Come in from the cold and learn something new!

Author Melody Beattie once said, “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

If one of your goals is to learn something new in 2019, we can help! In winter of 2019, we have lined up educational and entertaining adult programs. These programs will not only keep you busy in the cold months but will teach you something new and exciting!

To register for the programs, call 717-849-6926 or email [email protected]


For the history buffs

Sundays With Scott: Confederate General “Extra Billy” Smith

Sunday, January 13 at 2 PM

Sundays with Scott is back in 2019!

Smith was Governor of Virginia during both the Mexican War and the last half of the Civil War, as well as a five-time U.S. congressman, two-time Confederate congressman, attorney in San Francisco during the California Gold Rush, and one of the South’s most colorful leaders.

Civil War historian Scott Mingus will enlighten us on “Extra Billy” and how he went from Virginia’s statehouse to Gettysburg’s scapegoat. 


Armchair Travel of the RMS Titanic

Saturday, March 2 at 2 PM

What was it like to sail to the exact location where the Titanic sank in April of 1912?  Local resident Jim May will take you on a tour of his trip to the wreck site on the 100th anniversary.

May will discuss the services that took place as well as the reenactment of the sinking of the Titanic during his trip to the site.


For art lovers

Art Experiences @ Martin

Saturday, February 9 at 11 AM

Cost: $10

This 2-hour class will allow you to truly diver into learning calligraphy.  Teacher Emma Cartisano will guide you on creating a simple word on a faux watercolor background.  Space is limited. Ages 12 and up.


For those who want to learn new technologies

Intro to Computers

Saturday, January 19 at 10 AM

Perfect for beginners, this class provides the basic skills used when navigating a computer.  Learn about different computer components and gain skill in using the mouse and keyboard. Space is limited.


Microsoft Word

Saturday, February 16 at 10 AM

This basic level class covers how to create and edit a document with Microsoft Word.  You will learn basic formatting options such as adjusting text and spacing, as well as features like emailing a document as an attachment.  Space is limited.


Microsoft Excel

Saturday, March 16 at 10 AM

This basic/intermediate level class coves topics including enter, editing, and deleting data; creating simple formulas; resizing, adding, and deleting columns and rows; moving and copying data; formatting numbers, cells and text and creating charts.  Space is limited.


For those who want to make better financial decisions

Understanding Your Credit

Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 AM

Learn the difference between a credit score and credit report, how to build a solid credit history, and advice for using credit wisely.  This program is presented by Steven Gohn from CBY System Inc. and is done in conjunction with First Capital Credit Union.

Please register here: Understanding Your Credit


Budgeting 101

Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 AM

Learn how to set up a spending plan, track spending, save money, and create short and long-term financial goals.  This program is presented by Lisa Barshinger from First Capital Credit Union.

Please register here: Budgeting 101


For those who want to help

Suicide Prevention Workshop

Thursday, February 21 at 5 PM

Cindy Richards from Suicide Prevention of York County will provide an introduction into helping someone who may be contemplating suicide.  She will discuss warning signs, risk factors, intervention, community statistics, as well as where to find local resources for help.

If you need resources beforehand, call

Suicide Prevention of York County at 717-227-0048 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


Emergency Preparedness

Saturday, March 30 at 2 PM

Do you know how to plan for disasters and emergencies?  Bill James from the York County Department of Emergency Services will educate you on how to plan, how to prepare and what to do in the event of an emergency. 


For animal lovers

The Hanover Eagles

Sunday, March 24 at 1 PM

30-year bird watcher and author Karen Lippy will be here to discuss the Hanover Eagles Nest.  She will discuss the eagles, how she came to be an eagle-watcher and stories from her years with them.


For those who want to continue their education

Penn State York Educational Opportunity Center

Every Monday and Wednesday from 11-1 (schedule subject to change.)

No registration necessary.

Visit Jess Abrams Schrodel from Penn State York as she guides you are your path of education. Jess will provide resources, referrals, information and counseling to adults who would like to obtain a GED, enroll in a trade school, learn about funding school, apply to college and more!

 Martin Library works diligently to provide free educational programs for all ages. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding adult programs, please contact our adult programming team at [email protected]