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Resources for Writers at PPL

posted: , by Hazel Koziol
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture | Careers & Jobs
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National Novel Writing Month, or the snappily abbreviated NaNoWriMo, is well under way all over the world. For seventeen years, November’s thirty days have been embraced by budding novelists eager for a challenge: write 50,000 words, or an average of 1,666 words every day of the month. More than 400,000 participants have created free profiles on the official NaNoWriMo website, a hub for literary wisdom and inspiration, networking, and digital badge incentives. Maybe you are already participating, or maybe you’ll mark next year’s calendar, but either way, check out what PPL is doing to encourage and empower independent authors in our community.

SELF-e is a discovery platform designed to expose self-published ebooks to more readers through the public library. Authors submit their ebooks through a simple online form and decide if they’d like their book to go to libraries in their state with books from other local indie authors and/or to Library Journal to be evaluated for possible inclusion in a curated, national product.

PPL hosts a monthly Writers’ Meet-Up on second Thursday evenings. This is an opportunity to get feedback on short excerpts of your work and to be inspired by fellow writers. Or, if you’re feeling a little stuck and have nothing to share just yet, maybe you’d like to join the monthly journaling group at PPL. This is a supportive environment for creative, reflective writing, with the options to follow prompts and to share work.

Finally, of course, we have books! You might find inspiration anywhere—from poetry to picture books to local history—but here is a list of titles that specifically address the art of writing. Happy NaNoWriMo and here’s to the year-round pursuit of the written word!


PPL’s store gets a reboot

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | News

“Where did all the books go?”

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Have you seen this sight on the first floor of our Main Library recently? Don’t panic – it’s the future home of our City of Readers Store!

Your purchases at the store support critical PPL programs like Summer Reading. We’re looking forward to making it easier for you to shop for high-quality used books and PPL swag – all while supporting the Library.

The current store is closed until Friday, Nov. 25 while we make the move. More info on the way, but we can’t wait to see you at the reopening!

Interested in becoming a store volunteer? Find out what’s involved, and fill out an application!

 

 

 


Maine Music

posted: , by Raminta Moore
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture

If you have been to the Main Library lately, you may have noticed a few changes in where items are located. One of the bigger changes has been the bringing down of the CD collection to the lower level. Along with moving things around, we have separated out MAINE MUSIC! We are celebrating the talented musicians who live and work in our great state!

Now if you search in our online catalog for “local music,” you will find a listing of our holdings. We are continuing to update our collection with new local artists, so keep checking back for new titles!

In the mean time, stop by the lower level and check out a few local artists like the great Samuel James, fan favorite Don Campbell, and Portland Supergroup Covered in Bees!

Look for the CDs with the little Maine flag sticker and discover something new, something local!

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