Language Learning Resources

From our Portland Room Archives – “Veasma Kem, a Khmer native language facilitator at Reiche School, teaches pupils about the Buddhist New Year and Cambodian culture.” April 1994, Portland Press Herald.

We promote Adult Literacy and English Language Learning by offering print, audio, and digital resources to ensure non-native speakers have access to the English Language.

These are some of our favorite online language learning resources:

We also offer tutoring tables in the reference area for students and tutors to use. You can reserve a table by calling the Reference Desk at 207-871-1700 x725.

Explore our collection of adult fiction & nonfiction in non-English languages here.


USCIS Immigration Corner

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 they can keep for their private libraries or to share with friends. The materials are located on the Lower Level at the Main Library.

In addition, the USCIS holds outreach sessions at the Main Library. They will be at the Library on the dates listed here.

Additional resources for Immigrants and Refugees are listed in our catalog. You can find a handy topic guide here.


USCIS “How Do I” Guides

Are you familiar with the USCIS “How Do I” guides series? These guides answer general questions regarding immigration benefits and are currently available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Choose from the following topics:

The USCIS invites any feedback on how to improve the guides. To share feedback visit the USCIS Idea Community.


Business Resources

Our Business Resource Center contains information about finance & financial literacy, business management, & law. We are happy to provide reference services and library resources to help Portland area businesses succeed.

We would like to introduce New Mainers to the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center just around the corner from our Main Branch. This new organization is committed to endow the immigrant community with professional opportunities through access to creative collaboration, technology, and workspace in order to sustain and grow their organizations, businesses and the Greater Portland region.

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