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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.

 

 


The Second Annual PPL Choice Awards

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

Monday night is Oscar night, and we at the Portland Public Library would like to use this event as an excuse to recommend some of our favorite films. Let’s skip the monologue, which isn’t that funny anyway, and get right to it.

 

Presenter: Kerry

Category: BEST KARAOKE SCENE

Winner: Double Happiness

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST ADAPTATION OF A JANE AUSTEN NOVELLA

Winner: Whit Stillman, Love and Friendship

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DINOSAUR ON DINOSAUR VIOLENCE

Winner: Jurassic World

 

 

Presenter: Carrie

Category: BEST MOVIE STARRING THE MOON

Winner: Moon Man

“Moon Man is out of this world! The man in the moon is so beloved we had to get a copy for Children’s and Adult.”

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST JOB EXPLAINING WHY MATH IS IMPORTANT

Winner: Hidden Figures

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: MOST PREPOSTEROUS ESCAPE PLAN WHICH WOULDN’T WORK EVEN IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, WHICH, HELLO, IT ISN’T

Winner: The Green Inferno

“And by the way, what do you think happens when cannibals get the munchies?”

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: MOST SIZZLING HOMOEROTIC SUBTEXT

Winner: Captain America: Civil War

 

 

 

Presenter: Elizabeth

Category: BEST SCREENWRITING ON LOVE, LOSS, AND CANNED PINEAPPLE EXPIRATION DATES

Winner: Chungking Express

“This classic film from favorite director Wong Kar-Wai is not only a thoughtfully, beautifully-lit meditation on canned pineapple and grief. Two love stories told in two parts. Although the canned pineapple is moodily addressed by a lovesick young cop in the first half of the film, my favorite is the second half, with a knockout performance from a delightful Faye Wong, a Cantonese cover version of the Cranberries’ “Dreams,” over-the-top repetitions of “California Dreamin’,” a boarding pass inked on a napkin, true love, and…just pure joy.”

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST COMING OF AGE STORY

Winner: The Fits

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEPICTION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL COMPANIONSHIP

Winner: Keanu

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: GERMAN FILM THAT MOST REMINDS US OF A COEN BROTHERS MOVIE

Winner: We Monsters

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEPLOYMENT OF A SULLEN AND JADED TEENAGE CHARACTER THAT RECOGNIZES ITS OWN INCORPORATION OF SAID CHARACTER

Winner: Deadpool

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST SUPPORTING CHARACTER WHOSE STORYLINE MAKES THE WHOLE MOVIE WORTHWHILE

Winner: Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORTIVE SELF-CARE AMONG CHARACTERS

Winner: Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST PORTRAYAL OF AN ARTISTE

Winner: Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe in Genius

 

 

That’s all for this year. Stop by the Library and tell us about your favorite movies, and watch this space for more recommendations throughout the year.

Thanks to all our presenters. See you at the after party.

 

 


A new eBook platform is coming!

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

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Maine InfoNet Download Library will move to a brand new eBook and eAudiobook platform called cloudLibrary. This will replace the Overdrive platform.

We’re positive PPL patrons will enjoy the cloudLibrary platform. Its easy-to-use interface makes it simple to download titles, save reads for later, and even sync activity across multiple devices.

This transition will offer Maine readers a bigger selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, including most of the digital titles already in our collection. As an additional benefit, the checkout period has been extended from 2 weeks to 3 weeks!

There is no cost to library users. All you need to get started is an active library card.

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.

Amazon has declined to make the cloudLibrary app available through its proprietary app store. Please check these detailed instructions for using the Kindle Fire and the Kindle HD.

Getting started

The Maine State Library’s FAQ is very helpful resource, but here are answers to questions you may have:

  • Our current system, managed by Overdrive, will be turned off on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. CloudLibrary will be launched the very next day, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
  • With this transition to cloudLibrary, the Download Library will continue to offer readers nearly all the current collection of over 10,000 digital titles, plus new titles and additional copies of popular titles.
  • Significant cost savings due to the change in platforms will allow us to purchase more content, reducing the wait times for popular titles.
  • 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.
  • Users of Kindle devices should be advised that the Kindle Fire (2nd generation or newer) works with the cloudLibrary, but e-ink Kindles do not.

The cloudLibrary support site has a downloadable cloudLibrary User Guide, provides how-to videos, and is a useful spot for other help topics. Of course, PPL’s staff is ready to help with any questions once we make the change. We are excited about the new platform and the expanded options it will provide for our patrons.

 

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