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Picturing Portland : Portland Public Conversation #3 – Dec 9th (7:30 am coffee / 8:00 am start)

posted: , by Kim Simmons
tags: Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Government | Portland History

EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER, new date will be announced at a later time. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

The Library’s Choose Civility Initiative began with the premise that we ALL share an interest in creating, maintaining and engaging in shared spaces and shared conversations about our broader community.   We have engaged in all kinds of conversations over the last 18 months, some directly reflecting on the idea of civility and some giving us the chance to practice civility while discussing more controversial topics.

As our grant from the Lerner Foundation  comes to an end, we will consider various strategies for maintaining Choose Civility programming at the Library. We welcome your feedback about the kinds of programs you like best — send us an email or look for a survey soon!

We are delighted to share the news that  Lift360, one of our grant partners, will take leadership on a next phase of the initiative – organizing task forces to implement  civic action.

More than anything, though, we invite you to attend our final “Portland Public Conversation”  on December 9th at 8:00am (coffee begins at 7:30) to explore these queries in person:  what is the status of “civility” in Portland? How might we strengthen our community through individual and organizational practices?  Join us for “Picturing Portland” and share your insights and ideas!!!

Below are some of the programs we offered through this grant. What did you attend? What did you like best? What would you like to see more of? 

  • Civic Action in Portland :  A Community Conversation
  • Incivility Fatigue with Professor Dan Shea
  • Welcoming :  Creating More Welcoming Communities,  a World Cafe conversation
  • Welcoming :  Posters for Citizenship Ceremony with “I’m Your Neighbor”
  • Constitution USA :  A Film Screening
  • Capital in the 21st Century Book Discussion // Inequality for All Film Discussion
  • The Guilty Pleasure of Erotica :  a facilitated conversation
  • Facilitation Workshop offered by Anne Schink of the League of Women Voters
  • “Creating the Communities We Wish For” with Maine Humanities Council
  • Active Hope : A Book Discussion
  • Civic Writing :  Workshops on writing letters to the editor, op-eds, blog posts, tweets and more
  • Civic Education and New Mainers – Addressing the Gaps — a community conversation convened in partnership with LWV
  • Muslim Journeys – a film series in partnership with Maine Humanities Council
  • Celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – coalition programming
  • Portland Public Conversation Series : Portland’s People, Participating in Portland and Picturing Portland

Announcing the Call for Presenters: Makers @ PPL

posted: , by Samantha Soucy
tags: Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Business | Portland History | Science & Technology

The Portland Public Library is thrilled to announce Makers @ PPL—the first Maker Fair event to take place in Portland, Maine. It will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 11 am to 4 pm.  In true maker spirit, we’re opening up the event to public contribution, asking: what skill have YOU got that you can teach to others? We know Portland is brimming with creative energy, technical expertise, and unique crafters, and it is time to come together to share these skills, pick up some new ideas, and walk away with a tool belt full of new ways to engage with the community.

Everyone has a hobby. Some people make cat beds from old computer monitors, while other people can make mini battle robots!

If you have a passion for creation, and can boil it down into a workshop style presentation (hands on encouraged!) we’d love for you to fill out this form to be a part of the event.

The event is themed like a conference, so participants can take part in a specific track (Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Local History, and Food & Drink). There will be an exhibit hall in the auditorium for people to display and present creative endeavors that are not suited to workshop style presentation. Special programs for children and teens will happen too.

Get you application to present in by January 15, and be a part of the Presentation Team putting on this exciting event. Fill out the form here to submit an application. You’ll be notified by February 1 if you’ve been selected. The Library will be unveiling some cool new tools that we’re adding to our collection…so stay tuned!


Your Privacy and Library eBooks

posted: , by Samantha Soucy
tags: About the Library | Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Science & Technology

Earlier this fall, it was discovered that Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 (a crucial piece of software for accessing library eBooks) was transferring data back to Adobe about the user’s reading choices in plain text. Not only was this confidential information accessible to anyone with a bit of technical savvy, but Adobe was also gathering data about other eBooks and materials on user’s devices. The Electronic Frontier Foundation was of the opinion that sending the data over plain text “undermines decades of efforts by libraries and bookstores to protect the privacy of their patrons and customers” even if Adobe’s practice was a mistake.

The Library responded to this situation in a blog post in October as did many other libraries around the country, and we are pleased to report that the situation has since improved.

There is now a patch in place with ADE version 4.0.1., and patrons should feel confident that their privacy is protected and secure with this update. The American Library Association commended Adobe for taking this action to make users’ information secure, but ALA continues to be wary “about the amount of data collected and retained by all vendors within the eBook ecosystem.”

As librarians, we have made a commitment to work together to pressure vendors to adhere to the highest standards of privacy the Library has long represented. In addition, librarians are working together to develop technical expertise to verify that privacy is respected at the digital programmatic level—something often invisible to both users and librarians—but often conspicuous to anyone with basic hacking skills seeking this information.

Please ensure your version of Adobe Digital Editions is updated to ADE 4.0.1 to incorporate the changes that will keep your personal information safe. If you need assistance with this, you can contact the Public Computing desk—871-1700 x 708.

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