The Portland Room is also home to an extraordinary collection dedicated to book arts and artisanry reference.You can also tap into our genealogical source materials, which include the electronic databases Ancestry Library Edition (in-house use only) and Heritage Quest Online (access anywhere with your Library card number), as well as complete sets of Portland City Directories, microfilmed Maine Vital Records up to 1955, and microfilmed Portland newspapers.
The Portland Room, located on Level 2 in the Main Library, houses the Library’s Special Collections and Archives and is the city’s hub to preserve and provide access to Portland history.
The growing collections include printed books and periodicals, maps, archives, manuscripts, photographs, digital records, as well as microfilmed and digitized Portland newspapers.
All are welcome — researchers, students of all ages, and classroom groups.
Among the Portland Room’s rare books are items from 19 century Portland publishers, notably comprehensive collections printed by the Southworth and Anthoensen Presses, Thomas Bird Mosher Press, Cuala Press, and Shagbark Press.
The number of messages in Forest City sent during last week’s frosty forecast was 28 percent higher than average, accompanied by a 48 percent increase in new user signups. “When the weather is cold out, it leads people to think of spending those days with someone special,” said Allison Braley, vice president of communications for the San Francisco-based Zoosk.
A riff on the city’s official slogan: Portland, Maine. “Those factors lead people to increase their online dating.” Another biggie?Events that keep people inside such as last fall’s shuttering of our nation’s capital.PORTLAND, Maine — When temperatures drop, online dating apparently heats up.Last week’s polar vortex was hard on everyone, but singles in Maine looking for love and warmth had it especially tough.Instead of taking to the taverns when the temperatures plunged, they took to their tablets.Online dating app Zoosk released data this week confirming that Portland had the highest spike in online dating activity during the cold snap.