Book Talk Tuesday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. The Patriots had a tough season against the Redcoats as reported in Richard Atkinson's “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777.” Please join Debby Ethridge for a discussion of this excellent and engaging history of the original Patriots - the first volume of a Revolutionary Trilogy. Debby has a degree in American Studies from the University of North Carolina — and like the author was an army brat who lived on many military posts.
Italian Conversation Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Parliamo Italiano! Join us for casual conversation in Italian. Suitable for those with intermediate to advanced conversational skills in the Italian language.
Meditation Meetup Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
In partnership with area practitioners, the Library is pleased to offer a weekly meditation program. Dress comfortably and if you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. The Library has a limited number of meditation cushions available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and open to all ages and abilities. No prior experience needed.
Community Crafters Thursdays,10:30 – Noon Join us in the Kennebunk Room each Thursday morning to knit, crochet, do needlework or whatever other creative endeavor you are working on. The Library will provide the space to work and socialize; you just need to bring along your own project.
Preparing for International Travel York Hospital Lunch & Learn
Friday, March 6 at Noon
If you’re getting ready to travel this spring, you’ll want to attend this informative Lunch and Learn before you go! Part of the Travel Medicine team at York Hospital, Dr. Thibodeau will discuss recommended vaccines for traveling abroad as well as basic travel medicine. She’ll cover topics from air sickness, mosquito borne illnesses to traveling safely with kids and more. Seating is limited and complimentary lunch will be served. Guests are welcome and take their seats beginning at 11:45 a.m. Q & A will follow the lecture. To make your reservation call York Hospital’s Friendraising Office at 207-351-2385, or email email@example.com.
Thursday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.
U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Sterling Roop will speak about the 2020 Census. His presentation will cover the history of the Census, why an accurate count is important for our community and state, and what communities and individuals can do to help ensure an accurate count. Sterling will be available to answer any questions you might have about the 2020 Census. The 12th of March is also the official kick-off of the nationwide 2020 Census Self Response and Sterling can help you be one of the first in York to respond!
Drop–in Chess Tuesday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. Do you play chess? Want to challenge others or be challenged? Want to learn? All ages and levels welcome to join us fireside. Volunteers will be on hand to teach or help pair up players.
Monthly Poetry Evening Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Please bring poems to share - either your own or favorite poems by someone else. The prompt for March is “whiff” - 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 in the 17th Century Thursday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. The dramatic rise and fall of Edward Godfrey, is one of the more tragic stories in the early history of this town. How could it be that within the span of only three decades, the first Englishman ever to settle here, who would possess much of the land, and even occupy the highest posts in the government, would spend the final months of his life in a London debtors prison practically stripped of everything? Godfrey’s fate highlights the momentous changes brought to this region by the submission of Maine to Massachusetts in 1652. He was indeed the most prominent casualty of the takeover. An examination of his life will be the subject of the third session in this series presented by historian James Kences.
Treatments for Hip and Knee Pain York Hospital Lunch & Learn
Friday, March 20 at Noon
York Hospital will be hosting a Lunch & Learn on Robotic Assisted Hip Replacements and Common Causes for Hip and Knee Pain. Michael Morwood, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Atlantic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, will speak. The program will be held at the York Public Library in the Community Room. Lunch will be served and guests are welcome to take their seats beginning at 11:45 a.m. The lecture, followed by Q&A with Dr. Morwood, will begin at Noon. Seating is limited and complimentary lunch will be served. To make your reservation, please call York Hospital’s Friendraising office at 207.351.2385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Change Community Dialog Friday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m. Come join the Climate Conversation: Community discussions facilitated by Debby Ronnquist on the third Friday of every month. In March the conversation will explore topics related to food – such as soil health, organic versus conventional farming, pesticides and fertilizers, harvesting, packaging, processed foods, energy-wise shopping, concerns of local farmers and issues around large-scale farming. Bring your own topic suggestions, questions, ideas and friends. Debby is affiliated with York Ready for 100% Clean Renewable Energy.
Lifting as We Climb
Saturday, March 21, 3-4:30 p.m.
Dr. Kabria Baumgartner will discuss the history of African American women's fight for the vote, highlighting how the Women's Suffrage Movement often excluded and undercut the voices of black and brown people. When its history was written, women of color, and their important and significant contributions to the fight for equality, were rendered invisible. This talk will recognize the work of lesser known female suffragists of color such as Mary Church Terrell, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Sarah Parker Remond, and others. The work of these women of color is evident today in the historic representation by a diverse group of women in Congress. But it’s clear there is much more work ahead. Dr. Baumgartner is an author and assistant professor of American Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Q&A will follow. This program is offered by York Diversity Forum as part of a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment.
Ben Baldwin & Kent Allyn Winter Concert Series Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. Ben Baldwin and Kent Allyn got their start in 1976 at the fabled Cape Neddick Lobster Pound with their R&B band, The Big Note. Since then, they have played every conceivable gig on the seacoast and are thrilled to be playing the York Library. Johnny Mercer. Curtis Mayfield, The Band. Cole Porter. Sam Cooke. Ray Charles. Ernie K. Doe. With their vast and varied repertoire, Ben and Kent love playing diverse music and sharing it with audiences of all ages, so bring the kids, and bring the parents! Join us on the 22nd!
Medicare Seminar Wednesday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m. Informative and educational seminars offered by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging are designed to help answer your Medicare questions. Certified State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselors will present information on Medicare in easy to understand language. Topics include: Benefits, coverage, premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, complaints and appeals, rights and procedures, and more. Please register in advance by phone (207) 396-6500, (800)-427-7411or online at www.smaaa.org
Trivia Night Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 PM
Our first Trivia Night with YPL and York Beach Beer Co. was a HUGE success - standing room only! Special thank you to York Beach Beer Company for hosting and for donating a portion of their sales to the Library, and to 1652 for providing the scrumptious pizza. Extra special thanks to our hilarious emcee, Matt Howell, who had us in stiches all night! And great news: if you missed it or are impatient for another one, we've scheduled our next Trivia Night for March 26, same time, same place! Join us on March 26 at York Beach Beer Company for another night of great beer, great people, and lots of laughs for a great cause. You have one month to come up with a great team name! See the event on Facebook. Have any requests for theme trivia? Email Jane at email@example.com
Environmental History of York
Friday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Accelerated Growth and Environmental Protection: these issues have been York’s challenge for the half century since the first Earth Day in 1970. One of the fastest growing towns in Maine, York is also home to one of the most important, still unfragmented environments on the Atlantic seaboard. How can these two opposing interests be constructively reconciled? The officers and institutions of local government, as mediators, have been compelled to contend with these complex conditions, as well as state and federal directives imposed from Augusta and Washington. What have been the successes and the failures over the course of the last fifty years? This program, led by historian James Kences, is sponsored by York Ready for 100%.
For Children and their Families:
Art Exhibits at the Library:
On the Main Level:
Susan Ricker Knox
Works by Susan Ricker Knox (1874-1959) will be on exhibit on the main level of the Library through March 28. This is a Community Collects Exhibit with pieces from private collections and public institutions brought together solely for this exhibition. Susan Ricker Knox was born in Portsmouth, but maintained a lifelong connection with York. She began summering in York as early as 1893 and, after attending art schools in Philadelphia and New York, returned to build her arts and crafts cottage and studio in York Harbor where she and her widowed mother spent half of every year for more than thirty years. She was known originally as a portraitist of mothers and children, but after 1922, her work took a major turn that made Knox one of the most famous women artists in the country. She painted immigrants coming into the country at Ellis Island and later painted Native Americans and people of Mexico and Central America.
In the Community Room:
Reflection and Observation: Works by Angelique Mace Luro
Angelique Mace Luro is an empathic, intuitive, abstract artist who draws from her experiences as a mother, professional gardener, Reiki healer, and yoga instructor. Discernment is at the forefront of her creative process for her. Inspired by the love of family, animals, and the natural world, she blends her innate knowledge of color, texture, and line with curiosity and a sense of exploration. The results are engaging works of acrylics and mixed media. She currently lives on a small farm in Southern Maine with her husband and their four equines, two dogs and a cat. Angelique’s work may be seen at the Art Coop in Kennebunk, Maine. She is a member of the York Art Association, the Kittery Art Association, and the Boothbay Region Art Association. Her show will be on exhibit until the end of March. Angelique has a BS in Graphic Design from Fitchburg State College and an Associates degree in Business and Resource Management from the University of Maine.