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York County Public Library

Jan 12

Teen Tuesdays: Teen Advisory Board

Posted on January 12, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Teen Advisory Board Applications will be available starting Jan. 4, 2021.Are you looking for a fun way to earn volunteer hours and make a meaningful contribution to your community? Do you love books and snacks? Join the new Teen Advisory Board for the York County Public Library!

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of middle and high school students who are dedicated to service to their community. TAB allows teens to have a voice in their library's program planning and book purchases. We ask that teens who apply are able to commit to serving on the board until August 31, 2021.

Click on this link to fill out the application online. You can also pick up a paper application at the Youth Services desks at either the Tabb or Yorktown branches. We will notify new members in February and have our first meeting via Zoom in March. If you have any questions, call 757-890-5110 (Tabb) or 757-890-3236 (Yorktown), or email

Jan 11

Snow Much Fun: Winter Activity Kit

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Celebrate winter with these activities for preschoolers and a list of wintry picture booksWe're celebrating all things winter this January. Preschoolers can stop by the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries to pick up your very own "Snow Much Fun" activity kit. The kit will be available while supplies last between Monday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 16. The kits include a craft, coloring page, sticker and booklist. Can't make it to the library before we run out of kits? Don't worry. In today's blog post we will share the kit's book list, as well as links to some of our favorite winter activities and coloring pages. To check out the content, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

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Jan 07

Teen Thursdays: #OwnVoices Books

Posted on January 7, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi book coverPatrons looking for a more authentic read can browse the York County Public Library's collection to experience #OwnVoices literature. #OwnVoices, a movement originally created by writer Corinne Duyvis, means the person telling a story is from the same marginalized group as one or more of its main characters. Examples of this include African Americans writing about the Black Lives Matter movement and members of the LGBTQIA writing about life experiences in that community. There is a wide variety to choose from for all interested readers. York County is a diverse area with persons from every background. This is why the York County Public Libraries are ensuring a diverse medley of books to reach as many demographics as possible. Reading #OwnVoices literature is important and invites readers to leave their comfort zone and get fully immersed into a story. The readers truly get into the mindset of the persons the story is representing and—with the author's guidance—obtain a full authentic experience the reader will not soon forget. To see some of our top #OwnVoices picks, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

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