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Montgomery’s View: Among a Thousand Fireflies (a picture book)

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


Poem by Helen Frost and Photographs by Rick Lieder

Published by Candlewick

A beautiful tale of two fireflies seeking each other in the dark among thousands of other fireflies. (An end-note explains how the male and female fireflies are seeking flashes that are in sync.) It is the simplicity of the tale and the brief but captivating poem that make this book so alluring. The team of Frost and Lieder (creators of STEP GENTLY OUT and SWEEP UP THE SUN) have again exquisitely explored the natural world and the small creatures that live around us – and are often taken for granted. The photos are stunning – and the harmony of words and photos is absolute. The design of the book also adds so much.

The end-note is very informative.

As Lieder says on the book jacket flap: “Watching fireflies, we see sparks of magic come to life.” Readers will long for a summer’s night to go out and gaze at the fireflies.

Pick up a copy at the Portland Public Library


Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

posted: , by Raminta Moore
tags: Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture



Mary Tyler Moore passed away today leaving a legacy of work. Moore received her biggest break on The Dick Van Dyke Show. From there she went on to star in the Mary Tyler Moore show. It was here, that Moore paved the way for women in television and female comedians. Moore’s comedy series were the first to address pay equity in the workplace, work/life balance for women and a positive depiction of a single woman in the workplace. She will be sadly missed.

For more on Mary Tyler Moore, check out:
Growing Up Again

After All

Ordinary People

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

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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