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Montgomery’s View: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog (a picture book)

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families

MADELINE FINN and the LIBRARY DOG

written and illustrated by Lisa Papp

Published by Peachtree

Madeline Finn does not like to read. She does not like to read anywhere at any time. It is hardest at school when asked to read aloud. It is too hard to figure out the words, make her mouth work and listen to the giggles of classmates. Madeline desperately wants to receive a star sticker from her teacher – but all she ever gets are hearts that say Keep Trying. She wishes upon a star that she will get her very own star. But everyday she struggles to read aloud. One day at the library she is introduced to a reading dog. Bonnie, a big white dog, does not giggle, does not squirm – she just listens.  Bonnie and Madeline read together every week. Madeline Finn learns that reading is fun and with Bonnie by her side she is not afraid to go slow or make mistakes.

Find a copy of this book at the library and find out if Madeline Finn earns her own star!

The Portland Public Library has Reading Dogs – Emmie and Flip. They are at the library on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00.  Registration is required. Come and read to one of them – perhaps Madeline Finn and the Library Dog would be the perfect choice.


cloudLibrary comes to PPL

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

cloudLibrary, a brand new eBook and eAudiobook platform, is almost here! Library patrons at PPL and around our state will be able to download a wider range of eBooks and eAudiobooks on the new system, and we are excited to support you through the transition.

 

What happens on Tuesday, Feb. 28?

Checkouts that exist in Overdrive on February 28 will not transfer to the new system. What exactly happens to an active checkout at the time of switchover will depend on a patron’s specific device and how it checks back (or doesn’t) to see if the item’s license is still valid in cloudLibrary.

Holds will not transfer to the new system. You should place a new hold in the cloudLibrary by downloading the app and logging in on March 1.

Patron requests to purchase a specific title will not transfer to the new system. You may want to place your new request in cloudLibrary on March 1.

 

What happens on Wednesday, March 1?

cloudLibrary will be up and running! You can download the cloudLibrary app and use your active PPL library card to get started right away. You will find a bigger selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, including most of the digital titles already in our collection. And, the checkout period has been extended from 2 weeks to 3 weeks!

The cloudLibrary app is compatible with the following devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Phones, Android Tablets, NOOK Tablets, NOOK eReaders, Kobo eReaders and Kindle Fires. (Only the Kindle Fire is compatible with cloudLibrary at this time due to a business decision on the part of Amazon.)

 

Want help getting started?

If you have an active PPL library card, you can get started easily with cloudLibrary. Our staff has prepared some quick-start guides for iPhone/iPad, for Android, and for KindleFire.

We will also host pop-up help sessions at our branch locations:

Main Library (in our New Fiction area on the main floor):

  • Thurs., March 2, 10am-1pm
  • Fri., March 3, 10am-1pm
  • Sat., March 4, 1-4pm
  • Mon., March 6, 10am-1pm
  • Tues., March 7, 10am-1pm
  • Wed., March 8, 4-7pm
  • Thurs., March 9, 10am-1pm
  • Fri., March 10, 10am-1pm
  • Sat., March 11, 1-4pm

 

Riverton:

  • Wed., March 1, 10am-1pm
  • Thurs., March 2, 3-6pm
  • Sat., March 4, 10am-1pm
  • Wed., March 8, 10am-1pm
  • Thurs., March 9, 3-6pm
  • Sat., March 11, 10am-1pm

 

Burbank:

  • Fri., March 3, 2-5pm
  • Tues., March 7, 2-5pm
  • Fri., March 10, 2-5pm

 

Peaks Island:

Tuesday, March 14

 

Have other questions?

Browse the thorough FAQ on the Maine InfoNet page.

Visit the cloudLibrary support site. You can download a User Guide, watch how-to videos, and search help topics.

 

 


The Second Annual PPL Choice Awards

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

Monday night is Oscar night, and we at the Portland Public Library would like to use this event as an excuse to recommend some of our favorite films. Let’s skip the monologue, which isn’t that funny anyway, and get right to it.

 

Presenter: Kerry

Category: BEST KARAOKE SCENE

Winner: Double Happiness

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST ADAPTATION OF A JANE AUSTEN NOVELLA

Winner: Whit Stillman, Love and Friendship

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DINOSAUR ON DINOSAUR VIOLENCE

Winner: Jurassic World

 

 

Presenter: Carrie

Category: BEST MOVIE STARRING THE MOON

Winner: Moon Man

“Moon Man is out of this world! The man in the moon is so beloved we had to get a copy for Children’s and Adult.”

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST JOB EXPLAINING WHY MATH IS IMPORTANT

Winner: Hidden Figures

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: MOST PREPOSTEROUS ESCAPE PLAN WHICH WOULDN’T WORK EVEN IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, WHICH, HELLO, IT ISN’T

Winner: The Green Inferno

“And by the way, what do you think happens when cannibals get the munchies?”

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: MOST SIZZLING HOMOEROTIC SUBTEXT

Winner: Captain America: Civil War

 

 

 

Presenter: Elizabeth

Category: BEST SCREENWRITING ON LOVE, LOSS, AND CANNED PINEAPPLE EXPIRATION DATES

Winner: Chungking Express

“This classic film from favorite director Wong Kar-Wai is not only a thoughtfully, beautifully-lit meditation on canned pineapple and grief. Two love stories told in two parts. Although the canned pineapple is moodily addressed by a lovesick young cop in the first half of the film, my favorite is the second half, with a knockout performance from a delightful Faye Wong, a Cantonese cover version of the Cranberries’ “Dreams,” over-the-top repetitions of “California Dreamin’,” a boarding pass inked on a napkin, true love, and…just pure joy.”

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST COMING OF AGE STORY

Winner: The Fits

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEPICTION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL COMPANIONSHIP

Winner: Keanu

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: GERMAN FILM THAT MOST REMINDS US OF A COEN BROTHERS MOVIE

Winner: We Monsters

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEPLOYMENT OF A SULLEN AND JADED TEENAGE CHARACTER THAT RECOGNIZES ITS OWN INCORPORATION OF SAID CHARACTER

Winner: Deadpool

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST SUPPORTING CHARACTER WHOSE STORYLINE MAKES THE WHOLE MOVIE WORTHWHILE

Winner: Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORTIVE SELF-CARE AMONG CHARACTERS

Winner: Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST PORTRAYAL OF AN ARTISTE

Winner: Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe in Genius

 

 

That’s all for this year. Stop by the Library and tell us about your favorite movies, and watch this space for more recommendations throughout the year.

Thanks to all our presenters. See you at the after party.

 

 

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