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Kennebunkport, ME 04046

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Kids & Teens


Aug
2
Tue
PIG OUT READING @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Come meet Daisy – a real pot belly pig and Farmer Minor for fun stories and more.  Children of all ages are welcome.  Please call 967-2778 to preregister.

Aug
5
Fri
Storytime
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Aug
9
Tue
FAMILY YOGA @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Aug 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Explore movements and breath for a balance of strength and peacefulness.  Taught by Mindy Miller Muse (E-RYT/CCLYT).

No experience necessary.  Waiver form required.  This event is for ages 8 and up.  Plan to be outside.

Aug
12
Fri
Storytime
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Aug
18
Thu
DRIVE IN MOVIE! @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

First–You need a Car.  Then–you need a license.  Wait, no you don’t.  Come to the Graves Library and create your own car (made from cardboard) then “drive” on over to the movie.  All supplies and snacks will be provided.  Before you leave–don’t forget to hang the speaker back on the pole!

Children of all ages are welcome.

Upcoming Events


Aug
19
Fri
FRONT DOOR OPEN HOUSE – 5:00 to 7:00 pm @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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In June the Board of Trustees of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library launched a $1 million Capital Campaign to raise funds to replace an adjacent annex and to update the existing Library.

The Mothers Wing Capital Campaign, named in honor of all mothers who have used the Library’s services over the past century to encourage children to read, will raise $1 million to add a new wing to the existing Library — the Mothers Wing — which will provide much needed space for collections and programs, an elevator to ensure access for the disabled, and update the Library’s aged infrastructure.

The Graves Library has served as an educational, social, and cultural center of our town for over a century; yet it has been over 30 years since the Library has sought community support for a Capital Campaign. In a digital era when traditional organizations are struggling to find relevance, the use of the Graves Library has grown dramatically. The Library offers more than 400 programs for individuals of all ages, and serves as a meeting place for many civic groups and non-profit organizations.

Recognizing that the Library is a signature structure, the Trustees focused on maintaining the quality and integrity of the historic building. The design of the Mothers Wing, and the materials used to build the structure, will be compatible with the original building.

We will celebrate the Mothers Wing Capital Campaign on Friday, August 19, with the reopening of the Library’s historic front door, which was closed many years ago to accommodate bookshelves for our audiobook collection.  Please join us from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for an open house.  Light refreshments will be served.  Help us celebrate the next chapter of the Graves Library.

Sep
7
Wed
ICE CREAM, GAS MASKS, AND GOD – a Reading and Signing with Author Joyce Lovely @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ice Cream, Gasmasks, and God : A Memoir of World War II and Postwar Britain

A Presentation by Joyce Lovely reviewing her life during World War II in Liverpool, England and the postwar years.

Over seventy years have passed since the ending of World War II. In her book, “Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God” Joyce Lovely recounts growing up in Liverpool, England amid air raids, bombs and gasmasks. As a child, she tells of life during the war from her perspective, allowing the grown ups to worry about battles, rations and lack of necessities.

Postwar Britain continued to be difficult with rationing extending until 1953, the year Queen Elizabeth was crowned. She brings the reader into the life of a teenager in the fifties, where girls had strict mores to follow, but still had fun, that included her two working years in London. The book concludes with her marriage to a minister and their first three years of living in the far flung Shetland Islands. Here she shares how she rebelled against the island expectations of ‘yon minister’s wife’ as well as the unusual accounts of village life, often with hilarious results.

Joyce will present her book, sharing some of the highlights, as well as a few other stories of war time England, not perhaps included in her book. Questions, of course, will be welcomed.

This is what people are saying about the book:

Fascinating, funny and gloriously nostalgic, Ice Cream, Gas Masks and God is the author’s trip down memory lane to 1940s Liverpool, where early reminiscences include not just the hated gas mask, but also the regular night time spells in the air raid shelter as the bombs fell.

Discover what it was like to live a child’s life with air-raids, bombs falling, and the hated gasmasks! Then follow her teenage years and young adulthood in Liverpool and London. The book culminates in her marriage to a parson and three years on the remote Shetland Islands where she experiences challenges, humour and the many kindnesses offered by the villagers.