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Slideshow: 7 Ways Curtis Can Save You Money

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
  • Technology classes
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Popular Magazines: current and back issues
  • Best Seller Express
  • Free wi-fi
  • Events for kids & teens
  • Public PCs with Microsoft Office software

Puppet Show! Friday August 8, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

photoLindsay and Her Puppet Pals will be performing at Curtis Library on August 8th at 10:30 AM.

Lindsay brings a huge collection of lovingly handcrafted, life sized
hand puppets and marionettes to child and family audiences across New England.

Filled with silly humor, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters, this series of charming, positive short stories will delight the young and the young at heart!

Ideal for ages 3-8. The Show is an hour long.

For more information, please visit her website at www.lindsayspuppetpals.com.

Date & Time: Friday August 8, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: the Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services, 725-5242 ext. 225

Sponsored by the Curtis Friends.

Just wanted to say that my daughter enjoyed your show immensely… Very fun, great stories, fabulous puppets and very age appropriate which I definitely appreciated. Thank you.
–Alison Freidlan, Parent


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Build with Moss Robotics in July

Monday, July 7th, 2014

IMG_1117Hands-on robot building workshop with the library’s new MOSS Robotics System.

NOTE: The workshop scheduled for Thursday, July 31 has been cancelled due to illness but will be rescheduled.

The rescheduled date for the second July Moss Robotics workshop will be posted here and will also be announced through the Library’s Twitter feed.

There is a limit of 5 teens entering grades 6 – 12.

To register, call 725-5242 x225 or email teenzone@curtislibrary.com to sign up or for more information.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

SPARK a REACTION: Teen Summer Program

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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The Teen Summer Reading Program  is going to be a blast this summer, with programs practically every day and fabulous prizes for those who complete a punch card. Spark a Reaction runs June 23 – August 16. Stop by the Youth Services desk and pick up a punch card and get started on your summer of fun. Check the Teen Calendar for a complete listing of events. See you at the library!

If you have already completed your original orange punch card, follow the link here SRP14 EXTRA Spark PunchCard to download printable additional punch cards and complete to earn more raffle chances.

Teen Summer Reading Program Film Survey

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

spark-a-reactionIt’s that time of year when YOU decide what we watch this summer.

Every Monday from June 30 – July 28 at 7:30pm we’ll be watching a film featuring robots.

Are you a teen who will be entering 6th -12th grade after summer ends?

If so, help decide just which robot movies to show by taking this quick survey.

For more information about Teen Summer Programs, check the Curtis Teens Calendar.

I’ve calculated your chance of survival, but I don’t think you’ll like it.
— Marvin (the Paranoid Android)

Join the LEGO Club!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Do you like building with LEGO bricks? Join other creative kids for a session of building and fun on Saturday, May 31 at 10:30 AM. We have thousands of LEGO bricks for you to use – bring a friend! Ages 5-11.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225 kids@curtislibrary.com

Curtis Library How-To Festival

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

40+ THINGS. 5 HOURS. 1 DAY. 100% FREE!

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Extend Your Dog’s Grooming Between Visits
Kathy Wilson, Kathy Wilson’s Grooming
MORRELL MEETING ROOM
How to Build a Robot – Explore the MOSS Robot Construction System with Diana McFarland, Curtis Library
SEMINAR ROOM, 2nd FLOOR (recommended for ages 10-adult)
NOTE: ONGOING 10:00 AM to NOON
Make an Old Piece of Furniture Look New . . . with Paint!
Christine Haviland, Timeless Cottage
MORRELL MEETING ROOM
How to Make Felted Wool Mittens by Mary Strout
How to Make Greeting Cards by Karen Leveille
CRAFT NEIGHBORHOOD, 2nd FLOOR
Scottish Highland Dancing
Students, Southern Maine School of Scottish Dance
ATRIUM
How to Twirl a Baton
Cheer Allen, Curtis Library
OUTSIDE AT MAIN ENTRANCE, WEATHER PERMITTING, OR
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK ROOM
How to Write Your Name in Russian
Carol Lord, Curtis Library
OUTSIDE GENEALOGY ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
How to Sit, Stand and Move to Improve Your Life:
Advice for All Ages

Deb Casterlin, Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy
1904 BUILDING
How to Skype – 10:00 TO 10:30
Sarah Brown, Curtis Library
GENEALOGY ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
How to Trim Your Pet’s Claws: Cats, Dogs and Rabbits
Lauren Emery, Coastal Humane Society
BACK GARDEN, WEATHER PERMITTING, or MYSTERY AREA
11:00 – NOON
Latin Dance Fiesta: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia
Tony Garreton, Tony Dance Fitness
MORRELL MEETING ROOM
How to Build a Robot – Explore the MOSS Robot Construction
System
with Diana McFarland, Curtis Library
SEMINAR ROOM (recommended for ages 10-adult)
Beginner Knitting: Learn to Cast On and Cast Off
Robyn Tringali, Curtis Library
YOUTH SERVICES DESK
Skill Toys: Master a Diabolo, Learn How to Juggle or Spin Plates,
and Sample other Skill Toys

Melissa Orth, Curtis Library
OUTSIDE IN THE BACK GARDEN, or TEEN ZONE
How To Tie a Tie: Bow Ties, Straight Ties and More
Cheer Allan, Curtis Library
ATRIUM
Deconstructing the Little Dog Blend
Little Dog Coffee Shop
NEW BOOK ROOM
How to Stretch with Your Baby
Kira Reed, Jai Yoga
1904 BUILDING
Note: This workshop is for infants 4 weeks and older through active crawlers, and a parent/caregiver.
Find Your Next Favorite Book Using Library Thing and Good Reads
Marian Dalton, Curtis Library
GENEALOGY ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
How to do Rug Hooking
Liz Doucett, Curtis Library
CRAFT NEIGHBORHOOD, 2nd FLOOR
How to Write a Press Release
Robert Long, Bangor Daily News
BOARD ROOM, 2nd Floor
NOON to 1:00 PM
Square Dancing: Friendship Set to Music
SAGE Square and Round Dance Club
MORRELL MEETING ROOM
How to Make Yuzu Ceviche
Chef Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan Restaurant
ATRIUM
How to Make Nutritious & Delicious Smoothies
Mike Heath, Curtis Library
NEW BOOK ROOM
iPad Tips & Tricks by Mike Gorzka, Curtis Library
NOON TO 12:30
iPad Word Games by Paula Tefft, Curtis Library
12:30 TO 1:00
OUTSIDE THE GENEALOGY ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
How to Breathe: An Introduction to Yogic Breathing Techniques
for Energy and Vitality

Hoa Tran, Jai Yoga
1904 BUILDING
How to Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Settings
NOON TO 12:30
How to Use the Dostie Lobster Trap Book Scanner
12:30 TO 1:00
Sarah Brown, Curtis Library
GENEALOGY ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Kayaking 101
Alex Kamos
BACK OUTSIDE GARDEN, WEATHER PERMITTING, or
MORRELL MEETING ROOM
How to Sing Harmony
1:00 TO 1:30

Mongolian Throat Singing
1:30 to 1:50
Matt Loosigian, Earth Jams
ATRIUM

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea
Michael Connelly, Little Red Cup Tea Company
NEW BOOK ROOM
How to Make an Elevator Speech
Dorothy Leavitt-Brooks, BrunswickToastmasters
1904 BUILDING
Stream Films and Music
  IndieFlix – 1:00 TO 1:30
  Streaming Music – 1:30 TO 2:00
Marian Dalton, Curtis Library
SEMINAR ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
Save Money with Couponing Apps
1:00 TO 1:30
Sarah Brown, Curtis Library
2nd FLOOR, OUTSIDE GENEALOGY ROOM
BEGINNING AT 1:30 UNTIL 3:00

Paint Ceramics with Underglazes
Glazed
CRAFT NEIGHBORHOOD, 2nd FLOOR

BEGINNING AT 1:30 UNTIL 3:00

How to Prune a Tree: Demonstration & Expert Tips
Jeff Gillis, WellTree, Inc.
OUTSIDE NEAR THE MAIN ENTRANCE
WEATHER PERMITTING

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tai Chi – 2:00 TO 2:30
Kettle Bells – 2:30 TO 3:00
David Hills, Five Elements Mountain School of Martial Arts
MORRELL MEETING ROOM
How to Design and Make a Button
Melissa Orth, Curtis Library
TEEN ZONE
Tips on How to Best Learn a New Language
(Samples from Spanish and Portuguese)
Kathleen March, University of Maine
1904 BUILDING
How to Self-Publish a Book
Mike Gorzka, Curtis Library
SEMINAR ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
Paint Ceramics with Underglazes
Glazed
CRAFT NEIGHBORHOOD, 2nd FLOOR
How to Prune a Tree: Demonstration & Expert Tips
Jeff Gillis, WellTree, Inc.
OUTSIDE NEAR THE MAIN ENTRANCE
WEATHER PERMITTING
How to Make the Most of Your College Search Process
Rebecca Kosakowski, MidCoast College Counseling
NEW BOOK ROOM
Many thanks to all of our presenters!

Books for April Fools Day

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

warworldsHappy April Fools’ Day!  Here is a list of a dozen books to celebrate the day – everything you want to know about hoaxes, scams, pranks, imposters, forgeries and Sasquatch too.  Enjoy!

Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT (2011) by T. F. Peterson. A lively introduction to MIT hacks from the police car on the Great Dome to the abduction of the Caltech cannon.

The Piltdown Forgery (2004) by J. S. Weiner.  Originally published in 1955, Weiner and his colleagues revealed the scam of the Piltdown Man, a purported missing link humanoid.

The War of the Worlds (1889) by H. G. Wells.  While not intended as a hoax, the 1938 radio production of Wells’ novel convinced many listeners that aliens had landed on earth.

 A Colossal Hoax: The Giant from Cardiff that Fooled America (2010) by Scott Tribble.  The story of one of the most famous hoaxes in US history – a 10 foot tall petrified man that was “unearthed” in 1869.

The Museum of Hoaxes: A Collection of Pranks, Stunts, Deceptions and Other Wonderful Stories contrived for the Public from the Middle Ages to the New Millennium (2002) by Alex Boese.  A comprehensive collection of documented hoaxes.

Tales of the Cryptids:  Mysterious Creatures that May or May not Exist (2006) by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears and Roxyanne Young.  An introduction to cryptozoology.

Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and other Authentic Mysteries of Nature (1999) by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark.  Contains nearly 200 entries, including cryptids, new animals, and the explorers who search for them.

Provenance: How a Con Man and Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art (2009) by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo.  Recounts the activities of John Drewe, who manipulated struggling artists to become art forgers, whose works Drewe passed off as legitimate pieces.

Hoaxes and Scams: A Compendium of Deceptions, Ruses and Swindles (1993) by Carl Sifakis.  An exhaustive collection of the world’s most devilish money-making schemes and elaborate practical jokes.

The Fabulous Frauds: Fascinating Tales of Great Art Forgeries (1970) by Lawrence Jeppson. A history of the underworld of great counterfeit art that has long existed side by side with the legitimate and authentic.

The Ultimate Book of Imposters: Over 100 True Stories of the Greatest Phonies and Frauds (2013) by Ian Graham.  Uncovers the boldest and most notorious frauds in history.

Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of our Age (2013) by Jonathon Keats. Considers forgeries as high art and offers an entertaining look at forgers from antiquity to the present.

Starting Seeds & Plants – Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

homegarden_topLearn more about starting seeds and plants for your garden and get answers about seeds, plants and gardening from a Master Gardener from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Take home seeds and donate seeds to the Little Free Seed Library at Curtis Library.

Free, no registration required.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Contact:, call the reference desk 725-5242 x 510 or email refdesk@curtislibrary.com

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Chocolate Fest – Wednesday February 19, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday, February 14th, 2014

chocolate festYummmm…..chocolate!

There will be chocolate in all forms and activities centered on this delicious delight.

Be prepared to eat sweets and be tested in your knowledge of chocolate confections.

Registration required and begins Monday February 10, 9:30am and limited to 20 teens.

Call 725-5242 x225 or email morth@curtislibrary.com

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
― Charles M. Schulz

Maine Nonprofit Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

100snippet-259x300On February 13th we celebrated Maine Nonprofit Day.

Curtis Memorial Library is honored to be a part of Maine’s nonprofit community.

On Maine Nonprofit day (and every other day!), we celebrate all the volunteers, contributors, business and community partners, patrons, advocates and friends who help Curtis Memorial Library to thrive.

Thank you for making Curtis such a special community.

Friday night film

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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Are your four favorite food groups candy, candy cane, candy corn and syrup? Do you like to smile because smiling is your favorite? Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny mugginz and watch the best holiday movie ever, Elf.

Elf, starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel and rated PG,  95 minutes.

Friday December 6, 7 – 8:30 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Please use the Middle Street entrance for this after hours event. Free, no registration required.

Musical Story Time with Jud Caswell – Thursday, November 14, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

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Musical Story Time with Jud Caswell

Brunswick musician Jud Caswell will rock this story time with sound effects and song!

Date and Time: Thursday, November 14, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225 kids@curtislibrary.com

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Party – Friday, November 22, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

dr-who-party-teensThe Doctor in all his incarnations has been around for 50 years.

Are you a Whovian – a fan? The BBC America 50th Anniversary episode will air Saturday 11/23 but we decided to get the party started earlier with some Anglophile fun. There will be activities, crafts and food.

Come in the costume of your favorite character as we celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who. Alas, we do not have the rights to show any episodes but we will have fun and treats at this party for teens.

Registration is required and begins Monday November 18 at 9:30AM with a limit of 50 teens in 6th – 12th grade.

Call 725-5242 x225 or email teenzone@curtislibrary.com

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Fall Garden Clean Up Nov. 2

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
fall garden clean upIt’s that time of year again!  We’re looking for volunteers and friends to help with our annual fall garden cleanup day at the library.
Please join us for the morning (10:00 am to noon) or afternoon shift (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm). And, if you have a rake, tarp or even a pickup truck, bring them as we can always use extras!
Any and all are welcome with free pizza at 12:30for all helpers, courtesy of Curtis Friends!
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the cleanup day will be moved to Sunday, November 3.
Contact Pamela Bobker to sign up: pbobker@curtislibrary.com or 725-5242 ext. 237.