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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.

Feast of Films

On Thursday nights in November, the Library will present a series of films about food. Join us at 6:30 pm. All films are free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Portland Public Library hosts Community Events in conjunction with the 2017 Camden Conference

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The Portland Public Teen Library at Monument Square is home to a new exhibit featuring stories written by twelve Deering High School students from Iraq, Angola, Vietnam, Somalia, Albania, Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Against a backdrop of new homes, schools, airports, and embassies, each writer explores the complex emotions that arise when faced with a new situation.

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Join us on Thursday evenings for a series of films based on banned books. This year’s selections feature some classic American novels, a Stephen King story, and a rarely seen version of Alice in Wonderland. 6:30 pm in the Rines Auditorium. All screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

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Greater Portland’s only writing group dedicated to journal and memoir writing! Journalists will be encouraged to produce creative, reflective writing through the use of autobiographic and historic elements in PPL’s collections: this includes memoirs, archives, journalism, letter correspondence, and the history of writing in material culture.

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read
As books continue to be challenged, restricted and banned at schools and libraries across the country, we pause to think about censorship and celebrate our freedom to read and openly access information.

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We show films every Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Refreshments are provided, and all screenings are free and open to the public.

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Portland Public Library partners once again with PBS to present the POV Documentary Film Series.  The majority of these films are screened at the library before they air on national television. Join us to watch the films and engage in a discussion about the film afterward.

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Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.

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Stream movies, tv episodes, audiobooks, and music for FREE using your PPL library card. Sign in and you are set to begin. You can borrow up to 6 items per month and borrowing times are 21 days for an audiobook, 7 days for music, 3 days for video.

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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:
Friday Night Book Club5:45pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
Banned Book Film Series: Stand By Me6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library
From the PPL blog:
October is American Archives Month – Researching your house
The Portland Room & Archives offers many resources for researching the history of your family house.   More »
Censorship: We Hate It
Censorship takes many forms. Books may be banned or challenged, & so might films, TV shows and more.   More »
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Raminta Moore   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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