Graves Library Annual Appeal Letter – 2023-2024

Dear Friends:

“All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library’s simple unspoken promise:      Here I am, please tell me your story; here is my story, please listen.” – Susan Orlean, “The Library Book”

Our story is a simple one: no matter who you are or why you have come, we are always here for you. 

That promise is made possible by the tireless dedication of our staff and director, Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, who was named “Outstanding Librarian of the Year” (her 25th with us) by the Maine Library Association. Their commitment to serving you is what makes Graves Library the warm and welcoming community hub we all value so much.

Your stories reflect the library’s growing list of activities. In addition to being readers, you have told us that you are parents and children bonding over stories and playtime. You are used book shoppers, knitters, concert and movie goers, yoga fans, technology users, art lovers, and lifelong learners. Link to our YouTube program “What’s Your Story” from our website to meet some of the many interesting people who pass through our doors every day.

Your stories also shape how Graves Library plans for the future. Requests for private meeting spaces by remote workers and others are increasing. Many of you have also shown interest in using our outdoor spaces to work, connect with friends, enjoy a children’s story, or access our WiFi. We have been listening to those needs and your continued support will help us meet them.

One hallmark of our story is the array of first-rate authors we present each year. This year, at least a dozen of them captivated overflow audiences with their unique storytelling, ranging from tales of Maine history to crime solvers, owls, museum founders, family sagas, and much more.

There are so many reasons why more people are coming to Graves Library, and none of them would be possible without the generous gifts of friends like you. The majority of our annual budget – more than 60 percent – is funded through this appeal. That’s a steeper hill to climb every year as costs rise. 

Last year we came close to reaching our ambitious goal of raising $100,000. With your help, we would like to say we made it there this year. Every donation counts!

Graves Library is here for you. Thank you for being here for Graves Library.

With Sincere Appreciation,

Connie Dykstra, President, Board of Trustees  

P.S. You can also mail a check to Graves Memorial Public Library, P.O. Box 391, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, made out to “Graves Memorial Library.”