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Kennebunk Free Library

Summer Programs for Grown-Ups!
Click here for our summer program brochure. All of our adult programs are also listed below.

Film Series--Cancelled.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the film series this summer has been cancelled. 

Heroes Saving Heroes: Digitizing Homeric Manuscripts and Why it Matters
You probably haven’t even thought of the Iliad since your 9th-grade  English class, yet despite being well over 2000 years old it remains one of the great works of the Western canon. The earliest complete surviving copies—and the cornerstone of our modern translations—date from the Byzantine era, almost 1000 years ago. In addition to the text of the poem itself, these manuscripts are home to several layers of commentaries and notes preserving editorial comments from as far back as the Royal Library of Alexandria. These notes are vital clues both about the oral performance tradition from which the Iliad emerged and about the history of the text after it was written down, but many have never been properly transcribed or translated. Luckily, a team of cutting-edge Classicists is working on this problem. 

On Wed., July 22nd at 6:30 PM, Krissy Birthisel, summa cum laude from Brandeis University’s Classical Studies B.A. program and  winner of the Eunice M. Lebowitz Cohen Scholar in Classical Studies in 2011, will present a program outlining recent work to produce and publish openly-licensed high-resolution digital images of these manuscripts, and the amazing opportunities this opens up for new research.  

No reservations or previous knowledge of the Iliad or medieval manuscripts is required. 

The History of Science: From Bathtub Eureka to Digital Electronics.
On  Tuesday, July 28th at 6:30 PM, Yuri Freeman will present "History of Science: From Bathtub Eureka to  Digital Electronics.” Kennebunk resident Dr. Yuri    Freeman has a PhD. in Solid State Physics and works as Technical Fellow at KEMET Electronics and as an Adjunct Professor at Clemson University. He is the director of advanced research in the Tantalum business unit and a member of the Advance Technology Group at KEMET Electronics. Freeman received his PhD. in physics from Kharkov Technical University in the Ukraine. Freeman previously worked as a principal scientist at Elitan, the largest producer in the Soviet Union of Ta and Niobium (Nb) capacitors, and at Vishay Sprague in the USA. While working in the industry in Ukraine, he taught "Physics of Electronic Components” in the University. He has published more than 30 papers and received 26 patents in the field of physics and technology of Ta and Nb capacitors.

No reservations are needed for this fascinating free lecture.


Technology Petting Zoo--Or--How to Use Your Device
E-books and tablets are growing in popularity and devices are widely available with many different types from which to choose from. To help provide hands-on 
training with e-readers and tablets, the Maine State Library created a "Technology Petting Zoo" of devices.  The devices in the petting zoo are: Kindle PaperWhite (e-reader), Nook SimpleTouch (e-reader), Kindle Fire (tablet), Nook HD+ (tablet), Google Nexus (tablet), and Apple iPad Mini (tablet). 

Come to the library to learn more about these devices and how to download books on to them. Bring your own device if you have questions. No reservations are needed for this drop-in program on Thursday and   Friday, July 30th and 31st. 

Blind Date With a Book

Are you stuck in a reading rut? Escape the ordinary this summer by going on a blind date with a book. A variety of staff-selected books will be on display near our fiction collection. We’ll have four dating experiences for you to choose from – glamorous prom date, adventurous ski date, light and fun beach date, or relaxed bowling date. The catch? You can’t judge these books by their covers. You won’t know what your date looks like until you get it home and open the wrapper. Sure, you and your date may not be compatible. But you might find your true love. Are you ready to take a chance?  

Read a Classic This Summer!

Join in the KFL tradition of reading a classic this summer! There are two opportunities to discuss this book with others: Tues. July 21st at 6:30 PM and Tues. July 28th at 1 PM.  Copies of the book are available to borrow.

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist whose economical and understated prose had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction. While many ridiculed Hemingway's sporting activities, he added to his notoriety with his escapades. One magazine even noted his award for the Nobel Prize for Literature in the "heroes” section rather than the "books” section. The Old Man and the Sea revived Hemingway's sagging career. It also led to his receiving the 1954 Nobel Prize "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.” 1  

"The Old Man and the Sea, is a work of flawless craftsmanship that can be read literally, or as an allegory of human life, or of the Crucifixion, or of the artist's struggle to dominate his material.” Most of the material for The Old Man and the Sea comes from Hemingway's own fishing experiences off the coast of Cuba. Hemingway was also inspired by a similar story he had heard, purportedly about Carlos Gutierrez, an elderly fisherman whom Hemingway hired to captain his fishing boat. 

His active lifestyle may have also indirectly caused him to take his life. Hemingway was in two successive plane crashes while on an African safari in 1954; although he was only fifty-one years old, his physical and mental condition had declined as a result of those injuries and alcohol abuse, which worsened his depression. 

1Reference Guide to American Literature. Ed. Jim Kamp. 3rd ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994. From Literature Resource Center2"The Nobel Prize in Literature 1954". The Nobel Foundation. 1954. From Literature Resource Center  

Genealogy Group

The KFL Genealogy Group is on hiatus for the summer, returning in September with a great line up of programs! (A full schedule of programs will be available soon.) 

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.

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.


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!

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.