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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.


Martin Luther King Day

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

mug shot mlkAccording to his autobiography, Martin Luther King was a student at Morehouse College when he first read Henry David Thoreau’s “On Civil Disobedience.”

“I became convinced,” wrote King, “that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”

We remember Dr. King for his legacy of peace and nonviolence; let us also honor his courage, and his passion for racial equality and economic justice.

For a list of films about Martin Luther King, click here.

Also, join us on Thursday nights in January for our Civil Rights Film Series.


Riverton Knits!

posted: , by Sarah Skawinski
tags: Knitting | Knitting Group | Library Collections | Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Riverton | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture

knittersThe Riverton Knitting Group has been meeting since 2012 to create, collaborate and converse. The group ranges from experienced, long-time knitters to first-time fiber enthusiasts. In addition to working on their own projects, members of the group knit hats, mittens and scarves to donate to local charities every December.

The group is always open to like-minded “yarnies” who are looking to share their love for the craft. You can find more information on the Riverton Knitting Group page.

knitting-photoPPL’s dedicated staff knitters are in tune with the local fiber scene and are always looking for new inspiration. One of their favorite sources is the PPL collection!

Our staff put together the booklist “Wool and Wonder: Fabulous Fiber Arts” to share their top picks with you.

Keep knitting, Portland!

 

 

 

 

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