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PPL at 150: Celebrate with us!

posted: , by Kathleen Spahn
tags: About the Library | PPL150 | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News | Portland History
Beth Bordowitz

PPL Board President
Beth Bordowitz

Throughout 2017, some of our partners will share their perspective on PPL in honor of our  150th anniversary celebration.

Today’s guest author is Beth Bordowitz, who serves as the President of the Library’s Board of Trustees. Beth is currently reading What It Takes, The Trespasser, and any Portugal travel book she can get her hands on.


“What an atmosphere of philosophy, knowledge and fancy, – with all of their kindred relations – will pervade this edifying place.”

Portland Public Library (PPL), founded 150 years ago, was opened to the public with great fanfare with those prophetic words from Mayor Chapman. Originally housed in City Hall, the Library has made its home in many places throughout the Portland community, including the iconic Baxter Building just blocks from the current Main Library.

PPL now comprises four branches, a Bookmobile, and an Annex for more collection holdings. We offer ebooks, movies, and music, and we host programs, discussions, and events. While we have evolved, one thing remains constant: We continue to serve as the “vast repository of learning for the continual reference and use of all enquirers” foreseen by Mayor Chapman at our opening.

And the Library is so much more than a repository. We are a dynamic, accessible resource for all in the community. We are a place to use a computer, learn a skill, receive help filing your taxes, join with other members of the Portland community to engage in civic discourse, visit a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio.

As we embark on our 150th year, we will be doing what we do best: sharing stories. When you visit your favorite branch, we may ask if you would like to share a story of what the Library means to you. The story of the Library is the story of our community, and I invite you to add your voice to those of your neighbors, of your fellow patrons, and of our many partners in the community.

As the President of the Board of Trustees in this historic 150th year, I invite everyone in the community to visit the Library, to borrow a book or a movie – at your favorite branch or electronically from wherever you might be – to take in the changing art exhibits in the Lewis Gallery or a performance in one of our spaces, to lend your perspective to a discussion or a public meeting. Join us in celebrating all PPL has to offer. Learn why we are saying: 150 years of education, entertainment and discovery for all. PPL: It’s a long story.


PPL’s store gets a reboot

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | News

“Where did all the books go?”

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Have you seen this sight on the first floor of our Main Library recently? Don’t panic – it’s the future home of our City of Readers Store!

Your purchases at the store support critical PPL programs like Summer Reading. We’re looking forward to making it easier for you to shop for high-quality used books and PPL swag – all while supporting the Library.

The current store is closed until Friday, Nov. 25 while we make the move. More info on the way, but we can’t wait to see you at the reopening!

Interested in becoming a store volunteer? Find out what’s involved, and fill out an application!

 

 

 


PPL Welcomes All

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

As PPL prepares to celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2017, we are grateful for each opportunity we have to serve as a resource for the entire community, now and into the future. All are welcome at the Library.

library for allWant to get involved in important community conversations? Learn about our Choose Civility programming.

Interested in exploring work from writers around the globe? Our staff has curated a great list of titles to try!

We also have resources to help kids and families talk about the immigrant experience and to support LGBTQ teens.

Teens can also stop in at the Main Library to visit the “I’m Capable of Anything: Stories from Deering High” exhibit, featuring stories written by twelve Deering High School students from Iraq, Angola, Vietnam, Somalia, Albania, Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We love being your library. We love being your neighbor.

 

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