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Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Portland Public Library is the City’s cultural center and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine offering print, film, music, and online collections to showcase the arts and creativity.

We offer materials in the arts and humanities, a wide variety of programming in partnership with local cultural organizations, and a place where creative organizations and individuals can share their work with others. We celebrate the broad diversity of our community’s creative expression, and are committed to building awareness and appreciation of the arts around us.

Call For Presenters: Makers @ PPL
image courtesy of flickr user OZinOH

The inaugural Makers @ PPL event is happening here on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11am to 4pm. The community is invited to respond to the Call for Presenters from December 1 through January 15, via this form:

Maker culture is a movement that emerged from the do-it-yourself community. This attitude that people can best learn new skills through hands on experimentation has been embraced by open source computer advocates, manufacturers looking for ways to renew interest in craftsmanship, and librarians and educators who advocate for information sharing and engagement with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math).

Community focused interaction around making has proven to be one of the best ways to incubate and develop ideas. With that, Portland Public Library is excited to announce the first Makers @ PPL event— an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn about all the creative opportunities right here in Portland.

The themed tracks of the event have a broad appeal—Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Entrepreneurship, Food & Drink, and Local History. This event is designed to expose people to a variety of topics, ideas, and new materials, and the hope is that people will not only walk away with a bag full of creations, but with a profound sense of having learned something new.

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To celebrate the importance of reading, film and the freedom of the First Amendment, the Portland Public Library presents the third annual “Banned Book Film Series”.  Join us for a screening of each film in the Rines Auditorium. These films are Rated for adults. Refreshments will be provided.  Thursdays in October!

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Page to Stage is a collaboration between Portland Stage Co. and PPL.  This program is an opportunity to engage in questions about the plays, playwrights, and ideas presented on Portland Stage Company’s Main Stage. This discussion will is facilitated by Portland Stage staff, actors and directors. All of the Page to Stage events are free and open to the public.

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Visit our library locations to experience a variety of visual and performing arts.

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Museum Passes Available

Portland Public Library offers free passes to several local Museums and cultural sites including Portland Museum of Art, Portland Observatory, Southworth Planetarium, and the Maine State Museum. To request a pass for a specific date, with your Library card, call or visit the Lending Desk at any of our locations.


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Contact the team leader
Tom Wilsbach   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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