2014-09-05 / Letters

Thanks for supporting the library this summer

To the editor:

Summer at the Kennebunk Free Library is always a funfilled, busy time of year, filled with special programs for children, teens and adults. Many local businesses and individuals support us as we present our summer reading programs. We’d like to take a moment, and thank them.

The Kennebunk Fire Department discussed fire safety, demonstrated firefighter gear, and allowed children to explore one of the engines and the ambulance. Ken Odrzywolski, D.V.M., of the Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital, judged our 22nd Annual Pet Show, awarding prizes to chickens, a pig, a hamster, some guinea pigs, rabbits and lots of dogs. Nancy Boutet of Aquaholics spoke to local teens about surfing, sharing tips and exciting stories from her lifetime of surfing. Duffy’s Tavern & Grill hosted our July Trivia Night, supplying snacks and a festive night out for our loyal contestants.

Ian Durham and Carl Gurtman of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England gave presentations on astronomy. Scott Negley brought his portable planetarium to show constellations visible in the summer skies. Detective Bill Vachon from the York County Sheriff’s Department demonstrated crime scene investigation, including a tour of the Mobile Crime Scene Lab. Willy Jones presented information on whales and how our actions on land affect them.

Arundel Ice Cream, Berry’d Treasures, Kennebunk House of Pizza, Poofberry’s and Toppings Restaurant donated gift certificates that we used as raffle prizes for our children’s Summer Reading Program. Hot Topic and Newbury Comics supplied us with gift cards that we used for teen raffle prizes. The Portland Sea Dogs gave us vouchers for a free game that were given to each child and teen who registered for the Summer Reading Program.

This summer we also expanded our collection to include the resources of 60 other libraries in the state of Maine, by joining the Minerva system. We want to thank all the members of the community for your patience as we learned the changes in using the new Minerva system.

Thank you all for supporting the Kennebunk Free Library and our community!

Jill LeMay, library director
Janet Cate, assistant director
Bernie Alie, youth services librarian

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