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“The Putin Mystique”
Tuesday, June 2, 10:30 a.m.
Mary Behnke will introduce “The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia’s Power Cult” by Anna Arutunyan. The author is a Russian national who has been a journalist both in Russia and in the United States. “The Times of London” calls “The Putin Mystique”, “Intriguing and insightful, one of the sharpest observers of the Kremlin leader and his court. ” Mark Galeotti, NYU Center for Global Affairs says, “A fascinating exegesis of power in Russia…as entertaining and readable as it is informative.” Come and hear about Russia’s 21st century Tsar.
Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m.
Author, Bette Freedson, will read from her new book “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom, Seven Insights for the Single Mother” a guide to comfort and support single mothers as they take on the challenge of parenting. Famed pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton calls Soul Mothers’ Wisdom a “fine book full of support for single parents who have to face the job of raising children alone”. Join Bette J. Freedson for a conversation about Soul Mothers’ Wisdom, parenting tips, and inspiring single mother stories. Signed copies will be available for purchase at the end of the program.
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Saturday, June 6, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present “Adult Mental Health First Aid Training.” This course is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. This program is sponsored by the York Diversity Forum, York Hospital and Maine Behavioral Healthcare. The program leads to a three year certification that will allow participants to help guide someone with a mental health need to the right kind of help. Registration is limited to 30 participants. To register go to: http://www.namimaine.org/events/event_details.asp?id=619855&group=# For more information email: Christopher@namimaine.org
Invasive Plants in the Seacoast Area
York Conservation Commission
Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.
Dave Tibbetts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Rachel Carson Reserve will present a slide lecture on invasive species in Maine. Learn how to identify invasive plants, how contaminated soil, mulch and seed can spread these plants, and how we can assist in mapping these plants and in preventing their spread.
YDF Mental Illness Film Series
Saturday, June 13, 7:00 pm
L.A. Times columnist, Steve Lopez discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent. Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to help him but his good intentions run headlong into the hard realities of the Ayers’ mental illness. Based on a true story. Rated PG 13, 117 minutes.
Summer Film Series
Sunday, June 14, 7:00 p.m.
A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Rated PG-13, 101 minutes.
“Save A Life”
Tuesday, June 16, 6:00 p.m.
Cheryl Morin of the JD Foundation will present a 90-minute program on suicide prevention. Identifying warning signs and risk and protective factors may help you to recognize someone who may be suicidal. Learn how to approach the suicidal person, and where to get help, the 3 steps to intervention, and about the aftermath of a suicide attempt or a suicide. There will be time for Q&A. Cheryl Morin of The JD Foundation started this organization with her husband in 2008 and has been teaching adults, students and families of veterans since that time. Limited to 25 participants. Register at the Library or call 207-363-2818.
Monthly Poetry Evening
Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
Please bring poems to share, either your own or favorite poems by someone else. The prompt for June is “doll”. The topic is open for interpretation. Readings from poetry books are welcome. Readings occur in round table format and are facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.
“The Hungry Heart”
YDF Mental Illness Film Series
Saturday, June 20 , 7:00 pm
A documentary that provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction. Discussion will follow the film. Sponsored by the York Diversity Forum with participation by York Hospital.
Summer Film Series
Sunday, June 21, 7:00 p.m.
Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the film screenplay, this is 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 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.
Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.
Author/Statesman and York resident Neil Rolde has written a work of fiction entitled: “Real Political Tales: Short Stories by a Veteran Politician”. The tales transport the reader into the working lives of lawmakers. Neil says “they incorporate almost a quarter of a century working directly in State government and even more years involved in the politics of Maine. They bear out my extensive experience of the political scene from the inside.” Neil will talk about the book, answer questions and sign copies for those who wish to purchase one.
Summer Film Series
Sunday, June 28, 7:00 p.m.
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 beautiful scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Through flashbacks, we learn of Cheryl’s 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 and healing. Oscar-nominated – Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language. 115 minutes.
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SPRING Film Series Schedule
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
||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.|
| 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
| 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
|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.|
|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.|
|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!
Find 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.
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.
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!