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Now & Then: art exhibit 150 years in the making

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Exhibits & Displays | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Visit the new art exhibit in our Lewis Gallery, something special for the Library’s 150th anniversary! We are very proud of this show, Now & Then: PPL’s Collection Reconfigured, a side-by-side exhibit of items from the Library’s own art collection and archives next to new pieces created by 11 local artists in response. These artists toured over 150 prints, paintings, sculptures, and historic documents to select their partner piece.

Our theme for this illustrious 150th year is the significance of our past, and our ongoing impact into the shared strength and riches of our community now and into the future. This show includes art that tells how the Portland Public Library was founded just 6 months after the terrible fire that destroyed Portland in 1866, and the Public Library emerged as one of the “greatest wants” in the community, decades before other great cities including New York and Philadelphia had theirs.

Now and Then

Now and Then Art Exhibit

From 19th-century portraits of Portland’s preeminent philanthropists to Victorian Era fashion books, from age worn maps to grand oil paintings of seascapes, the artists of Now & Then have taken a variety of pieces, applied their creative lens, and generated new works that reimagine their historic, artistic, and cultural impact. To make any librarian proud, many of the artists also researched the history and cultural significance of the original pieces to further inspire their work.

Now & Then includes artists Kenny Cole, Ellen Gutekunst, Séan Alonzo Harris, Larry Hayden, Alison Hildreth, Devon Kelley-Yurdin, Mike Marks, Mitchell Rasor, and Julie Poitras Santos. The exhibit posters were designed and printed by Pickwick Press artists Pilar Nadal and Rachel Kobasa.

We are thrilled to display these Library gems which continue to inspire imagination and new stories, as told through the talents of these wonderful artists. Special thanks to our sponsors People’s United Bank for making this exhibit possible. The Now & Then exhibit is on view until July 22, 2017.

Keep an eye out for our other anniversary activities including My Card, My Story for you to tell us your library story right now! #PPL150 #PPLcelebrates


13 Reasons Why Resource Library

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Teens | Health

On May 31st we held an open forum for teens, parents, caregivers and educators on the topic of suicide and 13 Reasons Why. Experts from NAMI Maine, SARSSM, YAAPP, and others were on hand to discuss the Netflix series and the YA novel it is based on. The story revolves around a 17 year old girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. She leaves behind audio recordings to 13 people she perceives as playing a role in her suicide.

Due to the realistic and graphic depictions presented, we wanted to create a resource library for parents, teens, caregivers, and educators to refer to. We will update this list as needed.

Local help and resources:

NAMI Maine (National Alliance on Mental Health)

Sexual Assault Response Service of Southern Maine (SARSSM)

Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program (YAAPP)

Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Portland Defending Childhood

Portland Public Library print resources

Portland Public Library teen resources

National help and resources:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (Crisis Text Line), 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741

Center for Disease Control Suicide Datasheet

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NASP Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators

SAMHSA Prevention Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

Suicide Prevention Resource Center, After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Futures Without Violence

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Foundation for the Advancement of Alcohol Responsibility

The National Center for Victims of Crime

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The Trevor Project (A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.)

Resources specific to 13 Reasons Why:

National Association of School Psychologists: “’13 Reasons Why’ Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators

Child Mind Institute: “Why Talk to Kids About ’13 Reasons Why.'”

The Jed Foundation and SAVE: “13 Reasons Why: Talking Points for Viewing & Discussing the Netflix Series

NAMI: “13 Reasons Why” Hurts Vulnerable Teens

American Psychiatric Association: 13 Mental Health Questions about 13 Reasons Why

Teen Librarian Toolbox: “Thinking About 13 Reasons Why–Teens, Mental Health, and Media”


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