York City's Martin Library plans block party to celebrate reopening

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Martin Library will host a free block party Sunday, July 17, as part of a weeklong celebration of the historic York City landmark's reopening following extensive renovations.

The week’s festivities also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday in front of the library’s entrance at 159 E. Market St. in York City.. 

The ribbon-cutting will include comments from York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert as well as several community leaders. Tours of the library will follow at 10 a.m.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the library,” said Martin Library Director Mina Edmondson. “We are here for everyone, and this event is for the entire community; you, your friends and neighbors to all come out and enjoy.”

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Activities throughout the week will include a history of Martin Library programs, self-guided tours, a creative program for teens and Luis Garay World Percussion. 

The week of festivities concludes with a block party from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. The block party will be held on Queen Street to commemorate the grand reopening. During that time, Queen Street will be closed from Market Street to Clark Avenue.

Family-friendly games, crafts and activities will be held outside the children’s area on Queen Street, according to the library. Tours of the newly renovated facility will be available inside.

Serving the community since 1935, Martin Library is one of York County’s oldest libraries and is a branch of York County Libraries. The renovation of the facility took 15 months to complete. 

It is recognized as a PA Forward Gold Star library for its outstanding provision of programs and resources to community members. It was also the first library to receive the Library of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association. 

Anyone with questions about the block party or other grand reopening events should call the library at 717-846-5300. 

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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