October, 2021

Greetings,

A friend of Graves Library (I will call him Richard) stopped by recently. It had been quite a while since he visited with us at 18 Maine Street. Like so many others, Richard stayed home and limited his outings to groceries and other essentials during the past 18 months. He said “it felt like coming home” when he entered our main Reading Room. You see, Richard has been a patron of Graves Library since the early 1940s. He remembers the beastly Fire of ‘47 that devastated Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise. But he also remembers the rebuilding of town properties, hands helping hands, and community events that brought people back together.

When Richard finally felt comfortable enough to return to public places, he made a point to stop at Graves and stay for a while.  He chuckled as little ones skipped through the room on their way upstairs for a visit with Miss Lyn and Miss Terri.  He wanted to know how we have been holding up through these times of uncertainty.  He needed to make sure that we were okay.

Well, Richard, we are okay because of people like you and all of our citizens. We are often thanked for “being here” or “picking out just the right book for my grandchild.”  In the early months of 2021, you helped us by browsing the catalog from home and calling in your orders. You adjusted to our “virtual” offerings by signing onto your computers and phones to watch our weekly story time and special family readings. You attended our online book groups, sketch club, and writing sessions.  And now that we have opened our building again, we are so happy to start serving your literary and technology needs in person.  We appreciate your willingness to adapt to the current conditions of our time.

In the coming months, our goal is to bring back the popular services you’ve enjoyed for years (see enclosed list). We also aim to expand our program offerings, update our technology, and increase our staff to attract more young families and better serve longtime patrons.

With your annual contributions, you make Graves Library a real community experience. You help keep the lights on and the building maintained. You help keep our staff employed and new books appearing on the shelves. You keep things fresh by making suggestions and asking questions. You volunteer to serve your fellow residents. You help move us forward.

If you, like Richard, have not been inside Graves Library in a while, please stop by. We want to thank you in person for keeping our doors open and inspiring us to find new and diverse ways to grow even more.   With your continued support, we pledge to not only be here for you, but also be well prepared to meet the challenges of the future.

With our deepest gratitude,

 

Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, Library Director