Upcoming Events

LIBRARY CLOSED ON JUNE 20, 2022 – JUNETEENTH

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

GARDEN TOUR OF KENNEBUNKPORT – July 16, 2022

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.

MEET THE AUTHOR – DR. KATHARINE HAYHOE – APRIL 30 @ 11:00 AM

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 Eventbrite.com.  Anyone wanting to join virtually, a link will be forthcoming.    To register – go to Eventbrite.com 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:  Eventbrite.com

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 www.theclimateinitiative.org and by connecting on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2021 – ONLINE AUCTION

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 32auctions.com/HOMEFOR21.  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!

 

32auctions.com/HOMEFOR21

LOCAL TALENT, LOCAL HEROES – AUGUST 14 @ 5:00 PM

Join us for a special celebration on Saturday, August 14 @ 5:00 pm of the “Trash Guys” Steve (Roscoe) Ross and Dave Ogden. Their friendship and good work sparked a news story well known through the Kennebunks and beyond. While out and about with their buckets and tongs picking up garbage every morning, Steve eyes possible images to be saved forever on his camera. Steve’s photographs will be on display and sale through 2021. One-half of all sales will benefit Graves Library. Wine and Hors-D’oeuvres will be served. The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.

Parking available on Maine Street and Consolidated School. Please RSVP by August 6.

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!

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