HarvestFest Book Sale at Kennebunk Free Library

The Friends of Kennebunk Free Library will hold a HarvestFest Book Sale on Saturday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many new books have generously been donated plus there will be some bargain discarded items for sale. All proceeds directly benefit Library programs, collections, and events. For more information about the Book Sale or joining the Friends, please call the library at 207-985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

The Sociology of Cemeteries

The Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group will host Helen Shaw at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1. Helen Shaw, MA, CGsm, specializes in census and cemetery research. She is president of the Maine Genealogical Society and legislative liaison for the Maine Old Cemetery Association.

Little has been published on how people selected their final resting place or burial patterns within a cemetery. What do you do when there is no death certificate, no obituary, no burial record? How can you narrow your search for that elusive burial place?

What you know about your deceased family members can help you narrow your search for a cemetery. What you know about the cemetery in which family members are buried, can tell you a great deal about them and their social and ethnic background.

Cemeteries are important to genealogists because of what they can tell us about our relatives. Not just about them personally, but about them as a part of the community in which they lived. People are buried in a particular cemetery for a reason and discovering that reason will lead to a better understanding of your relatives.

The Genealogy Group is open to the public and meets nine times a year.

This event is free to the public and is wheelchair accessible. The Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information please call 207-985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Knitting for Victory in World War I

Join Holly Korda at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 6 at Kennebunk Free Library in exploring the amazing efforts of the Knitting Brigades of World War I and learn how knitting helped unify the nation and win the war.

In the summer of 1917, following the U.S. entry into World War I in April, the American Red Cross put out an urgent call for volunteers in every state who came to knit more than 15 million pounds of wool into socks, sweaters, hats, and bandages for our soldiers and allies overseas. In less than two years, membership swelled from 200,000 to over 30 million nationwide. Women, men, and the nation's school children knit and purled more than 23 million articles for the war effort in the most successful mobilization of community resources in the United States.

This event is free to the public and is wheelchair accessible. The Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk. For more information please call 207-985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.