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Films @ PPL

popcornShakespeare didn’t write to be read. His plays were meant to be performed. The speeches of Martin Luther King were beautifully written, but the experience of reading them cannot compare with the power of King’s delivery.

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.


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.


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:
Feast of Films: Mostly Martha
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults, Seniors Martha is a lonely, workaholic chef who has no passion for anything but food, until her life is invaded by two people: an eight-year-old child, and a charming Italian sous chef.
Dancing in December: Saturday Night Fever
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors See John Travolta in his iconic role as Tony Manero, a Brooklyn store clerk who is king of the dance floor on Saturday nights.
Dancing in December: Hairspray
10:15am - 11:45am
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Tracy Turnblad (Rikki Lake) seems an unlikely dance queen, but her big personality and her passion for dancing put her in a position to influence other teens. Set in 1962 Baltimore, this John Waters film features Divine, Sonny Bono, and Debbie Harry.
Dancing in December: Happy Feet
12:00pm - 1:45pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Kids & Families, Seniors Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) doesn't fit in with the other Emperor penguins. They sing. He dances. Rejected by his tribe, he embarks on an adventure to find his place in the world.
Dancing in December: Rize
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors A spirited documentary about urban youth who adopt clown makeup and their own style of dance--krump--as an alternative to gang activity, this film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the redemptive power of art.
Dancing in December: Footloose
3:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors When Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) moves from the big city to a small town where dancing is banned, he has to rebel.
Dancing in December: Strictly Ballroom
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors An early Baz Lurmann movie set in the world of Australian competitive dancing. Paul Mercurio stars as a maverick dancer in need of a new partner.
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