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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.

In a time when divisions feel plentiful, Portland Culture Exchange invites you to spend an afternoon with your neighbors singing together for peace– in your language and theirs. Song-leaders from Portland’s various traditions will teach us simple, beautiful, powerful songs for peace in Arabic, French, Lingala, Yiddish, English, Spanish, Nuer, and more, and our communities will come together around our voices and our unified call for peace.  Our song leaders include Lisa Mayer & Sruli Dresdner (Yiddish),  Franchely Benazo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Jawad Alsatlawi (Iraq), Christina Richardson (African American), and more. No singing experience necessary to join in!

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Hear the incredible story of a Holocaust survivor persecuted by the Nazis and victimized by the American Court system. This presentation includes a short film, followed by discussion with the lawyer who represented the survivor in his fight for his First Amendment rights.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month 2017 this April with a slew of library programs! You can share a favorite poem at our poetry open mic; attend a conversation with poets Lee Sharkey and Stuart Kestenbaum; or, enjoy a Saturday afternoon event with two poets from Washington and Waldo counties, along with Portland cellist and songwriter Jerusha Robinson.

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Each Thursday in April we’ll present a film about the Holocaust.

Join us in the Rines Auditorium at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6.) Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

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Formerly known as the Brown Bag Lecture Series, our new Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the last Wednesday of each month. We host authors with newly released work in conversation with a literary friend, colleague or critic.

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Race and Justice in America is a Maine Humanities Council “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series taking place at the Main Library from January 23-April 10 2017. The book discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African-American History & Politics at USM. This series is now at full capacity with registrants and will be a registrant-only event.

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Portland Public Library and the Portland Press Herald team up once again to present “Photos of the Year” an exhibit of the newspaper’s best photos of 2016 and a review of what the year entailed.  On view in the Lewis Gallery January 6th – February 18th 2017.

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Join us for a series of films from California Newsreel documenting the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Thursday nights at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Refreshments provided.

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The Riverton Knitting group is for adults who enjoy socializing and sharing projects, patterns, and ideas. Meetings every Thursday night, except for the 2nd Thursday of the month, from 6:30-7:30pm at our Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Ave.

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Family Friendly Film Days

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


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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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