Genealogy Group
Connie Reik speaks on 5/9/15

The Kennebunk Library Genealogy Group began meeting four years ago. The group usually meets at the library the first Saturday of every month at 10 AM except for May when the meeting is held the second Saturday. No meetings are held in Dec, July and August. Everyone is welcome and no reservations are needed. Click here for a full schedule of speakers and programs. 

KFL is pleased to host professional genealogist, Connie Reik on Sat., May 9, 2015 at 10 AM. (Please note that this is the second Saturday of the month, due to our town-wide Fairie Festival on 5/2).

Connie Reik, M.S.L., M.A., is Government Publications Coordinator and Research Librarian for History at Tisch Library at Tufts University, has a B.A. in History from Western Michigan University and is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research at NARA. She wrote a column in NEHGS’s New England Ancestors (2006-2007) and has spoken at various genealogy and library conferences. She is currently (2013-2015) the archivist and historian for the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. Ms. Belk specializes in published federal publications

Drop-in's are always welcome! There is no charge for this program, and no reservations are needed, just come, share and learn! For more information, please call the library at 207-985-2173 or email us.


Music Therapy: The Meeting of Science and Art

Patricia Mulholland, a certified Neurologic Music Therapist, will present "Music Therapy: The Meeting of Science and Art” at KFL on Mon., May 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), "Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well, and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.” Music Therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living residences, daycare centers, rehabilitation facilities, Hospice organizations, public and special education schools, correctional facilities, hospitals, community health centers and community music schools. Patricia has offered music therapy to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, cancer, COPD, Parkinson’s disease and other terminal illnesses.

Mulholland is passionate about establishing approved Music Therapy programs in Maine, and frequently presents to healthcare organizations to educate her audience and advocate for the profession. She has collaborated with the Maine Alzheimer’s Association and provides music therapy in a number of healthcare facilities and in her private studio. She is also a member of the Maine State Task Force, under the direction of the AMTA, which is working to gain state recognition for music therapy so it can be readily integrated into Maine's healthcare system.

For more information about this free, informative program, please call the KFL at 207-985-2173 or email us.

Opera at KFL

Jack Riddle, the "Heartbeat of PORTOpera,” will appear at KFL on Sat., May 16th at 1 PM. 

With a lifelong passion for opera—he saw his first opera at the old Met when he was 9 yrs. old—Mr. Riddle will talk with the audience about experiencing opera in general, and more specifically about the upcoming PORTOpera performance of "Tosca” in July.

Jack was instrumental in the creation of PORTOpera by starting the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre in 1994. He and a group of opera lovers began by offering one production each summer, first at the State Theatre and at Merrill Auditorium since its renovation, and were committed to high-art interpretations from the very beginning, The company still offers only one main stage production each July, but it has earned its reputation for artistic excellence. Over its 16 seasons, PORTopera has hosted about 30 singers whose careers have included appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

The KFL has presented various opera programs since 2007. Please join us in this enlightening free program, and to borrow from our opera collection of DVDs and audios. For more information, please call the library at 207-985-2173 or email us.
Leaving Normal: The Art of Unpacking
Author Denise Park Parsons Presents Here Newest Book

Denise Park Parsons will present "Leaving Normal: the Art of Unpacking” based on her book Touchstone: A Life Unseen at KFL on Wed., June 17th at 6:30 PM.

ITouchstone, Denise Park Parsons tells the story of her daughter Emma’s life with Aicardi syndrome, which becomes the lens through which the reader views the author's life over thirty years. The book tells how Park Parsons encountered the "three Ds"—death, disability, and divorce—and remained on her feet.

It is a candid, revealing look into one woman's struggle to advocate for Emma in an indifferent educational system and an often confounded medical system.

In the process, Denise and her husband started a newsletter in 1983 for parents of Aicardi syndrome children. That newsletter has matured into a global network that is a testament to what empowered parents can accomplish for their children and families.

Park Parsons accomplishes all of that and maintains a loving, vibrant family life.

For more information about this free program, please contact the Library by phone at 207-985-2173 or email.

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.

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 in 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 clickhere.

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.

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!

Help Support Maine Libraries!
A new year brings a unique opportunity to support the public libraries of Maine! By selecting the "Maine Public Library Fund" check-off to your state income tax forms, you may donate $5, $10 or $25 to help all our Maine libraries.

The Maine State Income Tax form Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes includes a check-off for the Maine Public Library Fund. By law all contributions received must be used to help Maine public libraries. This fund, administered by the Maine State Library, has the potential to help public libraries like tKFL with new eBook content, interlibrary loan support, continuing education, and many other services.Interested taxpayers can check #8 Maine Public Library Fund on Schedule CP to make a donation which will mean so much to Maine’s public libraries.

Writers' Group

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. Pencil Sharpener

The group will meet year round, informally in July and August, on the second Friday of each month from 10 AM to Noon 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.
Please call David Morse at 207/251-4847 for additional information.