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York County Public Library

Jan 19

Teen Tuesdays: Diverse YA reviews

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterThe York County Public Libraries believe in having a strongly diverse book collection for all ages to enjoy. With discrimination still being a powerful obstacle in the world today, it is the YCPL's duty to arm the public with diverse knowledgeable books that will help educate young readers. Among these books there are two titles that stand out and are reviewed below. These books have a rich mixture of characters from diverse backgrounds that our young adult readers can not only connect with, but better understand as well. Both offer a chance to immerse themselves into someone else's life and feel the struggles they face everyday. To read reviews of the two featured diverse young adult novels, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

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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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