Library News and UpdatesWe 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 Online Books, Movies, and Entertainment
- Maine Library Virtual Events Calendar a great resource of virtual programs you can attend, run by libraries all over Maine
Books and Reading: Physical books and movies may not be available, but there are plenty of online options.
- CloudLibrary ebooks and audiobooks through the Maine State Library (free with a KFL library card)
- Video Tutorial on how to use CloudLibrary (courtesty of Rockport Public Library)
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 has books in multiple languages.)
- Audible selection of hundreds of free audiobooks “for as long as schools are closed”, including many books for children
- Tour famous museums
- 94 Fun Things You Can Do at Home, Anytime
- Visit US National Parks virtually
- 27 Virtual Field Trips around the globe and beyond
- 8 Virtual Garden Tours around the World
- Tour the Louvre (The information on individual pieces is in French, but it is still magnificent to look at!)
Crafts and Crafting:
- Color Our Collections Libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections.
- DIY Thought full of craft ideas for children and adults alike
- Building a Simple Birdhouse
- Make a terrarium mini-garden
- Online game options to play with people
- Coral-mapping video game lets you help preserve coral reefs by playing!
- 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
- Brick Store Museum’s Top 10 List of Things to Do
- 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
- 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
- To Get Help The towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel are partnering with Community Outreach Services (COS), a local non-profit, to assist our community.
- Operation Takeout local businesses currently offering takeout/delivery; updated daily by the Chamber of Commerce
- Maine Farm and Seafood Products Directory local food producers who are offering socially distanced ways to obtain their food (curated by Cooperative Extension)
- Town of Kennebunk COVID-19/Coronavirus Information
- Do you need local assistance? Do you want to help but don’t know how? In addition to the town resources above ("To Get Help"), many organizations in the York County area are here to help those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and are in need of donations. A non-exhaustive list is below, please reach out to them for more information.
- Community Outreach Services
- Seeds of Hope
- Southern Maine Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels program
- United Way of York County
- York County Community Action
- York County Shelter Programs including food pantry and shelter
- Biddeford Food Pantry - donations by check or money order can be sent to: Biddeford Food Pantry, 162 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005
- American Red Cross where to make an appointment to give blood
- Maine FrontLine WarmLine volunteer phone support service to help Maine health care workers and first responders manage the stress of serving on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic: 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week; call (207) 221-8196 or (866) 367-4440
- Crisis hotlines for Maine
- Teen peer text support warmline for youth 14-20 years old, staffed by individuals under 23 years old
- Ask A Scientist/Federation of American Scientists ask a scientist about COVID-19 concerns
- CDC (Maine)
- CDC (U.S.)
- CDC's instructions on how to make a no-sew face mask
- National Institute on Aging an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH
- National Library of Medicine
- State of Maine Online Absentee Ballot Request Service Maine citizens who are registered to vote may use this to request an absentee ballot for the July 14, 2020 State Primary Election.
- Census 2020
- Digital Maine Library full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference; provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools
- IRS updates
- Maine Office of the Governor COVID-19 updates: a good springboard to a lot of information, updated regularly
- Updates on camping and day-use of Maine State Parks and Historic Sites
- Maine Veterans are eligible for free Maine State Park Passes
- Maine State Law & Legislative Library form for asking law/legislative reference questions; you can also call 207-287-1600
- Unemployment Information, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- Who is eligible for PUA?
- Federal Housing and Finance Agency is providing mortgage help for homeowners impacted by the coronavirus
- Maine Rental Relief Program for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic
- COVID-19 Relief Loan programs from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME); available to eligible Maine businesses and individuals/employees who experience hardships due to COVID-19
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau guide to coronavirus mortgage relief options
- Wounded Warrior Project COVID-19 Relief Program
- GrantSpace Emergency Financial Resources to help with COVID-19 hardships including links for nonprofits, individuals, artists and small businesses
2019 Tax Forms
- Federal 1040 Form
- Federal 1040-SR Form
- Federal 1040 & 1040-SR Instructions
- Schedules for Federal 1040 & 1040-SR Forms
- Maine Form 1040ME
- Maine Form 1040 ME Instructions
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.
General information resources
- Guide to avoiding misinformation during the pandemic (and beyond!)
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture released a “Talking About Race” web portal to help people explore issues of race, racism and racial identity.
- Personal Finance and Consumer Protection Guide steps for quicker financial relief
- How to scan documents using an Apple device (iPhone, iPad, etc.)
- For those interested in gardening:
- The Easier Way to Make a Garden Bed (NOTE: Many seed companies are only selling to professional growers due to overwhelming demand. If you can’t find seeds, try getting already-started seedlings from a local plant nursery instead.)
- DIY Garden Trellises that cost less than $20 to make
- How to Grow a Kitchen Herb Garden
- How to Start a Butterfly Garden
- "Preserving the Maine Harvest” a weekly webinar series through UMaine Cooperative Extension; includes canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting; $5 suggested donation per session
- How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly
- Skillshare Free Online Classes thousands of free classes taught by the practitioners in design, business, photography and more
- No-cost, short-term training in currently-needed fields is being offered by Maine’s Community Colleges.
- Conflict Resolution Skills Managing and Resolving Conflict in a Positive Way (from Edmonds College)
- Video Chat software 10 free Zoom alternative apps for video chats
- Free, Printable Wall Art for your home
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"
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood watch full-length Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood programs
- Storyline Online videos of actors reading picture books accompanied by animated illustrations
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems daily writing/art classes with author Mo Willems
- Dav Pilkey At Home drawing demonstrations and read alouds
- RSU21 assignments (grades K-6)
- RSU21 Distance learning expectations
- Announced Distance Learning Extended to Finish 2019-2020 School Year
- Center for Interactive Learning live-streaming educational programming for grades K-6
- Code free coding classes and project for K-12
- For Teens: Math Planet offers free high school math courses in Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry, as well as prepared practice tests for the SAT and ACT
- For high school students tuition-free early college summer courses available at UMaine and UMM
- FREE online college courses for the Class of 2020 this summer thanks to Maine's Community College System
- Author Kate Messner is compiling a “library of resources for kids, families, teachers, and librarians to make sure that reading & learning can happen anywhere this spring.”
- Steve Spangler Science experiments at home science experiments to do at home
- Tech for Learners database to search for products and services by EdTech companies
- Babbel language learning lessons, 3 months free for students
- Rosetta Stone offering next 3 months free online for school-aged children!
- Babble Dabblee Do craft ideas for children
- Reading tips for helping beginning readers
- Learn the ABCs of Wildlife with the National Park Foundation
- Science Experiments kids can do at home with stuff you already have
- Engineering Challenge Cards from the James Dyson Foundation, using common household items
- 50 Free STEAM activities for kids
- Mystery Science free, easy science for remote learning
- Rainbow Science Create rainbow reflections with the CD, and use paper to alter the patterns of the light.
- How to Make A Kite using dowels and newspaper
- How To Make a Lego Necklace
- Fun activities to do with plants
- Musical Activities to do with your family during the shutdown, from a music therapist
- Free Printables for Preschoolers 350 free printables and resources for preschool children
- Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers includes both indoor and outdoor fun
- How to Build a Marble Track using paper plates
- DIY Garden Stepping Stone with children
- 50 Process Art Projects for kids
- Free Science Game Apps through the Space Science Institute
- How to create a comic strip
- Digital Maine Library full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference; also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools
- Children's Museum and Theater of Maine daily online programming
- Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other Initiative to help parents and children during the coronavirus pandemic
- Librarian-recommended apps and games 2020 picks for Notable Children's Digital Media
- Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question each day called the 'Wonder of the Day'
- Easy Ways to Get Kids Birding from the National Audubon Society
- Garden Scavenger Hunt
- 50 Ideas for a Healthy & Active Family
- Maine Project Learning Tree offers links and activities that “use trees and forests as windows on the world” for all grades, pK-12
- Mindfulness and Relaxation Apps for kids with anxiety.
- KFL has created an At-Home Scavenger Hunt. The At-Home Scavenger Hunt Clues page can be trimmed to match the number of flowers you plan to hide. The fill-in-the-blank clues allow you to personalize the hunt to your home. The At-Home Scavenger Hunt Flowers page can be cut along the dotted lines. Flowers can be decorated and/or adorned with a name, to designate whose flower is whose, and just to be creative. We hope you have fun!
- Looking for more scavenger hunts? Try these!
- Take a look at a day in the life aboard the International Space Station with NASA.