Calling All Artists

Martin Library is seeking submissions for up to 45 pieces for its February ART in mARTin event.  The event will unveil artwork during First Friday festivities on February 6, 2015 from 5:45-8:00 pm and remain on display at the library until April. This quarter’s gallery theme is Out of the Blues.  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 January 9th, 2015 by 5 pm.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance in Mid-January. 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.

by Elyse Pollick

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Did you pick the winner?

Did you pick the winner?

The wait is over! In August, One Book, One Community organizers put five books on the ballot and asked readers to cast a vote for the book they most wanted to read and discuss in 2015!  

The finalists were: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline; and You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon.

And the winning title is….Orphan Train!  Was it your pick?

Books will be available at all of our libraries.  Be sure to pick up a copy to read in December or January and then join us for free programs and book discussions in February!

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Did you pick the winner?

Did you pick the winner?

The wait is over! In August, One Book, One Community organizers put five books on the ballot and asked readers to cast a vote for the book they most wanted to read and discuss in 2015!  

The finalists were: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline; and You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon.

And the winning title is….Orphan Train!  Was it your pick?

Books will be available at all of our libraries.  Be sure to pick up a copy to read in December or January and then join us for free programs and book discussions in February!

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Get Serious About Thrift

Get Serious About Thrift

I am seriously thrifty. The very first lesson learned at my mother’s knee: How to Shop. If you’re not already NPR (Never Pay Retail) shopping, here are a few tips to get you started.

Make some serious mental decisions about how much you are willing to pay for something and Stick to It. No folding. I will not pay more than $40 for a pair of shoes or $4 for a loaf of my favorite artisan bread.  Decisions of this kind require patience and enough stubbornness to walk away.  You will find what you are looking for; it just might not be today.

Put your blinders on and get yourself from the front of the store to the sales rack without looking.  You are not permitted to look anywhere but on sales racks.  This is good incentive to maintain your weight so that you can buy winter clothes in March and summer clothes in September. Try everything on. It’s no bargain to buy anything that doesn’t fit or looks wrong on you. Check out the great York thrift shops, too.

Anticipate your needs. Think you’ll run out of shampoo or mascara soon? Start watching for BOGOs (Buy One, Get One) now. Going to a wedding? Start shopping when you get the save-the–date card.

Then there are books. You can’t live without them. But have you checked out the price tags on new books lately? Use the library and its new Small Bookshop. The library can find you anything you could possibly think of and the bookshop is stocked with recently published books in good enough condition to give as gifts!  And the prices are seriously cheap:  $1 for hardbacks and $.50 for paperbacks. They run periodic 3/$1 specials too.

I save serious money shopping NPR – enough, in fact, to finance a trip to France. Seriously.  Abientot!

By Kathleen Rounds

Editor’s note:

The Small Bookshop is located at Martin Library in downtown York.  Several of our 13 library locations have regular book sales as well.  Prices vary from sale to sale, but you’ll definitely save some big $ on books.  The bonus is that purchases help the library at the same time…something I like to call shopping for a cause.

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Martin Library Participates in First Friday: Round 2

Martin Library Participates in First Friday: Round 2

 

In May of this year, Martin Library kicked off its first Art in mARTin event with live music, talented local artists and the grand opening of The Small Bookshop, downtown York’s newest used bookstore. We were thrilled when we received over 130 visitors during our First Friday hours.

On September 5th, we’re proud to host the 2nd Art in mARTin event from 5:30-8:30 pm. We’ll have over a dozen local artists on display, the musical renderings of Soji, extended open hours for The Small Bookshop, wine tastings by Allegro Winery, and so much more. Art will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Martin Library.

The event is generously sponsored by Downtown York’s own Dale E. Anstine law firm. Because the library isn’t normally open on Friday evenings, we also rely on our staff and volunteers donating their time to make this event possible. We sincerely hope you’ll join us again September 5th for what’s sure to be another amazing art event. Come celebrate the arts with us!

By Elyse Pollick

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