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 Knitters”, 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.
Beginning November 5th, Nifty Knitters will meet every Tuesday mornings 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 Hosts Foreign Policy Lecture Series
Tucked away in the corner of the country, sometimes Maine can feel a bit isolated from the rest of the world, particularly in the middle of a bad winter. But political events in other countries have a profound effect on our lives here. With the limited information we get in news stories, it can be difficult to piece together a full picture of what is going on and how it affects us. To help put the headlines in context, a new program is helping to bring foreign policy experts to speak in public libraries around the state.KFL is proud to be one of six Maine libraries selected to participate in The World in Your Library: A Foreign Policy Lecture Series. A grant provided by a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations will allow KFL to host a series of three lectures this fall, each providing insight into the foreign policy issues that have dominated our headlines over the past few years.
The final lecture in the series will be on Wed. Nov. 6th at 6 PM. Bradley Babson – consultant on Asian affairs and former World Bank employee - will present "Opportunities & Challenges on the Korean Peninsula.”
For more information about this free program,
call the library at (207)985-2173 or email us.
KFL's Book Discussion Group
The long-standing Adult Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11:15 AM to discuss a variety of recent and classic fiction, as well as some non-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 of books for the year, please click here.Copies of the books and often 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
Genealogy Group at KFL
KFL's Genealogy Group continues on Sat. Nov. 2, from 10 AM to Noon, with a presentation by Terrence Vaughn: "Above Ground Archaeology: Localizing History". Terry has been an interpretative park ranger at the Boston National Historical Park, and Curator at King's Chapel...and, you have probably seen that his excellent historical articles on West Kennebunk for the Village
The KFL Genealogy Group began meeting four years ago. The Group meets at the Library on the first Saturday of every month at 10 AM except for May when the meeting is held the second Saturday. Click here for the schedule of meetings. No meetings are held in Dec, July and August. For more information, please call the library (207-985-2173), or email us.
Everyone is welcome and no RSVP required for this free program, just come, share and learn!
Opera at KFL
Opera returns to KFL with two sessions this year! This Fall will feature four Verde operas. Mark your calendars now for the four showings, all held on Saturdays at 1 PM. There will be a short intermission between acts with light refreshments.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.No reservations are needed for this free program. For more information please click here, call 207/985-2173 or email us.
Trivia Questions--AND Answers!
Play for money, play for glory!
If you want to get an inkling about KFL's Trivia Night, try answering some of the previous months' questions (spoiler alert--answers are provided!) 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!
Spotlight on Trivia Night
Do you forget where you put your keys every morning, but remember baseball statistics and Oscar winners from before you were born?Do you play along with Jeopardy and score better than the contestants? Though your vast collection of random facts may be underappreciated in the outside world, here at KFL we understand. In fact, we like to think that we had a small role to play in filling your brain with that trivia.
That’s why we are pleased to provide an outlet for it: the last Wednesday of every month is Trivia Night at KFL.
Carol and Susan – KFL’s trivia experts – prepare 25 questions each month on a variety of topics, from current events to local history. They vary in difficulty from "not bad” to "brutal.” If you can’t name the First Lady whose German shepherd bit a Canadian Prime Minister, don’t worry – you’re not alone. At a recent Trivia Night, there was a lot of guessing. (It’s Eleanor Roosevelt.) However, we guarantee that you’ll be able to answer some of the questions. Most players were able to identify Georgia as the U.S. state that shares a name with a country. Despite the grumbling that breaks out over the most difficult questions, many Trivia Night regulars grudgingly admit to enjoying them. Joe, a long-time trivia player, says that even the "brutal” questions are entertaining because he always learns something.
If you are confident in your trivia abilities, Trivia Night can be an individual sport. But you can also play in teams of up to six people. If you come with a ready-made team – great! If not, the Trivia Night regulars are a warm and welcoming lot, happy to give newcomers a spot on a team. We’ve been told that lasting friendships have been made when newcomers joined existing teams.
Teams develop their own playing styles, but generally each member of the team writes down his or her answer individually, then the team confers and agrees on one answer – easier with some questions than with others. George, a regular, teases that fights are likely to break out when two team members are equally confident in their answers.
At the end of the evening, Carol and Susan read the answers and teams grade their own responses. The team with the highest number of correct answers is declared the winner. Asked if they were ever tempted to add a few points to their score, team member Melissa assured us that the players are all "wicked, wicked honorable.”
Admission is free, but those players who choose to pay a $2 entry fee are eligible to collect a share of half of that night’s pot if their team wins. (Of course, if you’re playing alone, you keep the whole half.) The other half goes to purchasing items for the library – often trivia-themed items. In the past, Trivia Night funds have purchased a book by Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings and a subscription to Mental Floss. Many of the recent winners have generously donated their winnings back to the library.
If you prefer your trivia with burgers and fries, a special July Trivia Night will be held at Duffy’s Tavern and Grill in Kennebunk. For more information, call KFL at 985-2173.
KFL will host 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.