Kennebunkport Library

LEGO CLUB

Lego Madness will take place on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:15 PM

Bring your imagination for an hour of fun. Imagine, Build, Create! Unstructured build time will be followed by a group-building challenge and game.

This program is for elementary-aged students. Please give us a call to register at 967-2778.

MAINE AUTHOR SHANNON BUTLER – DECEMBER 12 @ 5:30 PM

SHANNON BUTLER – DECEMBER 12 AT 5:30 PM

To help us celebrate Christmas Prelude in the perfect literary fashion, Maine Author Shannon Butler will be here at the Graves Library on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 pm to sign copies of her book All is Calm: a Maine Christmas Reader.

 

When many people think of Christmas, they dream of snow-covered pine trees and a small cabin warmed by the wood fire on a cold December day. Since Maine was founded, people have written stories about the joys of Christmas in the state. In times of hardship and in times of wealth, Maine and her people have always put the value of Christmas in time shared with family and friends, connections with the natural world, rich traditions, and warm wood stoves. In a collection featuring essays, stories, and poetry, All Is Calm is a look at the lives of Mainers during the holidays from the mid-1800s, to the Great Depression, to modern day. Spanning nearly 200 years, these stories show that while Christmas traditions and trends may be changing, the warmth, gratitude, and humility of the Maine spirit is evergreen. [Islandport Press].  A perfect gift for the holidays or a special treat for yourself!

The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.  Please call for more information on this event and other Prelude festivities (967-2778).   Parking is available along Maine Street, the North Street Fire Station Parking Lot, and Consolidated School (Route 9).

 

MAINE AUTHOR IRENE DRAGO – OCTOBER 5 @ 2:00 PM

THE PATSY BRAY MAHONEY LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS

Maine Author Irene Drago will be here at the Graves Library on Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 pm to talk about her passion for writing and the sea.

Born in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, Irene M. Drago developed a keen interest in every kind of watercraft at an early age. Before moving to Maine, she worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst, earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature, and taught at the high school and college level. Her debut novel, Daughters of Long Reach, was a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner, First Novel and led to a sequel, The Maine Point. More recently, Lavinia Wren and the Sailmakers is a 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist, Regional Fiction. If Drago isn’t penning a story, you’re apt to find her giving a shipyard tour at Maine Maritime Museum or leading a creative writing workshop. But in fair weather, there’s a good chance you’ll find her piloting her Maritime Skiff on Casco Bay.

Copies of Ms. Drago’s books will be available for sale and signing after the discussion.

Light refreshments will be provided by the Graves Library Snack Team.  Please call the Library for more information on this event and the rest of the series (967-2778).   Parking is available along Maine Street, the North Street Fire Station Parking Lot, and Consolidated School (Route 9).

The Graves Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine.  Please enter through the white door in the Parking Lot.

CANADIAN/MAINE AUTHOR SUSAN D. HANNAFORD – JUNE 26 @ 6:00 PM

 

We are so excited to welcome back Susan Doherty Hannaford for the launch of her third book, Monday Rent Boy.  Susan will be here at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Susan has a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University and studied journalism at Ryerson University where she was recommended for a job at Macleans Magazine. After Macleans, she worked in Paris, France for a digital publishing company, Atex France, freelancing for The International Herald Tribune, La Tribune de Genève, La Suisse, and the Independent in London UK.  Back in Canada, she started her own company, On Location Productions, and for 18 years worked in advertising.  During that time, she studied creative writing at the University of Toronto, and Concordia University.  Susan has numerous volunteer affiliations: the YMCA and the Douglas Institute and was a long-serving board member of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She was a board member of the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) in Montreal, and Nazareth Community, serving men and women with addictions and mental illness. As a committed volunteer, she works with patients suffering from psychosis through Montreal’s Douglas Institute and has done significant research in the area of bipolar illness and paranoid schizophrenia.  In Toronto, she created an annual event for the Royal Conservatory of Music, in a sustained effort to raise their endowment to allow all Canadian would-be professional musicians to study on full bursary.

Premise of Monday Rent Boy:

At eight years of age, Arthur Barnes and Ernie Castlefrank find themselves on the same altar boy at St. Nick’s, a situation that readies an unlikely friendship. Father Zipernowski— a pastor referred to as The Zipper, has given both boys a sterling crucifix that marks them as children conditioned to provide sexual favors for clergy members in the counties of Somerset and Avon.  As Ernie and Arthur slip into lives of petty degeneracy; dope-smoking thieves who steal from the collection plate, local shops, parked cars, and department stores in nearby Bristol, they laugh off their inner humiliation without ever speaking publicly, or privately about what has been happening in the vestry. Arthur’s book-thieving leads to an unlikely partnership with Marina Phillips, the owner of the town bookshop. He has the chance to reinvent himself as a young book critic with eyes to becoming an English major, a professor, and a scholar. Ernie’s leg-up comes in the form of a pawnshop owner, a man with a desire to profit from the exploitation of children in The Pint Room, a website on the Internet.

For more information, please call 967-2778 or visit our website:  www.graveslibrary.org

DEATH CAFE – DON’T LET THE NAME SCARE YOU

Please join us for our  Death Café – Community, Conversation, and Coffee. We will be meeting in the Community Room on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m.

What is a Death Café? A Death Café is a safe and relaxed space to gather with people to discuss topics related to death and dying. The objective is to engage in interesting, thought-provoking, and life-affirming conversations. Please join us for this community conversation. Registration is required.

Facilitated by: Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, Ph.D., AGHEF, GSAF, AGSF, NAOMEF, Professor and Director of Geriatric Education and Research at the University of New England.

Hosted by: Kennebunkport Public Health Department and Graves Library. Please call (207) 967-2778 to register.

LEGO CLUB

Lego Madness will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:15 PM

Bring your imagination for an hour of fun. Imagine, Build, Create! Unstructured build time will be followed by a group-building challenge and game.

This program is for elementary-aged students. Please give us a call to register at 967-2778.

LEGO CLUB

Lego Madness will take place on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:15 PM

Bring your imagination for an hour of fun. Imagine, Build, Create! Unstructured build time will be followed by a group-building challenge and game.

This program is for elementary-aged students. Please give us a call to register at 967-2778.

DEATH CAFE – DON’T LET THE NAME SCARE YOU

Please join us for our  Death Café – Community, Conversation, and Coffee. We will be meeting in the Community Room on Wednesday, March 20th at 9:00 a.m.

What is a Death Café? A Death Café is a safe and relaxed space to gather with people to discuss topics related to death and dying. The objective is to engage in interesting, thought-provoking, and life-affirming conversations. Please join us for this community conversation. Registration is required.

Facilitated by:  Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, Ph.D., AGHEF, GSAF, AGSF, NAOMEF, Professor and Director of Geriatric Education and Research at the University of New England.

Hosted by:  Kennebunkport Public Health Department and Graves Library. Please call (207) 967-2778 to register.

MAINE ARTIST WADE ZAHARES – SEPTEMBER 14 @ 2:00 PM

THE PATSY BRAY MAHONEY LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS

We are so excited to invite the very talented Maine Artist Wade Zahares to Graves Library on Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 pm

Wade works exclusively in pastel; he is drawn to the intimacy of the chalk and the ease with which he can blend colors. The magic happens in his studio, a converted shed just off his main house. The studio, equipped with 15-foot ceilings and a house gutter to catch all the pastel dust, is set on 5 1/2 acres of farmland in Lyman, Maine, just a few miles from the Kennebunk farm on which he grew up. When Wade needs a break, he goes for a drive to soak up the New England landscape—his biggest inspiration—or tends to his flowers, gardens, and fruit trees. Then he returns to his studio, refreshed and ready to make more magic.

Wade will be here to talk about his work, his passion, and demonstrate how he goes about his craft.

Light refreshments will be provided by the Graves Library Snack Team.  Please call the Library for more information on this event and the rest of the series (967-2778).

Parking is available along Maine Street, the North Street Fire Station Parking Lot, and Consolidated School (Route 9).

The Graves Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine.  Please enter through the white door in the Parking Lot.

LEGO MADNESS

Lego Madness will take place on Tuesday, February 27 at 3:15 PM

Bring your imagination for an hour of fun. Imagine, Build, Create! Unstructured build time will be followed by a group-building challenge and game.

This program is for elementary-aged students. Please give us a call to register at 967-2778.

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