October 2020

Dear friends,

Having almost completed my sixth and final year on the Library Board, I can say that working with the staff, other Trustees, volunteers, and our many supporters has been one of the better experiences of my life.    Like you, I believe that libraries are special places, and that Graves in particular is unique and one of the best.   To paraphrase George H. W. Bush’s view of Kennebunkport, Graves Library is an anchor for all of us.

Since June, we hope that many of you have been able to take advantage of our re-opening with safety precautions and most services.  The joy and enthusiasm of returning patrons has really shown how much the Library means to our community.  Many of you exclaimed that we were your “lifeline” during these last few months of uncertainty.  For the Trustees (who have been acting as front door greeters), seeing this first hand has been one of the silver linings of the pandemic.

Like so many other organizations, we quickly shifted to online programming through Facebook and Zoom.  Terri Tales has become a national hit; interactive stories, music, and crafts are popular even though they are not held in-house; lectures, writing workshops, book groups, and author visits are offered monthly and will continue online until we can gather inside safely again.  And book deliveries to our seniors and curbside pick-up will be offered to anyone not comfortable entering the building.

Beyond having to close and then reopen on a limited basis, having to cancel our two major fundraising events (the annual author event and the secret garden tour) was, of course, a major disappointment.  The cancellation of these events did hurt the Library financially and, importantly, the community missed two very enjoyable programs.

We are hopeful that our patrons and supporters will rally to donate to the Library’s annual appeal.  We encourage you to subscribe to the weekly email update – What’s Happening at Graves Library. Please let us know in your return envelope if you wish to add your name to our subscriber list.

In the meantime, the staff and Trustees are working hard to maintain the Library in a secure manner to provide whatever services make sense during the pandemic. We all look forward to the time when it is safe to gather, dance and sing in person at story time, have our taxes prepared, watch a feature film at movie night, and enjoy a visit with a guest at our monthly Pasco Lectures.  We will get there, and we hope that you will join us when we do.

We wish you all good health and thank you for your ongoing support of our “small but mighty” Library.

David Kling, President

Board of Trustees