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Movie of the Month: One Day in September

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

one day in septemberAt the beginning of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the Israeli athletes attended a memorial service at nearby Dachau to honor victims of the Holocaust.

Last week, in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janiero, a memorial service was held to honor the 11 members of the 1972 Israeli team who lost their lives in Munich.

Kevin Macdonald’s film One Day In September documents the 24 hours during which the so-called Olympics of Peace and Joy turned into a nightmare of terrorism that ended with the deaths of the Israelis as well as most of their captors.

In an attempt to ameliorate the embarrassment of the Berlin Olympics in 1936, which Hitler had hijacked to use as propaganda, the plan at the Munich Olympics was to present a kinder, gentler Germany, with no police or military presence in the Olympic Village. There were a handful of unarmed security guards, but not enough to prevent eight terrorists from forcing their way into the Israeli apartments and taking the athletes hostage in the early morning hours of September 5.

Using footage from live newscasts, as well as interviews with police, diplomats, the athletes’ friends and family, and the one surviving perpetrator, Macdonald recounts the horror of that day–the demands, the deadlines, the bungled rescue attempts, the whole world holding its breath. He also explores the role of the media and the Olympic Committee’s reluctance to suspend the games.

This film is not without flaws. In particular, a montage toward the end would have been more powerful without the soundtrack–at times Macdonald seems guilty of the same sensationalism with which he charges the news media–but overall this is a well-researched and thorough account of a world-changing event, one that reminds us that the purpose of the games is to foster good will and harmony among nations, and to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.

For a list of movies about sports, click here.


Circulating Wifi Hotspots!

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Art & Culture | Business | Careers & Jobs | Government | Health | Language Learning | Science & Technology

PPL is pleased to announce that with your Library card – you can now take the internet with you wherever you go with a wifi hotspot!

ZTE Falcon® Z-917 Hotspot

Wifi hotspots are about the size of a deck of cards and can link up to ten devices to the internet and are simple to use.

In order to place a hold visit the Library’s website.  

  •  The hotspot may be borrowed for a 1-week period. It may be renewed twice ONLY if no one is waiting for it.
  •  Checkout is limited to 1 per household.
  •  It is the policy of the Library to lend out wifi hotspots to all eligible Library patrons over the age of 18. Eligible patrons are defined as those possessing a library record in good standing (no fines or billed items, and up-to-date contact information).
  • The borrower is responsible for any loss or damage to this Wifi Hotspot.  Wifi are subject to replacement costs ($100) if the device is returned with damage that renders it inoperable or not returned 1 week beyond the loan period

Burbank Branch to reopen August 23!

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

We are thrilled to let our dedicated (and patient!) patrons know that PPL’s Burbank Branch will reopen on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Our Burbank Branch, which has been closed since last fall, has undergone a renovation to address ergonomic and accessibility issues and to make this small but high-use space more open and flexible. The project received a $300,000 CIP allocation from the City of Portland, and the Burbank community supported the project with gifts totaling nearly $100,000. This public/private funding partnership is always the key to the Library’s success, as the City supports our infrastructure needs while all the enhancements that make your library experience so special are made possible through private gifts. We could not have done this without the generous support of the neighbors and patrons who stepped up to support this renovation financially – thank you!

While we will officially open our doors on Aug. 23, we want to particularly invite everyone to our Burbank Branch Open House on Friday, Sept. 9 from 3-6pm. We hope you’ll join us that afternoon for some refreshments, a chance to reconnect with staff and other patrons, and plenty of fun in the new space! Keep an eye out for continuing event details on PPL’s Facebook page.

We want to particularly thank the PPL staff for their work behind the scenes: our Burbank team, who served as familiar faces for our patrons who visited the Main Library or Riverton; our team at the Main Library who not only helped welcome Burbank patrons but also helped ensure collection items got where they needed to go during the branch closure; and our maintenance crew, who did yeoman’s work on physically moving the collection as well as doing so many critical pieces to ensure the space was ready.

We want to give special recognition our fantastic team at our Riverton Branch, who – together with the Burbank staff – covered a schedule that nearly doubled the usual open hours at Riverton to accommodate a significant increase in patron demand. Now that Burbank is set to reopen, we will rebalance our Riverton hours.

The Burbank Branch holds a special place in the heart of the Deering Center neighborhood. We cannot wait to welcome you all back!

Getting ready for the Burbank Branch reopening! (Photo courtesy of Scott Simons Architects)

Getting ready for the Burbank Branch reopening! (Photo courtesy of Scott Simons Architects)

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