Archive for the ‘Cornerstones of Science’ Category


Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

All the Monarchs in the Youth Services area are in chrysalis stage.

The first butterflies may emerge this week. Stop by and see!


Star Party at Crystal Spring Farm – Saturday, August 3

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

hs-2006-10-a-webMembers of the Southern Maine Astronomers will attend and bring their telescopes. Library staff will be on hand with a few iPads and the library telescope.

People and telescopes only in the field and parking in designated parking areas. Please be careful of the stakes and ropes. . We recommend flashlights and bug spray. If you have them, bring binoculars and a reclining lawn chair.

There is a possibility that weather will force a last-minute cancellation, so keep an eye on the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

This program is co-sponsored by Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Library, Southern Maine Astronomers and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust.

FMI: 725-5242 ext. 510 |

Time: Arrive anytime after 8:30 PM, runs until 10-ish

Location: Crystal Spring Farm in the Farmer’s Market Field, 277 Pleasant Hill Road, Brunswick


Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The first few Monarch caterpillars have found a high spot, gone into J stage and formed
a chrysalis. Visit and discover why they are called Monarchs.

Jack the Butterfly Guy will be here July 30 and August 13.


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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

Buying a Telescope: what you should consider – Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 PM

Monday, July 15th, 2013

telescopeJoin us Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 PM for “Buying a Telescope: what you should consider” a chat with Ron Thompson from the Southern Maine Astronomers.

Ron will talk about telescopes and features that work and don’t work for amateur astronomers.

Would-be astronomers can also learn more about the Southern Maine Astronomers and how to connect with them.

Free, no registration. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

For more information: 725-5242 x 510

Go Botany: A Hands-on Workshop – Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 PM

Monday, July 1st, 2013

canada white violetJoin us Wednesday evening July 10 at 6:30 p.m. for “Go Botany: a hands-on workshop” with Botanist and Environmental Educator Don Hudson.

The Go Botany website is a new tool from the New England Wild Flower Society which helps users identify plants.

Don Hudson plans to bring plant material to the hands-on workshop and guide attendees through the process of using Go Botany.

Go Botany also works on mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. The library will provide some laptops, audience members can bring smart phones and tablets.

Go Botany has a simple key that allows amateur naturalists, hikers, campers and plant lovers to identify over 1200 common native and naturalized New England plants. Advanced users can identify even more plants.

The program is free, no registration required.

Sponsored by the Cornerstones of Science.

Chewonki: Endangered Species, Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 AM

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Chewonki OwlChewonki is bringing endangered animals from right here in Maine!

Join us as we learn why animal populations decline, exactly what it means to be endangered, and how people are working to protect these species.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Ages 5 and up.

For the comfort of the animals, participation is limited.

Please register starting June 17 at the Youth Services Desk. 725-5242 ext. 225

Please choose morning or afternoon session.

Marble Machine Open House – Tuesday April 16, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Marble MachinesCome in anytime between 10:30am and 1:30pm to build on our marble walls.

A great opportunity for children, grandparents, siblings, parents, etc. to build together.

Use paper towel tubes, funnels, clothespins, straws, and other materials to send a marble rolling.

Suggested ages 6 through adult. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242, x225

Cornerstones of Science Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 31, 12:00pm

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Biologist and author Rachel Carson at home, with Moppet

Biologist and author Rachel Carson at home, with Moppet

Professor David Hecht from the History Department at Bowdoin College will discuss Rachel Carson as an Iconic Figure in American science.

Dr. Hecht is working on the history of images of scientists in the United States during the 20th century. This project examines the public personae of scientists – including Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Rachel Carson, and Linus Pauling – who have become icons to large numbers of Americans.

This Fall Science Read is sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

This event is free and does not require registration.

Date and time: Wednesday October 31, 12:00pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.”
― Rachel Carson

Cornerstones of Science, Fall Science Read

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

silent springThe Fall Science Read of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson celebrates the fifty year anniversary of this impeccably reported text.

This book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement.

These Weekly programs will begin at noon on Wednesday, October 10 and continue on October 17, 24, 31 and November 7.

Circulating copies of the books are now available in the Cornerstones display area on the first floor of the library.

Ebooks of Silent Spring are available on the library’s ereaders. Try to read as much of the book as you can.

These free programs do not require registration.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Cornerstones Background

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Cornerstones of Science, which originated in 2000 at Curtis Memorial Library, has grown into an independent national program.

Curtis Memorial Library is proud to be one of the many libraries around the country that partners with Cornerstones of Science to “connect children, teens, and adults to science and technology through superb books, programs, and opportunities for community involvement in current scientific issues.” Check out the Cornerstones of Science kiosk in the lobby for reading ideas, upcoming programs, and more information about what’s going on with science at Curtis Memorial Library. To learn more about Cornerstones of Science, please visit the Cornerstones of Science website :