What's New at BML

Wesley McNair, Maine's Poet Laureate, author event

Wednesday, March 2nd, at 7:00pm

In this, his final reading as Maine Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair will offer poems on one of poetry's oldest themes: gratitude. How do you sing the praises of cigarettes, or reveal the blessings of a stroke, or celebrate a troublesome family dog? Mr. McNair finds a way in these poems of a grateful heart.

Wesley McNair is the Poet Laureate of Maine. Fellow poet Philip Levine has called him “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”  He has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited by the Library of Congress to read is poetry and was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America's “finest living artists."

We are very pleased to be hosting the final event of Mr. McNair's laureateship. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Baxter Memorial Library.

Winter/Spring Book Group Selections

Here's what we're reading this winter and spring! We meet roughly every other Thursday at 10am. We hope you'll join us!

February 11th
Tears of the Giraffe
by Alexander McCall Smith

February 25th
The Lake House
by Kate Morton

March 10th
A Banquet of Consequences
by Elizabeth George

March 24th
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

April 7th
Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

April 21st
Kisses from Katie : A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
by Katie Davis and Beth Clark

May 5th
Orhan's Inheritance
by Aline Ohanesian

New Library Cards

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. Finally, keep in mind that everyone, including children, needs to be physically present to receive their new card. The form can be filled out at any time but to complete the process and receive a new card each person applying needs to come to the library in person.

Thanks! We look forward to seeing you here soon!

Veterans Survey

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 pturner@msln.net.

Thank you,

The Gorham Veterans Day Ceremony Committee
Georgia Humphrey
James Rathbun
Ron Shepard
Pam Turner

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.

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:

February 2016
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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.

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