If you would like to donate to our Annual Fund Drive, please send your contribution to: Annual Fund Drive, Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, P.O. Box 391, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 or click on the “Donate” button on this page and submit your contribution via our secure PayPal account. You will receive a hand-written receipt of your donation.
Currently, the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, a 501(c)(3) organization, has over 5,800 cardholders and a collection of more than 37,000 pieces. The Library is open 42.5 hours per week and provides over 350 quality programs to individuals of all ages.
Less than 40 percent of the Library’s annual budget is requested from the Town of Kennebunkport on an annual basis. The remaining 62 percent is predicated on the success of volunteer fundraising efforts. While the Library has been fortunate to receive memorial gifts over the years to help build an endowment, only four percent of the balance is withdrawn for operations each year to ensure that the future of the Library’s holdings will exist to support the life-long mission to all cardholders.
Fundraising efforts include an ongoing used and rare books sale, an annual appeal and several unique special events. In 2010, the Library hosted Pulitzer Prize winning author, Richard Russo, for an event held at the Colony Hotel. In 2012, the Library was honored to host another Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, author David McCullough. In 2013, we celebrated the publication of our own book with author/historian Joyce Butler, Kennebunkport : the Evolution of an American Town; and, historians David Oshinsky (2014) and Douglas Brinkley (2015) spoke about Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, respectively.