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AN AFTERNOON WITH JEAN BECKER

An Afternoon With  Jean Becker

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

Sunday, October 3 @ 2:00 pm

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 Sunday, October 3 at 2:00 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

 

Tickets ($20.00) will be sold at Graves Library starting September 1st.   The suggested price includes an intimate discussion with the author, a book signing, and a reception.  All proceeds benefit the Graves Library.  Limited seating available. Graves Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine.  Please call  (207) 967-2778 for information on this event or other upcoming programs.  Copies of all books will be available for sale and signing.

AN EVENING WITH NY TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LISA WINGATE

The Trustees of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library are pleased to announce their annual Author Event to be held virtually on Thursday, September 16 at 6:00 pm.   This year’s fundraising event will feature New York Times Best Selling Author, Lisa Wingate.

Lisa Wingate is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which remained on the bestseller list for fifty-four weeks in hardcover and has sold over 2 million copies. She has penned over thirty novels and coauthored a nonfiction book, Before and After with Judy Christie. Her award-winning works have been selected for state and community One Book reads throughout the country, have been published in over forty languages, and have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide. The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa and six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.”

Her work has garnered or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for over a year, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winner for historical fiction. Before We Were Yours has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold over two million copies. Before and After was a finalist for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Non-Fiction History and Biography.

Lisa was inspired to become a writer by a first-grade teacher who said she expected to see Lisa’s name in a magazine one day. Lisa also entertained childhood dreams of being an Olympic gymnast and winning the National Finals Rodeo but was stalled by a mental block against backflips on the balance beam and by parents who stubbornly refused to finance a rodeo career. She was lucky enough to marry into a big family of Southern tall tale enthusiasts who never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Lisa writes her novels at home in Texas where she is part of the Wingate clan of storytellers. Of all the things she treasures about being a writer, she enjoys connecting with people, both real and imaginary, the most.

Virtual Tickets for this event will be available soon at the Graves Library or go to the “DONATE” Button on the HOMEPAGE of this website and specify the event in the notes section.  ($25 pp–includes link to this special live event.)  All proceeds benefit the annual operations of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.

 

 

HOLIDAY HOURS – CLOSED DECEMBER 24-26 AND JANUARY 1

*Please call the Library during inclement weather or check your local television listings to make sure we are open for business.  The Library usually follows the local school closures and abides by an parking bans enforced by the Town of Kennebunkport.  At this time, the Library is only open to cardholders.  Wi-Fi is available in the parking lot and on the porch.  Copies, faxes, and printing can be done.  Please feel free to call us for details (967-2778).

For the Christmas Holiday, the Library will be closed December 24-26 and January 1. From all of us here at Graves Library, we wish you the happiest and healthiest holidays.  We all look forward to a brighter and lighter 2021!

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – ONLINE AUCTION

The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will be hosting an on-line fundraiser in November 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 32auctions.com/HOMEFOR  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 16 THROUGH December 1) and start bidding.  Twenty-five baskets are being designed and donated by friends of the Library, which means that 100 percent of the sales will directly benefit the Library.  A few choices to consider:  A Night in Boston’s North End (sort of), Tequila Mockingbird, Of All the Gin Joints, Games People Play, 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 1), 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!

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – ONLINE AUCTION

The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will be hosting an on-line fundraiser in November 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 32auctions.com/HOMEFOR  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 16 THROUGH December 1) and start bidding.  Twenty-five baskets are being designed and donated by friends of the Library, which means that 100 percent of the sales will directly benefit the Library.  A few choices to consider:  A Night in Boston’s North End (sort of), Tequila Mockingbird, Of All the Gin Joints, Games People Play, 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 1), 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!

DESIGN A BOOKMARK CONTEST – IMAGINE YOUR STORY

Please help us create some new bookmarks for our patrons.  Choose the category that’s right for you.  Toddler to 5th Grade; 6th Grade through High School.  Design must be 2 x 6 and on one side only.  All entries are due by August 3.  Winning Bookmarks will be printed up and handed out to patrons and visitors.  Winning patrons will also receive a gift card to our Book Cellar.  Please call us for more details (967-2778).

 

BOOK BUNDLES FOR THE LITTLES

INTRODUCING – Book Bundles for little kids!  Not sure what books to get?  Not coming into the Library during the Pandemic?  No worries – we’ve got you covered!  We will be making different Book Bundles each week with proven favorites to keep your little ones entertained and engaged.  Each Bundle includes 4 books and a Craft Kit.  They will all be posted on the Graves Library FaceBook Page.  Call us (967-2778) and we will check them out to you and leave them on the porch.

Is each Bundle subject specific?  Why, yes it is.  Here are the themes:  Diversity, Terri’s Favs, Dino Pack, Heroes, Terri Tales, Nature, Black Lives Matter, Kindness Counts, Stephanie’s Top Picks, Keep on Truckin….

LIBRARY CLOSED – THROUGH JUNE 2020

First and foremost, we have missed seeing you all in person!  We thank you for your patience and ongoing support during our closure and this first phase of re-opening.

Through June, we will still be closed to the public.  Paid staff will be in the building Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. and Saturday from 9:00 am to Noon.  It is our hope that come July, we can welcome you back inside.  We have waived all fines on your account accrued through the closure.

Please keep in mind that although we are closed, you can still stay connected with offerings from Graves Library.  We offer thousands of books, movies, magazines, audio materials (for pick-up), digital resources (through our website), book sale items (call us) virtual story times, book discussion groups, and homemade crafts (via Facebook.com).

We encourage you to call for curbside services.  Please go to our website (www.graveslibrary.org) and click on the CATALOG button.  Type in the title, author, subject, or keyword and click on the corresponding button.  (Make sure the spelling is correct).  If you don’t see what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to ask.  Once you have made your list, call us at (207) 967-2778 with your order.

Before we can allow patrons and visitors back inside the building, we are making changes to help everyone stay safe (as best we can).  We are adding:

Plexi-glass shields at the circulation desks

Sanitization pumps at all entrances and in each room of the Library

Wipeable covers on keyboards

Eliminating extra chairs to control seating

Social distancing guides and signs in common areas

Rubbish cans with no lids in bathrooms and other areas

One entrance (front door) and one exit (garden area)

A quarantine procedure (72 hours) for when materials are returned via the book drop

Continuous cleaning services throughout the building

Outside seating on loan from the Kennebunkport Resort Collection and our other benches here and at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust property (behind the former Mast Cove Gallery).

When we do open to the public, we are asking everyone to wear a mask to cover nose and mouth properly.  If you come to the Library without one, we are happy to fill your request and leave it on the bench outside.  We will also have to limit the number of people in the building at one time (for what is comfortable for all).

As much as we would like to, we are not going to be able to return to the way things were for quite a while…but we will do our best to keep the Library clean and safe for your browsing pleasure when we are able to see you in person once again.

Our website has several links to valuable sites (newspapers, homework, e-book and audio-book downloads, magazine articles, genealogy, movies, etc.)  Visit:  graveslibrary.org

Miss Stephanie is offering live story time every  Friday at 10:00 through OUR Facebook page.  And Miss Terri is presenting Terri Tales every Tuesday (via Facebook)

For e-books and audio-books: click on the CLOUD LIBRARY app (bottom left icon on our home page-graveslibrary.org).  Because of Governor Mills mandate, the State Library has just added over $75,000 worth of new materials to choose from.  And, if you would like to open a temporary Portland Public Library card, please send them an email at lending@portlib.org.  Portland has additional resources on its website that you, as a York County resident, has free access.

For education articles, national newspapers, homework help, medical assistance, and genealogy (now including Ancestry.com) :  click here MAINE DIGITAL LIBRARY (Formerly MARVEL!) on the LINKS tab.  For many of these databases, you will need to create a user name and password.  The “getting started” tab will walk you through this.

TED-ED is full of webinars, talks, lessons worth sharing for teachers and students around the globe.

If you are Facebook user, many Maine authors are reading stories and supplying coloring pages of their art works for free.  Chris Van Dusen is reading at least one of his children’s books per day (chrisvandusen.com).  Other authors are following suit.

Our Wi-Fi is accessible in the parking lot.  Please use : Graves Public Library.  There is no password.

Please call the Library if you have any questions.  We are trying to do our part to steer you in the right direction.  (207) 967-2778.

We wish for good health and safety for all of our patrons and friends.

Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, Library Director, Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library

 

 

SECRET GARDENS TOUR OF KENNEBUNKPORT- JULY 18, 2020 (POSTPONED)

 

The Secret Gardens Tour of Kennebunkport will be POSTPONED UNTIL 2021.  This fundraiser is very important to ongoing operations of the Library but because of the pandemic, we are more concerned with  making sure everyone continues to be safe and healthy.  We will post the new date in the next few months.  Thank you so much for your support and faith in your public Library.

 

THANKS TO YOU—WE REACHED OUR GOAL!

 

The Trustees and Staff of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library held an open house at the Library on Friday the 16th of August from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. That date marked the third anniversary of the kick-off of the Capital Campaign to raise the funds to build our much-needed addition to the Library, the Mothers Wing. Having raised over $1.5 million dollars, we celebrated the end of the campaign by retiring our construction debt to Kennebunk Savings Bank with a ceremonial Burning of the Mortgage.

Almost exactly three years ago Mrs. Laura Bush kindly helped the Library’s Trustees kick off the Mothers Wing campaign by cutting the ribbon to reopen the long-sealed historic front door of the Library, a door first opened over 200 years ago as the front door to the Kennebunk Bank of Arundel.  After a three year campaign, with the support of over 500 generous patrons, private organizations, and friends of the Library, the campaign has reached its goal!

The Mothers Wing officially opened on October 20, 2017.  Since then, countless programs, classes, activities, meetings, and book sales have occurred in this new space.

Thank you again for your generous support of this treasure of Kennebunkport, the Louis T. Graves Memorial Pubic Library.

With great regard and appreciation,

George Emery, Chair Capital Campaign/Trustee                                                    Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, Library Director

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