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Community Conversations: “Being Mortal”

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Programs & Events | Adults | Seniors | Health | News

being mortalOver the past several months, PPL has held a range of discussion groups on the best-selling and oft-borrowed Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande. Made possible by a generous grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation, our program engaged nearly 500 individuals – from independent seniors and family members, to assisted living residents and staff, to medical professionals

Our goals for the program were to help participants have wider understanding of the end-of-life experience for most Americans in this era, to have a way to develop and articulate their own perspective on the question of quality of life vs. quantity of time remaining, and to feel empowered to have thoughtful, necessary discussions on end-of-life issues with their families and caregivers.

We have received tremendous feedback from host facilities and from participants alike. PPL takes very seriously our vision of helping citizens be more literate, informed, and engaged, and we are gratified by participants’ appreciation for the our help in framing these critical conversations.

Maggie Richards Editor at Henry Holt, has provided us with the outline and discussion guide that Dr. Gawande uses himself when he speaks with groups about the book. This guide will be included in the upcoming October release of the paperback but is not in any of the current editions; we are delighted that Dr. Gawande’s publisher has entrusted it to us. You can download the guide here.

Additional discussion group guidelines – developed by our facilitators and with various audiences in mind – will be made available on our website shortly. We hope other libraries, individual book groups, and organizations that wish to initiate these critical conversations will find them useful.

If your book group would like to explore this topic, please be in touch with us by email at gilliss@portlib.org or at 207-871-1700 ext. 717 for details on how to borrow multiple copies of Being Mortal and use our supplied discussion guides to begin conversations.


Videoport gift doubles PPL’s DVD collection

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

Long-time Portland movie resource Videoport has announced that the store will cease operation in late August after 28 years serving the community. As part of the closing process, Videoport owner Bill Duggan has worked with Portland Public Library to donate the store’s collection of more than 18,000 DVD titles. The gift effectively doubles the Library’s existing DVD collection, adding tremendous depth to the resources available to patrons. “We are pleased PPL is going to to take on the Videoport collection and keep it available to all,” said Duggan

“Videoport has had a unique and important impact in the Portland community with its high-quality, wonderfully diverse collection, and we are sorry to see it close its doors,” says PPL Executive Director Sarah Campbell. “We are so grateful that Videoport has chosen to make this gift to the Library, and plans are underway to incorporate their collection into the PPL holdings as quickly as possible. We know our patrons will benefit tremendously from this gift.”

In addition to its DVD collection, PPL offers video streaming service via Hoopla and also hosts regular film screenings and film festivals. “Our patrons and visitors value film as a way to experience great stories, and to engage with ideas and with their community,” Campbell said. “We hope that as dedicated Videoport customers access these holdings at PPL, they will also enjoy our film-related programs and will share in these events.”


A Day to Remember at the Library

posted: , by Raminta Moore
tags: Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Health | News | Portland History | Science & Technology

NamesHeartsmallPortland Public Library is a proud participant of Pride Week, and we are thrilled to be presenting an entire day of events dedicated to those affected by HIV/AIDS. On June 17 at the Main Library, PPL will host twelve panels of the AIDS Quilt presented by the NAMES Project of Northern New England. Conceived in 1985, by Cleve Jones, the Quilt was meant to commemorate those who had lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. Sadly, for many, the Quilt was the only opportunity for survivors to remember their loved ones.

For more on the Quilt, be sure to check out the book, The Quilt: Stories from the Names Project by Cindy Ruskin. The panels will be on display in the library for one day only, so be sure to stop by the Atrium and take a look.

Our afternoon author talk for that day is Deborah Freedman, author of Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt: Stories from Maine. Debb has traveled throughout our state for ten years sharing the Quilt and sharing the stories of the Quilt. Deborah Freedman will be speaking at noon in the Rines Auditorium. We are so happy to have her and her stories!

Throughout the day, staff from Apothecary by Design will be in the Library and available to discuss how they support current medical management of HIV/AIDS.

In the evening, PPL will host The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS. This panel discussion will focus on various aspects of the history of HIV/AIDS in Maine, as well as what is going on now for those living with the disease. Panelists include:

  • Crystal Gamet, who will speak about the Quilt
  • Ralph Cusack, who will speak about activism around HIV/AIDS
  • Charlie Grindle, who will give the prospective of a first responder
  • Dr. Lani Graham, who will discuss the public health aspects
  • Myles Rightmire, who will discuss the medical and health response
  • Kelly Arbor, who will give a personal perspective

This will definitely be an informative panel, which will be followed by a discussion between the audience and the panelists. PPL is truly excited to be hosting the second annual Pride week history event! For information on other Pride events happening throughout the month of June, check here.

Our June 17 events were made possible by the following great sponsors:

The Maine Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundatio

Coffee by Design

Apothecary by Design

Pride Portland!

The Frannie Peabody Center

SAGE Maine

The Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM – See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/the-heart-of-the-story-maines-response-to-hivaids/#sthash.Q4Az1LlW.dpuf

The Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM

The NAMES Project of Northern New England

M.E.S.H. (Maine Educationalists on Sexual Harmony)

 

Maine Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation – See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/the-heart-of-the-story-maines-response-to-hivaids/#sthash.Q4Az1LlW.dpuf

 

The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, June 17 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

- See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/the-heart-of-the-story-maines-response-to-hivaids/#sthash.Q4Az1LlW.dpuf

The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, June 17 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

- See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/the-heart-of-the-story-maines-response-to-hivaids/#sthash.Q4Az1LlW.dpuf

The Heart of the Story: Maine’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, June 17 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

- See more at: http://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/the-heart-of-the-story-maines-response-to-hivaids/#sthash.Q4Az1LlW.dpuf

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