Science & Technology
There’s a renewed interest in, and urgent need for, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) literacy today. Portland Public Library strives to engage the community with a fascination for science, the wonders of the natural world, and the possibilities of technology. Through explorations of all kinds – information services, hands-on learning, digital experiences, and public programming – the Science & Technology team aims to stimulate understanding, exploration, and creativity with the sciences and present the fun, the useful, and the very interesting.
Monthly Science Cafés are presented on wide ranging topics, designed to introduce non-scientists to important issues affecting our community. For more information on these events, please read below.
Join us for a series of workshops and programs on this topic, and learn what actions you can take to protect yourself online.
Did you know Legos are not just toys? They’re STEM learning tools. Please join us each week for Lego clubs, and join your neighbors to build in suggested themes and activities.
Please help us determine public computing options by answering a survey. There are paper copies available at the main branch.
Calling all hackers! Join us at Portland Public Library on Saturday, September 12th at 9am to be part of creating something awesome for our city!
PPL is holding a one day hackathon where teams will work together to create an online portal for civic engagement and civil discourse; a place where citizens can gather virtually to discuss issues important to them and our community. This online portal will provide an opportunity to share opinions, information, community initiatives, volunteer prospects and more.
Teams will have ten hours to create an online platform. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best solutions. Food and caffeine will be provided for all registered participants.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - upon confirmation of registration, you will receive a page of expected deliverables.
The Portland Public Library offers classes for all levels of computer users. Advance registration is required– please call 871-1700 x 708, or stop by the public computing desk at the main library to get on the roster.
The Library is pleased to partner with Cornerstones of Science to offer monthly Science Cafes on a wide range of issues and topics of interest to our community.
The Public Computing area in the Main Library will now be offering a wide variety of printing options. The new machine is capable of black and white copies and printing, color copies and printing, scanning, faxing, print from USB, and wireless printing.
Instructions are available at the Public Computing Help Desk, and costs for each service are listed below:
- Color prints and copies: 25₵
- Black & white prints and copies: 15₵
- Fax: 75₵ session fee, 25₵ per page
- Scan: free
To print wirelessly, you will need to create and register an account with OCS Web Print.
Please note that PDF is the preferred format for materials printed wirelessly.
Doing science can be fun! You may think of research as teams of professional scientists at work but with the aid of the Internet, non-specialists can contribute, too. As “Citizen Scientists” we can share in scientific data collection and providing access to scientific information within our communities. PPL promotes citizen science through events, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities for you to explore science or technology on your own, increase personal understanding and appreciation, and contribute to the research underway.
Or, did you know you can borrow a telescope from the Library?
Explore how-to instructions and videos in our online reference resources and fix it yourself!
- Small Engine Repair Reference Center has repair information for lawnmowers, water craft, ATVs, motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles and more.
- Chilton Library is a trusted source for automobile repair, and is now available to library patrons as an online resource. Unlike the printed editions, the content in this database is updated monthly. Try the Labor Estimate tool to get an idea of expected costs for auto repair.
Our lives are integrally connected to the climate. Learn more at the library about how human societies have adapted to the relatively stable climate we have experienced since the last ice age and the changes, anticipated or unanticipated, that a warming climate will bring. How we react, how we adapt, how we protect our environment, our health, and our safety, depends on understanding and a will to action.
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