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.
Anita Randall, Development Director: Hi! I am the new Development Director at KFL and am having a ball exploring the beautiful community of Kennebunk and surrounding towns. I was born and raised in Western Maine and earned degrees at Bowdoin and UNH. My background is in education and non-profits, including founding and leading a large, regional food pantry in Rhode Island. In 2016 I had the good sense to move back to Maine to help my family run our timber and woodland business. My connection to family runs deep and a love for the forest and wild places is in my blood. I will continue to be part of the family business, even as I begin the next chapter of my life by the ocean in Southern Maine. Nonprofits are near and dear to my heart and I am so excited to be working alongside the delightfully talented staff and volunteers of the Kennebunk Free Library! I am continually impressed by their creativity, knowledge and exceptional level of service. KFL is an invaluable resource in our community and I am truly grateful to be part of it! Reading is a passion of mine and my TBR piles are always growing. I welcome book recommendations from other book lovers - especially for literary fiction and magical realism. And please stop by the library soon to say “Hello”. I look forward to meeting you!
Aspen, Library Assistant: I have always had my nose in a book since I was a little kid. I remember growing up, my parents used to have to take them away from me at bedtime or I would read all night. I spent many weekends at the library in my childhood and I am excited to have the opportunity to help others find the same passion for reading that I found at the library! Outside of my love of reading, I am a big animal lover and will never miss an opportunity to talk about my cat. Most weekends I can be found skiing, at the lake, playing video games/board games, or hanging out with friends.
Ben Phinney, Technology Educator: Some of my oldest memories are of taking sometimes daily trips to the library where my mother was an extremely active volunteer. I didn’t realize librarianship was in my blood too until after college when I began working in a bookstore. There I learned I had a knack for customer service and passion for books, music, movies, and helping people find information. As a librarian I have tended to gravitate towards roles that have a technology focus and teaching element to them. Becoming the Technology Educator at Kennebunk seemed like a perfect fit. As the Technology Educator I look forward to finding ways to innovate our current services and help improve our collective understanding of how to best adapt to the ever-changing technology in our daily lives. When I’m not being a librarian, I’m usually anxiously waiting for a new movie to premier, experimenting in the kitchen with more gusto than I should, drinking coffee, or geeking out over another piece of electric guitar gear.
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.
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 from 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 in Biddeford Pool with my cat, Paix. I enjoy designing jewelry in my downtime and sell jewelry on Down East Magazine's website as well as my own shop on Etsy. I love walking on the beach, hiking, and traveling with my two sons and daughter-in-law. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my grandson, Fin.
Emmaline, Library Assistant: Growing up I was always very inquisitive and imaginative, so naturally, the library was my go-to place to explore. Libraries allowed my curiosity to flourish, and my love for learning has only continued to grow over time. I have always enjoyed finding things, but it wasn’t until I began working for my college campus library that I realized I love to help others pursue their interests as well. I truly believe that there is nothing more satisfying than helping a patron find the perfect book to read or a resource to use for their research. That is what led me to KFL, and I could not be more excited to work with such an excellent team. As a new resident to Maine, I am so grateful for this community, and I am so happy to be a part of it! If you can’t find me here, I am usually trying to take advantage of the sunshine by spending all of my day outdoors, or I am curled up at home crafting/reading a book. Come find me if you ever want to talk about your favorite books, movies, or whatever else interests you at the moment - I hope to see you soon!
Jennifer Fain, Library Assistant: I actually wasn't much of a fan of libraries growing up. It wasn't that I hated reading or books - quite the opposite - but I disagreed with libraries on principle because I wasn't allowed to keep the books forever. Despite the bad first impression, eventually I found myself in graduate school for library studies and I couldn't be happier with where I'm at now. In the Summer of 2020, my fiance and I pulled a reverse snowbird and moved to Maine from Florida. I have been loving it here ever since and I am so glad to join the KFL team. If I'm not in the library, you can find me reading or outside with my fiance and our dog, Scarlet. But don't ask me what my favorite book is, I can never choose just one!
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!
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!