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.
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Pride@PPL invites a new generation to learn about the history of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and create an artistic response for display in our Teen Library.
An exploration of films about rock music, the people who create it and the people who love it.
317 Main Community Center and PPL Teen are joining forces to bring you Drop the Beat, a digital-music creation series for teens at Portland Public Library. Teens are invited to sign-up or drop-in for weekly sessions in April and May. All sessions will be facilitated by local musician and teaching artist Kafari!
Portland Press Herald’s Photos of the Year will be on display in the Lewis Gallery from January 4-February 23, 2019.
On Thursday nights in January, the Library presents films about the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement.
Founded in 1995, the Portland Conservatory of Music is a nonprofit community music school. They educate through musical instruction and concert performances. The Noonday Concert Series offers free access to performances by the Conservatory’s talented faculty, arguably among Maine’s most esteemed musicians. The weekly concerts are held in downtown Portland throughout the academic year. The series has always been an integral part of the Conservatory’s mission to provide equal access to quality music and highlight its talented faculty and students.
This exhibit is generously sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.
The Portland Poet Laureate is an honorary position given every 2-3 years to a resident of the Greater Portland area who is both an accomplished poet and an excellent ambassador within the community. Portland’s current poet laureate is Linda Aldrich.
Join us for a series of films based on banned books. This year’s selections include Jeannette Walls’s moving memoir “The Glass Castle,” a Coen Brothers interpretation of a Cormac McCarthy novel (almost as controversial as the novel itself) and a tribute to the late Philip Roth.
Portland Public Library’s knitting groups are geared toward adults who enjoy socializing and sharing projects, patterns, and ideas. Meetings are held every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30pm at our Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Avenue. Knitters also meet on the second Saturday of every month from 10:30am-12:00pm at our Burbank Branch, 377 Stevens Avenue.
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:
Literary Lunch: Susan Conley talks about Elsey Come Home with Mary Pols
Spotlight Lecture: Whitney Scharer in conversation with Alex Marzano-Lesnevich