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Cooking on loan: We visit the Maine Tool Library to see how kitchen lending works

“Earlier this year, the Maine Tool Library opened in the Bayside neighborhood of Portland, where members (about 60 so far) can borrow tools, just as you’d borrow books from the library. The bulk of the tools, more than 750 total, are for jobs that I ought, as a new homeowner, to be able to do or that I hope to learn to do, but can’t and haven’t. Truth be told, I don’t even recognize the names of many of them – cutting nippers, conduit bender, power scrubber, epoxy grout flout – all squeezed into one well-organized room in the offices of the nonprofit Resilience Hub.” (via Portland Press Herald)

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Portland council gives library staffers power to expel unruly patrons

“The City Council voted Monday night to give Portland Public Library staff members the power to issue no trespassing orders to problem patrons, despite concerns that those powers would target the poor and minorities. Currently, library staff must call police when a patron is causing a disturbance. Library Director Stephen Podgajny said giving constable powers to private security guards hired by the library would be a more efficient way to ensure it is a welcoming and safe place for everyone.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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Cutting funds for Maine’s libraries is the wrong way to save money

“America’s first lending library was started by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. And the statesman’s revolutionary advocacy of sharing information resources continues to inform the spirit of the approximately 260 public libraries in Maine. But too many of Maine’s libraries are battling to stay alive, funding their operations with private donations, volunteer hours and the proceeds of fundraising book and pie sales. Public libraries account for a tiny share of government spending in proportion to the value of the services they offer, and the small amount of money that local and state officials save by reducing library funding doesn’t justify depriving residents of the critical resources and services that libraries provide.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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Bangor Public Library close to fundraising goal

“With part of the new copper roof installed and other restoration plans in place, the Bangor public library is getting close to reaching its fundraising goal. But it’s not quite there yet. After receiving money from more than a thousand donors, the library is just $13,000 shy of its $9 million goal. It quickly hit $6 million with a bond from the city and a donation from Stephen and Tabitha King, but the rest has been up to donations from the people of the Bangor area (via WLBZ2)

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Maine libraries write new chapter on lending

“So here’s the dilemma: You’ve been asked to bake a cake shaped like a dinosaur for a child’s birthday, but you’re hesitant to spend money on a pan you’ll use only once.What to do? If you live in New Gloucester, the answer is easy. Go to the New Gloucester Public Library and simply check the pan out, just like you would a book or DVD. And while you’re there, peruse the other 46 specialty cake pans the library has in its collection, including Dora the Explorer and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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