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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.


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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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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The Portland Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.

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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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Poetry Aloud

At Poetry Aloud, Portland Public Library’s community takes to the microphone to share favorite poetry by published poets.

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First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Shakespeare’s death. It is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center.

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Our Places, Our Times : Portland Through the Decades, 1930s – 2000s is an comprised of series of photos pulled from the Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.

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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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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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Fabulous Fiber Fridays4:30pm - 5:30pm
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Tom Wilsbach   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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