All Library locations will be closed on Sat, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. We will re-open for regular hours on Mon, July 6. Looking for something to read, watch, or listen to? Explore our download and streaming resources and share with friends.
The Portland Public Library is thrilled to announce Makers @ PPL—the first Maker Fair event to take place in Portland, Maine. It will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 11 am to 4 pm. In true maker spirit, we’re opening up the event to public contribution, asking: what skill have YOU got that you can teach to others? We know Portland is brimming with creative energy, technical expertise, and unique crafters, and it is time to come together to share these skills, pick up some new ideas, and walk away with a tool belt full of new ways to engage with the community.
If you have a passion for creation, and can boil it down into a workshop style presentation (hands on encouraged!) we’d love for you to fill out this form to be a part of the event.
The event is themed like a conference, so participants can take part in a specific track (Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Local History, and Food & Drink). There will be an exhibit hall in the auditorium for people to display and present creative endeavors that are not suited to workshop style presentation. Special programs for children and teens will happen too.
Get you application to present in by January 15, and be a part of the Presentation Team putting on this exciting event. Fill out the form here to submit an application. You’ll be notified by February 1 if you’ve been selected. The Library will be unveiling some cool new tools that we’re adding to our collection…so stay tuned!
Join the Choose Civility Initiative tomorrow, November 25th at 7:30 am for a Thanksgiving week public conversation on the topic of “participating.”
(Coffee, Treats & Networking / 8:00am program start)
Thanksgiving asks us to amplify a spirit of generosity and inclusion that we hope to find in ourselves and our communities throughout the year. Despite high levels of perceived incivility in our culture, we also live in a time where “giving” happens frequently, in formal and informal ways. The connection between thankfulness, service and a stronger community is robust — that is, we know that when everyday people give their time and energy to strengthen their communities it serves everyone… but we also know that civic engagement is sometimes easier said than done.
Tomorrow (November 25th) we will share strategies for increasing pathways to civic engagement, share stories of how and why volunteering matters, and tackle some of the obstacles that make volunteering hard. We will also feature a dozen area nonprofits to share a sample of volunteer opportunities available now!Among the organizations participating, we will learn from the United Way of Greater Portland, Maine Animal Refuge League, Learning Works, the Maine Tool Library, League of Women Voters, Lift 360 and more!
Also happening this week: MPBN will offer a special “Maine Calling” on the topic of Thankfulness on Wednesday. MPBN and the Maine Community Foundation are sharing “Voices of Giving” throughout this month, documenting all sorts of reasons that people choose to give their time, money, and other care. Bangor Daily News is sharing stories of people for whom the rest of us “should be thankful.” We offer books on thankfulness, including this wonderful list of poems.
Portland Public Library’s Choose Civility Initiative invites you to engage in conversation about how we can make a difference in our local community. What kind of engagement interests you? What opportunities exist? Where is there need? Also, meet with local organizations that seek volunteers – someone like you!
7:30am : Coffee, treats & networking
8:00am : Opening program — exploring volunteerism’s benefits for individuals, organizations and communities (and the challenges, too!)
8:45 (ish) : Volunteer Resource Fair – Organizational introductions and small conversations. Meet representatives from local organizations and learn about opportunities for participating in Portland.
Confirmed organizations include (but are not limited to) : United Way of Greater Portland; YMCA of Greater Portland; Greater Portland Animal Refuge League; Maine Tool Library; Learning Works; 2Degrees Portland and more!
(*If you’d like to share information about a project or civic engagement effort or opportunity for volunteering, please contact Kim Simmons at Simmons@portland.lib.me.us)
The social justice organization Facing History and Ourselves offers online resources on “Choosing To Participate.” Featuring an online exhibit, in partnership with the Smithsonian Exhibition. Among the questions they ask, is a central query : “How can I make a positive difference in the world?”