LIBRARY UPDATES

8/1/21 Update: Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required to enter the building. Thank you for your cooperation.

LIBRARY OPEN! As of June 1, the library is open with our pre-pandemic hours. While we do not have designated curbside hours, curbside services are available at request. Please note that we are not offering all of our pre-pandemic programs and services just yet and not all parts of the library will be available. Appointments are no longer needed for browsing but may be implemented in the children's room if needed.

SUMMER HOURS:
Monday: 9:30 - 8:00
Tuesday: 9:30 - 8:00
Wednesday: 12:30 - 8:00
Thursday: 9:30 - 5:00
Friday: 9:30 - 5:00
Saturday: 9:30 - 1:00

COMPUTER USE: Appointments are no longer needed for computers but are encouraged. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (207) 985-2173.

BOOK DONATIONS: The library is now accepting book donations. Please visit the In-Kind Contributions section on our Support the Library page for our donations guidelines.

HOME DELIVERY: Volunteers are available to make deliveries to homebound patrons. Call or email the library for an appointment.

Summer Reading is Here!
 
FOR ADULTS:
 
Summer reading is back! This year, the theme is "Tails & Tales." This year, for adults, we're going to be focusing more on the "tales" (though there will be tails too - keep scrolling for a photo of the cutest seal you've ever seen!) through two new reading challenges. Visit Beanstack to register for the challenges or stop by the library to pick up a print version. You can:

Challenger Yourself: With our "Seven to Sample" challenge, you'll be encouraged to read outside of your comfort zone. Explore new formats and authors and learn a bit about what the library has to offer in the process. This reading challenge will last through December 31, 2021.

Win Prizes: Record the time you spend reading - including time spent reading books for the Seven to Sample Challenge - and win one raffle ticket for ever hour read, up to 12 tickets. Enter a drawing to win a gift card from one of 10 local businesses.

FOR TEENS & TWEENS (10+):

We are very excited about this year’s Summer Reading Program which will run from June 28 through August 21. All teens ages 10 – 18 will receive a raffle ticket for a fantastic prize when they register! We will be continuing all your favorite programs as well as holding special programs throughout the summer, including water balloon launchers, bottle rockets, and kite flying. For every program you attend, you will be given a badge to show you've completed that activity: see how many badges you can earn over the summer! See Mr. Jon or another librarian for more information and this summer's calendar.

You can also track your reading time to earn additional raffle tickets to win gift cards from local businesses. Visit Beanstack to register for the challenges or stop by the library to pick up a print version.

FOR CHILDREN:

Summer is here – time for reading and playing the days away! KFL’s Summer Reading Program for ages 0-10 will run from June 28 – August 21, and we have a lot planned! This year’s theme is Tails and Tales, and we’re celebrating our furry, feathery, and scaly friends and neighbors. Keep track of how many hours you’ve read using Beanstack or a paper log, and earn raffle tickets for local business gift cards! At registration, children (ages 0-10) will be able to choose a free book. Children will also be able to earn badges for reading and attending programs! Register for the program at the library or on Beanstack. Join us for some fun this summer!


For more library updates...

For more library updates, including a list of our current programming, please check out our latest KFL Monthly Newsletter.

New Emails:

We are transitioning to new emails. Our emails will now end in @kennebunklibrary.org. This should be easier to remember since kennebunklibrary.org is our website! For example, to reach our general email you can now email us at kfl@kennebunklibrary.org.

Our @kennebunk.lib.me.us emails will continue to be valid for a few more months as we complete this transition.

We answer all emails and website comment forms as they come in. As we complete this transition, if more than a business day has gone by without a response from us, please check your spam folder. If there is nothing there, please give us a call at 207-985-2173. You can leave a message in the general mailbox if the library is not open.


KFL Goes Fine Free:

Kennebunk Free Library Will No Longer Collect Overdue Fines!

Most can agree that a public library belongs to the community it serves and that everyone deserves equal access to it. In our years of experience working with this community, KFL staff has seen over and over again how library fines work against the goal of equal access.
 
All of our patrons accrue fines at the same rates –occasional overdue library items are a universal experience. The difference is the effect of those fines. Many patrons can hand over $5 or $10 without thinking twice about it and resume borrowing. Some have to wait weeks for another paycheck before paying their fines. Others give up on using the library altogether because they simply cannot afford the fines. That library fines are equal for everyone does not mean that they are fair or equitable.
 
The American Library Association and other professional organizations are urging as many libraries as possible to go fine free. Recognizing that fines have the effect of barring access to our most vulnerable populations, many libraries around Maine and around the country have followed that advice. KFL staff unanimously believe that it is time for us to do the same. Eliminating fines will truly enable everyone in our communities to discover, learn, and connect.
 
In light of this, Kennebunk Free Library voted on a change to our Lending Policy permanently removing fines for overdue materials. This means that KFL will no longer charge a daily fine for overdue materials. Patrons will still be responsible for bringing materials back on time and will be billed for the replacement cost for any lost or damaged materials or for materials that are 20 days overdue.

While we were fine free during the pandemic we had an opportunity to test-drive the format and found the majority of patrons still returned their materials on time without the threat of fines. This experience along with increasing evidence (we have added resources to our website that go further into detail about going fine free) surrounding the fine free movement leaves us confident that library access and access to our materials will increase.

Overall fines accounted for less than 1% of our revenue and of this amount more than half went toward resources and staff time collecting those fines.