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RIP Burt Reynolds

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Burt Reynolds, a multi-talented artist in a class all his own. Actor, athlete, singer, director, businessman, voice actor–he worked steadily throughout his career, and, shortly before his death, he had signed on to do a film with Quentin Tarantino.

Despite early comparisons to Marlon Brando, Reynolds did not take himself too seriously, and in addition to posing as America’s first male centerfold (Cosmopolitan, 1972) he entertained us in such goofy films as The Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit, while impressing us with his remarkable performances in such films as Deliverance, Citizen Ruth, and Boogie Nights (for which he was awarded a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.)

Reynolds died in Florida on September 6, 2018, at the age of 82. RIP.


Constitution Day September 17, 2018

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Adults | Seniors | Business | Government

As part of the national celebration of the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution, Portland Public Library will be giving out FREE pocket-sized copies the US Constitution. These will be available on a first come first serve basis starting on September 17, 2018, while supplies last. For details please contact the Research Desk at 207-871-1700 X 725

For more on Constitution Day 


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture

It’s our favorite time of year: Time to break out the banned books and movies, time to celebrate intellectual freedom and the right to read and watch and think what you like.

Here at the Library, one of the ways we celebrate is to watch movies based on banned books, and this year we have a great line-up of Thursday night films.

We’ve also made some lists for you: Movies about censorship, movies based on banned books, and a list of movies that, for whatever reason, were banned in various countries.

So read a banned book or watch a banned movie. Better yet, write a banned book or make a banned movie. Celebrate your intellectual freedom.



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