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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

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


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.

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!


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 :