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.
Join us Saturday, December 10th and Saturday, December 17th for Family Friendly Films!
The Muppet Movie Saturday, December 10 – 10:15am – 12:00pm Location: Main Library Rines Auditorium
Monkey Kingdom Saturday, December 10 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm Location: Rines Auditorium
Raiders of the Lost Ark Saturday, December 10 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm Location: Rines Auditorium
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Saturday, December 10 – 3:30pm – 5:15pm Location: Rines Auditorium
Despicable Me Saturday, December 17 – 10:15am – 12:00pm Location: Rines Auditorium
Born Free Saturday, December 17 – 12:00pm – 1:45pm Location: Rines Auditorium
The Jungle Book Saturday, December 17 – 2:00pm – 3:45pm Location: Rines Auditorium
A Night at the Opera Saturday, December 17 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm Location: Rines Auditorium
Portland Public Library hosts Community Events in conjunction with the 2017 Camden Conference
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.
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.
We show films every Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Refreshments are provided, and all screenings are free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to our ever-changing exhibits in the Lewis Gallery, PPL has a notable collection of donated and commissioned art pieces throughout our locations including the dazzling new installation The Feathered Hand by Alison Hildreth in our Main Library Atrium.
Descriptions of many pieces and information about the artists are available on PPL’s Digital Commons.
Shakespeare didn’t write to be read. His plays were meant to be performed. The speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. were beautifully written, but the experience of reading them cannot compare with the power of King’s delivery.
For more than two decades, PPL has been committed to offering the best of popular feature films, unusual indies, classics, animation, and world cinema, as well as documentaries, performances, and educational and instructional videos.
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.
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