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Peaks renovation project: An update on our progress

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: Director's Updates | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

One of our best-loved locations is our Peaks Island Branch, and we are grateful to our partners in the Recreation Department for ways we collaborate in serving the community in both the library and community room spaces.

We want to share an updated timeline for the proposed renovation project so island residents and organizations can make their summer plans.

We now have approval from the State Fire Marshal’s office and have just received authorization from the City’s Planning Department. This means we can finalize the documents to put the project out to bid.

After discussions with City staff who know the bid climate, we have made the decision to proceed with the bid now, with an October 1st start date for construction. This positions us for the best bids and allows us to keep the Library and Community Center open for the summer months. In September, in order to begin pre-work on the site, we will move the Library to the Peaks Island Elementary School location and Recreation to St. Christopher’s Church.

We have received questions from the community about temporary restrooms during the construction. We want to assure everyone that there will be a set of temporary bathrooms during the closed period for islander use. We will have much more information on this as we get closer to the project.

We had hoped to have the approvals to get ahead of a summer start, but it appears that if we bid for an immediate start we are at risk of receiving fewer proposals and unfavorable bid pricing. The new timing will maximize our budget and also allow for easier construction logistics on the island outside of the heaviest tourist time.

Thank you for your constant support as we keep this exciting project moving forward. If you have questions about the Library’s plans, please do not hesitate to be in touch via email or by phone at 207-871-1700 ext. 755.

– Sarah Campbell, Executive Director, Portland Public Library

-Sally Deluca, Director of Facilities & Recreation, City of Portland

 


We Love cloudLibrary!

posted: , by Sarah Skawinski
tags: About the Library | Library Collections | Online Services | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors

cloudLibrary, a brand new eBook and eAudiobook platform, is finally here! Library patrons at PPL and around our state are now able to download a wider range of eBooks and eAudiobooks on this new system, and we are excited to support you through the transition.

It’s official…PPL patrons love cloudLibrary! The app is very user-friendly and the content is incredible. Longer borrowing times and absolutely no late fees make it a win-win.

“I found myself at the dealership with a two hour wait and nothing to do. So I decided to download the cloudLibrary app on my iPhone and within minutes I was listening to Lily King’s Euphoria. It was so convenient and it completely saved my afternoon!”
-Rebecca S., PPL patron

cloudLibrary iconHave you downloaded the cloudLibrary app yet? All the information you need to get started can be found on our cloudLibrary help page, including helpful tips and tricks for navigating once you have downloaded the app.

And don’t forget that we are offering free pop-up help desks at all of our branch locations for anyone who would like some one-on-one tech help. We’d love to see you!

Main Library (in our New Fiction area, main floor)
Thurs., March 9, 10am-1pm
Fri., March 10, 10am-1pm
Sat., March 11, 1-4pm

Riverton
Wed., March 8, 10am-1pm
Thurs., March 9, 3-6pm
Sat., March 11, 10am-1pm

Burbank
Tues., March 7, 2-5pm
Fri., March 10, 2-5pm

Peaks Island
Tuesday, March 14


cloudLibrary comes to PPL

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

cloudLibrary, a brand new eBook and eAudiobook platform, is almost here! Library patrons at PPL and around our state will be able to download a wider range of eBooks and eAudiobooks on the new system, and we are excited to support you through the transition.

 

What happens on Tuesday, Feb. 28?

Checkouts that exist in Overdrive on February 28 will not transfer to the new system. What exactly happens to an active checkout at the time of switchover will depend on a patron’s specific device and how it checks back (or doesn’t) to see if the item’s license is still valid in cloudLibrary.

Holds will not transfer to the new system. You should place a new hold in the cloudLibrary by downloading the app and logging in on March 1.

Patron requests to purchase a specific title will not transfer to the new system. You may want to place your new request in cloudLibrary on March 1.

 

What happens on Wednesday, March 1?

cloudLibrary will be up and running! You can download the cloudLibrary app and use your active PPL library card to get started right away. You will find a bigger selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, including most of the digital titles already in our collection. And, the checkout period has been extended from 2 weeks to 3 weeks!

The cloudLibrary app is compatible with the following devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Phones, Android Tablets, NOOK Tablets, NOOK eReaders, Kobo eReaders and Kindle Fires. (Only the Kindle Fire is compatible with cloudLibrary at this time due to a business decision on the part of Amazon.)

 

Want help getting started?

If you have an active PPL library card, you can get started easily with cloudLibrary. Our staff has prepared some quick-start guides for iPhone/iPad, for Android, and for KindleFire.

We will also host pop-up help sessions at our branch locations:

Main Library (in our New Fiction area on the main floor):

  • Thurs., March 2, 10am-1pm
  • Fri., March 3, 10am-1pm
  • Sat., March 4, 1-4pm
  • Mon., March 6, 10am-1pm
  • Tues., March 7, 10am-1pm
  • Wed., March 8, 4-7pm
  • Thurs., March 9, 10am-1pm
  • Fri., March 10, 10am-1pm
  • Sat., March 11, 1-4pm

 

Riverton:

  • Wed., March 1, 10am-1pm
  • Thurs., March 2, 3-6pm
  • Sat., March 4, 10am-1pm
  • Wed., March 8, 10am-1pm
  • Thurs., March 9, 3-6pm
  • Sat., March 11, 10am-1pm

 

Burbank:

  • Fri., March 3, 2-5pm
  • Tues., March 7, 2-5pm
  • Fri., March 10, 2-5pm

 

Peaks Island:

Tuesday, March 14

 

Have other questions?

Browse the thorough FAQ on the Maine InfoNet page.

Visit the cloudLibrary support site. You can download a User Guide, watch how-to videos, and search help topics.

 

 

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