Camden Conference Community Event

“Age of Ambition” will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 9. Ted Pierce will lead a book discussion of "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" by Evan Osnos. Copies of this book are available from Minerva Libraries. This program is made possible by The York Public Library, in cooperation with the Camden Conference 2019. “Is This China’s Century?” is the Camden Conference theme for 2019 and the conference itself will take place February 22-24 in Camden. Pierce taught social studies at Marshwood High School where he designed and implemented two courses that addressed the study of East Asia. He participated in a program, "Views of the East," at Bowdoin College and has traveled throughout Asia. Please register at the Library, 207-363-2818 as space is limited.

People in our Neighborhood

Mary Andrews will be the guest at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10. York Public Library is hosting a new monthly program, “Who Are the People in our Neighborhood,” in an effort to deepen relationships within the community. In January, Citizen of the Year, Mary Andrews will take the spotlight.

Book discussion

Exploring the Complexity of Racism book discussion will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12. Kim Kelsey will lead a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s “Underground Railroad” - an old story told in a new way. Kim Kelsey is an Eliot resident, recently retired from UNH social work faculty. She is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist with deep experience assessing and treating children, adolescents and adults, especially those with histories of trauma. This program is part of a series of book and film discussions that is made possible by the Maine Humanities Council, the York Diversity Forum, United Methodist Church of York-Ogunquit, and the York Public Library. All books in the series will be available from the Library and through the Minerva system. Space may be limited. Please register at the library. 363-2818.

Monthly Poetry Evening

Please bring poems to share at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 15 - either your own or favorite poems by someone else. The prompt for January is “ice”; the topic is open for interpretation. Readings from poetry books are welcome. Readings occur in round table format and are facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.

York history discussion

York History: Examined through the Lives of York Families will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 17. York historian James Kences embarks on a new series looking into the history of the Town by examining the stories of 25 York families.

History Tour

For the past three years, local historian James Kences has offered a series of presentations on York's history. A visual chronology has been developed as an approach to understanding the long history of this town for hundreds, thousands - and with the inclusion of geology - even millions of years. The Thirty-Foot History Tour will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, January 18 and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 19. This full "table top" chronology illustrates a timeline of York's history, complete with a large collection of research materials such as letters, diaries, and other sources. By viewing York's history as a long flowing stream, it is hoped that a new understanding may emerge.

Family Film

“Goosebumps 2” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 19. Two young friends find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life. Rated PG. 90 minutes.

Exploring Racism Film Series

“King in the Wilderness” will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20. “King in the Wilderness,” a 2018 documentary film and a Sundance Film Festival star, looks at the last 18 months in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a champion of the Civil Rights Movement. This outstanding film premiered so recently that it is not yet generally available. It was directed by Peter Kunhardt and is complemented by music composed by York native Saul Simon MacWilliams, who was able to obtain permission to show it in York. The film is a tribute to Dr. King and Black History Month and part of the book and film series “Exploring the Complexity of Racism,” made possible by the Maine Humanities Council, the York Diversity Forum, United Methodist Church of York-Ogunquit, and the York Public Library.

Climate change film

Our changing climate has been much in the news lately. Hopelessness is an emotion many of us feel. However, solutions exist. A rapid transition to renewable energy can save our planet. York Ready for100% is an environmental group advocating for this approach locally. Come see the film "Reinventing Power" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 25 and learn more about this group and what you can do about the climate change issue. The movie documents America's renewable energy boom and introduces people in eight states whose lives and communities were changed by the adoption of a clean energy strategy.

Winter Concert Series

Local folk musicians, Susie Burke, David Surette and Kent Allyn will present their repertoire of original, traditional and contemporary songs to the delight of the audience at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 27. Their heartfelt vocals are complemented with guitar and mandolin playing, and bass and piano accompaniment. Please join us for our first concert in this year’s Winter Concert Series.

York History: Lives of York Families

York historian, James Kences examines the history of York through the stories of 25 York families at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 31. This third session will look at some of York’s first families during the Royalist period. The earliest families who were to remain in the town over the next three to four centuries arrived here from England during the decades of the 1630s and 1640s. The Donnells, a family with an extremely long local history, date from this time. Following the submission to Massachusetts in 1652, a new group of families, including the Moultons, migrated to Town now given the name of York. Finally, during the late 1650s into the 1660s, the Scotch prisoner families, the McIntires and Junkins arrived. With each phase of arrivals over 50 years, the families influenced the social structure of the town. These changes will be the focus of this session.


Lapsit Storytime (infants to two years old) on Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. Come for a program of stories, songs, finger plays and rhymes.

Preschool Storytime - Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for 3 to 5 year olds.

More information on our children’s programs is available on our website: or pick up our Newsletter at the Library.


York Art Association: Local Artists at Work

A collection of 60 pieces representing over 25 YAA members' work, is on exhibit throughout the York Public Library during December and January. We extend a welcome to all to view the exhibition at your leisure. The collection consists of oil and watercolor paintings, as well as fabric mosaics and pencil renditions. The York Art Association is a community organization offering art programs and events for York and surrounding York County communities.

In the Kennebunk Room

A collection of watercolors by Wendy Hazen, entitled Travel New England Painting Tour, is on display in the Kennebunk Room (lower level) of the library. The watercolors are all originals and at some point in time have graced the pages of the Wendy Hazen Poster and Desktop Calendars that sell worldwide. Wendy is a member of the Cape Cod Art Center, PAAM in Provincetown, Mass., New England Watercolor Society, York Art Association, York, Maine and the National Watercolor Society. Her work has been featured in different publications and gallery shows throughout New England.


Museums of Old York Display Case on the Lower Level: The musical instruments displayed in this exhibit were all made or used here in York.