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.
NEXT EVENT: WILD HEARTS CAN’T BE BROKEN. Share poems of love or heartbreak on Friday the 13th (2.13.15)! At Poetry Aloud, PPL’s community takes to the microphone to share favorite poetry by published poets. (Think Dickinson, think Dove, or think differently!) Each spring, summer, fall, and winter, poetry lovers gather at the Main Library for an evening of simply reading aloud and listening to others read. Join us each season to share.
Our Places, Our Times : Portland Through the Decades, 1930s – 2000s is an comprised of series of photos pulled from the Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.
They photojournalists were there for every moment, capturing the stories of Mainers one frame at a time. This collection showcases the year’s best work by Press Herald staff.
Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.
In light of the recent resurgence in Civil Rights activism, and in honor of the birth month of the Reverend Martin Luther King, the Library presents a series in January of films from California Newsreel.
In conjunction with their “Year in Photos” exhibit in the Lewis Gallery, the Portland Press Herald presents a lecture series on photojournalism.
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!
The Definitive Survey of a Re-Discovered American Genre from the Lesser Collection at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Sensational paintings that gripped the Depression-era public with their themes of adventure, mystery, horror, sci-fi and damsels in distress.
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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