The Portland Public Schools (PPS) and the Portland Public Library (PPL) are finalizing details of a plan to temporarily house the library's Peaks Island Branch at Peaks Island Elementary School during renovations to the library building. The plan calls for cordoning off a separate entrance, classroom, and restroom at the school for use as the library’s temporary home for collections and small-scale programming during the library’s open hours. The exact dates are not yet determined, but the time frame likely will be spring through late fall of 2017.
Peaks Island Elementary School (PIES) is able to move students to other available classroom space, freeing up a room for the library. Students will benefit from having direct access to the library right in their building.
“We are so excited about our ongoing partnership with PPS,” said PPL Executive Director Sarah Campbell. “This collaboration with the school and PIES Teacher-Leader Renee Bourgoine-Serio gives us the opportunity to continue full library service to the island community, and to build special programming for our young neighbors.”
“The Portland Public Library is one of our most important community partners and works with us to further our students’ education in a wide variety of ways,” said Jeanne Crocker, PPS assistant superintendent for school management.
The library and PPS have a robust and long-standing partnership. PPL's Summer Reading program serves young readers throughout the Greater Portland community, and the collaboration between library and school staff to steer children and their families to this summer activity is vital in helping students achieve critical reading milestones and stopping the “summer slide.” PPL's Bookmobile makes almost daily visits to PPS elementary schools, and PPL staff can always be counted on to provide an enthusiastic cheering section for Casco Bay High School seniors – many of whom grew up coming to the Main Library for story hours – as they march down Congress Street each December to mail their college applications at the Post Office.
“We are grateful to the Portland Public Library for all it does to support our students and we look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with the library,” Crocker said.