Board Game Night @ KFL

Spring still seems a long way off! At KFL, we've decided that we needed a little fun to break up the winter tedium. On the second Wednesday of each month will be board game night for adults and teens.

Whether you enjoy long, involved games or short, fast-paced games, we have a variety available (from Apples to Apples, Quiddler, and Zombie Dice to Settlers of Catan and Trivial Pursuit). If you have a favorite game, bring that along. Come as a group, or come by yourself and meet some of our other wonderful patrons. Of course, no board game night is complete without snacks so light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the library at 985-2173 or email us.
Free Tax Help Available

Free tax help is available at the Library from 9:30 AM to Noon every Thursday though April 10. We open our doors at 9:30 AM for those seeking tax assistance.Sign up begins at 9 AM at our front door.

Tax help has been provided for many years at the KFL courtesy of AARP, who annually provides training to their representatives. Tax help sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations are taken. Services include answering your tax questions and e-filing your return. Please bring with you your previous year’s returns and any other related tax documentation.

The KFL provides copies of some of the most frequently used IRS tax forms. The state of Maine does not provide any state tax forms to the Library—forms are available only by calling (207/624-7894), writing your requests (mail to: Maine Revenue Services, PO Box 9107, Augusta, ME 04332-9107) or ordering online. You may also download forms from the Maine government website

KFL offers its computers for downloading these forms for a 25¢per page fee. KFL Staff can help you download forms from the internet; however, staff cannot help you with your tax related questions.

For more information please call the Library at 985-2173 or email us.

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.

Proceeds from the 2013 tax check-off supported the purchase of additional Ebooks for the Maine InfoNet Download Library. Depending on the amount of funds raised, the check-off could also support expanding Interlibrary loan support; creating new library programming, and supporting special consultant services from which all can benefit.

Young Adult (at Heart) Book Group

The YA industry is currently producing some of our best literature. It’s creative, it’s often more concise than adult literature, and despite complaints that it presents only a dystopian and violen

t view of the world, it includes some of the most realistic and sympathetic characters in modern fiction. YA authors comprise a vibrant online community and are very much in touch with their readers and their industry.

If you love teen literature even though your age can be calculated in multiples of teen, you are not alone. KFL wants to bring lovers of YA literature – of all ages – together. We are pleased to introduce our new Young Adult at Heart Book Group. Meetings will be on the third Wednesday of the month. The book for the March meeting is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. 

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Copies of the book are available to borrow at the adult circulation desk. If you prefer an audio edition, let us know – we can order one for you. For more information, give us call at (207)985-2173, or email us.   

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, 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

wyatt earpWe 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. April's book (4/14/14 at 6:30 PM) iWyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend by Casey Tefertiller.

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.

Genealogy Group at KFL
Finding Your Ancestors in Court Records at the Kennebunk Free Library

diane rapaportCourt records offer a wealth of information for tracing ancestors and regional history, but these valuable resources remain underutilized. Learn how to find and use court records from the 17th to 21st centuries in courthouses, archives, books, microfilm and the latest computer sources.

Diane Rapaport, Research Specialist, will present "Learn How to Read and Use Court Records” at KFL on Sat., April 5, at 10 AM. A former trial lawyer, Diane has made a new career as a historical consultant, genealogist, award-winning author and popular speaker. She offers an unusual combination of expertise and experience—in law, history and genealogy—and she enjoys discovering and telling the stories of our past. She specializes in court records and other historical resources of New England, and her current research focuses on African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial period.

Her first book, New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians, won the Benjamin Franklin Award (Independent Book Publishers Association) in 2007 for Best History Book and Best Reference Book, and was a finalist for Best New Voice in Nonfiction. Diane’s "Tales from the Courthouse” column for New England Ancestors magazine is a three-time winner of Excellence in Writing awards from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Copies of Ms. Rapaport’s newest book, The Naked Quarter: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England will be available for purchase and signing. 

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
the second session of Opera at KFL with Verde's Otello. Mark your calendars now for the four showings, all held on Saturdays at 1 PM. There will be a short intermission between acts.

Sat., January 25: Verdi's Otello
Sat., February 22: Le Comte Ory
Sat., March 8: La Forza Del Destino 
Sat., March 22: Norma
Sat., March 29: snow make-up date

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!

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!

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.

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.