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Summer Film Series Schedule

“American Sniper”
Summer Film Series
Sunday, August 30, 7:00 p.m.
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is sent to Iraq where his pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield. As stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend”. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, and the toll on his family at home, Chris serves four harrowing tours of duty, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his family, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Oscar-nominated – Best Picture and Best Actor. Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references. 132 minutes.

Book Talk: “The Village Effect”
Tuesday, September 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Mary Behnke will introduce “The Village Effect: How Face to Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter” by Susan Pinker. Pinker is a developmental psychologist who writes about social science. Her first book, “The Sexual Paradox” was awarded the William James Book Award by the American Psychological Association and her work has been featured in “The New York Times”, “The Atlantic” and “The Economist” among other publications.   Michael Gazzaniga, director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at UC, Santa Barbara calls the book “brilliant and compelling”. Author Paul Bloom, calls the book
“Provocative and Engaging”.

“Ice Cream, Gas Masks and God”
Author Talk
Tuesday, September 1, 7:00 p.m.
Fascinating, funny and gloriously nostalgic, “Ice Cream, Gas Masks and God” is author Joyce Lovely’s trip down memory lane to 1940s Liverpool, where early reminiscences include not just the hated gas masks, but also the regular night time spells in the air raid shelter as the bombs fell. Discover what it was like to be a child during this time. Then follow Joyce during her teenage and young adult years in Liverpool and London, her marriage to a parson, and three years on the remote Shetland Islands.

“Almost Famous Women”
Author Talk
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m.
Join Megan Mayhew Bergman for a reading from her critically-acclaimed short story collection, “Almost Famous Women”, fictional tales that explore the lives of unforgettable women in history. Megan will discuss where she finds inspiration for her work. Copies of her book will be available for signing and purchase.

The Path to the White House: 2016 and the Rules of the Road
Tuesday, September 8,  7:00 p.m.
Alan Gitelson, Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, will speak about the long and at times tedious path to the 2016 presidential elections with 16 declared Republican and four declared Democratic candidates seeking the office a full 14 months in advance of election day. He will review the changing political environment which has contributed to this crowded field of candidates including the role of campaign financing, primaries, Super PACs, the media, the debates and other factors that have shaped modern presidential campaigns and elections.

Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer Scribes Program
Wednesday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter presents an overview of its programs and services, and introduces its Volunteer Scribes Program, where specially trained University of New Hampshire and Marshwood High School students will interview and write the life stories of those living with early stage dementia. Persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementias are being sought as participants to provide meaningful insight about dementia to college students pursuing careers in health care. Potential participants will be screened for eligibility and participation will be completely private and confidential. Advance registration is recommended by contacting Peter Baker at the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter at 772-0115 or by email:

How We Think
World in Your Library Series
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.
Professor Dana Sawyer will present an informative and engaging lecture on the nature of mind, perception, and cultural conditioning from the perspective of phenomenology, a primary school of contemporary philosophy. Learn how cultural conditioning creates biases in our view of the world. Sawyer taught for more than 20 years at the Bangor Theological Seminary and has written on Tibetan Buddhism, Hindu mysticism, psychedelic experience, and alternative philosophies. A popular speaker on the lecture circuit, he has taught workshops on psychological, spiritual and philosophical inquiry at the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Institute, and others.

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

“Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Fall Film Series
Sunday, September 20, 3:00 p.m.
Now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy, Sony (Dev Patel) has his eyes on a promising property for his expansionist dream of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This charming sequel film is as entertaining as its predecessor and features Judi Dench and Bill Nighy reprising their roles as well as Maggie Smith as the newly installed hotel co-manager. Rated PG for some language and suggestive comments. 122 minutes.

“Bag It – Is Your Life Too Plastic?”
Tuesday, September 22, Noon
An award-winning documentary on plastic bags – their effects on our oceans, waterways and health.  A sometimes funny, deeply inspirational and highly personal account of how plastic, in all its various forms, upsets the environment and threatens human health. Sponsored by Bring Your Own Bag York. Open discussion encouraged and refreshments served.

An Evening with Bess of Hardwicke (1527-1608)
Saturday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
“Bess”, as she was called, was one of the most remarkable personalities of Elizabethan/Shakespearean England. Born the daughter of an obscure and impoverished Derbyshire Squire, her advantageous marriages to four prosperous (but short lived!) husbands took her to the Royal Court as lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I; and made her the Countess of Shrewsbury, one of the richest women in England. Actor, Suzanne B. Manzi will present an original interpretation of Bess in period gown with music, along with a picture of what living in the 1500’s was like. Bess loved gossip and it will definitely be a part of this presentation!

“My Left Foot”
York Reads Film
Sunday, September 27, 3:00 p.m.
Oscar-winning true story of Irish writer Christy Brown, who is paralyzed from cerebral palsy.  Daniel Day Lewis won best actor for this film of courage and determination. R rated.

Story Time Success: What’s Behind the Magic?
Tuesday, September 29, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Story Time Success” is a workshop for those who are preparing to do story times, or have just started presenting story times. The group will work with Shannon Schinagl, Early Literacy Consultant, to talk about why story time is important, practice story time elements, and use story time resources. All early childhood professionals are welcome: library staff, preschool teachers, childcare providers, volunteers, and others. Lunch will be provided.  Make sure you include any food restrictions when you register. Please register:

Bringing Wonder to Life
York Reads! One Book, One Community
Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.
Vermont educator Sam Drazin will kick-off our York Reads! programs.  Growing up with a facial difference and hearing loss, coupled with his experience as an elementary teacher, Sam will take you on his journey, sharing with you the challenges as well as humor in everyday situations.


SPRING Film Series Schedule

 Date  Title  Summary
June 14
7:00 PM
Still Alice (2014)  Alice Howland, a professor of linguistics at Harvard University, suddenly finds her life turned upside down when she begins to lose her memory. Gradually things get worse, and she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The movie features mesmerizing performances by Julianne Moore in the lead role and Alec Baldwin as her husband, as Alice bravely deals with the disease in her work, with her family and with herself. Oscar winner – Best Actress 2015. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference. 101 minutes.
June 21
7:00 PM
Gone Girl
 The story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a suburban Missouri man who becomes a suspect in his wife Amy’s mysterious disappearance. Directed by David Fincher, this taut thriller chronicles the media circus that envelops Nick as questions arise about his possible involvement while simultaneously gradually revealing his wife’s parallel tale “on the run”. Rosamund Pike, in the lead role as wife Amy Dunne earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content /nudity, and language. 149 minutes.
June 28
7:00 PM
Wild (2014) Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, this film chronicles one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike. Starring Reese Witherspoon in an Oscar-nominated performance as Cheryl, the movie is full of beautifully shot scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Through great use of flashbacks, we learn of her mother’s death, her nasty divorce, and her reckless sex and drug abuse that lead her to make the trek. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, this is a soulful journey of discovery, healing and transformation of this woman as she discovers who she is. Oscar-nominated – Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language. 115 minutes.
July 5
7:00 PM
Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the real story of the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement that prompted change that altered American history. Oscar-nominated – Best Picture 2015. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language. 128 minutes.
July 12
7:00 PM
Foxcatcher paints a complex, haunting portrait of America – from the gilded halls of the du Pont estate to the sweat-stained wrestling mats that serve as the stage to win Olympic gold. Their deadly intersection is charted with a deft touch by director Bennett Miller, who explores singular truths in a symphony of delusion. Steve Carell’s transformational performance as John du Pont is paired with remarkably real turns by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as the championship wrestler brothers, who bring the film to its feet and prove the power of stories to ask a nation what it is to “win” and to consider the price of the prize. Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence. 134 minutes.
July 19
7:00 PM
 A Most Wanted Man
In this film based on a John le Carré novel, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Günther Bachmann, a self-described counter-intelligence agent. He’s following a brutally tortured Chechen immigrant who turns up in the local Islamic community, and is laying claim to his father’s corrupt fortune. There’s money going from Hamburg to terrorists, but no one knows how this money gets there. Somehow the Chechen is involved. On and on it goes, with the German police opposing Günther, the CIA opposing Günther, and everyone betraying everyone else. Rated R for language. 122 minutes.
July 26
7:00 PM
The Imitation Game
Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the socially awkward (and closeted homosexual) Alan Turing, the film’s subplot involves his working relationship with the brilliant Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) outside of official channels. This complex historical film received multiple Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Actor and Supporting Actress and won as Best Adapted Screenplay. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking. 114 minutes.
August 2
7:00 PM
St. Vincent
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired Vietnam vet curmudgeon with a desire for alcohol and gambling. Together with a pregnant stripper, named Daka (Naomi Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language. 102 minutes.
August 9
7:00 PM
 The Immigrant
In 1921, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Bruno’s cousin Orlando (Jeremy Renner), a dashing stage magician, restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, becoming her only chance to escape her nightmare. Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language. 120 minutes.
 August 16
7:00 PM
Big Eyes
In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret (Amy Adams) was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving a failed marriage, taking only her daughter and her “big eyes” paintings. By chance Margaret meets charming Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) at an art fair. Walter also is a painter, mostly of Parisian street scenes. They hit it off and marry with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. However, Walter’s actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success, critical failure and a web of lies leads to a complex denouement. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language. 106 mins.
August 23
7:00 PM
Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity. Oscar winner – Best Actor. Oscar-nominated – Best Picture. Rated R for strong language including some sexual references. 107 minutes.
August 30
7:00 PM
American Sniper
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is sent to Iraq to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend”. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Oscar-nominated – Best Picture and Best Actor. Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references. 132 minutes.


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
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.

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!

October – May
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