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State of Maine government shutdown – impact on library services.

posted: , by PPL
tags: Adults

As of midnight, July 1, 2017, we are now in a temporary shut-down of the State of Maine government. While PPL is not a government office or city department, we will have some peripheral impact from this event.

– PPL will be one of three libraries in Maine able to process Inter-Library Loan requests on behalf of the Maine State Library. We will work hard with our colleagues at Lewiston Public Library and at Bangor Public Library to serve ILL patrons throughout the state and beyond during the shut-down.

– If patrons request ILL materials from the Maine State Library’s collections, we will not be able to secure those materials for you during the shut-down.

– Online databases secured through Maine State Library WILL remain available to PPL users. However, some of the staff of the Maine InfoNet will not be able to work during the shut-down. This means support may be slower if there are issues using any of these digital resources.

PPL suggests that patrons or members of the public sign up for citizen alerts either via text or email to keep up-to-date as things happen: http://www.maine.gov/portal/CAS/

Here is the official memo from Maine.gov, outlining which government agencies and services will still be open and available: https://goo.gl/pmpnSi

Questions? We are here help, click here to contact a librarian.


Montgomery’s View: Singing through the Day

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Programs & Events | Adults | Kids & Families

Reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing are the five practices that stimulate the growth of a child’s brain and make the connections that will become the foundation for reading. The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be presenting Singing Through Your Day, a series of programs and workshops for parents and caregivers and their young children which will focus on the practice of singing. According to Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library:

  • Singing helps children hear the distinct sounds that make up words. Songs also teach new vocabulary and introduce new ideas and concepts.
  • Sing with your children any chance you have: at home, in the car, during a walk. You don’t need a perfect voice, just some enthusiasm.
  • Move to the music. Children develop motor skills as they clap, jump, twirl and spin to music.
  • Sing nursery rhymes or sing instead of reading a book. Find a book that is based on a song or make up a simple tune for one of your child’s favorite books.

The final program in this series will be held on June 28th at 10:30 am

Singer songwriter Emilia Dahlin will be our very special guest in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library series about the role singing plays in early literacy. During this program for our very youngest (birth-24 months) Emilia will demonstrate how parents and caregivers can sing through the day with their young children!

Born on a small farm south of Boston to a musical instrument collecting father and accordion playing mother, Emilia was destined for a life of music. She started piano, formally, at the age of five and trained classically for the next thirteen years. It was Christmas day, 1996, when Emilia decided she wanted to play the guitar. She went up to the attic, pulled out a warped and worn guitar, which once belonged to her great grandfather, and started to play. She never stopped. Throughout Emilia’s fifteen-year musical career she’s made Maine her home while performing in coffeehouses, performing arts centers, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Europe.  Known for strong storytelling sensibilities and memorable performances, Emilia has garnered many national awards, from Telluride Troubador, Winner of the Starbucks Music Makers Competition, Winner of Boston Music Conference Songwriting Competition, and the Great Waters Songwriting Contest.

Emilia is co-founder of The Transcendence Project which uses music as a medium for building community locally and globally.

Most recently, Emilia has stepped back from touring to focus on teaching locally with the Maine Academy of Modern Music where she offers songwriting in Portland Public Schools, co-directs the MAMMOTH Rock Chorus to elementary and home-schooled students and hosts and produces “The Kids Are Alright” family music series at the Portland Public Library.

The Criterion Collection: FAQs

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

Q: What’s special about the Criterion Collection?

A: “The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film.” (from their website)


Q: Do all the Library’s Criterion Collection films come from Videoport?

A: No, the Library has been purchasing these films for years, but the Videoport donation expanded our collection considerably.



Q: Is this a finite collection? Are these all the Criterion films that there are?

A: No, the Criterion Collection adds new films every month, and the Library is committed to making these high quality films available to you.


Click here for a list of recently added films.

Click here to see what’s coming soon from Criterion.

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