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GRAVES LIBRARY REOPENING SOON! (MAY 3, 2021)

When next you visit the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, you will be greeted by your old friends!  Inside, you will find a lot of new books, newspapers, magazines, movies, and audiobooks.  You will be able to use the computers and visit the Book Sale once again.  We are happy to offer reference services and readers advisory.  Photocopier, notary services, and expanded outdoor seating area to picnic with family and friends will also be available.

Starting May 3 at 10:00 am, the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will open its doors four days per week.  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.  All public 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 (www.graveslibrary.org) and our weekly newsletter (sign up via email) for information on events and special pop-ups.  Due to the size of public space, only 15 people will be allowed in the building at a time.  Outdoor Wi-Fi and seating is available at all times.

 

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 “Buy Tickets” Button on this website and specify in 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.

 

CURBSIDE SERVICES (UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

DEAR FRIENDS

With the increase in COVID-19 cases in our immediate area, the Graves Library moved to curbside services.  The staff will be here working Monday through Friday 10 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, taking calls, filling orders, and processing books, every day … just no folks in the building.  If you need to get in touch with us for anything, please call 967-2778 or email me directly.  (ml@graves.lib.me.us)

We appreciate your support and patience as we all work to get these numbers going in the right direction for our community and our state.

In the meantime, please take advantage of our online resources:

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

For e-books and audio-books: click on the CLOUD LIBRARY app (bottom left icon on our home page-graveslibrary.org).  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.  Call us if you need help! (207-967-2778).

 Virtual story time is offered every Monday and Friday at 10:00 through Facebook.com/GravesLibrary page.  Special Holiday Stories are posted on there as well each night through December.     

Want to buy some books from our sale?  Send us a list of what you are looking for (not specific titles – just genres) and we can fill a bag for $10 and put on the porch.

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

Our Wi-Fi is accessible in the parking lot.  Please use: Graves Public Library.  There is no password.  Just please don’t leave your car running too long!

We are here to help.  Just let us know what we can do (remotely!)

Please have a safe and blessed winter.

Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, Library Director

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.

 

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