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Montgomery’s View: Celebrating Differences

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors



One of PPL’s core values is inclusiveness. The Library is a welcoming and safe space for everyone.  The core values of the Association of Library Service to Children include collaboration, inclusiveness, integrity, respect and responsiveness.  The Youth Services areas of the library want to celebrate these core values and present bibliographies to welcome our neighbors and all of their differences.

It is our privilege to serve the needs of all of Portland. To that end the Youth Services Department has created some lists of books that might help in conversations around refugees and differences.  There are books for all ages – picture books, novels, nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels.  There are titles that clearly show the plight of refugees from around the world.  There are titles that are nuanced and included to make the reader see how others look at differences. For example, They All Saw A Cat a Caldecott Honor book that shows a cat walking through his world – and how he is seen by others.  And the Newbery Honor book, The Inquisitor’s Tale, which features a trio of characters ( a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim) and includes many a debate and much to think about.

The library has rich collections which causes the dilemma and challenge of “how does one streamline a bibliography”.  The lists that we have posted include titles that were published between 2014 and 2017.  We have many more wonderful titles on our shelves that we would love to share with our library users.  Please come in and ask us for more information – and we will be happy to assist you in finding what you need.


Celebrating Differences  –   http://bit.ly/2jIDKsa

Teen Refugees,Immigrants and Asylum Seekers  –  http://bit.ly/2kmPDWU






Sir John Hurt R.I.P.

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture

johnhurt“It’s an immensely competitive business, and I can tell you, the older you get, the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.”

Farewell to one of the greatest.

It’s an immensely competitive business, and I can tell you the older you get, the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/john_hurt.html”
It’s an immensely competitive business, and I can tell you the older you get, the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/john_hurt.html



For a list of John Hurt films, click here.


Happy Birthday to us!

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | PPL150 | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News | Portland History

We are excited to announce that throughout 2017, PPL will celebrate 150 years of education, entertainment, and discovery for all.

The year-long celebration of PPL’s “birthday” will include special events and programs at all locations. “The story of the Library is the story of our community,” notes Executive Director Sarah Campbell. “This is an exciting time to reflect not only on how the Library has been important in the history of Portland, but also on the library offerings and partnerships that bring the community together and build our civic life with one another.”150th - transparent2

Celebrations kick off on Wednesday, January 25 with birthday treats at all branch locations. In addition to special events planned throughout the year that include historical exhibits in the Lewis Gallery at the Main Library as well as pop-up exhibits across the system and a family-friendly BooktoberFest celebration this fall, we will have 150th commemorative stickers, bags, and more as giveaways or for purchase to mark this exciting anniversary.

Wednesday also sees the launch of “My Card, My Story,” a collection of crowdsourced stories about the unique library experiences of PPL patrons, staff, and community members. We invite you to contribute your personal stories about what your library card means to you. We will feature these perspectives on our social media channels and publications throughout the year. Patrons are asked to submit their story at any PPL branch location using one of our story cards or by completing this Google form.

Portland Public Library was incorporated on January 22, 1867, just six months after the devastating Portland fire of 1866 which left more than 1,500 buildings destroyed and 10,000 people homeless. Prior to this time, Portland’s libraries were private institutions where only paying members could view or borrow materials. The then-radical notion of a public library open to all was described by Mayor Charles Chapman as “so veritable a home of true democracy … an atmosphere of philosophy, knowledge, and fancy.” Freedom and inclusiveness remain core PPL values.

Today, Portland Public Library provides service and support to 675,000 visitors annually at four locations and a bookmobile and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine.


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