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.
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.
June 1-July 31, 2015
Join Portland Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program at any Portland Public Library location and enter for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Longfellow Books each week.
At Poetry Aloud, Portland Public Library’s community takes to the microphone to share favorite poetry by published poets.
Portland Public Library will be Maine’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour. The First Folio exhibition will be open to the public from March 4th through April 3rd, 2016.
Join the conversation once a month at our LGBTQ Teen Book Group. We will be reading and discussing fiction, memoirs, graphic novels and/or poetry written by LGBTQ authors, or featuring queer characters and themes. Club meetings are hosted by members of the Library’s Pride Team, and take place in our cozy Teen Lounge. This series is for LGBTQ teens and their allies.
Cozy up in the Library’s Teen Lounge for a film, popcorn, and maybe even a little discussion. It’s all part of our new LGBTQ Teen Film Series @ PPL. This monthly event takes place every 2nd Saturday and is hosted by members of the Library’s Pride Team. Come enjoy the film and bring a friend!
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.
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.
The Definitive Survey of a Re-Discovered American Genre from the Lesser Collection at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Sensational paintings that gripped the Depression-era public with their themes of adventure, mystery, horror, sci-fi and damsels in distress.
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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