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York County Public Library

May 11

Teen Tuesday: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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

Teen Tuesdays posts feature news and reviews teens and tweens.
Books are one of the best ways to learn about new cultures and learn about the experiences of people all over the world. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This is a month to celebrate the history, traditions, and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. York County Public Library staff have put together a list of YA books that feature AAPI protagonists and cultures. Click on "Continue Reading..." below to explore a small sampling of the many fantastic options available from York County Public Library. Or check out our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Book List.

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May 04

Teens Review: Light of the Jedi & Queen's Shadow

Posted on May 4, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

YCPL teens review two Star Wars novels

Teens & Tweens Review is an opportunity for York County Public Library teens and tweens to write book reviews for their peers. Check out what our youth are reading below.

In honor of May the Fourth, we are featuring teen reviews of two Star Wars novels: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and The Queen's Shadow by E. K. Johnston. To read what our teens thought of these books, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

For more reviews from YCPL teens and tweens, check out our Teens Review series. Want to submit your own review? Email us at to learn more.

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May 03

May craft kits celebrate Harry Potter

Posted on May 3, 2021 at 10:13 AM by Elizabeth Land

Harry Potter craft kits will be available at both libraries beginning May 3.

Craft kits return to the library this month! With kits for both elementary schoolers and middle/high schoolers, we've got something for every Harry Potter fan. But you don't have to be a wizard to create magic. Just grab one of our kits by stopping by the Youth Services Department at either branch beginning today, May 3. Please note that the Middle/High School kits contain small pieces and is not appropriate for young wizards. Kits will be available while supplies last. For more information, call Tabb Library at 757-890-5110 or call Yorktown Library at 757-890-3236. 

Not everyone has read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, but most people at least recognize the iconic name. The 7-novel series has spawned movies, a Broadway play and even its own section in the Universal Studios theme park. But it all started with the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It's never too late to experience the series. The York County Public Library carries copies of every book in the series in both physical, digital and audio formats. Just visit our online catalog to reserve your copy today.