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For more than two decades, PPL has been committed to offering the best of popular feature films, unusual indies, classics, animation, and world cinema, as well as documentaries, performances, and educational and instructional videos.

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About the collection

PPL owns almost 15,000 DVDs for kids & families, teens, and adults – feature films and non-fiction covering all subject areas. Areas of concentration in the adult collection include film study, media literacy, black history and civil rights, and all things Irish.

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Film Programs and Discussion Series

  • National Novel Writing Month Film Series
    This November festival of words features readings by local authors and screenings of movies about writers.
  • Family Movie Night at Peaks Island Branch
    Saturdays at 6:00pm year-round

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Upcoming Events:
Jul25
POV Film: Bisbee '17
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Citizens of Bisbee, Arizona, reenact events that took place one hundred years ago, when1200 striking miners were rounded up and sent to New Mexico, presumably to die.
Aug08
POV Film: The Silence of Others
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors The Silence of Others illuminates the continuing struggles for justice for victims of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
Sep05
Banned Book Film Festival: The Adventures of Huck Finn
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Kids & Families, Seniors Elijah Wood and Courtney B. Vance star in a Disney production of Huckleberry Finn.
Sep12
Banned Book Film Series: Brokeback Mountain
6:30pm - 8:45pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults Based on the short story by E. Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain tells the story of two cowboys in love.
Sep19
Banned Book Film Series: A Separate Peace
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors In the summer of 1942, the boys at the exclusive Devon School face serious questions about their future.
Sep26
Banned Book Film Series: American Psycho
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Based on Bret Easton Ellis's controversial and darkly satirical novel of the greed-is-good 80s, starring Christian Bale as the eponymous psycho.
Oct17
Classics of Horror: The Birds
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Hitchcock's classic exploration of what can happen when nature turns on humans.
Oct24
Classics of Horror: Don't Look Now
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Nicholas Roeg directed Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in this Daphne Du Maurier tale of grief, clairvoyance, and terror.
Oct31
Classics of Horror: The Crow
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors On the eve of Halloween, Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) returns from the dead to avenge the murder of himself and his beloved.
Nov07
National Novel Writing Film Series: This Boy's Life
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Biopic of the formative years of author Tobias Wolff, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Ellen Barkin.
Nov21
National Novel Writing Film Series: Impromptu
8:15pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Judy Davis stars as in this story of the scandalous life of author George Sand. Featuring Hugh Grant as Frederic Chopin.
Dec05
Loose Ends Film Series: Almost Famous
6:30pm - 8:45pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical account of how, as a teen, he was hired by Rolling Stone magazine to profile a rock band.
Dec12
Loose Ends: Wonder Boys
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors One wild weekend in the life of Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas), a writer whose fans are still waiting for that second novel.
Dec19
Loose Ends: The Last Days of Disco
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Director Whit Stillman's droll take on New York City's yuppie culture in the early 80s.
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