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VIRTUAL LUNCH CONVERSATION WITH JOHN GRISHAM

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!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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).

LABOR DAY WEEKEND – CLOSED

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!

WI-FI REACHING NEW LIMITS

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

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.

AN EVENING WITH NY TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LISA WINGATE & SPECIAL GUEST

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 are available at the Graves Library or click on the “DONATE” button below 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….

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