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).



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….


When next you visit the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, pretend you are living in the year 1920Until we can get back to our customary way of operation, the Library will be offering all of the services it did when it opened 100 years ago.  It will offer books, newspapers, magazines, movies, and audio files.  If will offer reference services and readers advisory.  It will offer a mimeograph machine (a/k/a photocopier), notary services, and expanded outdoor seating area to picnic with family and friends.

Starting June 29 at 10:00 am, the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will open its doors to the public after being closed for 3.5 months.  Hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 to 4:00; Saturday 9:30 to 12:00.  Services will be limited to checking out books, movies, and other materials.  No computer usage or bathrooms will be available until further notice.  All programs have been moved to Face Book or Zoom Format for the summer.  Children’s Reading Program is available.  Summer packets will be given out (curbside) to any child joining.  Please check out our website ( and our weekly newsletter (sign up via email) for information on events and special pop-ups.  Due to the size of public space, only 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time.  Outdoor Wi-Fi and seating is available at all times.

This is not the way we envisioned our summer.  It is not the way we designed our space.  It goes against everything we stand for as public librarians.  However, it is more important to keep our patrons, visitors and staff healthy and safe.  We promise to add materials you will want to check out, keep our space clean, and our staff available to assist your needs.  We appreciate your patience and support as we muddle through this pandemic together.



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

We encourage you to call for curbside services.  Please go to our website ( 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:

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  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  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 :  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 (  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




Due to the Pandemic of 2020, the Trustees of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library have decided to postpone the 8th Annual Author Event to 2021.  We will be updating this information on our website and social media pages soon.  We apologize for this unfortunate postponement; however, we will look forward to Ms. Wingate’s visit with us next year!


The Trustees of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library are pleased to announce their 8th annual Author Event to be held Thursday, June 25, 2020. The Kennebunk River Club has graciously made the Casino available for this special presentation to our patrons and friends in the community.  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.

Tickets for this event will be available on May 21 at the Graves Library or go to the “Buy Tickets” Button on this website and specify in the event in the notes section.  ($40 pp–includes reception, talk, and book signing.)  All proceeds from this event benefit the annual operations of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.




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.




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


Do you want to know a secret? Eight homeowners in Kennebunkport are opening their enchanting private gardens to the public for one day only to raise money to support ongoing community programming and services at the public library.

The First Annual “Secret Gardens of Kennebunkport” tour will be held Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (rain or shine). Tickets are $40 each and they can be purchased in advance at BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM (At the website, enter : Kennebunkport – Graves Library Gardens) 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 program map will be provided that day to all ticket holders to reveal the secret locations of the eight 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.

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Join us on Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 to 4:00 for Crafts, Books, and Food.  The Graves Library will be hosting a Craft Fair featuring the very talented Crafters of Designing Women.  You will get to shop for handbags, pottery, jewelry, scarves, etc.  A $2.00 donation at the door benefits children’s programming at the Library.  Please call the Library at 967-2778 for further details.



The Trustees of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library are pleased to announce their 7th annual Author Event to be held Thursday, June 20, 2019. The Kennebunk River Club has graciously made the Casino available for this special presentation to our patrons and friends in the community.  This year’s fundraising event will feature award-winning author, Marc Wortman.


Marc Wortman is the author of 1941: Fighting the Shadow War : A Divided America in a World at War, which was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in April 2016. It is now available in paperback. Atlantic Books published the U.K. edition in February 2017. His previous history books include The Millionaires’ Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power (2006) and The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta (2009), both published by PublicAffairs. Pan Macmillan published The Millionaires’ Unit in the U.K.

Marc served as an advisor for Humanus Films’ multi-award-winning feature-length documentary, “The Millionaires’ Unit – U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World War, which was inspired by the book. To learn more about the film, go to:

Recipient of Sigma Delta Chi and CASE feature writing prizes and a Daily Beast Long Reads selection, Marc has written articles on a wide range of subjects for Vanity FairSmithsonianTime/HNN, and many other popular and specialized publications. He was the recipient of a coveted New York Public Library Research Fellowship and was named the University of Texas-Dallas Jalonick Distinguished Lecturer in Aviation History in 2014. His discovery of a 1918 letter documenting a long-rumored grave robbery of Geronimo’s skull by members of Yale’s Skull & Bones drew worldwide press coverage. His reviews and essays on history and other subjects appear frequently in The Daily Beast.

He has taught at Princeton University and at a college-level program for inmates at a maximum security prison in New Jersey. He has spoken to audiences around the country and appeared on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN BookTV, History Channel, and numerous other broadcast outlets.

Marc was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in the Washington, DC, area. Following college at Brown University, he received a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. He lives with his family in New Haven, Connecticut, where he coaches lots of youth baseball.

Tickets for this event will be available on May 20 at the Graves Library or go to the Donate Button on this website and specify in the event in the notes section.  ($40 pp–includes reception, talk, and book signing.)  All proceeds from this event benefit the annual operations of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.


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