graves library programs


Enjoy putting pen to paper with your thoughts and stories?  Join us for a different kind of writing group, that will meet once a month.

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 to get on board.

Each of us has a story to tell. We would like to invite you to transform those images and memories into stories or essays, for some of you, maybe even poetry.  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. What we decide to do with these exercises will be up to you!


Saving Money on Home Energy Bills!

With rising costs in heating and electricity, it’s hard to know the best ways to save energy in the home and stay comfortable in the winter and the summer!  Come learn more about what you can do to save money in your home and be more comfortable year-round, and bring your questions about what options make the most sense and will save the most money!  We’ll also go over the rebates available for Maine homeowners and what additional federal funding will be coming with the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act.

Colin McCullough is a BPI-certified Home Energy Auditor who has worked for several state energy efficiency programs for 12 years, advising homeowners on the most efficient options for a more affordable, comfortable, and safe home.  He is currently renovating his 110-year-old home in Farmingdale to achieve Net-Zero Energy status.

FMI please call (207) 967-2778.


Thursday, February 9 at 9:30 am. In Case of Emergency, What to Expect When You Call for an Ambulance

Presenters Dean Auriemma, KEMS Public Relations and James Stockman, Chair of the KEMS Board of Directors, will provide information on when to call an ambulance, what to expect when it arrives and more.

FMI please call (207) 967-2778.


Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00 am. Be an Informed Health Consumer- Understanding the Risk of Polypharmacy. Are you aware that if you take 5 or more medications daily you are at an increased risk of unintentional consequences? Join us to learn ways you can prevent the risks of medication consequences and how to become a more informed health consumer.


Space for this program is limited. To reserve your seat, or with any questions, please call (207) 967-2778.


We can’t let the summer end without doing one last Summer Music Series concert! The music continues with Dana Pearson on Wednesday, August 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Join us for some good vibes and live music in the garden at Graves Library.  Bring your friends, bring your chair, sit back, tap your feet, and listen to some local beat.  Let’s celebrate summer, our community, and our fondness for talented artists right in our own back yard! Dana is a guitarist and plays a little bit of everything.

A suggested donation of $10 pp would be appreciated.  This event will be held indoors in our Community Room in the event of inclement weather (if this is the case, no need to bring your own chair!).  Any questions, please call the Library (967-2778) or email Mary-Lou Boucouvalas at  The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.  Parking is available on Maine Street or at Consolidated School.



We hope to see you for this very important climate discussion sponsored by The Climate Initiative (TCI) on Thursday, August 18 @ 10:00 am. We will be joined by Dr. Krista Sherman and Ms. Vichet Ratha Khlok, Distinguished Humphrey Fellows with he Fulbright Exchange Program in the Community Room. Light refreshments will be served. Call (207) 967-2778 for more information. The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.


The Trustees of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library are pleased to announce their Annual Author Event to be held at the Kennebunk River Club from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2022.  This year’s fundraising event will feature award-winning author and journalist, David Maraniss. The evening will begin with a wine reception, followed by a discussion between David Maraniss and Peter Slen, Senior Executive Producer at C-SPAN. A book signing of David’s newest title, A Path Lit by Lighting, will follow the reception and discussion.  Tickets are $60/each (non-refundable), and are available for purchase at the Library (18 Maine Street), or online via Eventbrite. Ticket sales close the day before the event, on Wednesday, September 28th at 3:00 pm.

For tickets, click HERE.


David Maraniss is a New York Times bestselling author and associate editor at The Washington Post. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s. He currently lives in Washington D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information about David Maraniss, visit his website.

Here is what people are saying about David’s latest book, A Path Lit by Lightning

“In different hands I might be dubious, but David Maraniss revives the titanic Jim Thorpe for a new generation with a surgeon’s care, the diligence of a great researcher, and the poignance and humanity that is the signature of his writing. Path Lit By Lightning is a masterful look at this country’s first super-athlete, unflinching from what conquest did to his people, from the rousing and bittersweet journey of fame and identity, nor from an American century often far less heroic than the book’s protagonist. It’s simply brilliant.”

– Howard Bryant, author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron

“Goes beyond the myth and into the guts of Thorpe’s life, using extensive research, historical nuance and bittersweet honesty to tell the story of a gifted and complicated man. . . . Maraniss’ biography does justice to the struggles and triumphs of a truly great man.”

– Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times

“A sensitive and compelling life of the great, ill-treated athlete Jim Thorpe. . . . Racism was a powerful element in Thorpe’s life, and Maraniss explores this topic with insight and nuance, just as he did in his biography of Roberto Clemente. . . . A tale that, though well known in outline, Maraniss enriches with his considerable skills as a writer and researcher.”

– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)






We are very grateful to our Sponsors Spinnaker Trust, Fine Print Booksellers, Kennebunk Beach Realty, Cider Mill Press, Mutasia, Inc., and Rosemary and Billy Shore, for helping to make this event possible!  We would also like to thank our In-Kind donors – The Kennebunk River Club, Kitchen Chicks Catering, Hurlbutt Designs, Schooner Eleanor, So-Po Wine Co., The Wine House on Main, Wallingford Farm, and Maine & Vine.



The morning book group meets every second Thursday of the month at 9:45 am.  New members always welcome.  Copies of the book will be available upon request/reservation.  Please call the Library for further details (207) 967-2778.  We hope you will join us!


The morning book group meets every second Thursday of the month at 9:45 am.  New members always welcome.  Copies of the book will be available upon request/reservation.  Please call the Library for further details (207) 967-2778.  We hope you will join us!


The morning book group meets every second Thursday of the month at 9:45 am.  New members always welcome.  Copies of the book will be available upon request/reservation.  Please call the Library for further details (207) 967-2778.  We hope you will join us!

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