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Kittery to Fort Kent, Self-propelled – Tuesday January 15, 7pm

Friday, January 11th, 2013

self-propelledFarmington resident Jim Andrews traveled from Kittery to Fort Kent switching from canoe, to mountain bike, to road bike, to backpacking and back again to traverse the entire state under his own power in one month. You can decide if it was a month well-spent!

Public cordially invited for Jim Andrews’ presentation at 7pm. Sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Please use 207-361-1210 and more importantly education@amcmaine.orgfor a public email contact.

Program: “Kittery to Fort Kent, Self-propelled”

Contact: John Mullins 361-1210

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Movie – Heist Film Series – Friday, January 4, 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

charadeJoin us Friday, January 4th for the first in a 3-film heist series.

Directed by Stanley Donen, this romantic, cat-and-mouse thriller was filmed on location in Paris and features two of the most charming stars to ever grace the screen.

Film enthusiasts Robert Long and Melissa Orth will briefly introduce this enigmatic “Hitchockian” film with trivia and historical tidbits.

Drink hot cider, munch popcorn and enjoy the company of your fellow classic movie fans at this free event to be held in the Library’s Morrell Meeting Room.

A casting coup and a 1963 box office smash, you can expect the unexpected when they play…”Charade.”

“Of course, you won’t be able to lie on your back for a while but then you can lie from any position, can’t you?”
— Reggie Lampert

Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group – Tuesday, January 8, 6:30pm

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

turn of mindOn Tuesday, January 8th, the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group will convene to discuss the best crime novels of 2012. On Tuesday, January 8th, the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group will convene to discuss the best crime novels of 2012.

All of you mystery aficionados and sweet course enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend!

Desserts are potluck-style so you are welcome to bring something to share.

This month’s theme: The Year’s Best Crime Novels from Booklist magazine

Date and time: Tuesday, January 8th, from 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room

Contact: Sarah Brown – 725-5242 ext. 229 –

Schedule and reading list: Just Desserts Discussion Group

Family Make and Takes – Tuesday, January 8, 5 to 7pm

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Q-Tip Snowflakes: Celebrate winter by making a few snowflakes.

Drop in any time between 5-7:00 PM.

Location: Children’s Area


More Graphic Novels @ Curtis Teens

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Raina Telgemeier’s “Drama”

A wider and deeper selection of graphic novels is heading your way.

Curtis Memorial Library was recently informed that it was awarded a grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.

The funds will be used to expand the graphic novel collection for young adults at Curtis.

Graphic novels are original literary works combining illustrations and words in the tradition of comic books, and are popular with all age groups.

With the clear, stylish art, the strongly appealing characters and just the right pinch of drama, this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer. Brava!
― Kirkus, starred review

Kids Gift Books

Friday, November 30th, 2012

optical illusionsLooking for gift ideas for the young people in your life?  See a sample of our book suggestions below, view the entire list  of Gift Books, or pick up a copy of the list at the Youth Services desk.

DK Optical Illusions
A colorful collection of more than 50 mind-bending illusions. Ages 7-13

Lost Trail
by Don Fendler
The classic story of survival in Maine’s wilderness told in graphic format. How will he survive nine days alone on Mount Katahdin? Ages 9-12

Santa from Cincinnati
by Judi Barrett, pictures by Kevin Hawkes
Very funny account of Santa’s early life with comical illustrations by Maine illustrator Hawkes. Ages 5-8 (fun for adults, too!)

Job Training

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

computer userThe Maine State Library offers a web portal that brings together resources to help visitors learn new skills find jobs. The portal, found here, can be accessed from home or from within the Curtis Library.

It offers more than 80 free career and digital literacy courses, webinars, and resources.

Additionally, the portal offers free access to the Learning Express Library, a platform featuring more than 770 practice tests, tutorials, and e-books on job searches, workplace skills enhancement, GED exam preparation, certification and licensing exam preparation, and college and graduate school admissions exam preparation.

The Learning Express Library includes popular video-based tutorials on Microsoft Office, Adobe products, and other software used in the workplace today.

You can access these resources from home or from our public computers.

More Information

We’re here to help! Please ask a Curtis librarian for assistance.

725-5242 ext. 510 or

Library and Community Photos

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Library Snapshot Day 2012If you’re a visually oriented type of person and want to see what’s been happening at the Library (and in our community), please visit our Flickr photostream:

Fancy Hats!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Children decorated paper hats at story time after listening to funny stories involving all kinds of hats.  Preschool story time starts at 10:30 am on Thursdays.  For younger children, try Time for 2s on Wednesday mornings or Finger Fun for babies and toddlers on Friday mornings.

Interested in finding out what family skeletons you have in your closet?

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

skeleton closet Genealogy is a great way to discover your family history.

Plan to join us for 5 genealogy get-togethers for beginners at Curtis Library, each providing a short intro to a different genealogy topic.

All sessions will be held in the Library’s Seminar Room on the second floor from 5:30-6:30.

Space is limited so plan to register at the library’s front desk or by emailing – and don’t forget to say how many folks will attend and which sessions.


  • 9/18 – Intro to genealogy
  • 9/25 – Intro to
  • 10/2 – Local genealogy resources
  • 10/9 – Genealogy software options
  • 10/16 – Researching your Canadian ancestors

Come to any or all!

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we came from.”
― Alex Haley, author of “Roots”

Kids’ Concert

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Brunswick songwriter and musician Jud Caswell will present a lively concert for kids on Friday, July 20 at 1:30 PM. Kids who have  been creating music with Jud this summer will join in the presentation. Fun for all ages!




Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

What is the fastest way to get from point A to point B? Anyone who has ever taken math knows that the answer is: a straight line. But what if there are obstacles in the way? In our 3 dimensional world, the path between home and the Gelato Fiasco is definitely not a straight line. There are trees, cars, corners and other objects in the way. Learn how to get anywhere fast and most efficiently using only your body with Parkour.

On Tuesday July 10, 3 – 5pm,  Dylan Polin and his assistant from the New England Sports Academy outside Boston, will present a two hour workshop on this style of freerunning.

Registration is required but there is no limit to the number of attendees. Participants must be entering 6th grade  – recent high school graduates.

Call 725-5242 x 225 for more info.

And check out this video to learn more!

Henna for Hands

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012


Henna is a safe, natural dye used to temporarily tattoo the skin (and dye hair). This pair of hands is one of last year’s designs. What would you like on your hands?

Register now for the Henna for Hands program taking place Tuesday June 26, 3:30 – 4:30pm. Call 725-5242 x225 or email to sign up. Limit to 15 teens.

Great Blue Heron nest – live cam

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

An unusual opportunity to watch Great Blue Herons raise their heronyoung live and in real time. The nest is in an oak snag on a pond at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. The ambient sounds of the pond – peepers, red-winged blackbirds, Canada geese, etc. are a bonus.

Juggling away your afternoon

Thursday, April 19th, 2012


Even if you are all thumbs, you can flip, spin, balance, catch and toss = juggling!  Learn how or perfect your skills each Wednesday afternoon May 16 and  23,  3:30 – 4:30pm. The library is borrowing a Flow Skill Toys Loaner Kit for the month of May so that teens can try their hand at five different types of tools: kendama, juggling ball, diabolo, spinning plate and chatter rings.

No registration is required and each session is a drop-in workshop.

Questions? Please contact Teen Librarian Melissa Orth: Phone – 725-5242 x225 (YS Desk) or x227 (office)