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KFL Reopening for Curbside

The Kennebunk Free Library is pleased to be taking another step in our path to reopening, as we introduce curbside services. Beginning on Monday, June 15, you will be able to request items through the KFL catalog. We will also be accepting phone orders on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1:00 – 5:00 (please have your library card ready). 

We will process orders on a first-come, first-served basis. Once your order is ready, we will give you a call with a pick-up date.  Pick-ups will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons in the outdoor amphitheater behind the library. Please call us when you arrive and wait at the top of the ramp until the patron ahead of you has left. If you do not have a cell phone, call before you leave home with an expected arrival time.  There will be plenty of signage in the parking lot to point you in the right direction. 

We are extremely excited to begin lending again. We have been busy ordering new books and movies and cannot wait for you to take them home. There will be some changes from our old procedures so we ask that you bear a few things in mind:

  • We will work as quickly as we can, but we are expecting a very busy first couple of weeks. It might be a few days wait between your request and your pick-up date. 
  • We will be able to loan only our items. The van service that delivers Minerva books around the state will not resume until at least July.  
  • If you had something from another library waiting on the holdshelf for you before we closed, we will be calling to see if you still want it.
  • We encourage you to order extra items, just in case the one that you want is not available. An item may say “available” in the catalog but might have been requested by the patron just before you or may be in its 3-day quarantine period and not available for immediate check-out.
  • Printing services will be available for curbside pickup if you email your document in advance, to kflcirc@kennebunk.lib.me.us. If you would like a Clynk bag or BookPage included in your order, let us know.
  • We have changed the check-out period to 4 weeks and we will continue to waive fines. 
  • We are accepting returns only through the book drop. Please do not leave them on the pick-up table. Because of this, we are unable to loan out ukuleles, games, or other items that are too large for the book drop. 
  • We are not accepting donations at this time. 
  • We will be doing our best to make sure that the items you take are safe. We are quarantining returned items and will be cleaning surfaces and hands frequently. However, we will have to handle the items that we pull and package for you. If you have concerns, we encourage you to quarantine them in your home.  
  • Staff will be masked for your safety. We ask that you also wear a face covering and follow physical distancing guidelines when picking up your items. 
If you are unable to make it to the library, give us a call to discuss options.

We appreciate your patience as we take this next step. Please give us a call or email us with any questions or concerns.


Library News and Updates

We miss seeing you in person, but we're still here! While we're closed, we are trying to maintain as many services as possible. Here's some of what we're working on:
  • We're still around to talk to you. Every staff member is working from home and available to answer e-mails. We are also checking the library voicemail daily. Leave us a message and we will call you back.
  • Friends of KFL have provided funds to add additional books to Overdrive, the digital library available to KFL patrons. Instructions are available here. As always, if you have any trouble, let us know and we will walk you through it.
  • The Maine State Library is redirecting $40,000 to add more books to CloudLibrary. Instructions are available here. FAQs are here. Let us know if you need help.
  • If you need a new library card to access online resources and are a Kennebunk, Arundel, Kennebunkport, or Wells resident, call or e-mail us and we can get an account set up for you. We can also renew your existing cards. 
  • Our wi-fi is on and accessible from our lawn and our parking lot - you can access the internet without leaving your vehicle.
  • Even though we can't meet in person, we are working on ways to offer more of our programming online. Check our rotating display and our newsletter for updates.
  • If you miss reading our newspapers, here’s a step-by-step guide to using one of the free ways the Digital Maine Library allows patrons to read several articles from most of the newspapers KFL subscribes to, as well as other newspapers.
  • Ancestry.com is currently FREE for Maine Residents to use at home (though it must still be accessed through the Digital Maine Library).

Free Things to Do: Online, Outdoors, and More


Books and Reading: Physical books and movies may not be as easily available, but there are plenty of online options too.

  • CloudLibrary ebooks and audiobooks through the Maine State Library (free with a KFL library card)
  • OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks through KFL (free with a KFL library card)
  • Portland Public Library is offering temporary eResource library cards. To sign up, e-mail them at lending@portlib.org.
  • Project Gutenberg thousands of public domain e-books
  • LibriVox Audiobooks volunteers reading public domain books (This is great both for listeners and people wanting to volunteer! It also includes selections in multiple languages.)
  • Audible selection of hundreds of free audiobooks “for as long as schools are closed”, including many books for children

Streaming Video:
  • Crackle free TV/movie streaming
  • Tubi free TV/movie streaming


Outdoor Activities

  • Kennebunk Land Trust was founded to preserve and protect significant natural spaces in Kennebunk. Here are a few places to visit right in our backyard.
  • The Eastern Trail stretches from Kittery to South Portland, including many off-road trails great for biking or walking.
  • Hope Woods has many trails great for walking, running, birdwatching, and more.

Virtual Tours:


Crafts and Crafting:

Games:

Miscellaneous:​​​
  • Brick Store Museum’s Online Digital Learning Center offers resources that allow you to discover local history, arts, and culture from the comfort of your home.
  • The Brick Store Museum also has a History Hopper App, which features 80 locations in the Kennebunks where interesting people lived or where historical events occurred.
  • Help librarians and archivists transcribe digitized letters, tag pictures, and more.
  • Coronavirus Sanity Guide meditations, podcasts, blog posts for coping with stress, fear, and anxiety regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Harry Potter at Home including Book 1 for free, how-to-draw tutorials, games, and more
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  • NASA at Home
  • Hubble Birthday from NASA - put in a particular month and day and see an image the Hubble telescope captured on that day
  • National Park Service In Your Home park activities you can do from the comfort of your home with your family
  • Open Culture free online courses from top universities around the world
  • The MoMA is offering free online art classes
  • Learn About LGBTQ+ History during Pride Month, from the Library of Congress
  • KFL has created some journaling pages: a Daily Checklist  to track some new routines to care for yourself and others.; Nature Notes to help you connect to the natural world; and "What I'm... Reading, Watching, or Listening To" pages, available in 4/page, 2/page and 1/page.

Resources for Adults

Including COVID-19 Resources

Community Resources

 
 
Health Information Resources


Domestic Violence Resources 



Government/Legal Resources


2019 Tax Forms
Resources for Local Businesses
  • Essential Service Designation Order for businesses who wish to request that they be designated as "essential" during the stay-at-home order
  • Small Business Administration In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • IRS Employee Retention Credit available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19
  • Startup Step Up In collaboration with Village Capital and the Sorenson Impact Foundation, Maine DECD (Department of Economic and Community Development) is reaching out to Maine’s startup and early-stage technology companies in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
  • The Kennebunk Development Corporation (KDC) has created a COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund designed to help eligible Kennebunk businesses with challenges due to COVID-19.

General information resources

Resources for Children/Teens

For parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone with young ones around, we have curated our favorite/the most helpful Children's and Teen Resources we have found. 
 

Books and Reading:

  • Tumblebooks access to children’s e-books; username "Tumble735" and password "books"

Streaming Video


Education:


Crafts/Activities:
 

Miscellaneous: