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Spring Film Series Schedule

Community Open Mic Poetry Night
Thursday May 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Poetry and the Winners of our Teen Poetry Contest! Please join us for our second annual Community Open Mic Poetry Night to share, discuss and listen to poetry. Poetry by a local author, (perhaps one of your own) or your favorite poet; all are welcome. Invited guest readers are Frank Wallace, Janie Gendron and Sandell Morse. The award winning teen poets will also be reading from their work. No pre-registration required. There will be a sign in sheet at the door.

Alvin & the Chipmunks Road Chip
Family Film
Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. 92 minutes.

“Spotlight”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Rated R for some language including sexual references. 128 minutes.

Printmaking Exhibit
Reception
Tuesday, May 10, 5:00- 6:30 p.m.
May and June will feature an exhibit of works by local printmakers representing a variety of printmaking media, for example, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, etchings and monoprints.  Nancy R. Davison will give a short talk titled “An Etching is Not a Lithograph”, describing different printmaking processes at the Reception on May 10.

Monthly Poetry Evening
Tuesday, May 10  at 7:00 p.m.
Please bring poems to share, either your own or favorite poems by someone else. The prompt for May is “Social Media”. The topic is open for interpretation. Readings from poetry books are welcome. Readings occur in round table format and are facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.

Tour of the Old Burying Ground
Wednesday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
York Historian, James Kences will lead a tour of the Old Burying Ground. This is offered as part of his York History series which has been held over the last few months, but it is not necessary to have taken part in the lecture series to participate in this tour. For the Burying Ground Tour, Park in Museums of Old York Parsons Center parking lot at 3 Lindsay Road. Rain Date (only if heavy rain) will be Wednesday, May 18th at 10:30 a.m.  Call 363-1756 for a rain decision on morning of event if the weather is questionable. Co-sponsored by Museums of Old York and York Public Library.

Write-In
Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Sometimes tiny shifts in perspective can radically change your approach to your writing. Gay Talese tacks his drafts up to a bulletin board and reads them across the room through binoculars. Eudora Welty used to pin her stories across her bed so she could see them as a whole. While we’ve never tried either of these methods, we can attest to the power of switching up your usual writing space. To that end, the MWPA is partnering with libraries across the state to offer FREE writing space. Bring your own laptop, pens, paper, water, etc. Drop by any time throughout the morning to write and connect. *Space may be limited and will be first-come, first-serve!”

“Infinitely Polar Bear”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, May 15 at  3:00 p.m.
A bi-polar mess of a father Cam Stewart (Mark Ruffalo) tries to win back his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task easy. Director Maya Forbes presents a finely delivered story about the complexities of mental illness, of family and of small victories that can matter as much as big ones. Rated R for language. 90 minutes.

Making Photos Work
Tuesday, May 17  at 7:00 p.m.
Ever wonder what the secret is to taking great photos? Matt Parker shares some of the “tricks of the trade” and demonstrates how to make your camera work for you. Matt is a part-time freelance sports and events photographer from the Seacoast area. When not working as an Applications Engineer at QA Technology in Hampton, he is covering events for Seacoast Media Groups local papers and website seacoastonline.com

“Carol”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, May 22  at 3:00 p.m.
Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. When Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother. With lush cinematography and an atmospheric musical score, this film is highly recommended for Blanchett’s and Mara’s stellar performances. Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language. 118 minutes.

Tom Carnicelli
Poet
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Tom Carnicelli will read poems from his recent collection, “Old Guy, Part One: Getting Used to Old Age and Retirement”. These poems convey his thoughts and feelings during the first two years, the “part one,” of his retirement. Tom writes with humor about the challenges, the good days and the bad ones, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He received his Ph.D from Harvard and taught English for 53 years, 46 of them at the University of New Hampshire. A York resident since 1971, he has served on a number of town and local organizations, including the York School Board, the York Library Board of Trustees, the York Tax Task Force, and the York Community Service Association. Tom will be happy to sign books which will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to RiverRun bookstore in Portsmouth.

“Theeb”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m.
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy Theeb (Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat) experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. British born Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar has described his debut film as “an Arabic western” in the tradition of Sergio Leone. All but one of the actors are Bedouin villagers who have never acted before. This spectacularly epic film is a wonderfully intimate human story that has won awards and acclaim at film festivals worldwide. In Arabic with subtitles. Not rated. 100 minutes.

  SPRING FILM SCHEDULE:

SPRING Film Series Schedule

 Date  Title  Summary
April 3
3:00
PM
Room
(2015)
Rated R for language.
The extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Their life, however, is anything but typical. They are confined to a 10-by-10-foot space euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room. As Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. 115 minutes.
April 10
3:00 PM
Mr. Holmes
(2015)
Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking.
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends Roger (Milo Parker), the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again. In this satisfyingly complex plot Ian McKellen’s strong performance skillfully shows us the difference between elderly and doddering.
April 17
3:00 PM
The Danish Girl
(2015)
Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity.
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.  119 minutes.
April 24
3:00 PM
Black Mass
(2015)
Rated R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use.
This Scott Cooper directed film tells the true story of James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp), the brother of a state senator (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. Depp provides a masterful portrayal of the criminal psychopath in this gritty and hard-as-nails crime drama. 122 minutes.
May 1
3:00 PM
Freeheld
(2015)
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and sexuality. 

 
 New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. With its share of thrills, miscarriages of justice, and outright denial of the right to love who one wants, this film is carried by the strong lead performances by Moore and Page. 103 minutes.
May 8
3:00 PM
Spotlight
(2015)
Rated R for some language including sexual references.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. 128  minutes.
May 15
3:00 PM
Infinitely Polar Bear
 (2015)
Rated R for language.
 A bi-polar mess of a father Cam Stewart (Mark Ruffalo) tries to win back his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier. Director Maya Forbes presents a finely delivered story about the complexities of mental illness, of family and of small victories that can matter as much as big ones. Love, while it may not solve all problems, can at least make them endurable. 90 minutes.
May 22
3:00 PM
Carol
(2015)
Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language.
Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. When Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese comes to light. With lush cinematography and an atmospheric musical score, this film is highly recommended for Blanchett’s and Mara’s stellar performances. 118 minutes.
May 29
3:00 PM
Theeb
(2014)
Unrated.
In Arabic with subtitles – In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy Theeb (Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat) experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. British born Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar has described his debut film as “an Arabic western” in the tradition of Sergio Leone. All but one of the actors are Bedouin villagers who have never acted before. This spectacularly epic film is a wonderfully intimate human story that has won awards and acclaim at film festivals worldwide.  100 minutes.

CHILDREN’S ROOM:

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, 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Julie Adams, an elementary school teacher who’s currently on sabbatical, will present art programs that celebrate the seasons. Children should wear play clothes or bring a smock to wear.

Simple Science
October – May
3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Come meet Jen Ring, our Children’s Room scientist! She  will demonstrate interesting facts about how the world works and provide you with a related craft.

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!

Legos
On October 15, then  2nd Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Nov.-May)
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
3rd  Saturday, 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