2016-07-08 / Community

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Kennebunk Free Library plans summer events

Children’s summer program: The children’s Summer Reading Program at Kennebunk Free Library runs through Aug. 13. Every child who enters will receive a voucher for a Sea Dogs ticket. Children entering grade 5 and younger will receive an Olympic Ring Activity sheet and a Bedtime Math Star Chart at registration.

By completing four of the seven activities listed within each Olympic Ring, children can earn a prize. In addition to reading, activities include singing songs, drawing stories, and attending library programs.

Students entering grades 6-12 in September are eligible for the Teen Summer Reading Program.

In addition to the Sea Dogs ticket voucher, these students will receive a Reading Track and Library Activities Game Board upon registration. Teens earn raffle tickets by reading different genres of books or completing activities from the Game Board.

Raffle prizes this year include a Harry Potter tote plus surprise, a Diary of a Wimpy Kid tote plus surprise, movie theatre tickets, an anime prize box from Loot Crate and a comic book prize box from Nerd Block.

Story times: Summer story times are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. from Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 11. Summer story times are geared for children from birth to age 6.

Yoga:YogaPlay will be held for children ages 2 and 3 and their caregiver on two dates this summer. Library Assistant Susan Mirisola, registered yoga teacher, leads a playful approach to yoga involving songs, movement and stories on Monday July 11 and Monday Aug. 8. Both classes will be at 10:15 a.m. It is not necessary to attend both classes. Preregistration and a waiver for each participant are required. Please bring a blanket.

Aerobics: Ever done Earthworm Aerobics? The Flamingo Dance? Now is your chance! Join Lindsay and her Puppet Pals on Monday July 11 at 6 p.m. to learn how. Lindsay’s larger than life, hand-crafted puppets charm even the most timid audience members and provide memorable characters for positive short stories and skits. Her comedic animation and timing, high energy, and uncanny knack for silly voices electrifies crowds. Celebrate fitness and health with a picky dragon, a heroic groundhog, a little horse with big determination, and other wacky friends. This program is open to all.

Fire truck tour: On Friday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m., Kennebunk Fire Department will visit the library to offer children fire safety tips and give a tour of one of the fire engines. In case of rain, the program will be held on Friday, July 22. Of course, all of this hinges on there being no emergency to call them away from the library. No preregistration is required.

Olympic day: Children ages 6 and up are invited to participate in an Olympic Games Day on Wednesday, July 20 at 3 p.m. Preregistration is required for this opportunity to make a bouncy ball, compete in a ring toss and marble racing, and more.

On Thursday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m., children ages 7 and up can design and create their own flying disk. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Preregister early.

Children ages 4 and older can participate in an Olympic Read & Make event on Monday, July 25 at 2 p.m.. Children will hear the bizarre true story of the 1904 Olympic marathon and make crafts to celebrate the 2016 Olympics. Preregistration is required.

Pet show: The 24th annual Kennebunk Free Library Pet Show will be held on Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. The rain date is Monday Aug, 1, at 6 p.m. Children are invited to show off their pet or to learn about the pets of others. Preregistration for all pets is required. One pet per child. Pets must be up-to-date on all shots, on leash or caged, and accompanied by an adult. Please clean up after your pet. Sponsored by Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital.

Intertidal buffet: On Thursday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m., the library will host an intertidal buffet: Life Between the Tides for ages 5 and up. Live marine animals and sea plants will be on display buffet-style. Environmental stressors and adaptations that enable organisms to successfully survive a life between the tides will be discussed. Participants will then be able to handle the live creatures displayed. No pre-registration is needed.

Madd Science: The Mad Science Physics Olympics comes to Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The interactive show will explore the fundamentals of the science of sports. Learn about the science of cycling with a gyroscope. Test strength and discover the wonders of air pressure in a tug-of-war challenge. Become a gymnast during an experiment about the center of gravity. No preregistration is needed.

Minecraft: Calling all Minecraft fans. Children ages 6 and older can come to the library on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. to turn a favorite game piece into a keychain or necklace. All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required.

Math party: On Friday, Aug. 12 at 12:30 p.m., the library will host a Bedtime Math Party. Children ages 5 and up who have completed at least one Bedtime Math activity over the course of the summer can bring in their filled-in star chart to gain entry to an afternoon of fun math Olympics and snacks.

All events are free and wheelchair accessible. For more information or to preregister, call 985-2173, cxt. 5 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Trolley museum plans 1960s-themed event

Seashore Trolley Museum is channeling the 1960s with Martinis & Mad Men, A Mid-Century Evening and Dinner 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19.

Following on the heels of Prohibition themed speakeasy events in 2014 and 2015, 2016’s Martinis & Mad Men, A Mid-Century Evening and Dinner calls attention to museum vehicles that scream mid-century modern.

Guests will dine on 1960s-style barbecue, catered by Ned’s Bakes & BBQ. October Road Duo will perform music of the 1960s, and friendly competitions between their sets will include costume and drink toast contests. A raffle table includes a wide variety of prizes.

A limited number of tickets will be sold, and they must be reserved in advance. Dinner is included in the ticket price. To reserve or for more information, call 967- 2800, ext. 101 or 111, email director@neerhs.org, or visit the Special Events section of www.trolleymuseum.org.

Blueberry Fair is scheduled for July 23

The 40th annual Blueberry Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. The fair will be held rain or shine.

A long-standing success over the years, the Blueberry Fair will feature the work of over 40 artisans and crafters from all over New England. It offers a variety of art objects including paintings in different mediums as well as sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, porcelain and stoneware ornaments, hand-painted silk scarves, soaps, wood products, and much more. The Kennebunk Public Library will also be selling used books.

The fair will also include a special children’s corner with entertaining musical activities planned.

Lunch will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and be offered both indoors and outdoors. On the menu will be New England chowder, crab rolls, hot dogs and condiments plus a variety of vegetarian selections from Frinklepod Farms as well as blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, pastries and ice cream.

A Queen Charlotte kayak, now on display at First Parish, will be raffled off as part of the festivities. Designed for expedition kayaking, the Queen Charlotte’s beam is 24 inches for stability. At 19 feet, she has 2 more feet of storage space and waterline length. It weighs 43 pounds and will carry 200 pounds of gear. Paddle and gear are included. The market value new is $2,000.

For more information, call 985-3700.

Graves Library launches capital campaign

The board of trustees of Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library has launched a $1 million capital campaign to raise funds to expand and update the existing library.

The Mothers Wing Capital Campaign, named in honor of all mothers who have utilized the library’s services over the past century to encourage their children to read, will raise $1 million to add a new wing to the existing library to provide much needed space for collections and programs, install an elevator for enhanced handicapped access, and update the library’s aged infrastructure.

Graves Memorial Public Library is listed on the National Historic Register and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. For more information on the Mothers Wing Capital Campaign, including how to support the effort, visit graveslibrary.org.

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