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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.

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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:
Jan18
Civil Rights Film Series: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, part III
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is an award-winning film that documents the years from Reconstruction to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. Part III: Don't Shout Too Soon (1917-1940.)
Jan25
Civil Rights Film Series: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, part IV
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Main Library, meeting room (5) Audience: Adults, Seniors The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is an award-winning film that documents the years from Reconstruction to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. Part IV: Terror and Triumph (1940-1954)
Feb01
Black History Film Series: Boyz N the Hood
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Director John Singleton's classic portrait of three young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ice Cube, and Morris Chestnut.
Feb08
Black History Film Series: The Best Man
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Seniors Taye Diggs stars as an author who has to face his friends after writing an autobiographical novel exposing their secrets in this comedy/drama from director Malcolm Lee (cousin of Spike Lee, who produced this film.)
Feb15
Black History Film Series: In the Heat of the Night
6:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: Main Library Audience: Adults, Seniors This ground-breaking film won five Academy Awards in 1968, including Best Picture.
Feb22
Black History Film Series: Selma, Lord, Selma
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Originally made as a Disney TV movie, this film captures events of the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of two young girls who participated in it.