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Art & Culture

Portland Public Library is the City’s cultural center and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine offering print, film, music, and online collections to showcase the arts and creativity.

We offer materials in the arts and humanities, a wide variety of programming in partnership with local cultural organizations, and a place where creative organizations and individuals can share their work with others. We celebrate the broad diversity of our community’s creative expression, and are committed to building awareness and appreciation of the arts around us.

A series of films we wanted to watch but didn’t get the chance, for one reason or another.

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In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, the Library presents a series of films based on the lives of authors, real and fictitious.

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The Library presents a series of classic horror films on Thursday nights in October, at 6:30 in the Rines Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided

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Every year the Library celebrates banned Books with a series of films based on banned books. This year’s selections include such American classics as Huckleberry Finn and A Separate Peace, along with Brokeback Mountain and American Psycho. Join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30 in the Rines Auditorium. Screenings are free and refreshments are provided.

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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Our Pride@PPL team works to provide resources, programming and community connections throughout the year, with special events and celebrations planned for June.

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Portland Public Library partners with POV each year to bring a series of incredible documentaries on a variety of subjects to Portland and grants the Library permission to show the films ahead of their scheduled air date.

 

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Around the world, LGBTQ people are living, loving, and struggling to be seen and heard. The Pride Film series focuses on films that reflect the realities of life in the queer community.

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An exploration of films about rock music, the people who create it and the people who love it.

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Portland Press Herald’s Photos of the Year will be on display in the Lewis Gallery from January 4-February 23, 2019.

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On Thursday nights in January, the Library presents films about the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Museum Passes Available

Portland Public Library offers free passes to several local Museums and cultural sites including Portland Museum of Art, Portland Observatory, Southworth Planetarium, and the Maine State Museum. To request a pass for a specific date, with your Library card, call or visit the Lending Desk at any of our locations.

 

Up Next at the Library:
Aug21
Journaling in the Library5:30pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
Aug22
Documentary Film: Grit6:30pm - 8:00pm
Documentary Film: Grit
Aug31
Burbank Chess Club for Kids10:30am - 12:00pm
Burbank Branch
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Contact the Librarian
Raminta Moore   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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