Tax Help Thursdays Return Feb. 2


It’s the least wonderful time of the year: tax season! But KFL and the volunteer tax preparation experts from AARP are here to help you get through it.

Tax Help Thursdays at the library return on Thursday, Feb. 2. Tax help is available every Thursday through April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Doors open and sign-ups begin at 9:30 a.m. and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, due to insurance regulations, we cannot allow patrons inside the building before the library is open.

Read on for details about what to bring with you, where to get forms, and other information.

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A Duel, a Death, and a Failed Amendment

Did you know Maine has a deadly connection to a failed constitutional amendment?

In honor of the Bill of Rights and You pop-up exhibit currently on display at the library, we’re taking a trip back to 1838. That year, the House of Representatives considered H.R. 8, a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited anyone who was involved in a duel from holding public office.

The proposal came about after Rep. Jonathan Cilley of Maine was killed in a duel in February of that year. Cilley, who previously represented Thomaston in Maine’s statehouse from 1831 to 1836, began his ill-fated term in Congress in 1837.

The duel, between Cilley and Kentucky Congressman William J. Graves, stemmed from remarks Cilley made on the House floor on Feb. 12, 1838. A 2013 post by Margaret Wood, for the Law Librarians of Congress blog, recaps the grievance between Cilley and Graves:

The root of the disagreement between Rep. Cilley and Rep. Graves lay in remarks made by Rep. Cilley on February 12, 1838 when he questioned an anonymous newspaper report which had charged a member of Congress with corruption. A resolution had been proposed to appoint a select committee to investigate the allegation but Rep. Cilley had spoken against the resolution and had as well raised questions about reliability of said newspaper.  On February 21st, the editor of this newspaper, James Watson Webb, had asked Rep. Graves to deliver a note to Rep. Cilley. Rep. Cilley had declined to receive this note.

Like another famous duel that happened 34 years before, this bout ended in tragedy. (In fact, a number of politically-related duels did.) Rifles, rather than pistols, were the weapon of choice, and it took three rounds of shooting (and two rounds of failed negotiations by Cilley and Graves’ seconds) until the matter was settled.

On the third round, Rep. Cilley was shot: “[he] was shot through the body … put both his hands to his wound, fell and in two or three minutes expired.”

The incident started a congressional debate about dueling. Though lawmakers didn’t approve the constitutional amendment, they did enact tougher federal laws prohibiting dueling in Washington, D.C.

And in case you were wondering, yes, there were rules governing deadly duels between politicians, many of which were helpfully recapped and dramatized in the musical Hamilton.

Explore the Bill of Rights at KFL

If you’ve ever attended a public demonstration, read a newspaper, served on a jury, or taken part in any other number of civic activities, you can thank the Bill of Rights.

The first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution celebrated their 225th anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion, the National Archives launched “Amending America,” a celebration of the Bill of Rights and constitutional amendments that includes “The Bill of Rights and You,” a traveling pop-up exhibit that you can see at KFL through January.


The Bill of Rights and other constitutional amendments have fundamentally shaped America’s history. According to the National Archives, more than 11,000 amendments have been proposed since the Constitution was written in 1787. Most have failed to be enacted, but the 27 amendments that have been ratified have guaranteed free speech and voting rights, ended slavery, and more. Continue reading

Closing Early

winter treesDue to the weather, we are closing at 4:00 pm today, Mon. Feb. 8. Crazy 8’s Club and the NonFiction Book Club are re-scheduled for Mon. Feb. 22. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Please call tomorrow morning before heading to the Library to determine when we will open.

Storm Closure

Due to the storm, we are closing at 4:00 pm today, Fri. Feb. 5.  We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

We plan to re-open tomorrow at 9:30 am, with our Cabin Fever Book Sale from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Please call before coming out to the Library to ensure we are here.  Thanks!

Homeschooling Group Meets Today!

science outside2-4:00 pm.  Join together with other homeschooling parents, ask questions and get ideas.  Activities for children will be provided.  Join us!

Parenting Class Tomorrow!

Stevie WestmorelandOur Parenting Class meets tomorrow, Fri. Dec. 4 at 10 am.  Led by Stevie Westmoreland, MS, MEd, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), each month covers a new topic.

Future meetings will be on the first Friday of every month, at 10:00 am.  The program is free, and no pre-registration is necessary.  For more information, please visit Stevie’s website, or call her at 985-2511.