Our 2013-2014 Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library Annual Fund Drive is under way. What is the Annual Fund Drive? Approximately 40 percent of our operating budget each year is provided by the Town of Kennebunkport. We seek donations from individuals like you to help purchase books, regional and national newspapers, magazines, DVDs, reference materials, online subject and job search databases, children and adult programs, and so much more. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, we rely heavily on contributions for our funding to keep our building accessible to all individuals, offer a wide variety of materials and events, and common space to meet up with old and new friends, business associates, and to study.
Gifts can be received in the form of cash, check, stock, or credit and will be used for unrestricted (or restricted if requested) use and is 100 percent tax deductible. Your generosity helps us keep all services FREE for everyone. For more information about our fund drive and ways that you can help our ongoing mission, please read this letter from our Library Director and feel free to call Mary Lou at 967-2778.
August, 2013 – June, 2014
Few who receive this letter today were here the year that the Kennebunk Bank and U.S. Customs House became the public library for this community. Some of you may remember your grandparents telling tales about borrowing books from Anne Talbot’s “social lending library.” Many of you remember when the Pasco Room was dedicated and/or when we acquired the Perkins House for meetings and the on-going book sale. You and your children have experienced many wonderful books, met new friends, and attended special programs and weekly story time.
The point is everyone who receives this letter today knows a bit of the history of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library. It is a thread of the entire fabric that makes up our lives; it is a part of how our children have learned through the years; it is where we still come to learn, discover, and escape.
This is the year we celebrate all that the Graves Library has meant to us and our community for the last century. It is a wonderful history that is woven into the rich work of Joyce Butler’s, Kennebunkport : The Evolution Of An AmericanTown. In the preface to this extraordinary work, Richard D’Abate, Director Emeritus of the Maine Historical Society writes, “…history creates a shared self-consciousness – a story – about which we are and what we might become.”
One might also say that a community’s library tells quite a lot about a town and the people who live there. This letter is about ensuring the future of the Library for a new generation of patrons. Thank you for your role in making our Library a powerful statement about how much we value the rich words of the past, and celebrate the knowledge and creativity of so many who have shared their words for all of us to enjoy.
The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library is indeed something to celebrate. We hope you will do so this year with a gift to the annual fund.
Mary-Lou Boucouvalas, Library Director
P.S. Please save the dates for Volume 2 History Book Launch Reception (December 14, 2013).
If you would like to donate to our Annual Fund Drive, please send your contribution to: Annual Fund Drive, Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, P.O. Box 391, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 OR visit our website and click on “Donate” button to be and submit your contribution via our secure PayPal account. You will receive a hand-written receipt of your donation. Thank you for your generosity!