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Happy Independence Day!

What’s Independence Day? The United States’ Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is a U.S. national holiday that commemorates the United States’ declaration of independence from Great Britain. Today, when we refer to the ‘Declaration of Independence,’ we generally refer to the physical document. In 1776, what was seen as important were the...
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Using Beanstack for GO! York | 2020

What is Beanstack? Beanstack is the website and mobile application (Android & Apple iOS) that is used for logging your reading and activities during SummerQuest and other York County Libraries’ programs. From this site, you can track your books and time spent reading, activities you’ve accomplished, and the GO (Get Outdoors) York parks you’ve visited....
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Pride Month & the Stonewall Riots

June is Pride month! What’s Pride Month? June celebrates LGBTQIA+ people and their struggle for recognition and rights in the eyes of the law. LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual. The + (plus) indicates all other orientations and genders.  Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots (aka...
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Celebrate Juneteenth!

What is Juneteenth? It is a holiday celebrated across the U.S. (including Pennsylvania) that marks the date the last enslaved people in the U.S. learned of the official abolition of slavery in the states belonging to the Confederacy. It is also called Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Cel-Liberation Day, and Jubilee Day; in PA, its official...
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Teen Forum on Discord

The Teen Forum at Martin Library is creating a Discord server for our teen patrons! The Teen Forum may be physically closed, but we recognize the importance of providing teens with a place to hang out and interact together. After all, we want to connect teens not only to library resources, but to each other....
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Making “Friends” at the Library with Randy Flaum

If you’ve spent any time around York, you’ve probably seen Randy Flaum, the “York StoryMan.” He’s often out documenting daily York County life from behind the lens of his camera. He has honed his visual storytelling skills for more than 50 years. During this time, he has worked both independently and as the assistant managing...
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Celebrating National Library Week

Along with our sister libraries across the country, we are celebrating National Library Week from April 19-25. Over the years, we did a variety of things from hosting authors, speakers and special events to asking staff and members to tell us how the library makes a difference in their lives.  Each year, the celebration looks...
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Resources for Families

York County Libraries’ professional librarians and educators have curated some of the best online resources to keep you and your family learning, active, and entertained! The focus of this list is families who have children in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, but plenty of these resources are great for older children, as well. Don’t forget,...
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YCL’s Brain Bonanza 2: Renowned Rabbits

Ready for some questions? See our blog post for the rules and how to submit entries. Answer as many questions as you can: the more right answers, the more drawing entries you’ll get (once we’re open again). You don’t have to answer all the questions to enter. You must use YCL digital resources available on...
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Online Library Services Expanded

York County Libraries are expanding delivery of online library services to meet member needs while our physical locations remain closed.  The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has instructed all Pennsylvania libraries to stay closed until further notice to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.  This is consistent with Governor Wolf’s directive that K-12 schools stay closed indefinitely.   Although our physical doors are...
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YCL Brain Bonanza 1: Notorious Fools

All right, YCL members! Ready for a brain workout? See our blog post for the rules and how to submit entries. Answer as many questions as you can: the more right answers, the more drawing entries you’ll get (Once we’re open again. Prizes TBD. This is 99% for the fun of it!) You must use...
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Find Great Digital Reads

As librarians – and most admittedly bibliophiles – having our next great read within easy reach and being surrounded by collections of  intriguing books is what gives us joy and purpose.  We love creating our book collections to peak the interest of readers so they want to take the books home to discover what’s inside....
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YCL @Home Brain Bonanza

Going crazy? Need to exercise your brain? We have the perfect activity for you: YCL @Home Brain Bonanza During this time of home quarantine, join us as we begin the YCL @Home Brain Bonanza. This challenge is for members of all ages. You can do these activities as group or by yourself. Heck, you can...
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York County Libraries Participate in Give Local York

Visit Give Local York York County’s largest day of giving Give Local York is taking place on Friday, May 1.  On this day, thousands of people will come together to support hundreds of York County nonprofits, and your libraries are participating.   At York County Libraries, we recognize our role as a trusted civic institution. York County Libraries...
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