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KidsPeace Announces Opening of Graham Lake School Library

Project funded through $50,000 Grant from Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation


ELLSWORTH– KidsPeace held a Grand Opening for its new Graham Lake School Library on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  The event was held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the KidsPeace Graham Lake Campus in Ellsworth, ME, and was open to the public.

In April of 2017, KidsPeace announced it had received a $50,000 grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation to establish the new library on its Graham Lake Campus in Ellsworth, ME.  The new facility will offer access to high-quality library materials for the children served in KidsPeace’s programming at the site – including the Developmental Milestones Preschool (ages 3-5), a K-12 Special Purpose Private School, and a 24-hour residential treatment program.

In addition,  the new library will provide full media collections – including print, hardware and software, online databases, production equipment and adaptive resources –  to help enhance the educational experience for students with special needs and develop a love for learning. Due to the generosity of the King Foundation, the KidsPeace organization can provide its students the ability to select, retrieve, analyze, evaluate, create and communicate literary information in all formats and in all content areas of the curriculum.

Each year, KidsPeace serves more than 100 children in Maine through the Graham Lake 24-hour residential program for children with Autism and mental health needs, as well as education programs for its residential clients, local students attending by tuition, and a developmental Preschool. Additional K-12 Special Purpose Schools and Developmental Milestones Preschools are located in East Millinocket and Greenbush. These programs include special education, day treatment for ASD youth, residential therapeutic care, clinical services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology, nursing, psychiatric treatment, physiological care, behavioral health and case management.

The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation was created in 1986 to provide support for Maine communities, with an interest in projects that address the underlying causes of social and environmental problems, as well as those that address the consequences, with a strong interest in literacy, community services and the arts. For more information, visit

 For 135 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional information, please visit

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