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Art & Culture

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.


Save the date: and start memorizing your lines! Wednesday, March 16, we’ll host the First Folio Shakespeare Slam, a recitation contest open to Teen and Adult solo and group performers of Shakespeare’s works.

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This month we present feature films by and about Black Americans.

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Shakespeare Film Series

This month at the Library, it’s all Shakespeare, all the time.

The Bard had a gift for telling old stories in a new way, and in his honor we present a series of films that retell these stories yet again.

Join us for one or all of these movies. Free and open to the public.


Join one of our ongoing bookgroups at our branches, or let us help your bookgroup with suggestions for what to read, book sets you can borrow, advice on bookgroup strategy, and extra copies to supply you.

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s First Folio- and your love for Shakespeare- with a special book group this March.
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Lobsterwoman Genevieve McDonald

This collection showcases the year’s best work by the Press Herald staff.

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Each Thursday night in January, the Library presents a one-hour documentary from our collection of California Newsreel Films, a series highlighting the people and events of the Civil Rights movement in America.

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Each year the Camden Conference focuses on a topic of global importance and offers a series of Community Events related to this topic.

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self-publish with SELF-e

SELF-e connects indie authors, libraries & readers. It is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal & BiblioBoard that enables local authors & Portland Public Library to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. Let’s build a community of indie writers and readers at PPL!


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Portland Public Library partners once again with PBS to present the POV Documentary Film Series.  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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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.


From the PPL blog:
Selecting the Best of Videoport Comedies
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Staff Picks for a New Year
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Tom Wilsbach   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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