Call For Artists By Elyse Pollick

Martin Library is seeking submissions for up to 40 pieces for its September ART in mARTin event.  The event will unveil artwork on First Friday on September 5th, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 pm and remain on display at the library until November. This quarter’s gallery theme is to utilize the color red. 

Artists may submit four original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. Artwork must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth hangers) with a maximum frame size of 48”x36”.  Submit your art by sending an email to ArtInMartinLibrary@gmail.com. Images of your art must be labeled with the artist’s last name.title  (i.e. Miller.Mona Lisa).  The body of your email should include artist contact information, the name of each piece, dimensions, media type and price. The deadline for entry is Friday August 8th, 2014 by 5 pm.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance in Mid-August. At that time, the Library will provide a gallery contract and notify artists of artwork intake times.  All artwork must be delivered to Martin Library, 159 E. Market Street York, PA 17401. Please call John Miller (717) 849-6959 for more information.

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Trade Food for Fines this July

If you forgot to return some books on time and have racked up some late fees, here is a cost-friendly way to wipe them out and help others at the same time!  During the month of July, for each non-perishable food item you donate, one dollar will be deducted from your late fees.  This is a good way to bring your balance to zero.   The bonus is that the food all goes to local food pantries to help area families in need.

An easy way to start gathering your items for donation is to add a few extra to your grocery cart each time you go to the store.   And if you have coupons that make them free or cheap…that’s even better! All of the food should be in date and in great condition (not rusted or dented).  Need ideas of what to donate?  Canned fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, tomato sauce, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, soup, and cereal are a few of the non-perishable food items that pantries always need.   Simply take the food to the circulation desk at any of our 13 locations or to Martin Library at the Art Institute of York during regular operating hours in July.

One thing to note is that the Food for Fines program only applies to your late fees and not for fees accrued from items lost.  If you have the latter, you can ask to speak to your librarian to work out payment arrangements. 

By Deb Sullivan

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Check out a Book, Get a Bus Pass

 

When you check out a library book on Friday, June 6th, be sure to mention “Free Ride Friday” to staff at the circulation desk to get your free Rabbit Transit bus pass.  

This is the first of three “Free Ride Friday” events slated this summer, with additional promotions planned for July 11th and August 1st.  You may receive a maximum of one free pass - on each of the three “Free Ride Friday” dates.  The passes do not have to be used on those dates.  You can redeem them at a convenient time; perhaps even hop a bus to see a summer reading program at one of our 13 library locations!  To see the bus schedule, be sure to pick up a copy of the HopNGo Guide at your library. 

Since it is closed on Fridays, the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock is the only location unable to participate.  However, Martin Library at the Art Institute of York is open, so there will be 13 library locations open for “Free Ride Friday”. 

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York Reads! Takes Top Honors

 

Congratulations to staff at the York County Literacy Council and our libraries for winning a Non-Profit Innovation Award for Collaboration from the Central Penn Business Journal.  The award is in recognition of the York Reads! program which matches volunteer tutors with community members who want to learn how to read.  Many of the new tutors are our avid library readers, so our congratulations go to you too!  You are helping to transform others’ lives by giving them the gift of reading!

The next tutor training session is coming up in May.  For details, call Tonya Pyles or Rita Hewitt at the York County Literacy Council at (717) 845-8719 or email Rita at cr.mgr@yorkliteracy.org.

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Foundation Center

Grant Writers – We Have the Tools You Need!

By John Miller

 

The Foundation Center Online is a unique tool for those seeking grants for their non-profits.  This valuable resource is only available at the Martin Library in York.  By accessing this database you can find local, national, and international donors willing to give to causes that align with your non-profit.  Powerful search functions will allow you to refine your searches to find those grants that most closely match your needs.  Search results can be printed or emailed quickly and easily.  Print materials of grants and grantmakers are also available for in-library use.

 

The Foundation Center Online offers profiles of more than 108,000 grant makers, one million grants, and contact information for more than 73,000 trustees and donors.  You can also access the Grants to Individuals Online database.  This source provides information on foundations and charities that provide support to students, artists, and researchers. 

 

Each year the Martin Library offers at least two classes on how to use the Foundation Center Online and how to get started searching for grants.  But you don’t need to wait for a class – expert staff members are available to get you started in your search.  Contact jmiller@yorklibraries.org for more information.

 

Access to The Foundation Center Online is made possible by generous support from the United Way of York County and the York County Community Foundation.

 

 

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