Islam and America in a Turbulent World
Recorded Program
Acclaimed author and University of New England professor Anouar Majid shed light on the unexamined meaning of Islam in today's world and discussed how the United States should understand and deal with a powerful religion very few people truly understand during a presentation held on March 8, 2017. View a recording here.
 

Upcoming Adult Programs
Saturday, April 1 at 10:00
Beyond Your Wildest Imagination!: 
Making the Drama of Your Family’s Civil War Years Jump Off the Pages
 
The Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group will host researcher Clay Feeter, on Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 AM.  This is a family-friendly event with audience participation so make sure to bring your kids, grandkids and questions! 
 
"Your Civil War ancestors' stories are always much deeper than the few lines about them that you might—or might not!— find in your family genealogy book," says researcher Clay Feeter, who gives a lively, informative, “customizing your personal War of the Rebellion” self-help talk and question and answer session on the subject.

Guests are encouraged to bring in family history notes, genealogy books, artifacts and letters of discharge papers to share at this “Ancestors Road Show” type event.

Feeter, who lives in York, has performed more than 2,300 Civil War ancestor searches over the past 20 years. His goal is to bring not just your soldier-ancestor’s stories to life, but to help you understand and discover more details about the full picture of suffering and challenges that The War of The Rebellion brought with it.


Additional Information
The event focuses on helping you expand personal stories of family members who fought in America's greatest tragedy. Even if all your genealogy says is "Killed in the War of the Rebellion," you will learn how to get those sometimes dry and hard to understand facts to jump off the pages—to enrich your family history and get basics on how to put it down in easy-to-understand ways for yourself…and your grandkids.

“It is a mistake to think that only our Civil War soldier-ancestors felt the hardships of that great conflict,” Feeter says. “The reality is that the families at home had it just as hard, if not harder; this was in fact an era that stepped up the women’s rights movement. So, from tragedy eventually came triumph by our great grandmothers who were at home, running the farm and taking care of the kids, while also working to support the war effort by canning food or making socks to send to the boys on the front.
 
The first portion of the April 1st KFL talk is devoted to Feeter’s presentation about those tragic Civil War years, and reviewing eye-opening personal stories that prove none of our families were left unaffected. “Thirty million Americans populated the US when the war broke out in 1861,” notes Feeter. “Most towns were small, consisting of about 2,000 people, so they were closer knit, meaning families were forever changed during the ‘Great Upheaval’ that lasted not just for the 4 long years of war, but for a generation to follow.”

Feeter notes that prior to April 1st, you will want to search your genealogy books and records; most Civil War-age men were born between 1815-1847. Every detail you already know will “help your understanding of soldier ancestors, where they fought, marched, were wounded, captured, and even where they died,” says Feeter, who believes “we will all be surprised to learn how many of our kin fought at the same famous battles, or maybe even side by side in the same regiment!” This is all valuable information to pass on to the next generations, so bring a pen and notepad!
 
Monday, April 3 at 6:00
Lyme Disease Presentation - "Prevention is Key"

Annie Watts will be visiting on Monday, April 3 at 6:00 to teach about how to treat your clothes, body and pets as well as other preventative measures as a means to avoid Lyme Disease.

Annie, a sufferer, will discuss the disease that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.  She will be bringing specific products to present as we enter some very dangerous months in the
woods and being exposed to deer ticks.
 
Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 PM (Registration Required)
Aromatherapy Make and Take Class at KFL

Learn about the healing properties of essential oils with Cindy Simon (NCC, RMT) at Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m.  Attendees will also make their own aromatherapy sprays, facial moisturizers and bath soak salts to take home and use. 
 
Cindy is a community educator, wellness coach, counselor, writing coach, as well as a freelance writer and published author.  She truly hopes to inspire individuals of all ages to find deep relaxation through yoga, meditation and energy work. Cindy is passionate about leading people to their healthiest lifestyles and mentoring them in how to maintain such mind-body-spirit health day to day.

This class has limited space so please register at 207-985-2173.  All supplies are provided free of charge.

 

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!  
Chair Chi
The next Chair Chi session will be held in Hank's Room on Wednesday, April 26 at 2:30. Chair Chi is a gentle exercise program that was developed to help people enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi while seated. Instructor Amber Wilson, Engage Life Director of Atria Kennebunk, will be using principles from her training to ease the mind, body and heart and enhance well being and community connection. Though geared toward seniors and adults this is a program open to all.
 


Community member Marian Stanton, resident Pat Gamble, resident Lucy McDonald, resident Lou MacNeill, community member Mary Crowley, and ELD Amber Wilson

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 (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!

Check out our book selection!  
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.