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Fall Film Festival Schedule

Second Community Design Workshop – Village Study Committee Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
All community members are invited to participate in the creation of the master plan to revitalize York Village. The Village Study Committee is sponsoring a second Community Design Workshop which will be led by The Downtown Revitalization Collaborative. The latest thinking on Village design concepts will be presented. Participants will work hands-on in small groups to review these concepts and contribute to the direction of further plan development. For more information on the York Village Revitalization Project, visit

A Chapter in the History of Native Americans in Maine
Saturday, November 22, 4:00 p.m.
Tom Doyle (Passamaquoddy) and Arla Patch of the Maine Wabanaki – State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission will discuss the Commission’s history and its process. The Commission addresses the federal government’s policy in the 20th century to disrupt Wabanaki family life by removing Native children from their homes. The program is co-sponsored by the York Diversity Forum and the Museums of Old York. Everyone is welcome.

“Louis Cyr”
Fall Film Festival
Sunday, November 30, 3:00 p.m.
Mostly true biopic of the strongest man in the world in the early twentieth century, told with drama and humor. From difficult beginnings Louis went on to a historic career in Canada, the United States and Europe. In French with subtitles. Rated G in Canada. 123 minutes.

Diane Fallon: “Pioneer on a Mountain Bike”
Author Talk
Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Dianne Fallon, author of “Pioneer on a Mountain Bike: Eight Days Through Early American History”, will present a slideshow and read from her book which combines bicycle travel with early American history, as she bicycled from upstate New York to Maine. Seacoast-specific history will include a discussion of the 1735 diphtheria epidemic that killed hundreds of children, and the rise and fall of the Pepperrell dynasty. Her slideshow will highlight local connections, such as the role that York’s Reverend Samuel Moody played in the 1745 expedition to Cape Breton capture the French fort at Louisbourg. Q & A with the audience will follow the talk and copies of her book will be available for sale.

Test Drive a Tablet
Wednesday, December 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Come test drive a new tablet or eReader on Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:30 PM! If you are in the market for a tablet or e-Reader this holiday season, join Jared Leadbetter from the Maine State Library for a demonstration of the SimpleTouch, iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, Google Nexus, Nook HD+, and the Kindle Paper White. All of these devices will be available to try out. Registration is recommended, but not required. Please call the Library at 363-2818.

Kathleen Aguero & Richard Hoffman
Authors Talk
Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Authors (and husband and wife) Richard Hoffman and Kathleen Aguero will talk about their new books; Richard’s memoir “Love & Fury”, which was a finalist for the New England Book Award, and Kathleen’s poetry collection “After That”. Richard is a past Chair of PEN New England and Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College. Kathleen is a co-winner of the 2012 Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club and teaches the low-residency M.F.A. program at Pine Manor College. Both Richard and Kathi will read from their books, talk about their work, and sign copies for those who wish to purchase them.

Holiday Book Sale
Festival of Lights Celebration
Friday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This year’s annual holiday book sale has been expanded to include many “like new” gift books – including, art books, gardening, coffee table books, and more in addition to our “quality” collection of holiday titles for children and adults.

Holiday Story Hour
Festival of Lights Celebration
Friday, December 5, 10:30 a.m.
Kimberly Whelan will offer a special story hour for preschoolers, complete with crafts and songs that celebrate the holidays.

10th Annual Festival of Gingerbread Houses
Festival of Lights Celebration
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Awards will be announced at 11:00 a.m. Gingerbread Houses will be on display in the Children’s Room from December 6 – December 19. Entries should be brought to the library December 5th between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Here Comes Santa
Festival of Lights Celebration
Saturday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Santa Claus visits the Library and welcomes children in front of the fireplace. Sponsored by RE/MAX Realty One.

Family Holiday Film Festival Carnival of Cartoons
Festival of Lights Celebration
Saturday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cartoons will run continuously during these 2 hours. Drop in and enjoy.

Sandell Morse
York Diversity Forum
Tuesday, December 9, 4:00 p.m.
Writer, Sandell Morse will speak about the genesis of her new work; “Blue Curtain, Jews in Vichy France”, a book of lyrical essays. Morse traveled extensively in France to gather the stories of Germaine Poliakov, a caretaker in a house that sheltered Jewish children, Yvonne Lieser, a child in that house, and Jean Hirsch, a young courier with the Resistance A discussion will follow the talk addressing such questions as; does empathy have a price? Is empathy something intrinsic in some, or all of us?

Nancy Grace Horton
Artist Talk & Reception
Tuesday, December 9, 5:00 p.m.
Nancy Grace Horton’s photographs investigate female gender roles as influenced by American culture and mass media. Her show titled “Ms. Behavior” will be on exhibit on the main level of the Library through December. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and has worked as a freelance photographer and educator for over 20 years. She will talk about her work at a reception in the Library on Tuesday, December 9th at 5:00 p.m.

York Hospital Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, December 10, Noon
Beth O’Hara-Miklavic of Maine Community Health Options will speak about insurance. This is a York Hospital Lunch & Learn Program. Lunch will be provided. RSVPs a must to York Hospital’s Friendraising Office 207-351-2385 or email by December 8.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Family Film
Saturday, December 13, 6:30 p.m.
Hiccup and Toothless unite again to save the future of men and dragons! Grab your pillows and blankets, wear your PJs, and come enjoy the movie along with our complimentary popcorn. Rated PG. 102 minutes.

Fall Film Festival
Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.
A dedicated and successful family man faces the biggest challenge of his career that sets off a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence. Rated R for language throughout. 84 minutes.

Poetry Evening
Tuesday, December 16, 6:30 p.m.
Please bring poems to share, either your own or favorite poems by someone else. The prompt for December is “Gods and Goddesses”. The topic is open for interpretation. Readings from poetry books are welcome. Readings occur in round table format and are facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.


Fall Film Festival Schedule

 Date  Title  Summary
Oct. 5

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Unrated (PG equivalent)
83 minutes

Documentary of the life of the late, eccentric French nanny whose secret cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Oct. 19 Like Father Like Son (2013)
Japanese with English subtitles
Unrated (PG equivalent)
121 minutes
A successful businessman learns that his biological son was switched at birth with another child. He must make a life changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Nov. 2 The Lunchbox (2013)
Hindi with English subtitles
Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking
104 minutes
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famous lunch delivery connects a neglected housewife and a lonely man. Through a series of exchanged notes they become too involved in their virtual relationship and jeopardize their realities.
Nov. 16 Chef (2014)
Rated R for language, including some suggestive references
114 minutes
Hilarious comedy. A gifted, high class chef quits and then teams up with his ex-wife and son to launch a food truck business. Taking to the road reignites his passion for cooking and his zest for life. All star cast.
Nov. 30 Louis Cyr (2013)
In French with English subtitles
Rated G in Canada
123 minutes
A great mix of drama and humor in this mostly true biopic of the strongest man in the world in the first decade of the twentieth century. From difficult beginnings he went on to a historic career.
Dec. 14 Locke (2013)
Rated R for language throughout
85 minutes
A dedicated and successful family man faces the biggest challenge of his career that sets of a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.


Try our new Nook Book Program and borrow a preloaded Nook HD tablet!

Nook Book ProgramFind out more information HERE!

Infant Lapsits (infants to two years old)
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Come for a program of stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes.

Preschool Story Hours
Thursdays & Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for ages 3-5.

MONTHLY PROGRAMS –Our special monthly programs are offered during the school year from October – May. 
Check current Children’s newsletter for more information.

Music in Motion
October – May
First Tuesdays, 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
A monthly program of music and dance for young children that celebrates the joy in stories and songs is led by York educator, Holly MacAdam.

Open-Ended Art
October – May
2nd Tuesdays, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Miss Kimberly (formerly of Tactile Toddler) is excited to be back to lead Open-Ended Art. Children will be allowed to create with many different mediums. The focus of Open-Ended Art is on the process, not the product.

Tech Tuesdays
October – May
3rd Tuesdays, 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Join Theo for a monthly science experiment or technology project. Each month we’ll learn about a cool new science topic. Warning: Things could get a bit messy!

Preschool Recy-cool!
October – May
4th Tuesdays, 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Make cool projects from recycled materials. This program is designed for children ages 3-6 with their caregivers. Children are invited to be creative and have fun. Wear play clothes!

2nd Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Do you love to build with Legos? Come to the library Legos group where you can create and share your Lego structures, Kindergarten to Middle School children.

Reader Dog Program
2nd, 3rd & 4th Saturdays, 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Come read to one of the licensed service dogs that visit us on Saturday mornings!

Current Art Exhibits

Engaging the Community in the Joy of Learning