Happy Thanksgiving! All Library locations will be closed on Thurs, November 26 for Thanksgiving. We will re-open for regular hours on Fri, November 27. Looking for something to read, watch, or listen to? Explore our download and streaming resources and share with friends.
We believe that Startup Weekend has the magical ability to change your life and we want to make that happen for members of Portland’s dynamic immigrant and refugee community. Both immigrants and entrepreneurs travel along similar paths—paths leading to a better life through determination and hard work.
Please consider joining us for thisinspiringweekend.
Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition is an intensive weekend experience held June 12th-14th, 2015 at the Maine College of Art in Portland for 75 women participants, plus judges, coaches, and organizers. Participants will gather on Friday night to network and pitch business ideas, form teams around the best ideas, then race all weekend to develop the ideas into functioning businesses!
Happy spring! As we welcome the warmer weather, the Public Computing staff would like to update you on upcoming courses for the season. Check out these classes in April, May, and beyond:
Basic Computing 1 alternating Wednesdays (next is 4/15), 5-6pm
Our introductory class is designed to be a supportive learning enviornment for patrons who are totally new to computers. This course covers the fundamental skills necessary to get a handle in the computing world, including identifying the basic parts of the computer and their most common functions.
Basic Computing 2 alternating Wednesdays (next is 4/22), 5-6pm
Are you beginning to familiarize yourself with computers, and ready to take your knowledge a little further? In this class, patrons will apply the skills learned in level one to creating word documents and navigating the Internet. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 1 or equivalent experience
Intro to Gmail Wednesdays 4/15 & 5/9, 3-4pm
Gmail is Google’s highly customizable and easily navigable email service. This class focuses on email basics and is intended for patrons who have not yet registered for an email address. Participants will be guided through creating accounts, and then we’ll cover the ins and outs of sending, reading, and attaching files to email messages. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 2 or equivalent experience
Finding a new job is stressful enough, but as more and more employers are advertising job openings online, learning to use the Internet for your search can be overwhelming. The main goal of this course is to acquaint patrons with popular job search engines and introduce the tools necessary for a productive job hunt. We’ll also take a quick look at Optimal Resume, a résumé-building service available to PPL cardholders. Prerequisite: Basic Computing 2 or equivalent experience
One-on-One Tutoring Fridays 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30
Whether you’re struggling to master social media, have a question about downloading ebooks, or want help practicing some basic computer skills, our half-hour tutoring sessions might be the place to turn! If you have your own computer or tablet, feel free to bring it in; otherwise, we can work together on one of the library’s laptops.
All current computer classes at PPL are:
free and open the community
taught on laptops running Windows 7
stand-alone, one-time classes, though prerequisites may apply to some
limited to six people and require registration to guarantee a spot
To sign up for any of these classes or a tutoring session, call 871-1700 ext. 708 or stop by the Public Computing desk. We plan to expand our offerings in the near future, and are always glad to hear from you if there is something you’d like to see added to the list.
In anticipation of the Library’s maker fair happening later this month, our staff have been hard at work getting together an arsenal of tools to unveil. While a few of them will stay complete surprises, we can’t contain our excitement over our newest tool. It is currently living in the IT department, getting polished and prepped so it can be wheeled out into the community on April 25th.
Here are a few clues about this new piece of our technology collection. Read the clues below to try and figure out what we’ll be introducing,
The ink for this machine is known as filament
The creation of a raft is a necessary step before your project really begins with this tool
The first commercially available model of this tool was called Cupcake
File format .STL is the most compatible format with this tool
Different tools vary slightly on the process for utilization, PPL’s new tool uses fused deposition modeling
If you think you correctly guessed the new tool using these facts, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to verify, and then come to the maker fair on 4/25 to claim your prize!