By Carol McCracken (Post # 433)
The East End Community School branch of the Portland Public School System was the first public branch to be housed in a Portland public school? That happened back in 1958 when the public library was incorporated into what is now the former Adams School.
Back in 1997, the public library at Adams School faced a serious threat for its existence – due to budget cuts as well as currently. A group of community spirited users of the library branch up here started a petition drive to keep the branch open. Petitions were located at places such as Liliana’s Laundromat, Breggy’s, the Portland House and other locations. Bo Hewey organized it. A letter writing campaign to the “PPH” was also established. Local non-profit child care providers considered the Hill branch an important part of their schedule. It was a safety issue as well since child care providers preferred not to have to cross Marginal Way to walk to the main branch. The branch stayed open. The East End Community School has its own school library which will remain open to students, but closed to the public.
The opening reception for the rennovated main library on Congress Street is Thursday, April 15th at noon. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor speaking as well as other dignataries. Musical entertainment will be provided. Steve Littrell, poet lauret of Portland will close the ceremony with a poem. Attendees will be able to see the new facility from then until closing time at 7:00 pm. There will be no formal guided tours, but staff will be there to answer questions.
For the following Friday, Saturday and Tuesday special events have been planned.