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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.

Poetry Aloud

April is National Poetry Month. Next Event: April Open Mic! Wednesday, April 22, Lewis Gallery from 6:45-8:00 p.m. BONUS EVENT! Port Veritas & PPL Poetry Slam with Performance Poets on Thursday, April 30, Rines Auditorium. 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.

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Registration is required for this workshop.  Please call Harper at (207) 871-1700 x 756 or email  The workshop will be held at 10:30am-12:30pm from March 26th through May 28th with a culminating concert on June 4th.

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LGBTQ Teen Book Group

Join the conversation every 4th Saturday of the month at our LGBTQ Teen Book Group. We will be reading and discussing fiction, memoirs, graphic novels and/or poetry written by LGBTQ authors, or featuring queer characters and themes. Club meetings are hosted by members of the Library’s Pride Team, and take place in our cozy Teen Lounge. This series is for LGBTQ teens and their allies.

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LGBTQ Teen Film Series

Cozy up in the Library’s Teen Lounge for a film, popcorn, and maybe even a little discussion. It’s all part of our new LGBTQ Teen Film Series @ PPL. This monthly event takes place every 2nd Saturday and is hosted by members of the Library’s Pride Team. Come enjoy the film and bring a friend!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In conjunction with their “Year in Photos” exhibit in the Lewis Gallery, the Portland Press Herald presents a lecture series on photojournalism.

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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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Tom Wilsbach   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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