Graves Library Kennebunkport

A VIRTUAL CONVERSATION WITH WHITE HOUSE FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF, JEAN BECKER

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 at 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

Please call (207) 967-2778 to sign up for this virtual webinar event.  A working email is required.  Books can be ordered through the Library!

And – because this is at a time when some folks might like to have a beverage, we have picked out a special “bubbly rose” at Maine & Vine.  This is Jean’s favorite go-to.   If you feel inclined to celebrate and have a glass during the webinar, you can pick some up at Maine & Vine in Lower Village prior to the event.  Hours of operation 12:00 to 6:00 Tuesday through Sunday. 

 

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS – BOOK GROUP

Please join us, Alison Kenneway and Kim Noble, RNs from the Kennebunkport Public Health Department on Wednesday, October 20 @ 9:45 am to identify ways to improve healthy choices and overall well-being.  Copies of the book Coming Clean : a Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller are available for checkout at the Library.

Not able to read the book before the discussion, please feel free to join us and learn more about this month’s book pick.  Help set the course for a healthy and safer you!

WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW

Enjoy putting pen to paper with your thoughts and stories?  Join us for a new and different kind of writing group. Creative writing prompts will be given at the end of each meeting.  When we meet, we will discuss our findings, share our writing, and get to know our own unique inner talents!  Give us a call at 967-2778 or send an email to mlbgraves@gmail.com to get on board.

SESSIONS WILL RUN EVERY OTHER WEEK ON TUESDAYS @ 4:00 PM (VIA ZOOM and/or IN PERSON – COMMUNITY ROOM)

Each of us has a story to tell. Perhaps some of you have engaged in journal writing as a way of capturing the fleeting images and memories resulting from the past several months of isolation and social distancing. We would like to invite you to transform those images and memories into stories or essays, for some of you, maybe even poetry. While writing workshops work best in person where members collaborate and offer personal, constructive critique, we offer an online approach that we believe will work well with interested participants. Every two weeks, after the initial introduction, we will provide a prompt in the form of a question or directive. For example, we might begin with this prompt: “I don’t know why I remember but . . .” Memories are a great way to tap into the creative process and this type of writing often leads to more imaginative writing. When we zoom together after two weeks, you can choose to share (or not) and hopefully each participant will respond to the reading in a constructive, non judgmental way. During our initial meeting we will be open to suggestions regarding the time interval, the format and possible prompts. As we approach fall and particularly winter this writing workshop will provide a wide window into the possibilities of written expression. What we decide to do with these exercises will be up to you!

WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW

Enjoy putting pen to paper with your thoughts and stories?  Join us for a new and different kind of writing group. Creative writing prompts will be given at the end of each meeting.  When we meet, we will discuss our findings, share our writing, and get to know our own unique inner talents!  Give us a call at 967-2778 or send an email to mlbgraves@gmail.com to get on board.

SESSIONS WILL RUN EVERY OTHER WEEK ON TUESDAYS @ 4:00 PM (VIA ZOOM and/or IN PERSON – COMMUNITY ROOM)

Each of us has a story to tell. Perhaps some of you have engaged in journal writing as a way of capturing the fleeting images and memories resulting from the past several months of isolation and social distancing. We would like to invite you to transform those images and memories into stories or essays, for some of you, maybe even poetry. While writing workshops work best in person where members collaborate and offer personal, constructive critique, we offer an online approach that we believe will work well with interested participants. Every two weeks, after the initial introduction, we will provide a prompt in the form of a question or directive. For example, we might begin with this prompt: “I don’t know why I remember but . . .” Memories are a great way to tap into the creative process and this type of writing often leads to more imaginative writing. When we zoom together after two weeks, you can choose to share (or not) and hopefully each participant will respond to the reading in a constructive, non judgmental way. During our initial meeting we will be open to suggestions regarding the time interval, the format and possible prompts. As we approach fall and particularly winter this writing workshop will provide a wide window into the possibilities of written expression. What we decide to do with these exercises will be up to you!

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, 2021.  This year’s fundraising event will feature award-winning 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.

Tickets for this virtual event are available at the Graves Library or go to the “DONATE” Button located on the HomePage of this website and specify in the event in the notes section.  ($25 pp. — cnce payment is received, a link to a working email will be sent for the webinar.)

All proceeds benefit the annual operations of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.  We truly appreciate your support.

 

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS – BOOK GROUP

Please join us and Kim Noble, RN from the Kennebunkport Public Health Department on Wednesday, September 15 @ 9:45 am to identify ways to improve healthy choices and overall well-being.  Copies of the book Now What : a Guide to Gifts and Challenges of Aging written by Ruth Rashid Kaleniecki and David Crumm (editor) are available for checkout at the Library.

Not able to read the book before the discussion, please feel free to join us and learn more about this month’s book pick.  Help set the course for a healthy and safer you!

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS – BOOK GROUP

Please join us on and the staff from the Kennebunkport Public Health Department on Wednesday, July 21 @ 9:45 am to identify ways to improve healthy choices and overall well-being.  Copies of the book SAVOR by Thich Nhat Hahn and Dr. Lilian Cheung are available for checkout at the Library.

 

Not able to read the book before the discussion, please feel free to join us and learn more about mindful eating, mindful life.  Help set the course for a healthy summer!

SUGAR SHOCK – A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

We’re Teaming Up!  The Health Department and the Library to talk SUGAR!  Join us in the garden area of the Library on Wednesday, June 16 at 9:45 am for a lively discussion.

 

Kennebunkport Public Health Department to discuss ways to help identify “hidden” sugars in your food and ways to reduce your overall sugar consumption to untimately improve your health.  Copies of the book by Carol Prager and Samantha Cassetty are available for checkout.  Not able to read the book before the discussion, please feel free to join us in the garden and learn more about sugars in our diet.  Let’s set the course for a healthy summer!

WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW

Enjoy putting pen to paper with your thoughts and stories?  Join us for a new and different kind of writing group.  Everything is virtual, everything is safe.  Members of the group will meet using basic Zoom.com platform.  If you would like to join, please let us know and we will send an EMAIL invitation to YOU to join the meeting 24 hours prior.

Creative writing prompts will be given at the end of each meeting.  When we meet, we will discuss our findings, share our writing, and get to know our own unique inner talents!  Give us a call at 967-2778 or send an email to ml@graves.lib.me.us to get on board.

SESSIONS WILL RUN EVERY OTHER WEEK ON TUESDAYS @ 4:00 PM (VIA ZOOM)

Each of us has a story to tell. Perhaps some of you have engaged in journal writing as a way of capturing the fleeting images and memories resulting from the past several months of isolation and social distancing. We would like to invite you to transform those images and memories into stories or essays, for some of you, maybe even poetry. While writing workshops work best in person where members collaborate and offer personal, constructive critique, we offer an online approach that we believe will work well with interested participants. Every two weeks, after the initial introduction, we will provide a prompt in the form of a question or directive. For example, we might begin with this prompt: “I don’t know why I remember but . . .” Memories are a great way to tap into the creative process and this type of writing often leads to more imaginative writing. When we zoom together after two weeks, you can choose to share (or not) and hopefully each participant will respond to the reading in a constructive, non judgmental way. During our initial meeting we will be open to suggestions regarding the time interval, the format and possible prompts. As we approach fall and particularly winter this writing workshop will provide a wide window into the possibilities of written expression. What we decide to do with these exercises will be up to you!

WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW

Looking for something to do this fall?  Enjoy putting pen to paper with your thoughts and stories?  Join us for a new and different kind of writing group.  Everything is virtual, everything is safe.  Members of the group will meet using basic Zoom.com platform.  If you would like to join (EVERYONE is welcome!), please let us know and we will send an EMAIL invitation to YOU to join the meeting 24 hours prior.

Creative writing prompts will be given at the end of each meeting.  When we meet, we will discuss our findings, share our writing, and get to know our own unique inner talents!  Give us a call at 967-2778 or send an email to ml@graves.lib.me.us to get on board.

SESSIONS WILL RUN EVERY OTHER WEEK ON TUESDAYS @ 4:00 PM (VIA ZOOM)

Each of us has a story to tell. Perhaps some of you have engaged in journal writing as a way of capturing the fleeting images and memories resulting from the past several months of isolation and social distancing. We would like to invite you to transform those images and memories into stories or essays, for some of you, maybe even poetry. While writing workshops work best in person where members collaborate and offer personal, constructive critique, we offer an online approach that we believe will work well with interested participants. Every two weeks, after the initial introduction, we will provide a prompt in the form of a question or directive. For example, we might begin with this prompt: “I don’t know why I remember but . . .” Memories are a great way to tap into the creative process and this type of writing often leads to more imaginative writing. When we zoom together after two weeks, you can choose to share (or not) and hopefully each participant will respond to the reading in a constructive, non judgmental way. During our initial meeting we will be open to suggestions regarding the time interval, the format and possible prompts. As we approach fall and particularly winter this writing workshop will provide a wide window into the possibilities of written expression. What we decide to do with these exercises will be up to you!

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