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FREE Constitution: 09/17/19 Constitution Day.

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Adults | Seniors | Business | Careers & Jobs | Government | News

 Constitution Day September 17, 2019

As part of the national celebration of the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution, Portland Public Library will be giving out  FREE  pocket-sized copies of the United States Constitution.  

These will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis starting on September 17, 2019, while supplies last. For details please contact the  Research Desk at  207-871-1700 X 725 


Meet Michelle: PPL’s Social Worker in Residence

posted: , by Heather Wasklewicz
tags: Adults | Teens | Teen Health | Parents & Teachers | Kids & Families | Seniors | Health | Health@PPL | Welcome | Health Resources | Health Outreach Specialist | Latest Health News | News

Libraries are one of the few inclusive public spaces where everyone is welcome to access library materials, public computers and to be a creative learner. As Portland Public Library’s new Social Worker in Residence, I look forward to drawing on both my educational and professional experiences to work collectively with library staff on becoming a more trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive space.

I have over 18 years of experience helping people access food, housing, and healthcare and working with people experiencing substance use, mental illness, and poverty. I enjoy putting my social work skills to use and working with communities on program development, outreach, and engagement, and relationship building all with a trauma-informed and strengths-based perspective.
Library patrons experiencing homelessness have very few places to seek refuge during the day. The Portland Public Library is a safe, quiet, welcoming space that is open to all. Many people go to the library when they don’t know where else to go. I hope to be that person who can listen to people’s stories, provide answers to their questions, and help connect them to the social services and resources in the community that will meet their needs.
Michelle Lamm, MSW, received her Master in Social Work from Boston University in 2000. Before joining the PPL staff, Michelle spent 9 years working as the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative Program Manager. Michelle has a wide range of experience working with children, families, and seniors. She has extensive knowledge of food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty.
Welcome, Michelle!

Measles Resources: What You Need to Know

posted: , by Rebecca Starr
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Parents & Teachers | Seniors | Health | Health@PPL | News

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 700 cases of measles have been reported in the United States this year. With Maine’s first confirmed case in two years, you may have many questions about how it was reintroduced, and how to take care of yourself and your family.

Here are some librarian-approved resources to help answer your questions:

What is measles? How is it diagnosed and treated?

MedlinePlus is run by the National Institutes of Health, and it is a go-to website for quality health information. They are providing a page with comprehensive information about measles, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Who is contracting measles, and how?

Interested in getting the facts about the current outbreak? The Centers for Disease Control offer information on outbreaks, including where cases have been reported and information about the origin of each outbreak in the United States.

How can I keep young children from being exposed to measles?

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers advice on keeping babies who are too young for the MMR vaccine from measles exposure.

Where can I find more current information about the measles outbreak?

The Health & Wellness Resource Center is a database offered for free through the Maine State Library. You can use it to find current newspaper and magazine articles about measles.

Where can I find more information about vaccines?

Explore this list of books and online resources to learn more about the past, present, and future of vaccines and vaccination.

Who can I contact for more information?

What should you do if you’re exposed to measles? How effective is the measles vaccine? How does the CDC respond to measles cases? Find answers to frequently asked questions on the CDC’s Measles FAQ page.

If you have personal health questions, it’s best to contact your healthcare provider. You can also contact your local health officer of the Maine CDC with any measles-related questions or concerns.

Are you doing research on measles, vaccines, or other health-related topics? If so, please contact Rebecca Starr, PPL’s Health Librarian with your questions. I’m happy to help you to get informed!

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