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.
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.
The general election for 2016 will be on Tuesday, November 8th.
How do you register to vote? You fill out a voter registration card. You can register until/on Election Day. You must register in person and must show ID and proof of where you live.
Where do you register to vote? You can register to vote at your town office or city hall, or through any Motor Vehicle branch office. Completed voter registration cards may be mailed or hand delivered to your town office or city hall, or to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta.
Search for news articles via MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library. (with your PPL card) Use this resource for access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, many other national newspapers in addition to many political and current events magazines such as Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and many more. Check to see if they carry your favorite newspaper or magazine by clicking here. Updated daily.
Search for local news articles about the candidates and issues via theMaine Newsstand (with your PPL card) -an index to and full text coverage of five Maine newspapers: the Bangor Daily News (12/3/92-present), the Kennebec Journal (Augusta) (6/11/93-present), the Portland Press Herald (10/30/95-present), Lewiston Sun Journal (2006-present) and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel (Waterville) (8/12/93-present). Updated daily. Available through MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library.
Research Voting History - If a candidate is currently in office or previously held office, you can view the person’s voting history. In order to do this, you need to know information about a piece of legislation the candidate voted on, such as bill name or number. If the candidate served in Congress, you can find voting history by visiting Congress.gov and checking the Major Actions tab on a piece of legislation.
Use your PPL card to access library databases including Global Issues in Context (resources explaining the background and viewpoints necessary for understanding global issues, conflicts, and events) and Opposing Viewpoints (an online resource covering today’s hottest social issues).
Visit USA.gov- where you can explore topics, conduct a search or even ask questions via chat to a government representative. Learn about voter registration; researching candidates; tracking fundraising and spending; contributing to the election process; and more.
Note: Neither the librarian who wrote this blog nor the Portland Public Library is advocating for any political party in writing this article. All resources listed are given as information outlets only.
Voting smart is important. Have questions? Visit your local library!