UPCOMING ADULT EVENTS
Tuesday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m.
The December Book Talk will be presented by Will Ethridge, a former Chairman of the American Association of American Publishers and CEO of Pearson Education. He will discuss two books, “Behave” by Robert Sapolksy of Stanford University and “The Better Angels of Our Nature” by Steven Pinker of Harvard University. Both books explore common themes, such as what drives human behavior and to what extent are humans controlled by evolutionary biology or by experience and environment. The authors examine the evidence regarding whether human society is becoming less violent over time and whether there is such a thing as “free will.” The New York Times Book Review said that "Sapolsky has produced a magisterial synthesis of psychology and neurobiology” and that Pinker's “The Better Angels of Our Nature is a supremely important book.”
“The Polar Express”
Saturday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Movie based on the beloved Christmas book by Chris Van Allsburg. Rated G. 100 minutes.
Fall Film Series
Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m.
In the aftermath of WWI, Anna (Paula Beer), a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France encounters Adrien (Pierre Niney), a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers. Conjured up in evocative flashbacks, what follows is a surprising exploration of how director Francois Ozon's characters wrestle with their conflicting feelings – survivor’s guilt, anger at one's losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief war violence. 113 minutes.
A Victorian Christmas
Tuesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The York High School Drama Department, under the direction of George Hosker-Bouley, will present A Victorian Christmas at the York Public Library. Guests will be greeted by costumed actors as they welcome you into their home and regale you with tales of their family history. Once everyone has arrived the family of actors will present a staged reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and a few other short selections. A Victorian Christmas is a perfect slice of the holiday in just one hour! After the performance guests are invited to chat with the actors and stay for an exquisite selection of treats and goodies set up in Victorian splendor.
Monthly Poetry Evening
Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Please bring poems to share - either your own or favorite poems by someone else. The prompt for December is “naughty”; the topic is open for interpretation. Readings from poetry books are welcome. Readings occur in round table format and are facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.
Tuesday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Parliamo Italiano! Announcing a new group for casual conversation in Italian. The group will meet monthly on the first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Suitable for those with intermediate to advanced conversational skills in the Italian language.