What's New at BML

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.

Baxter Memorial Library Annual Giving Tree and Pet-A-Tree

The Baxter Memorial Library is once again hosting our annual Giving Tree. You may bring in new unwrapped gifts for teens and “tweens” (ages 10-18) beginning Monday, December 1st thru Friday, December 19th. All gifts collected under the Giving Tree will be distributed to Gorham families in need.

Donations may be dropped off during regular library hours. Appropriate gifts might include movie passes, scarves, gloves and hats, cosmetics and/or toiletries.

Also, during the month of December, the Youth Services Department will have their annual Pet-A-Tree downstairs. Children can draw or bring in a picture of their pet, or perhaps a pet they are wishing for, to decorate the tree. Donations of pet food and/or toys for the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook can be placed under the Pet-A-Tree.

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

Fall and Winter Book Group

Our book group is back in full swing! Join us! The group meets roughly every other Thursday at 10:00am and is a casual gathering. There's no need to attend every session so if you can't make it every week it's fine to pick and choose the sessions you'll attend. Here's the list of remaining titles we'll be discussing:

December 11th
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

January 8th
The Light in the Ruins
by Chris Bohjalian

January 22nd
11/22/63
by Stephen King

February 5th
The Silver Star
by Jeannette Walls

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:

November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
July / August 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014

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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