Genealogy Group
Solving Your Brick Walls

Brick Walls happen when you come to a complete stop in your research.  You just need a single fact or clue to discover more about your family.   On Saturday, March 5 from 10-12 there will be a panel discussion on Methodology for Solving Brick Walls.  On Saturday, May 14 from 10-12 there will be Brick Wall Solutions and for this piece we’re looking for your brick walls to solve. 
The Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group is offering free evaluations that will be discussed during the May 14 program to the first four people.  Application forms can be picked up at the Library beginning February 20nd at 9:30 am or you can request a copy via  They must be submitted either at the library or electronically to no sooner than February 22nd and no later than Saturday 5:00pm, March 5th. 
The members reviewing and reporting on your Brick Walls have collectively over 140 years of experience researching their own family and other peoples’ families.   If your application is accepted, we will meet with you at your earliest convenience. This will help us to understand your situation and answer any questions you might have. Due to privacy concerns no research will be conducted on living family members.  Please submit only the form provided and keep questions succinct.  For example, Where can I find a probate record?  Or, Where was my grandfather born?

Check out our full list of programs for 2015-2016. Drop-in's are always welcome at the Genealogy Group! There is no charge for these 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.

Remember, if you encounter a roadblock of your own, considering hiring the Sleuth Group (at a very reasonable price, and the proceeds benefit the KFL) to help you solve your problems.

Free Tax Help Available
The bad news is that we've transitioned from the "most wonderful time of the year" to the least wonderful - income tax season.  The good news is that AARP is sending some of their amazing volunteers to help you prepare your taxes.  Most of us don't even like doing our own taxes - the AARP accountants volunteer their own time to do hundreds of tax returns for strangers.  Please treat them like the heroes that they are!
This year, tax help will be offered every Thursday from 9:30-12:00, beginning on February 4 and ending on April 14. Because this is a popular service, we want to make things as hassle-free as possible.  To that end, we are implementing a new sign-up procedure this year.  We will not be putting a sign-up sheet outside the door as we have done in previous years.  Instead, library doors will be open at 9:30 sharp, with a sign-up sheet inside the library.  We're hoping that being here at 9:30, rather than at 9:00, will minimize the overall time that you spend waiting.
The accountants are wonderful about staying until everybody has been seen, so don't feel that you have to camp out for an appointment.  Everybody will have a turn.  We know tax season is stressful for everybody so we appreciate your patience and your kindness to each other.  
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.

Crafting Friends
Crafting Friends is a new group meeting in the reference room the first Wednesday of each month, beginning January 6th, 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 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 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.

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!

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.