Archive for the ‘Cornerstones of Science’ Category

Presentation: “What’s Eating Maine? What Does Maine Eat?” – Monday, November 4, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Dr. Mark Lapping

Dr. Mark Lapping


Dr. Mark Lapping, a distinguished Professor from the Muskie School of Public Service will speak about the state of Maine’s food supply and its effect on food insecurity and its potential impact on land use planning.

According to the Muskie School of Public service, Dr. Lapping "is currently working with a team of colleagues to develop a food plan for the state of Maine as part of a phased, multi-year grant from a collaboration of funders. This initiative aims to build a strong, abundant, and resilient food system strategy to enhance value-added production, processing, and distribution of Maine food throughout the state."

Free, no registration.

Date & Time: Monday, November 4th, 6:30 pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

FMI: ref desk 725-5242 x 510 | loliver@curtislibrary.com

Cosponsors

  • Brunswick Topsham Land Trust
  • Cornerstones of Science
  • Curtis Memorial Library
  • Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program

COS Fall Science Read and Archaeological Artifacts Examinations- Weds, 10/30, Noon

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Dr. Bruce Bourque

Dr. Bruce Bourque

UPDATE: If you have any Archaeological artifacts that you would like Dr. Bourque to look at before the Noon Fall Science Read, please bring them to the Library's Morrell Meeting room at 11:30 AM.

The Cornerstone of Science Fall Science Read concludes with a return visit by Dr. Bruce Bourque, author of the featured book, "The Swordfish Hunters: the History and Ecology of An Ancient American Sea People."

For More Information, contact the Reference Desk 725-5242 x 510 or refdesk@curtislibrary.com

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 12:00 PM (11:30 AM for Archaeological artifacts examinations).

Location: The Library's Morrell Meeting Room

About the Author

Bruce Borque teaches anthropology at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and is curator of archaeology at the Maine State Museum. He grew up in Massachusetts but spent boyhood summers in Maine, where he heard stories of the Red Paint People. Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Harvard University, he matriculated in engineering school, but found his attention drawn to thoughts of the past. Eventually, he found his way to archaeology and hasn’t looked back. He lives in Freeport, Maine.

COS Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 23, Noon

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Professor Mike Retelle

Professor Mike Retelle

Join us for the third presentation of the Cornerstones of Science Fall Science Read featuring Professor Mike Retelle of the Bates College Geology Department.

Subject: "The Swordfish Hunters: The History and Ecology of an Ancient American Sea People" by Bruce Bourque.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

This free program is open to the public and does not require registration.

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:00 Noon

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the reference desk 725-5242 x 510 | refdesk@curtislibrary.com

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The Swordfish Hunters were a remarkable culture living on the coast of Maine between 4500 and 3800 years ago. They appeared, briefly flourished, and then vanished without explanation…

COS Fall Science Read – Tuesday, October 15, Noon

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Swordfish Hunters - book coverBeverly Johnson, a geochemist from the Geology Department at Bates College will speak at noon during the second program of the Fall Science Read of The swordfish hunters : the history and ecology of an ancient American sea people by Bruce Bourque.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

This free program is open to the public and does not require registration.

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 15th, 12:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the reference desk 725-5242 x 510 | refdesk@curtislibrary.com

“Bruce Bourque’s The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine’s Red Paint people were among the first maritime culture in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England’s deep maritime roots must read this book.”
—Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

COS Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 9, Noon

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Dr. Bruce BourqueKick off the Cornerstone of Science Fall Science Read with Dr. Bruce Bourque, Bates College Anthropology Department and Chief Archaelogist and Curator of Ethnography at the Maine State Museum.

Dr. Bourque is the author of the featured book, The Swordfish Hunters: the History and Ecology of An Ancient American Sea People.

For More Information, contact the Reference Desk 725-5242 x 510 or refdesk@curtislibrary.com

Copies of The Swordfish Hunters will be available for purchase at this session.

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 9th, 12:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

This work is a well crafted yarn by a distinguished archaeologist and is sure to find its proper place among the cherished literature of "down-east" New England.

COS Fall Science Read

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

COS SH4 croppedThe Fall Science Read book, The Swordfish Hunters: the history and ecology of an ancient American sea people about the Red Paint people who lived in Maine thousands of years ago are available for check out on the Cornerstones of Science shelves in the library.

Digital copies are available on the library Kindles or in the Maine Download Library.

Programs for the Fall Science Read are at noon on the following days:

- Wednesday, October 9

- Tuesday, October 15

- Wednesday, October 23

- Wednesday October 30

“Bruce Bourque’s The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine’s Red Paint people were among the first maritime culture in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England’s deep maritime roots must read this book.”
—Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

Monarch Butterflies Final Updates – 8/21

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

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8/21 UPDATE: All of the butterflies have been released! Monarchs Nick E., Steven, Momo, Manark, Jonah, Sam, Lucy, Jelly Bean, Riley, Vanyel, and Greg are now out in the wild.

They may be among the first generation to migrate to Mexico to overwinter or they may stay in Brunswick to produce another generation.

Many thanks to Jack the Butterfly Guy for his countless hours of butterflies care. Good luck, monarchs!

8/20 UPDATE: Two more males were released yesterday (Monday). They allowed themselves to be passed from finger to finger before flying away.

The two remaining monarchs will be released today

8/19 UPDATE: YS Librarian Melissa Orth released a male butterfly Saturday at 4 p.m.

Adult Services Librarian Linda Oliver released three female butterflies, as yet unnamed around 3:20 Saturday afternoon, Sunday. One was there for only a few minutes and presumably flew away as Linda was fetching the camera. Two were still in the butterfly garden when Linda left. One was climbing from flower to flower on a bunch of Coneflowers. The second was staying in place on a black-eyed Susan.

One butterfly had just emerged as Linda arrived and still had not unfurled the wings. It could be released after the library opens Monday morning (8/19) after 9:30.

8/15 UPDATE: We plan to release the newly emerged butterfly today at 2 p.m.

8/15 UPDATE: Diana and Stephanie released one butterfly this morning. Two more emergent butterflies can be seen through their chrysalises.

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8/14 UPDATE: The Chrysalis for two of the Monarchs has turned black and translucent – you can see the wings!

We expect the monarchs to emerge this week. 24 hours before a butterfly emerges, the chrysalis will look as if it’s turned black. What is actually happening is that we are beginning to be able to see the butterfly curled up inside, getting ready to shed its skin for the last time.

When a butterfly first emerges, it’s wings look very small and its abdomen looks very large. If you look closely, you can see that its abdomen is pulsating, pumping fluid into its wings until they are fully expanded. It takes a couple of hours for the monarch’s wings to harden enough for it to fly.

Stop by the Youth Services Desk this week and perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to witness this first hand!

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES UPDATE – 8/7/13

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!

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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 | loliver@curtislibrary.com

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

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES UPDATE

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 http://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/ 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