Astronomy Nights at KFL
We are pleased to offer three "Astronomy Nights" at KFL as part of KFL's summer reading program. The Kennebunk-based Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE) is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization founded to promote public awareness of astronomy. In keeping with our Summer Literary Elements theme, two of its members will present a series of Astronomy programs during August.
On Mon., Aug. 4 and again on Mon., Aug. 11 both held at 6:30 PM, Carl Gurtman will present a two-part lecture, "Measuring the Heavens - From Ancient Times On". Carl has been interested in astronomy since his earliest years. He is currently a Director of ASNEE. Carl is also interested in vexillology, the study of flags, bicycling, running, & tennis. He retired as the Assistant Nuclear Engineering & Planning Manager after a 37-year career at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He and his wife Linda, also retired, live in York, and have three adult children, and four grandsons, four and under.
On Wednesday August 20 at 6:30 PM, Ian T. Durham will present the program "Uranus and its Literary Moons”, all 27 of which are named after characters in Shakespeare or the works of Alexander Pope.Ian is Associate Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Physics and Director of the Computational Physical Sciences program at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. His research focuses on quantum information, complexity theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics and cosmology, and anything else that piques his interest. He is a member of the Foundational Questions Institute and serves as secretary /treasurer of the American Physical Society's Topical Group on Quantum Information. He has been a member of the Kennebunk-based ASNNE for 13 years. He lives in Kennebunk with his wife, kids, and dog where he enjoys fly fishing and other pursuits in his spare time.
For more information, call the library at (207)985-2173 or email us.
What We're Reading at KFL This Summer
No registration is needed for these programs. Copies of the books are available to borrow at the adult circulation desk.
Non-Fiction Book Group:
Tues., July 22 @1 PM &
Tues., July 29 @ 6:30 PM
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.
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.
Non-Fiction Book Group
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.