Hi. My name is Kevin Davis, and I am the Library Director here at the South Portland Public Library. Some of you may know me already, from my time spent as Manager of our Branch Library or from other encounters we may have had in my time here at the library.
The biggest downside to my promotion to the role of Library Director has been that the job and its responsibilities take me away from the front line service of the library. While what I do in my current job is incredibly interesting and rewarding, I miss working the desk and the direct, daily, contact with members of our community.
I’m starting this blog in hopes that it will allow you to get to know me, the library and our mission, better. In turn, and through your participation and feedback, I hope to improve my (and the library’s) understanding of our community’s needs and perspective on issues facing the library.
Here, I will share my thoughts on issues facing the library, talk about some of my favorite (and, at times, I’m sure, least favorite) things, answer questions and, basically, fill some space with information I hope you might find interesting, useful or otherwise engaging in some way.
My hope for this blog is that you, in turn, will participate as well. Have questions? Shoot me an email! If your question seems like something others may benefit from hearing the answer to, my answer may become a part of this blog. In short, I hope for this to be a two way street!
Book groups (also referred to as reading groups, book clubs and other various combinations of those words) are a great way to keep in the reading habit as well as to enjoy some social interaction with others interested in reading.… Read more.
When you drive past the main library building on most evenings, after the library has wrapped up business for the day, you’ll see a dark building, its face an expanse of glass reflecting lights from traffic, surrounding buildings, and the moon.… Read more.
Tucked in among the trees, overlooking the Municipal Golf Course on Wescott Road in South Portland, the Memorial Branch Library has been an integral part of South Portland’s library services since 1977.… Read more.
In the first Library Links column that Rachel and I wrote for the Sentry, we mentioned the Minerva network of libraries as an example of the collaboration that frequently occurs between Maine’s libraries.… Read more.
When picturing a library building, the image that springs to mind for many is the “classic” library: usually brick or stone, maybe pillars or statuary of some sort flanking the front doors… a solid, old building.… Read more.