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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Overwhelmed? We’ve Found ‘A Summer Read’ For You!

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte explains that our lives have reached a frantic pace and have become too complicated.  She explores the issue in her book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.    Schulte’s experience as a journalist, wife, and mother allow her to intimately address wide-reaching stressors, as well as provide an optimistic perspective on how to tackle the busyness, find time for the important things, and live a fulfilled life.

York County Libraries, along with public libraries in nine counties, are partnering with Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA and WITF to ignite meaningful dialogue around the busyness of our culture and discuss ideas to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed. Through September 17, the public is invited to participate in A Summer Read, a unique program that encourages residents to visit local libraries to borrow the book and hold a discussion with their book clubs, friends, family and colleagues.

"Prolonged periods of stress can have a direct impact on our health," said Chris Amy, project director for Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA.  "Through 'A Summer Read,' we are diligently working with partners, such as WITF and the library systems, to increase conversation around the consequences of frenetic lifestyles and bring the community together to identify solutions."

Participants in A Summer Read will have the chance to win a free copy of the book, meet Schulte during a private book signing, and hear her speak on September 29, 2014 at York College. Thirty winners will be chosen from the drawing.  Visit your library to pick up a book! 

 

 

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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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