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Spring Film Series Schedule

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”
Family Film
Saturday, April 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
The exhibits at the Museum of Natural History come alive and go wild once again. Larry, the manager, finds himself in trouble and an epic quest unfolds…. Rated PG. 98 minutes.

Community Yoga
Friday, April 24,  1:00 -2:15 p.m.
Please join us for a gentle introduction to yoga and meditation. “Relax” into shape for the Spring season using breath work, simple postures (seated or standing) and guided visualization. Bring a yoga mat or towel to the class and wear clothing suitable for movement. Classes will be led by Deborah Levine M.Ed., who is certified in Advanced Kripalu and Adaptive Yoga. To register call the Library as space is limited (207-363-2818).  Dates: Fridays, April 24, May 1, and May 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (All participants must sign a waiver and people with injuries and/or medical conditions may participate with physician approval.)

“Address Unknown”
York Readers Theater
Friday, April 24  @  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25@  7:30 p.m.
First published in 1938 in Story magazine, “Address Unknown” by Kathrine Kressmann was a wake-up call for Americans revealing the true nature of the Nazi menace. This punchy epistolary tale enacts a stunning drama of friendship, betrayal and vengeance. 75 years later, “Kressman’s story serves not only as a reminder of Nazi horrors but as a cautionary tale in light of current racial, ethnic and nationalist intolerance.”—Publisher’s Weekly. Featuring Alex Davis and David Newman and directed by David Newman.

Art HOPE Taking Flight Making Origami Cranes
Saturday, April 25 from  10:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.
Artists of all ages are invited to learn how to fold a classic origami crane in this free inter-generational arts program that highlights the history and therapeutic qualities of the medium. Participants can support the Art HOPE 1000 Healing Cranes Project and make origami for patients in our community who are living with long-term illness. The program will be led by Laura Jaquays, an artist, educator, expressive arts practitioner, and the executive director of Art HOPE, a non-profit arts and healing organization. For more information call 207-337-2900 or visit www.arthope.org.

“The Theory of Everything”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, April 26 @ 3:00 p.m.
Based on the memoir “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” by Jane Hawking, this film tells the extraordinary story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Little is expected from Stephen, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. However, he goes on to become the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time as well as a husband and father to three children. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material. 123 minutes.

Childhood Immunizations: Wise or Why Not…
York Hospital Dine & Dialog
Tuesday, April 28  from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join the physicians of York Hospital Pediatric Associates as they help you sort through the myths and mysteries of childhood immunizations. Q & A session to follow. Arrive a little early and enjoy complimentary food, refreshments and conversation with your neighbors! Please RSVP to York Hospital Friendraising at 207-351-2385 or email: info@yorkhospital.com.

Candidates Night
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Candidates Night, sponsored by York Weekly, is an opportunity for residents to meet candidates running for town office and hear their positions on key issues. York Weekly Editor Jennifer Feals will moderate. For more information or to submit questions for the candidates, call The Weekly at 363-4343 or e-mail jfeals@seacoastonline.com.

Community Open Mic Poetry Night
Thursday, April 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate National Poetry Month! Please join us for a low-key, grass roots gathering to share, discuss and listen to poetry. Bring a favorite poem to share. Poetry by a local author (perhaps one of your own poems!), new and contemporary, or old and familiar, all are welcome. No registration required.

Community Yoga
Friday, May 1,  1:00 -2:15 p.m.
Please join us for a gentle introduction to yoga and meditation. “Relax” into shape for the Spring season using breath work, simple postures (seated or standing) and guided visualization. Bring a yoga mat or towel to the class and wear clothing suitable for movement. Classes will be led by Deborah Levine M.Ed., who is certified in Advanced Kripalu and Adaptive Yoga. To register call the Library as space is limited (207-363-2818).  Dates: Fridays, April 24, May 1, and May 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (All participants must sign a waiver and people with injuries and/or medical conditions may participate with physician approval.)

Mental Illness
Panel Discussion
Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 pm
A panel discussion about the stigmatization of people with mental illness will cover the myths and realities of violence and mental illness, the experience of families and individuals coping with mental illness, and the variety of available treatments. The panelists include Milton Davis, retired psychiatrist, Patricia Connor, Deborah Erickson-Irons from York Hospital, Christine Rogerson from Sweetser, Dawn Hardy Manager of Woodbridge House, Ted Little, Liliane McGee and John Tortona, a resident at Woodbridge House. Bob Luttman will moderate.

 “Ida”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m.
Poland 1962, an 18-year-old orphan, raised by nuns, is about to take her vows when she discovers a dark family secret from the Nazi era. She meets her estranged aunt and is shocked to learn she is Jewish. They set out to find their tragic history and see who they really are and where they belong. Polish with English subtitles. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking. 82 minutes.

“The Examined Life”
Book Talk
Tuesday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m.
May’s Book Talk will introduce “The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves” by Stephen Grosz. This book distills hours of psychoanalysis into absorbing vignettes free of jargon.  Trisha Andres of the London “Financial Times” says “Grosz offers astute insights into the perplexities of everyday life.” Led by Mary Behnke, it is not necessary to read the book prior to the program or register in advance.

“Art Brut”
Opening Reception
Tuesday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m.
During the months of May and June the York Diversity Forum along with the York Public Library Art Committee and the York Hospital will host an Art Exhibit, “Art Brut” at the Library. “Art Brut” or raw art describes art by those outside the established art scene. In this case the art is done by psychiatric patients. This collection is made up of select pieces of artwork done for the Cabin Fever Art Show at Sweetser behavioral healthcare organization, supplemented by a collection of work by Carter Todd who developed a primitive cubism of his own invention, and art work by residents at York’s Woodbridge House.

Community Yoga
Friday, May 8, 1:00 -2:15 p.m.
Please join us for a gentle introduction to yoga and meditation. “Relax” into shape for the Spring season using breath work, simple postures (seated or standing) and guided visualization. Bring a yoga mat or towel to the class and wear clothing suitable for movement. Classes will be led by Deborah Levine M.Ed., who is certified in Advanced Kripalu and Adaptive Yoga. To register call the Library as space is limited (207-363-2818). (All participants must sign a waiver and people with injuries and/or medical conditions may participate with physician approval.)

“Call Me Crazy”
YDF Mental Illness Film Series

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 p.m.
Five stories about what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. The film will be introduced and discussed by a mental health professional. All the films are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the York Diversity Forum with participation by York Hospital.

Every Child Ready to Read: Early Literacy for ages 0-5
Tuesday, May 12  from 10:30-12:30
Shannon Schinagl, the State Library’s new Early Literacy Consultant, will offer an interactive presentation on literacy. Her information and tips will be useful and relevant to library staff, preschool and HeadStart teachers, childcare providers, parents and anyone interested in this topic. She will address questions such as: “Why do preschoolers stammer and take so long to answer a question? How does playing with blocks and a ball help a baby learn the alphabet? How can a two-year-old be smarter than you?” Come with your own questions and concerns- Shannon’s here to help. The workshop is free but registration is suggested. For more information and to sign-up call Kathleen Whalin at the library, 363-2818.

Maine Review Authors
Readings & Writer’s Discussion
Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Maine authors who have been published in the Maine Review will read from their works of poetry, fiction, stories and essays. Authors include; Judith Green, Erica Bartlett, Roger Finch, Roland Labrie, Joyce Lovely, Mary Sewall Lindsey, Julia Ridge, Susanna Brougham, Bryan Wiggins, Jo Cameron, Kristin Mathis, and Mara Buck. The readings will be followed by an informal discussion on writing which will be moderated by Maine Review editor and publisher, Katherine Mayfield. Questions are welcomed. Copies of several issues of the Review and the authors’ books will be available for purchase if desired.

“Mr. Turner”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Director Mike Leigh’s Oscar-nominated film about British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) features extraordinary cinematography and a brilliant performance by actor Timothy Spall portraying Mr. Turner as he travels, paints, visits brothels, battles with the Royal Academy of Arts, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Rated R for some sexual content. 150 minutes.

Challenges to the First Amendment:
Preserving the Separation of Church and State
York Diversity Forum
Tuesday, May 19  at 7:00 p.m.
In March 2015, Indiana joined 19 states in passing a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”.  Many believe that these laws are being used to expand religious beliefs into the public realm. Do such laws conflict with our commitment to the separation between Church and State as stated in the First Amendment?  Do they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward equality? Attorney, writer, Robin Radner will discuss the history of the First Amendment and the impact of religion on public policy especially as it pertains to human rights and discrimination.

SPRING FILM SCHEDULE:

SPRING Film Series Schedule

 Date  Title  Summary
March 22 Boyhood(2014)
Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use. 164 minutes.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.
March 29 Birdman
(2014)
Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence. 120 minutes.
2015 best picture Oscar winner is set in the heart of New York City and focuses on Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), an aging actor who gained fame for his role as the iconic superhero Birdman. In a desperate attempt to claim acting legitimacy, he struggles to adapt and star in his own Broadway drama.
April 12 “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014)
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality. 122 minutes.
A refugee Indian family arrives in a village in France with a quintessentially French Michelin star-rated restaurant, owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Papa Kadam (Om Puri) and his son Hasan (Manish Dayal) open the “Maison Mumbai” restaurant across the road. Madame Mallory does not take kindly to these upstart foreigners, and in no time at all it’s war. An engaging film with a marvelous cast and a gifted director (Lasse Hallstrom).
April 26 “The Theory of Everything”
Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material. 123 minutes.
Based on the memoir “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” by Jane Hawking, this film tells the extraordinary story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Little is expected from Stephen, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. However, he goes on to become the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time as well as a husband and father to three children. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material. 123 minutes
 May 3 “Ida”  (2014)
Polish with English  subtitles.  Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking  82 min. 
Poland 1962, an 18-year-old orphan, raised by nuns, is about to take her vows when she discovers a dark family secret from the Nazi era. She meets her estranged aunt and is shocked to learn she is Jewish. They set out to find their tragic history and see who they really are and where they belong. Polish with English subtitles.
May 17 “Mr. Turner” (2014)
Rated R for some sexual content. 150 minutes.
Director Mike Leigh’s Oscar-nominated film about British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) features extraordinary cinematography and a brilliant performance by actor Timothy Spall portraying Mr. Turner as he travels, paints, visits brothels, battles with the Royal Academy of Arts, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

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
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.

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
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