What's New at BML
Book Club Event Survey
The Friends of Baxter Memorial Library will be hosting events in the fall for adults who love books and/or love to talk about books. They are conducting a survey to learn about different book clubs in town and to help plan these events. If you belong to a local book club or just like to discuss books, please complete the Online Survey by clicking the link.
Our New Library Cards Have Arrived!
The new cards come with both a great new look and added options like a wallet-sized/key tag combo. What's more, the application process has now moved online!
Everyone will need to re-apply here in order to make the switch to our new cards. We ask that you please apply by June 1, 2015 for uninterrupted access to your library account. Your current card will remain valid until 6/30/15 or the current expiration date, whichever is sooner.
To apply for a new card or to update your account, please click here and follow the prompts. After that, simply visit the library at your convenience with a valid photo ID (and proof of address if your ID isn't current) to sign the form and pick up your new card. As always, students through Grade 12 may use their school and grade as ID/proof of residence. For children below school age, no ID is required. Children under 13 will need a parent/legal guardian to sign their form as well.
Current non-resident patrons will simply be getting a new card; the form mentions our annual fee but if you've already paid, don't worry, you won't be asked to pay again until your current membership year concludes.
Do keep in mind, everyone will need to update their account by 6/30/15 and everyone signing up for a card or renewing their current card needs to be present to finish that process, even children.
Thanks! We look forward to seeing you here soon!
What You Need to Know About Health Insurance
If you're curious about the new government regulations regarding health insurance and what they might mean for you, the Maine State Library has created a page with links to all sorts of valuable resources here: Health Insurance Information.
In conjunction with our annual Veterans Day Ceremony, the Veterans Day Committee is developing a database of veterans from Gorham or with Gorham ties. This is an effort to preserve this part of our local history.
Veterans, and the loved ones of veterans, are welcome and encouraged to participate.
If you are a veteran, please use this link: Gorham Veterans
If you are the loved one of a veteran, please use this link: Loved ones of Gorham Veterans
If you have any questions about either survey or this database project, please contact Pam Turner at 222-1190 or email@example.com.
The Gorham Veterans Day Ceremony Committee
View Our Newsletter Online
Did you know our newsletter is available in PDF format online? View current and past issues here or use the link near the bottom of the sidebar to sign up to receive the newsletter in an email every month:
Fall Book Group Selections
Our book group is taking a break for the summer but here's what we'll be reading this fall. We meet roughly every other Thursday at 10am. We hope you'll join us!
Pigs Can't Swim
by Helen Pepe
Those That I Guard
by Stephen Johnson
Margaret Mead: A Life
by Jane Howard
Bury Your Dead
by Louise Penny
by Charles Dickens
by J.R. Moeringer
Year Zero: A History of 1945
by Ian Buruma
LearningExpress Online Resource
Simply click the link to visit LearningExpress, the latest addition to our online services.
Funded by the Maine State Librarys BTOP grant and available to Maine public library patrons, LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages.
You will get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. In addition, you will find interactive popular software tutorials/courses that are video-based and allow you to learn at your own pace.
Portland Public Library Cards
Did you know that all residents of Cumberland and York counties are eligible for a free Portland Public Library card and, with the 14-digit number it provides, access to their amazing online resources? It's true. Many of the most valuable resources Portland Public Library has to offer can be accessed for free without ever leaving your home. All you need is a library card.
With that in mind, you will now be able to obtain a free Portland Public Library card at the circulation desk here at Baxter Memorial Library.
Highlights of what PPL has to offer include:- Genealogy information from HeritageQuest and Ancestry Plus
- Learn-a-Language audiobooks from the Pimsleur Language series
- Thousands of audiobooks you can download to your MP3 player
- Auto Repair manuals
- Learn-a-Test programs you can use from home
- Business Research from Mergent and other references
- Kids' e-books from Tumblebooks Library
For more information, please ask the helpful staff at the front desk or call 222-1190.
The Grocery Cart at BML
The Gorham Ecumenical Food Pantry was formed in 1996 when Gorham area churches banded together to provide assistance to the community. The grocery cart that sits in the lobby of Baxter Memorial Library is also part of that cause and donations of non-perishable items are welcome.
Maine Legal Help Resource
Visit www.helpmelaw.org to find people who may be able to help you with a specific legal problem, information about the laws that affect you, a library of legal resources, contact information for low-cost legal help, and many other valuable legal resources.
Maine Answers Tough Times
Whether it is called a recession or a depression, all of us are now facing an economic downturn that can be simply described as tough times. How we respond and what we need to make it through these tough times will differ from person to person; family to family.
With that in mind, the Maine State Library has created a list of links and resources to help us all get through these hard times; whatever form they may take. For more information, please visit Maine Answers Tough Times.
What is Your Library Worth?
Have you ever stopped to consider the dollar value of the services you enjoy at Baxter? We did. Based on our last fiscal year's circulation figures entered into the Library Use Value Calculator, Baxter Memorial Library delivered $2,862,908 in services to our patrons on a budget of $442,645. Which is to say that for every $1.00 in funding the library received it returned nearly $6.50 in value.
Why not try out the Library Use Value Calculator yourself. It will help you put a price on the materials, programs, passes and functions of the library that you use most. You may be surprised just how much that little library card is really worth!
Literary Map of Maine
The Portland Press Herald / Sunday Telegram has posted their Literary Map of Maine online. It can be viewed by clicking here.