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Thrive 2027

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Careers & Jobs | Government | Health

Portland Public Library staff joined scores of community partners this morning, led by United Way of Greater Portland, to celebrate the wonderful launch event for Thrive 2027, a statement of 10-year community goals for Greater Portland.

The vision for this effort, based on input from over 2,000 individuals and organizations, is to “see Greater Portland as an inclusive, caring, and collaborative community that focuses its resources strategically so that everyone grows and prospers through enhanced educational opportunities, financial stability, and healthy living.”

The three stated goals in Thrive 2027 express commitments to provide quality educational experiences for all children; and to bolster financial stability and optimal health through education, resources, and opportunities.

As your public library, we are deeply committed to provide our expertise and materials, community conversations, and special programming experiences so that everyone can discover new opportunities, learn and become informed to pursue these opportunities, and get support to navigate the systems…and THRIVE.

We’re in!


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

and

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.

 

 


Maine Public Library Tax Check Off

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Government

Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off

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Support Maine Public Libraries by donating via your Maine Income Tax form using Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes. Donating $5 (or more) is easy!

How do these funds help?

Proceeds from the 2013 tax check-off supported the purchase of additional Ebooks for the Maine InfoNet Download Library. Depending on our amount of funds raised, the check-off could also support:

  • Expanding interlibrary loan support
  • Creating new library programming
  • Supporting special consultant services from which all can benefit
  • And so much more!

How?

  • Go to your Maine Income Tax form – Form 1040ME
  • Locate Schedule CP which is used for voluntary charitable contributions to any of the organizations listed. [Schedule CP is also used to purchase a park pass for entry into Maine State Parks].
  • Look for Maine Public Library Fund in section A.
  • Choose to donate _$5 _$10 _$25 or more.
  • Maine taxpayers using the I-File system will also see the Maine Public Library Fund on the Schedule CP voluntary contributions page.
  • If you have any questions, see Maine Revenue Service (MRS) or consult your tax advisor.

Instructions for individuals who use TurboTax or H&R Block

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