112 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Allison Atkins, Assistant Director, Head of Adult Services: I have always been a fan of libraries. Any time I moved to a new town, the library was always the first place I sought out. But it wasn’t until I moved back home to Maine after a decade in Boston and started volunteering at my local library that I thought “I should be a librarian.” Now I can’t imagine how I ever thought I should be anything else. It is so much fun to be a matchmaker for people and books. There’s no better feeling than making a successful match. We also get to help people solve their problems every day from the big (taxes and health questions) to the small (directions to Walker’s Point). At KFL, I have the added benefit of hardworking, creative, and fun coworkers and wonderful patrons. As someone whose idea of a perfect weekend is a lake, a warm blanket, and a book, being surrounded by thousands of books everyday is also a nice perk.
Brittany Kashar, Circulation Services Manager: I’ve considered myself a big reader from an early age, but it took until around high school for me to find my happy place in libraries. A chance connection helped me find an internship at the Farmington (Maine) Public Library while I was completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and from then on I knew that I wanted to end up working in a public library. Through part-time work in various libraries throughout the state, as well as through work in the mental health field, I came to realize that I didn’t want to work at a library because I like to read, but rather because I love to help people and connect them with whatever it is they’re looking for. Really, there’s no better feeling than finding that perfect book, that precise piece of information that a patron was looking for. I’ve been at KFL for a little over two years, and really, I couldn’t imagine a better group of people to work with! Come find me if you want to talk about YA literature or Hamilton, or if you want to see one of millions of pictures of my cat.
Carol, Library Page: Having lived in Kennebunk for most of my life, I have been coming to KFL since the '60s. This library and its staff helped me write many a high school and college term paper. I have worked and volunteered here for over 40 years, and it has been a rewarding experience to help serve the diverse needs of our community and the surrounding towns. Now that I am semi-retired, I have time to indulge in gardening, hiking, bicycling, reading and doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Catherine, Library Assistant: I love being able to work in a place that allows me to have access to books, information, and eager readers that make the Kennebunk Free Library the place that it is. Being able to come to work and support a community of readers and learners, makes me happy. I see myself pursuing a master’s in library science in the future and owe my current job for inspiring me to pursue that. I am so grateful for my coworkers, supporters, and our patrons!
Denise Dion, Library Assistant: I fell in love with reading at a young age and remember my favorite activity during summer vacation was visiting the bookmobile. I loved how books could transport me around the world to a country or culture that was different than my own. This exploration influenced my desire to live in cities as a young person where life was more diverse and exciting. I enjoy working at KFL because the staff is supportive and willing to be a sounding board for program ideas. I live locally in Kennebunk with my cat, Paix. I enjoy designing jewelry in my downtime and have a shop on Etsy. I am an avid gardener, and I love walking on the beach, hiking, traveling with my two sons and daughter-in-law, and most of all, spending time with my grandson, John.
Jenny, Library Assistant: I love books and people, so library work is a great fit for me! I run the Heart & Home Book Club, a pick-your-own book discussion group where each participant chooses a fiction or nonfiction book based on a monthly theme. I love journaling in many forms, and I host the library's Journaling Meetups where patrons gather to discuss all things journaling. I recently discovered the awesomeness of cloudLibrary and Overdrive e-audiobooks, and I enjoy listening to these books while keeping house. I also love gardening in the sunshine, paying attention to wild birds, and being with my loved ones. My favorite book is Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb. My favorite picture book is The Blueberry Bears written by Eleanor Lapp and illustrated by Margot Apple.
Jonathan Roy, Youth Services & Technology Librarian: My love of libraries and reading probably didn’t start as young as some of my colleagues. I didn’t enjoy reading when I was younger. I think that allows me to relate better to our teen patrons who don’t identify as readers. There isn’t anything I love more than connecting reluctant readers with a book that sparks a new love of reading. I also have strived to bring fun and interesting science experiments to the youth in our community, something I have always been passionate about. It is because of the support the Kennebunk community has given to the library as well as the amazing people that work there, that we are able to continue to offer the level of service that this community deserves.
Kat Boucher, Library Assistant: As a lifelong resident of Kennebunk, the town, this library and the Great State of Maine have my heart. When I landed the position of Administrative Assistant at KFL in May of 2013, I found my dream employer and coworkers. Two years ago I shared my goal of switching to a Library Assistant position in January 2021. During the Covid 19 shutdown I was able to achieve Advanced Librarianship Certification from Maine State Library. With the support of my coworkers, my dream came true! Reading has always been my companion: with books from the original kid's section in the old basement at KFL to fiction and nonfiction stacks to Overdrive and Cloud Library, I have been able to explore new genres and find comfort in old favorites. Audio books are my newest obsession. I am blessed to have my family, longtime friends and church members close by me. I enjoy the outdoors in all four seasons, our beaches, lakes and rivers. Traveling, gardening, cooking and being with my grandkids fill my spare hours and help me find joy.
Kate, Cataloger: I chose a career in libraries because I like finding things. I’ve always enjoyed research and finding answers to questions and thought I might be a reference librarian. While attending grad school for my MLIS, I discovered I was also pretty good at making things findable. At KFL I get to do both through my work as cataloger and by being a point person for lots of reference questions. I also get to spend my days with a great group of people who don’t seem to mind when I ask them to do silly things for our Instagram account and allow me to share and overshare photos of my cat. What a good fit!
Kyle, Library Assistant: I believe that my perennial curiosity and restlessness has always drawn me to libraries. Starting at a young age, the library has been both my enabler and my guide during my deep dive quests for information and understanding. It started with dinosaurs when I was four years old all the way to, now as an adult, how to start a business at age 35, plus countless other rabbit holes in between. I got into libraries so I could help guide others to the information they seek to satisfy their own curiosity. When I'm not at the library I'm running my own business, along with spending time enjoying reading, gardening, photography, pottery, quilting, punchneedle, sports, bird watching, and hiking.
Leroy Boucher, Maintenance Manager: After retiring from a 35-year career at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and taking a few years off, I decided it was time to do something else. The Maintenance Manager position opened at KFL two years ago and I was hired. I enjoy working with the staff and taking care of this building. I do a lot of moving things around and keep things clean. There is always a new project to plan or problem to solve. I enjoy time on the lake and am basically a home body. I read a book once and really liked it. Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy.
Maria Richardson, Head of Youth Services, Children's Librarian: At the age of 4, my brother and I started our own library in our basement with our picture books. We added an index card to the back of each book and stamped it with a “due date” each time we took one off the shelf to read. This was the first indication that I wanted to be a librarian. Many more would follow, leading me to KFL. My favorite part about working at the library is surprising our patrons with what we offer and do. There’s no sweeter sound than hearing a delighted exclamation of, “I didn’t know the library did that!” Although, hearing a child excitedly tell us about the book she just read and loved comes close. I love being able to interact with and be a part of the lives of our littlest patrons. I’m grateful for every day that I spend as a part of KFL.
Michelle Conners, Director: I am passionate about learning and helping people so becoming a librarian was an obvious choice. I love the versatility the library provides in that everyone comes in for a different purpose and we are there to assist those patrons in their quest. Being a librarian here is particularly rewarding because of the special connection KFL has with the community; we are all very supportive of one another. I can’t express in just a small profile blurb how grateful I am to work with such wonderful patrons, staff, and supporters but just know it is a lot! Personally…I love my family, baseball, and keeping people guessing with my unique sense of humor. My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut and my favorite book is Sirens of Titan.
Sarah Thompson, Administrative Assistant: I am a lover of language and history, written and spoken. My previous career was in horticulture, and I spent many happy hours learning the Latin names and origins of plants while playing in the dirt. I also enjoy camping, live music, baseball, practicing my Spanish, and spending time with my family outdoors. I’m a longtime fan of the Kennebunk Free Library and the wonderful variety of services and materials it provides. I’m happy to be part of this great community resource!