Upcoming Adult Programs

The Sociology of Cemeteries - Genealogy Program

The Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group will host Helen Shaw on Saturday, October 1 at 10:00 AM.  Helen Shaw, MA, CGsm, specializes in census and cemetery research.  She is president of the Maine Genealogical Society and legislative liaison for the Maine Old Cemetery Association.

Little has been published on how people selected their final resting place or burial patterns within a cemetery.  What do you do when there is no death certificate, no obituary, no burial record?  How can you narrow your search for that elusive burial place?  
 
What you know about your deceased family members can help you narrow your search for a cemetery. What you know about the cemetery in which family members are buried, can tell you a great deal about them and their social and ethnic background.
 
Cemeteries are important to genealogists because of what they can tell us about our relatives. Not just about them personally, but about them as a part of the community in which they lived. People are buried in a particular cemetery for a reason and discovering that reason will lead to a better understanding of your relatives.


The World in Your Library Visits Kennebunk and Wells
 
With support from the Maine Humanities Council, Kennebunk Free Library will host The World in Your Library series alongside Wells Public Library this September and October.
 
It’s easier than ever to stay on top of the news; worldwide events are at our fingertips, in real time. But if you want to get a grip on the bigger picture, it can be harder than ever to find coverage that explores international issues in depth. Communities are increasingly turning to their libraries to gain this kind of information, perspective, and insight into foreign policy issues, and The World in Your Library can help public libraries to meet this growing demand.
 
Scott Erb is a professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington, specializing in international relations, foreign policy, and the European Union.  He will present on The Syrian Crisis:  ISIS and Refugees on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 at KFL
 
Dana Sawyer, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Maine College of Art, will give An Introduction to Buddhism on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:00 PM at WPL.
 
The World in Your Library is brought to your community through a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

Click here for our event flyer.

Knitting for Victory in WWI: 
How the Red Cross Mobilized the Nation to Knit and Helped Win the War
 
Join Holly Korda on Thursday, October 6 at 1:00, in exploring the amazing efforts of the Knitting Brigades of WWI and learn how knitting helped unify the nation and win the war.
 
In the summer of 1917, following the U.S. entry into World War I in April, the American Red Cross put out an urgent call for volunteers in every state who came to knit more than 15 million pounds of wool into socks, sweaters, hats, and bandages for our  soldiers and allies overseas. In less than two years, membership swelled from 200,000 to over 30 million nationwide. Women, men, and  
the nation's school children knit and purled more than 23 million articles for the war effort in the most successful mobilization of  community resources in the United States. 

Mystery Author Discusses Series Set in Tudor London
Mary Lawrence of Limington, Maine will discuss her novels on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 PM.

Mary is the author of the Bianca Goddard Mysteries featuring the daughter of an infamous alchemist. Set in Tudor London during the final years of Henry VIII's reign, the series follows Bianca in her pursuit of science to create medicines to help the sick. Along the way, Bianca must deal with a most unhealthy dose of murder and mayhem.

The first in her series, The Alchemist’s Daughter (Kensington, 2015) was named by Suspense Magazine as a “Best Book of 2015” in the historical mystery category and was on Amazon’s top 100 best-selling historical mysteries for two months.  Book two, Death of an Alchemist, was released in February 2016 and her upcoming title, Death at St. Vedast will be released in 2017.

Mary worked in the medical field for over 25 years before publishing her debut mystery.  She also runs a small berry farm with her husband.  Learn more about her books at http://www.marylawrencebooks.com/
 
Crafting Friends
Crafting Friends is a group that meets in the reference room the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:30-7:30.  Open to the public, this group meets to socialize and work on individual and varied projects.  Bring your current project and all supplies whether it be fiber work, a sewing project, paper or beading creations.  As long as it can be done on your lap or small table you can bring it!  
Nifty Knitters at the KFL

Do you love to knit? Have you always wanted to learn? Do you have an unfinished project hidden on the closet shelf? 

Then join us for "Nifty Knittersā€, our new knitting and handicrafts group! This is a great opportunity to expand your skills and learn from others, about knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidering, or other handicrafts while enjoying the company of others. Bring a project you are working on, or come learn from the very beginning (please bring your own supplies). Knitting help will be available.

The group will meet every Tuesday morning at 11 AM in our Reference Room. No registration is needed, just drop by for as long as you like. FMI - call the library at 985-2173 or e-mail us.


KFL's Book Discussion Group

The long-standing Adult Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1 PM (no meeting in November and the 6th for Decemberin the Reference Room to discuss a variety of recent and classic fiction. Everyone is welcome to attend; no RSVP is needed. Even if you haven't read the book--there's still a lot to talk about!

For a full listing and description of books for the year, please click
here. Copies of the books and the audio books too, are available to borrow at the Library. For more information, please contact the Library at 985-2173 or email us.
 
 
 

Non-Fiction Book Group
 
We are excited to offer this alternative non-fiction book group to our patrons. We meet on the second Monday of the month, with some exceptions. For a listing of our book selections and dates, click here.
 
Copies of the books are available to borrow at the Library. In an effort to include our commuter friends, books may be available to borrow in audio CD format.
 
 

Trivia Questions--AND Answers!
Play for money, play for glory!
 
Trivia Night is held on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in our Reference Room. Play alone or team up with friends--there's no limit on team size! Thirty questions; differing difficulty levels and subjects. Participants can either pay to play or play for free.
 
Pay to play: $2 a head, the winning group gets half the proceeds, KFL gets the rest. Play for free: Free, but not eligible to win cash.

We invite you to participate on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM to join in the fun and in exercising your gray matter!

Writers' Group

This group is currently full.  Please contact us for more opportunities.

KFL hosts monthly writers' group meetings for novice and experienced writers alike. Facilitated by David Morse, who spearheaded the Boothbay Harbor writers group for 15 years, the group's goal is to encourage the enjoyment of writing by providing positive feedback and constructive criticism to the writers of the group. Pencil Sharpener

 
The group meets year round, informally in July and August, on the second Friday of each month from 10-12 in Hank's Room at KFL. Come prepared to read your current work of prose, short story, memoir or novel and receive constructive comments from other writers. The group will be limited to eight participants. If there is sufficient interest, a second group may be formed. There is no charge.