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Law Day @ PPL

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Business | Careers & Jobs | Government

An entrepreneur, a Vietnam vet, an immigrant and individual seeking legislative justice all walk into the Library…

No, this is not the setup for a joke.  Yesterday at Portland Public Library  we celebrated Law Week. These folks (and many more!) came to the Library seeking legal advice.  If individuals  lack access to legal assistance, it profoundly affects their lives, the lives of their children, and the stability of their communities. Yesterday, we saw a variety of library patrons with a variety of issues come to the Library to ask questions of the generous local attorneys who donated their time. Those who attended were able to meet with a lawyer based in their community and receive feedback pertaining to their legal issues, information about free resources, low-cost legal assistance and legal referrals.

The following skilled lawyers were on hand to help library patrons navigate legal issues.

Stanley Tupper from Frederick, Quinlan & Tupper

Tamlyn Frederick from Frederick, Quinlan & Tupper

David Packard also of Frederick, Quinlan & Tupper

Adam Nyhan from Opticliff Law

Andrew Edwards of Northland Legal Solutions

Leslie Silverstein, Attorney at Law

Stephen Schwartz of Schwartz & Schwartz


Carrie Yardley, Yardley Esquire PLL

Thank you to all of you. Portland is lucky to have you!

For those who were not able to make it yesterday, stay tuned – we hope to have future events here at the Library! Also, if you have questions, always know you can contact a Librarian – while we can’t give legal advice, we can certainly help you with some research and connect you with local resources.



ReferenceUSA Online Training

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Business | Careers & Jobs

ReferenceUSA Online Training and
Webinar Schedule

With your PPL card you can access ReferenceUSA, an amazing resource for business and consumer information, from anywhere!  The fine folks at ReferenceUSA are offering free training and webinars to librarians and their patrons. Anyone who is interested in learning more can register for the sessions below.

ReferenceUSA Search Essentials
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. (1 hour)
and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Job Seeking: Career Search Strategies
Using ReferenceUSA

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.  (1 Hour)

Start, Manage, and Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. (1 hour)
and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. (1 hour)

ReferenceUSA Consumer and Lifestyle Data
Alternating Fridays at 3:00 p.m.(1 hour)

ReferenceUSA Big Data and Mapping
Alternating Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
(1 hour)

A Librarian’s Introduction to ReferenceUSA
Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 12 p.m.  (1 hour)

Need further assistance? Our reference staff is happy to help.

Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition Scholarships

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Business | Careers & Jobs

Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition Scholarships

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 this inspiring weekend.

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!


Drop us a quick email if you to apply for a scholarship, please include:

  • Full name
  • Why you want to attend (limit 100 words)

Send this information to attn: Sonya Durney by May 25th!


We look forward to seeing you on June 12th!

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