The library will be closed Friday, July 1, 2022 through Monday, July 4th, 2022 for the Fourth of July holiday! We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day weekend, and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, July 5th!




Save the date for a very special Author Event with David Maraniss at the Kennebunk River Club on Thursday, September 29, 2022! Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event – you won’t want to miss it!


What do Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Al Gore, Roberto Clemente, Barack Obama, and now Jim Thorpe have in common? They have all been the subject of books by author David Maraniss.

David Maraniss is a New York Times bestselling author and associate editor at The Washington Post. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won a Pulitzer for National Reporting for his 1992 coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton.  He was also part of The Washington Post team that won a Pulitzer for their 2007 coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting, among his numerous other literary awards. He currently lives in Washington D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Linda.

Details about ordering tickets for the September 29 event coming soon.

For more information about David Maraniss, visit his website.


Here is what people are saying about David’s latest book (August release), A Path Lit by Lightning: 

Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, was an All-American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for John McGraw’s New York Giants. Even in a golden age of sports celebrities, he was one of a kind.  But despite his colossal skills, Thorpe’s life was a struggle against the odds. As a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, he encountered duplicitous authorities who turned away from him when their reputations were at risk. At Carlisle, he dealt with the racist assimilationist philosophy “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” His gold medals were unfairly rescinded because he had played minor league baseball. His later life was troubled by alcohol, broken marriages, and financial distress. He roamed from state to state and took bit parts in Hollywood, but even the film of his own life failed to improve his fortunes. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. The man survived, complications and all, and so did the myth.  Path Lit by Lightning is a great American story from a master biographer.



A reminder that the library will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022 in observance of Juneteenth!


According to Cicero, “if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

We are very pleased to announce that Graves Library’s Secret Gardens of Kennebunkport will be held again on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (rain or shine). Six homeowners have agreed to open their private gardens for this one day only to help raise money for the Library. Tickets are $40 each, non-refundable, and can be purchased in advance online via Eventbrite beginning May 7, or at the Library at 18 Maine Street. On the day of the event, tickets will only be sold at Kennebunkport Consolidated School at 25 School Street.

A detailed map will be provided on the day of the tours to all ticket holders to reveal the secret locations of the six participating properties. Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of garden styles and plant types amid lovely natural settings hidden from view behind stone walls, seaside cottages, and privacy hedges. Colorful perennials and annuals, a scenic pond, woodland sculptures, ocean views, a Zen-inspired rock garden, trellised blooms, and many more delights are waiting to be discovered during this special garden tour opportunity.

All proceeds for this event benefit the Graves Memorial Public Library. Thank you for your support!

Please call us with any questions. (207) 967-2778.


The Climate Initiative and Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library invite you to a special event on Saturday, April 30 at 11:00 am.  To celebrate Earth Month, please join us for  a virtual Meet the Author & Climate Chat with climate scientist and national bestselling author, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. In-person seating is available at the Library so if you would like to attend, please give us a call or register through  Anyone wanting to join virtually, a link will be forthcoming.    To register – go to and search for “Meet the Author – Katharine Hayhoe.”

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law in the Dept. of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Katharine has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, the United Nations Champion of the Environment, and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.

Her book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” was released in September 2021 and is already a national bestseller. 

Dr. Hayhoe will be answering questions about Saving Us (moderated by TCI’s executive director Jono Anzalone).  Copies of the book will be available for sale with signed bookplates by the author! 

The event will be held both digitally and up to 50 spots will be available for in-person viewing at the Library, with a small reception following the chat from 12pm-1pm with light bites.

Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine.


Reserve your event ticket today.   Go to:

About The Climate Initiative (TCI)

TCI is a nonpartisan, science-based climate change organization based in Kennebunkport, Maine whose mission is to empower youth voices for climate action. Through education and empowerment initiatives, youth are learning about climate solutions and becoming agents of change in our communities and beyond. TCI is currently working towards breaking ground on an eco-resilient headquarters in Kennebunkport. Learn more about TCI at and by connecting on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter


The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will be hosting an on-line auction during Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude to help with budget shortfalls due to canceled events earlier this year.  “Home for the Holidays” consists of themed baskets that will be for sale through  If you are looking for a gift for the holidays, stay-at-home nights, or a treat for yourself, sign on to the auction site (November 30 THROUGH December 12) and start bidding.  Twenty-Eight baskets are being designed and donated by friends of the Library, which means that 100 percent of the sales will directly benefit the Library.  We are especially grateful to Elizabeth and Richard Conrad for donating almost all of the handmade baskets, stoneware, and wood products made by artisans all over New England.  A few choices to consider:  Fireside Fun, Farm to Table, Holiday Dreams (for boys and girls), a Movie Premier Night, and many, many more.  Please feel free to call us at (207) 967-2778 for more details.

Once the auction closes (8:00 pm on December 12), you will be notified if your bid was the highest and we will make arrangements for pick up, shipping, etc.  Some perishables will need to be added prior to pick up for freshest content.  We hope you will find the perfect basket for you!


The Trustees of Graves Public Library invite you to join us for a very special, virtual lunch conversation with America’s Favorite Storyteller – John Grisham on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm.  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

We are honored that he has chosen to hold a virtual launch of his latest book, The Judge’s List, as a benefit to the Graves Library. His appearance is made possible by Kennebunkport friends of the Library, Billy and Rosemary Shore.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and A Time to Kill. 

In his latest book, The Judge’s List, investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer, and closes in on a shocking suspect—a sitting judge.  The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law.  He is a judge, in Florida—under Lacy’s jurisdiction.  He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?  The Judge’s List is by any measure John Grisham’s most surprising, chilling novel yet. 

Your $50 donation includes the link to this special event and a copy of The Judge’s List with a bookplate signed by John Grisham!


This event is being generously sponsored by Spinnaker Trust, Rosemary and Billy Shore, Kennebunk Beach Realty, Fine Print Booksellers, John and Mary Mills, Partners Bank, Pack Maynard Realty, Mutasia, Inc., Cider Mill Press, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and The Climate Initiative.  In Kind sponsors include Tourist & Town and Volk Packaging, and Doubleday Books.

All proceeds benefit Graves Library.   PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.  Or, call us for more details (207-967-2778).


The Library will be closed on Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6 in honor of Labor Day.  Have a safe and relaxing weekend everyone!


Our Wi-Fi is reaching new limits!  If you are looking for a quiet place to check your email or study, the garden area at the Graves Library is open.  Project Connect is a statewide program that is helping all Libraries in the United States extend their Wi-Fi.  We have comfortable seats and tables.

What is projectConnect?  With the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, education (both K-12 and collegiate programs) has shifted to online distance learning, where students must have access to the Internet to complete assignments. Historically, students who do not have access to reliable Internet use public facilities like libraries, or private businesses such as restaurants and coffee shops to get online to complete assignments.

Given the nature of this pandemic, social distancing has been determined to be the best course of action to slow the spread of the virus; and libraries and businesses are closing their doors for the current time to stop the spread. This further increases the likelihood of students falling behind on coursework, and their grades suffering, and in general widening the digital divide.

For libraries, schools, community centers, and similar organizations: we’re working with anchor institutions across the country, and working together with them to provide an outdoor access point with WiFi so that community members can access internet resources, including distance learning curricula and employment resources, outside of these community facilities (e.g. in parking lots, outdoor seating areas, and green spaces while social distancing). Our services are provided at no cost.

For public safety, emergency operations, and medical facilities: our service offering includes temporary network, voice, video, and wireless infrastructure, compute devices including notebooks and tablets, and broad technical assistance engineering, installing, and maintaining infrastructure at remote medical sites. Given the current crisis, our team can add the most value by connecting field hospitals, drive thru testing sites, and temporary command centers. All of our resources and services are provided at no cost, but we do request logistical assistance or reimbursement for shipping when applicable. 


An Evening With  Jean Becker

Former Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush

November 10, 2021 @ 5:30 pm – virtual  webinar format

The Graves Library is thrilled to welcome Jean Becker, former Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, (and New York Times bestselling author) on Wednesday, November 10 @ 5:30 pm to present The Man I Knew : the Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency.

Jean Becker has been chief of staff to former President George H. W. Bush since 1994, supervising his office in both Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine, and overseeing the opening of the George Bush Presidential Library Center in 1997. She took a leave of absence in 1999 to edit and research “All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings.” Previously, Jean served as deputy press secretary to first lady Barbara Bush from 1989 to 1992 and helped Mrs. Bush with the editing and research for her books “Barbara Bush, A Memoir” and “Reflections.” A former journalist, she is also a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the C-Change Cancer Board, and an ad hoc member of the advisory boards of The George Bush Presidential Library and The George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Here is what folks are saying about The Man I Knew:

“With grace, wit, insight, and a loving but not uncritical eye, Jean Becker has given us a great gift: a moving, honest, and illuminating portrait of the final decades of one of the finest men in American history. This terrific book shows us that George H.W. Bush was always more complicated and more interesting than his public image, and Becker’s first-hand report of his long and consequential post-presidency reminds us anew of how lucky America and the world were that the 41st President chose a life in the arena. THE MAN I KNEW is an invaluable addition to the canon of American presidential literature.”  ―Jon Meacham

“Other than Barbara Bush, Jean Becker probably knew George H.W. Bush better than anyone, so her enchanting, moving and altogether wonderful memoir of her years as his chief of staff is aptly titled. THE MAN I KNEW is an important—no, necessary—addition to the shelf of books about the most beautifully-souled man who ever led this country.”―Christopher Buckley

“Jean Becker’s beautiful book, THE MAN I KNEW, is a touching and fascinating look at a man both of us loved and admired—George H.W. Bush. As his chief of staff for almost two decades, Becker lovingly reveals stories about her boss that capture all aspects of his life as the ‘Former Leader of the Free World,’ as he sometimes called himself after leaving the White House. Her book is a must read for anyone interested in one of the very best presidents in our history.”―James A. Baker III


To attend, please call (207) 967-2778 for the webinar link.  Signed copies of  the book will be available for sale at the Library.

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