York History: Examined through the Lives of York Families
York historian, James Kences examines the history of the town through the stories of 25 York families. This sixth session will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14 and will look at some of York’s first families during the run up to the Revolutionary War. As the era of Indian wars came to an end and the threat of raids receded, regions of the town at one time uninhabitable, became available. The allocation of the common lands, a matter of local concern from the early 1730s, reflected this change, and the oldest families were the beneficiaries on the basis of their seniority. The long pre-Revolutionary era was marked by new opportunities for migration both inside and outside the town and that story is revealed by the history of the families.
Introduction to the Grid
What is the electric grid? How is it powered and how does electricity get to our homes and businesses? York residents Susan Covino, a utilities attorney, and Len Loomans, an electrical engineer specializing in renewable resources, will offer a basic description of the region's electric grid, how it works, and the challenges to the grid as it transitions to solar and wind power at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15. Questions and discussion are welcome. The program is offered by York Ready for 100%, a group of volunteer citizens advocating for 100% clean, renewable energy for York by 2030.
Cheryl Townsend Gilkes will lead a discussion of Octavia Butler’s “Kindred,” a book that deals with themes of love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas. The talk is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Gilkes is Professor of African American Studies and Sociology and director of the program at Colby College. She is also an ordained minister and assistant pastor. Her research, teaching and writing focus on roles of African American women in modern times; her writings are widely published. 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.
Family Film Series
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Six years after saving the arcade from Turbo's vengeance, the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet has broken, forcing Ralph and Vanellope to travel to the Internet via the newly-installed Wi-Fi router in Litwak's Arcade to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game. Rated PG for some action and rude humor. 111 minutes.
Winter Concert Series
Cormac McCarthy and Friends will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 for our final show in this year’s winter concert series. Cormac is regarded by fellow musicians and fans alike as one of New England’s finest songwriters. He writes and sings of a heartfelt, sometimes funny, sometimes desperate, sometimes glorious world of common people, struggles, hope, relationships, madness, and love. He sings the poetry of real life with a silky baritone voice and just enough grit and keeps his audiences smiling with his humor.
Monthly Poetry Evening
Please bring poems to share - either your own or favorite poems by someone else - at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. The prompt for March is “fun”- 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 Hospital Lunch & Learn
Dr. Anthony Knox of Neurology Associates will discuss the latest treatments (including Botox, nerve blocks, trigger point injections etc.) for minimizing your pain during a migraine at noon Wednesday, March 20. Guests are welcome to take their seats beginning at 11:45 a.m. Q & A will follow the lecture. To RSVP or for more information about the event, please call York Hospital's Friendraising Office at 207-351-2385 or email email@example.com.
Exploring the Complexity of Racism
“Black Panther” will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24. King T'Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as its new leader only to find he is challenged for the throne from divisions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must prevent Wakanda from being drawn into a world war. This film is part of the book and film series “Exploring the Complexity of Racism,” made possible by the Maine Humanities Council, York Diversity Forum, United Methodist Church of York-Ogunquit, and York Public Library. Rated PG-13. 134 minutes.
People in our Neighborhood
Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 as part of the People in our Neighborhood series. The 21st century troubadours have lived quietly in York, Maine for 25 years, breaking the norms of musician life. No longer touring nationally, they are instead raising two boys, while performing locally and regionally, writing, composing, inventing and mentoring. Throughout their long careers as widely-respected American acoustic musicians, they have created more than fifty highly-acclaimed recordings and books. They continue to seek fulfilling artistic careers close to home, far from the normal channels of the music business or their former lives at airports and far-flung music festivals. Join us to hear about their careers, their music and their lives in York Maine!
York History: 1775 -1785
York history continues to be Examined through the Lives of York Families at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28. York historian James Kences examines the history of the town through the stories of 25 York families. This seventh session in our series will focus on the Revolutionary Era. Beginning in April 1775, and with the diary of Jonathan Sayward as centerpiece, Kences will use a unique set of source materials to examine York’s experience of the American Revolution. Though the town’s population only consisted of a few thousand, the men took part in the major campaigns of the conflict as sailors or soldiers. Focusing on the participation of numerous York residents provides different perspectives on the war – one that embraces what happened in York, but also what happened hundreds of miles away.
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: www.york.lib.me.us or pick up our Newsletter at the Library.
ON THE MAIN LEVEL
York Public Library, in collaboration with the York Diversity Forum and the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, will host an exhibit of African Masks at the Library. The exhibit titled “Guinea to Great Bay: Afro-Atlantic Lives, Culture, and History,” will be on view February - March. Approximately 30 masks from the Seacoast African American Cultural Center’s Werner Collection will be exhibited at the Library, most of which have never been displayed.
In the Kennebunk Room
Country Life Glimpses - Watercolors by Rowland Bryant. The exhibit features Bryant's watercolors of barns and old buildings in the northeast and sunrises and sunsets from around the country. Bryant is a member of the York Art Association.
IN THE DISPLAY CASES
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.