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9:30 am to Noon

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Kennebunkport, ME 04046

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Kids & Teens


Sep
30
Fri
Storytime
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct
1
Sat
SPOOK-TOBER KIDS HAPPENINGS @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm
Oct
5
Wed
LOVE TO READ BOOK CLUB @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This program starts up again at 12:00 p.m. on first Wednesday of the month (early release).  Geared for 3-5 graders.  A new book is chosen each month.  Copies are supplied by the Library.  For more information, please call Terri or Stephanie at 967-2778.

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Oct
7
Fri
Storytime
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct
14
Fri
Storytime
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Upcoming Events


Sep
29
Thu
EVENING BOOK GROUP – CINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Join us on Thursday, September 29th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Eli Brown’s book Cinnamon and Gunpowder.  Light refreshments will be served!

The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by a beautiful yet ruthless pirate. He will be spared, Mad Hannah Mabbot tells him, as long as he can conjure an exquisite meal every Sunday from the ship’s meager supplies. While Wedgwood attempts to satisfy his captor with feats such as tea-smoked eel and pineapple-banana cider, he realizes that Mabbot herself is under siege. Hunted by a deadly privateer and plagued by a saboteur, she pushes her crew past exhaustion in her search for the notorious Brass Fox. But there is a method to Mabbot’s madness, and as the Flying Rose races across the ocean, Wedgwood learns to rely on the bizarre crew members he once feared: a formidable giant who loves to knit; a pair of stoic martial arts masters, sworn to defend their captain; and the ship’s deaf cabin boy, who becomes the son he never had.

Oct
2
Sun
PASCO LECTURE SERIES – KATE FLORA @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

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The Graves Library is pleased to welcome Maine Mystery Writer Kate Flora to the Pasco Lecture Series, Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm.

Maine native, and former assistant attorney general Kate Flora’s twelve books include seven series mysteries, three gritty police procedurals, a suspense thriller (written as Katharine Clark) and a true crime. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has been optioned for a movie. Her current projects include Death Dealer, a true crime involving a Canadian serial killer, a screenplay, and a novel in linked stories. Flora’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Sara Paretsky edited collection, Sisters on the Case. She spent seven years as editor and publisher at Level Best Books. Flora is a former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference. She teaches writing for Grub Street in Boston. Her third police procedural, Redemption, was published in 2012.  The Angel of Knowlton Park and And Grant You Peace are her latest additions to the Joe Burgess Mystery Series.  Book sales and signing will follow the program.

The Pasco Lecture Series is supported by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and the Graves Library Snack Team.

 

Oct
19
Wed
LOCAL AUTHOR – ANDY YOUNG PRESENTS “YOUNG IDEAS” @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us on Wednesday October 19th at 6:00 pm for an author visit from Andy Young.  Andy will read from, sell, and sign copies of his new book, Young Ideas.

Who is Andy Young?  After a forgettable academic career (88th in a high school class of 180, then six years of college with one lone degree to show for it) Andy Young continued his extended adolescence with a 14-year stint as a radio announcer/publicist for a series of professional baseball and hockey teams before acquiring his teaching certification in 2003. The holder of the record for lowest grade point average of any University of Connecticut graduate, he is a former landscaper, dishwasher, fruit picker, babysitter, algebra tutor, gutter cleaner, irrigation ditch digger, and caterer’s assistant. He currently teaches English and literacy at Kennebunk High School. Young Ideas, a collection of columns previously published in one of several Maine newspapers, is his first book.

The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.  For more information on this event, please call (207) 967-2778.

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Nov
6
Sun
PASCO LECTURE SERIES – WILLIAM F. QUIGLEY, Jr. @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Nov 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Graves Library is pleased to welcome William F. Quigley, Jr. to the Pasco Lecture Series, Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 pm.  Mr. Quigley teaches history at The Governor’s Academy, the nation’s oldest nonsectarian independent boarding school. He and his family make their home in Cape Porpoise, Maine.  He will read from and discuss his latest book, Pure Heart.

Pure Heart : The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union

In the summer of 1862, as Union morale ebbed low with home front division over war costs, coming emancipation, and demoralizing battlefield losses, 24-year-old William White Dorr enlisted as a lieutenant in the 121st Pennsylvania Volunteers, a new Union regiment organizing in Philadelphia. His father, the Reverend Benjamin Dorr, rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, strived to prevent divisions in his congregation from sundering that Episcopal church historically tied to the nation’s founding.

William F. Quigley Jr. presents a narrative that remarkably encapsulates much of the North’s experience of the war. Reverend Benjamin Dorr was one of the most important clergymen of the era, who strived to hold his warring parishioners intact. His efforts paralleled Lincoln’s far greater but comparable challenge to preserve the Union. “The Nation’s Church” was torn apart from within between a faction of Pennsylvania’s leading anti-emancipation Democrats and a faction of the city’s and state’s leading Republicans. Like Lincoln, Dorr invoked a temperate faith apart from the civil religion with which most Americans crusaded against each other. Dorr prayed that war might be avoided. But, when war came, he stood faithfully in support of the Union and of the war as Lincoln waged it, emancipation included, even unto the most grievous of losses.

 

Clearly and engagingly written, Pure Heart is unique in its narrative synthesis of home front political divisions and frontline infantry experiences. The emotional heart of the story lies in Reverend Dorr’s relationship with his soldier son, poignantly revealed in a recently discovered collection of his son’s wartime letters.

The Pasco Lecture Series is sponsored by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and the Graves Library Snack Team.  Books will be for sale and signing after the program.  For more information, please call the Library at 967-2778.

Dec
10
Sat
A GARLAND OF CAROLS – KENNEBUNKPORT BELL RINGERS @ Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. for a relaxing, joyful free musical performance.  Light refreshments will be served.

During the second weekend of Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, the Bell Ringers perform winter songs and holiday favorites.  Three and a half octave hand bells and hand chimes create a beautiful tapestry of sound and seasonal favorites.  Check out a video clip from the 2015 performance on our Facebook Page.

The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine.  For more information about this program, please call (207) 967-2778.