UPDATE JUNE 19: PPL To Go is up and running! Place a hold. Wait for your pickup notice. Then make an appointment to pick it up. We look forward to seeing you! Our COVID-19 information page continues to have links to current health information in multiple languages. Reference will be answering questions Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, 871-1700 x725. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maine Economic Development Strategy is a dynamic and nonpartisan roadmap designed to foster collaboration among the public, private, nonprofit and education sectors for
the purpose of creating a diverse and sustainable economy.
RIP Danny Aiello. The beloved character actor has died at the age of 86. Best known for the roles of Sal in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, and Johnny Cammareri in Moonstruck, he also played Tony Rosato in The Godfather Part II (“Michael Coreleone says hello.”)
For some of his best performances, check out these films.
I am very pleased to announce the arrival of the freeNew Mainer’s Guide to Greater Portland, co-published by the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center (IWC) and Portland Public Library. The guidebook, now available at all PPL branches and numerous locations around the area, is a tool to help New Mainers navigate the different resources available at each phase of their integration here in Southern Maine. It is also available online at www.welcomeimmigrant.org/resources.
The Guide is divided into three major sections addressing stages of integration: Basic Needs When You Arrive, Settling Into The Community, and Economic, Social and Civic Integration. It is filled with descriptions and contact information of providers for food and shelter, legal support, health care, community organizations, education, career advancement opportunities, and more. As my partner and colleague Alain Nahimana of IWC says, “The book shares valuable information in a reliable way, compiling information about 200 support organizations in one resource that can be taken home and referred to at any time during one’s first years in Maine.” This guide is also for service providers, residents, businesses, and local governments to use to refer New Mainers to essential resources and support services.
I am so grateful for the leadership and partnership of Alain Nahimana, Damas Rugaba, and Celeste Carpenter at the IWC, the many partners and agencies providing services and supports, and PPL’s Business & Government Librarian Williams Bandoma for coordinating the Library’s role in the effort. And huge thanks to the Guide’s sponsors: Maine Technology Institute, AAA-NNE, Coastal Enterprises, Greater Portland METRO, cPort FCU, ME Initiative, Prosperity ME, Coffee by Design, Clark Insurance, Antoine’s Tailoring Shop, MEMIC, UNUM, and Mano en Mano.