2015-02-13 / Community

Kennebunk Free Library plans February events

Kennebunk Library will host its mini golf night fundraiser Feb. 28 and March 1.

An 18-hole golf course will be set up throughout the library along with twists and turns and obstacles to make playing more exciting.

Saturday night, Feb. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. is for the over- 21 crowd. A ticket will provide a home-made bowl of soup, bread and dessert, with the opportunity to purchase beer and wine to enjoy before or after the round of golf.

Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is family friendly. If an adult participated in golf the previous night, they will pay half (keep ticket stub for proof). Raffles, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

This is the library’s third year offering Library Mini- Golf as a fundraiser. For those folks who like to golf as a group, call ahead to book a foursome. To set up for the event, the library will close early at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

Kennebunk Free Library will host Bellwether Prize finalist Frank O. Smith, author of “Dream Singer” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18.

“Dream Singer” is the story of Elijah McCloud, a Native American elder who lives reclusively in the mountains of the west. As a young man, he was noted for having the ability to see in dreams the way the people were to move to meet the future. But he selfishly lost the gift, and became estranged from his family, his tribal heritage, and himself.

A seemingly chance crossing of paths with a 13-yearold runaway boy who has witnessed a killing in a rail yard ends up changing both their fates. Part love story, tragedy, and mystery, “Dream Singer” is a story of betrayal of love and the quest for redemption, where listening to dreams and the spirit of the land is critical for Elijah and the boy in staying ahead of the killer … and staying alive.

Smith began his career as magazine freelance writer in the South, writing about life in a Trappist monastery in Georgia, Civil Rights activist Julian Bond, and crossing the continent by freight train, among other stories. Today, in addition to writing fiction, he is a ghostwriter, writing coach, and writing instructor at the Maine College of Art. He lives on the coast of Maine.

“Dream Singer,” Smith’s debut novel, is now available in print and as an eBook. It was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize, created by bestselling novelist Barbara Kingsolver “in support of literature for social change.” The book was also named a 2014 Notable Book of the Year in Literary Fiction by “Shelf Unbound,” the international, indie book review magazine.

Free tax help is available at Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk, from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday through April 9.

Tax help has been provided for many years by AARP, which annually provides training to their representatives. No reservations are taken – tax help sessions are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-up begins at 9 a.m.

Services include answering tax questions and e-filing returns. Bring previous year’s returns and any other related tax documentation.

For more information about library events and programs, call 985-2173.

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