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Meet Andrew Wallace: PPL Board Trustee

posted: , by Heather Wasklewicz
tags: Adults | News
“When I was old enough to ride my bike across the bridge from South Portland, Portland Public Library became a frequent destination. I loved the energy, the bustle, and the massive and varied collection of books and magazines (and a few comic books). As a busy adult, I am embarrassed to admit I visited less often, but I am grateful for the curiosity and excitement of my own children which renewed my interest in this place – the heart of our amazing city. Each time I visit any of the libraries I am impressed by the breadth of services, events, and resources PPL has to offer any and all comers. There is no better place to pursue your individual interests, to join in a shared exploration of myriad topics, or to just spend an hour observing the joy of curious children and adults alike.”

Andrew Wallace is a former teacher-librarian and current school administrator in South Portland. Andrew is a leader of the librarians’ network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and represents Maine on the National Center for Educational Statistics.

He is honored to be a trustee of the Portland Public Library, and he still loves comic books.

RIP John Singleton

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


John Singleton died on Monday, April 29th, at the age of 51, following a stroke. He was the first African American and the youngest director nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his debut film “Boyz n the Hood” in 1991. Singleton was 24 at the time. In 2002, “Boyz n the Hood” was added to the National Film Registry to be preserved by the Library of Congress.

He went on to write and direct several more critically acclaimed films, including “Rosewood,” “Poetic Justice,” and “Baby Boy.” He also directed some television episodes of “Empire” and “American Crime Story,” and he worked as a production assistant on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” Among the films he produced are “Hustle & Flow” and “Black Snake Moan.”

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Welcome Kim! Meet PPL’s New HR Director

posted: , by Heather Wasklewicz
tags: Adults
“I am excited to be joining an organization with such a great mission! In my first couple of weeks with PPL, I have seen the care, compassion and dedication employees possess for patrons, peers and, of course, books! I view my role as HR director as serving those who serve the public and I’m honored to be contributing in this capacity.”

Kim comes to us from the Maine Judicial Branch where she worked on all aspects of HR including hiring, staff training, benefits management, building communication, and strengthening union relations. Prior to that, she worked for five years with The Navigators in Tanzania where she helped lead strategy and financial procedures and served as a mentor to college students in the program. Please join us in welcoming Kim to PPL!

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