York Public Library’s 100th Birthday Party


Friday, July 15, 2022

10 am – 7 pm

The Library is turning 100! Join us for a day of birthday fun for all ages in honor of our CENTENNIAL!  Stock up on books for summer in our book sale, enjoy lunch or dinner al fresco with live music, watch an artist at work, play lawn games, win prizes, and relax. And, of course, join us for some FREE birthday cake! Full schedule below!

Elsie Bardwell, head librarian from 1951-1971, is one of several librarians who made the Library what it is today! We’re trying to learn as much as possible about YPL librarians past. Let us know if you have historical tidbits to add to our story! 

Schedule of Events 


Book Sale

Purchase gently used books of all genres. Continues on Saturday from 10am-1pm; proceeds benefit the York Public Library Association (YPLA).
Lobby, Wheeler Room, and Book Nook

12:00 – 12:30 pm

Sec. of State Shenna Bellows

Join us for a special presentation by Secretary Bellows commemorating our Centennial.
Library Entrance – Front Steps

12:00 – 3:00 pm

Food Truck: Coppa Magica Gelato 

Traditional, authentic gelato and sorbetto, a.k.a. “little cups of magic.”
Upper Parking Lot 

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Food Truck: Kona Ice
of the Seacoast  

Cool off with this famous and refreshing flavored ice! View flavors
Upper Parking Lot


Lawn Games  

Get your PLAY on! Giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, corn hole, and more.
Parking Lot 

12:30 – 1:00 pm

Birthday Cake! 

After singing the happy birthday song, we’ll dig into delicious (free!) sweets provided by Nono’s Kitchen. Gluten- free (but you won’t be able to tell.)
Upper Parking Lot – under the tent  

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Live Music: Morgan-Nelson

Dan Morgan and Lynda Nelson will perform original music, as well as covers, with undertones of country, folk and bluegrass. More
Upper Parking Lot   

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Artist Talk: Kim Bernard 

Kim, our visiting artist, will talk about her work and the sculpture created for York Public Library, which will be located in the Library’s lower lobby. View stunning previous work by Kim Bernard 
Community Room 

10 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Door Prizes 

All party attendees will receive a raffle ticket to win one of several prizes! Get your ticket as you enter the Library front doors. We will draw an “adult” winner and “kid” winner every hour (on the hour) until 5PM. Additional tickets are available for purchase at $1 per ticket – cash only. Drawings will take place on Library front steps over the PA. Must be present to win!
Lobby (tickets) and Front Entrance (drawings)

MORNING – 2:00 pm

Artist at work: Kim Bernard 

Kim Bernard, using the PopUpCycler, will continue her work on a sculpture made entirely of no. 2 plastic.
Upper Parking Lot 

12:00 – 3:00 pm

Food Truck: TACOCAT

Fresh, delicious, and thoughtfully sourced Tacos and sides. View menu
Upper Parking Lot



Tote bags and T-Shirts will be available for purchase featuring a special woodblock design created by Town Manager Steve Burns for the Library on its Centennial.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Live Music: Eric  Fernald

Local singer/songwriter (and Library lover!) Eric Fernald will join us for soulful acoustics.  
Library Entrance – Front Steps

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Craft: Party Hats  

All ages are encouraged to decorate and wear a special Centennial birthday hat. Materials provided!
Lower Level Lobby

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Food Truck: Cibo e Amici 

Arancini, fried ravioli, and other mouthwatering Italian fare. Learn more
Upper Parking Lot




The Wladis Family



The White Family

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