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“Captain Fantastic”
Winter Film Series
Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m.
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity. 118 minutes.

“A Soul’s Progress”
Sunday, April 2 at  3:00 p.m.
York Readers Theater will perform selected readings from Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “DeProfundis” (From the Depths). Dorian Gray being Wilde’s first big “hit” and De Profundis his moving last reflection on the state of his own soul. Helen Winebaum leads a distinguished cast in this performance of Wildean ironies and paradox. Matt McTighe, Greg Trzaskowski, Alex Davis & David Newman also perform. A discussion will follow the reading.

Book Talk
Tuesday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Mary Behnke, York resident and former educator at the University of Chicago and Phillips Exeter Academy will present “A Rage for Order” by Robert F. Worth. Author Robert Worth spent fourteen years as correspondent and Beirut bureau chief for the “New York Times”. This book describes the turmoil in the Middle East in terms of the conflict’s human drama and tragedy. George Packer, author of “The Assassin’s Gate” and “The Unwinding” says, “This is the book you have to read on the Middle East…Worth is a master who writes journalism as literature and history” Adam Hochschild, author of “To End All Wars” says, “It would be hard to find a more astute and eloquent guide to this explosive corner of the earth than Robert Worth.”

Student Art Show Reception
Tuesday, April 4, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
The 16th Annual Student Art Show will be on display throughout the library until April 28. The show features a variety of art from acrylic paintings to charcoal drawings, photography, sculpture, and multi-media masterpieces, all created by York students from kindergarten through high school.

Community Open Mic Poetry Night
Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Poetry and the Winners of our Teen Poetry Contest! Please join us for our third 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 will be joined by the award winning teen poets who will also be reading from their work. No pre-registration required. There will be a sign in sheet at the door.

York History Series: Revolutionary War (Part 2)
Thursday, April 6  at 10:30 a.m.
York historian James Kences will discuss York’s experiences during the four phases of the war, from the earliest phase of the New England armies, to the onset of Washington and Continental army in the autumn of 1775, to the winter of 1778, and the alliance with France and the European involvement, to the final years after Cornwallis and Yorktown and the Peace of 1783. Life in the town during the war and the lives of soldiers from the town will be examined. This series is co-sponsored by the Museums of Old York and the York Public Library.

Family Film Series
Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril. 108 minutes.

“Manchester by the Sea”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Casey Affleck won Best Actor for his performance in this film in which he plays an uncle who is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Unknowing he is to be the guardian, he struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distance himself from his past. Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content. 137 minutes.

The Life in Your Garden
Tuesday, April 18  at 7:00 p.m.
“The Life in Your Garden” by Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto describes the ecologically-functional plants of a garden, including understory trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals, and their relationship with garden life. It also includes ideas on how to sustain biodiversity in the vegetable and small fruits garden. That a gardener can be an important steward for our planet is a powerful concept, and this book shows us how.

York History Series: Frontier Town 1670-1735
Thursday, April 20  at 10:30 a.m.
The period from 1670-1735 covers the Indian Wars. York historian James Kences will discuss the wars and wartime conditions (including living in garrison houses) as well as the Essex County migration of new families to the York area. This series is co-sponsored by the Museums of Old York and the York Public Library..

Life Care Planning
Thursday, April 20  at Noon
Sharing your wishes for future healthcare and talking about dying isn’t easy, but is vitally important. York Hospital presents this lunch time program about life care planning: how to have a conversation with you physician. Rosemary Lloyd, BSN, MDiv, who has a life-long interest in end-of-life care and ethics will lead this program. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP (207) 351-2385 or email

Earth Day: Celebrate Bees
Saturday, April 22  from 10:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Learn about bees, their importance to agriculture, their decline, and what we can do to provide habitat and food sources and eliminate dangerous pesticides. Come and talk with beekeepers, watch films about bees, see plants that attract bees to your garden, and more!. Special activities are also planned for children. Bee there!

Spring Film Series
Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. The film features Natalie Portman who was nominated Best Actress for her performance. Rated R for brief strong violence and some language. 100 minutes.

Gracefully Driving While Aging
Thursday, April 27  at Noon
Heather Shields will speak about helping seniors continue to drive safely for as long as possible, as well as how to recognize when it is time to retire from driving. Sponsored by Sentry Hill at York Harbor.

Love of Literacy
Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Local book authors, musical performance, storytelling, expressive art activity and more. All to promote a lasting love of literacy for the youngest members of our community. Sponsored by the Busy Bees Childcare of Eliot and the Academy of Little Learners in York.

“Hidden Figures”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, April 30  at  3:00 p.m.
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program as the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space. Rated PG for thematic elements and some language. 127 minutes.

York History Series: 1620-1670
Thursday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m.
1620 -1670 covers the time during which York was known by the name Gorgeana. York historian James Kences will discuss the English exploratory voyages to this area, early settlement and how this area came to be part of Massachusetts. This series is co-sponsored by the Museums of Old York and the York Public Library.


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