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The Criterion Collection: FAQs

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

Q: What’s special about the Criterion Collection?

A: “The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film.” (from their website)

 

Q: Do all the Library’s Criterion Collection films come from Videoport?

A: No, the Library has been purchasing these films for years, but the Videoport donation expanded our collection considerably.

 

 

Q: Is this a finite collection? Are these all the Criterion films that there are?

A: No, the Criterion Collection adds new films every month, and the Library is committed to making these high quality films available to you.

 

Click here for a list of recently added films.

Click here to see what’s coming soon from Criterion.


Five Fun Facts About Adam West, and One Fact That Is No Fun At All

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

He was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington.

He starred opposite the Three Stooges in The Outlaws is Coming.

He turned down the lead role in Diamonds Are Forever because he thought James Bond should always be played by a British actor.

He hosted a children’s show in Hawaii in which his sidekick was a chimp.

His voice work includes The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants, Scooby-Doo, Meet the Robinsons (both the movie and the video game) and, of course, Mayor Adam West of Quahog, Rhode Island, in Family Guy.

He passed away today, June 10, 2017, at the age of 88.

R.I.P.

 

For a list of PPL’s videos featuring Adam West, click here.

 

 


Now & Then: art exhibit 150 years in the making

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Exhibits & Displays | Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Visit the new art exhibit in our Lewis Gallery, something special for the Library’s 150th anniversary! We are very proud of this show, Now & Then: PPL’s Collection Reconfigured, a side-by-side exhibit of items from the Library’s own art collection and archives next to new pieces created by 11 local artists in response. These artists toured over 150 prints, paintings, sculptures, and historic documents to select their partner piece.

Our theme for this illustrious 150th year is the significance of our past, and our ongoing impact into the shared strength and riches of our community now and into the future. This show includes art that tells how the Portland Public Library was founded just 6 months after the terrible fire that destroyed Portland in 1866, and the Public Library emerged as one of the “greatest wants” in the community, decades before other great cities including New York and Philadelphia had theirs.

Now and Then

Now and Then Art Exhibit

From 19th-century portraits of Portland’s preeminent philanthropists to Victorian Era fashion books, from age worn maps to grand oil paintings of seascapes, the artists of Now & Then have taken a variety of pieces, applied their creative lens, and generated new works that reimagine their historic, artistic, and cultural impact. To make any librarian proud, many of the artists also researched the history and cultural significance of the original pieces to further inspire their work.

Now & Then includes artists Kenny Cole, Ellen Gutekunst, Séan Alonzo Harris, Larry Hayden, Alison Hildreth, Devon Kelley-Yurdin, Mike Marks, Mitchell Rasor, and Julie Poitras Santos. The exhibit posters were designed and printed by Pickwick Press artists Pilar Nadal and Rachel Kobasa.

We are thrilled to display these Library gems which continue to inspire imagination and new stories, as told through the talents of these wonderful artists. Special thanks to our sponsors People’s United Bank for making this exhibit possible. The Now & Then exhibit is on view until July 22, 2017.

Keep an eye out for our other anniversary activities including My Card, My Story for you to tell us your library story right now! #PPL150 #PPLcelebrates

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