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Talk: The Mills of the Androscoggin River – May 1, 7:30 AM

Friday, April 11th, 2014

scott hansonArchitectural Historian and Topsham resident Scott Hanson will present an illustrated talk on the Mills of the Androscoggin. Focusing primarily on the industrial development of the river in Brunswick and Topsham over more than 250 years, the talk will explore the importance of mills in the development of towns and cities along the Androscoggin and the cultural impacts of related historical events, such as the arrival of immigrant communities to work in many of the mills.

From the many now-lost small wooden mills that were first built along the river to the surviving large brick mills, like Cabot Mill (Fort Andross) in Brunswick and the Bowdoin Mill in Topsham, these buildings and the industries they housed played a critical role in forming the communities we live in today.

About the Presenter

Scott Hanson studied at Pratt Institute’s School of Art and Design, combining a solid foundation in the principles of design with a strong focus on architectural history. He also attended Southern Maine Community College, graduating from a pilot program in renovation and restoration technology in 1985.

When and Where

Thursday, May 1st 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
Fort Andross Gallery, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick.

FMI and to Register

Tech Meetup: LibraryThing & Goodreads – Friday, April 11 @ Noon

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

choose a bookHow do you keep track of the books you have, the books you’ve read, or books you want to read?

How do you find that next book to add to your list?

We’ll cover the two most common tools for keeping track of your book lists, and review several online tools you can use to find that next book.

Time & Date: Friday, April 11th

Location: The Library's Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Marian Dalton, | 725-5242 ext. 232

“People tend to find books when they are ready for them.”
– Neil Gaiman

Curtis Creative Spaces – Celebrating the Creators of Our Community

Friday, April 4th, 2014

This-Is-The-Year1Check out the newest “branch” of Curtis Library online.

We’ve just opened Curtis Creative Spaces – a new part of our virtual library, dedicated to promoting the creative endeavors of our local community.

Our goal is to highlight new creators each month in our virtual space, much the same way a gallery has new displays.

Take a look, see how talented your neighbors are and let us know what you think!

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

Flash Mob @ Curtis

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Many thanks to Tony Dance Fitness for working with us on a “Happy” dance flash mob!

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.

April Fools’ Day Fun at Curtis Library

Monday, March 31st, 2014

coffee filter facesDouble-Takes, jokes and silliness around every corner – All Day on Tuesday, April 1.

Sure, business will be as usual – books and e-books will come and go; toddlers will visit for music time; students will arrive after school for study time. However, visitors might also find:

  • over 700 rubber ducks in a parade winding their way throughout the library
  • a selfie photo booth with silly hats and props
  • a remote control balloon fish floating by the circulation desk
  • and a slew of other surprises sprinkled throughout the library

Be sure to stop in for your April Fools’ Day dose of silly, safe fun. Many staff will also extend their silliness to a costume that day. And we thank our friends at Maine State Music Theater, Fascination Station Toys, and Pemaquid Watershed Association for loaning us some props sure to bring a smile.

Thursday, April 10 at 4:30PM – Young Green Thumbs

Monday, March 24th, 2014

[Local Farms Local Food logo]Arrive ready to make fresh, springtime smoothies! Wash, rip, combine, and blend fresh ingredients to make a delicious drink for a healthy afternoon snack. Learn how and where all the ingredients came from to delight your taste buds! The connection of food from the farm to our plates is a fun and active journey.

Presented by Becky Kolak of Local Farms – Local Food, a collaboration between the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Ages 5-11. Please register beginning 3/27.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225;

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Genealogy Room Volunteers

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

curtis-genealogy-roomWe will start having volunteers in the Genealogy Room to help people interested in starting their genealogy research beginning Friday, March 28 from 9:30 to Noon.

The next date after that will be April 4.

When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from.
– Carle Sandburg

Community Read: ‘The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down’ with Online Talk Apr. 1

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

On April 1st at 8:00 pm, Bowdoin College is going to stream live a book talk on Anne Fadiman’s When the Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

The talk, which is sponsored by the McKeen Center, will be streamed live on Bowdoin’s website starting at 8 p.m. (EST).

Viewers can participate by emailing questions to the moderators.

Everybody is welcome and anybody can go to the college website to participate.

Click here for more information and to access the Community Read page

The action most worth watching is not at the center of things, but where edges meet.
― Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

Curtis Little Free Seed Library Seed Exchange is Now Open!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Ready to Garden?

Help yourself to seeds you would like for your garden.

Donate any seeds that you would like to share.

Please Share

Small Envelopes are available for sharing.

Take the amount you need for your planting.

Please fold and clip packets to avoid seeds spilling.


First floor of the library adjacent to the CHIP and COS books.

Program Sponsors

Jointly sponsored by Cornerstones of Science, the Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Help Curtis Receive a Grant – Cast Your Vote Today

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

CMM LogoDear Curtis Library patrons,

YOU can help Curtis Memorial Library receive a $1,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank through their Community Matters More program. Deadline for online nominations is this Friday, February 28th at 11:59 PM. (You can also leave a paper nomination at the circulation until Friday, 2/28 at 3:00 PM.)

It takes less than a minute to vote for Curtis. Simply click on the link below, and under the CUMBERLAND COUNTY "other" section, write in Curtis Memorial Library (this should fill in automatically once you start typing.) You can vote for up to three organizations, but only one ballot per email address.

And if Curtis Memorial Library should receive the most write-in votes, we could potentially receive a $5,000 award! Every vote counts.

Indeed . . . Community Matters More. You make Curtis Memorial Library such a special community. Thank you for participating and please pass this on to your friends and family in Maine.

Yours in community,
Curtis Memorial Library

Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group – Tuesday, March 4, 6:30pm

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Borrower of the Night collage webresOn Tuesday, March 4th, the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group will convene to discuss the works of Elizabeth Peters.

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.

Date and time: Tuesday, March 4th, from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

Sarah Brown | 725-5242 ext. 229 |

Schedule and reading list: Just Desserts Discussion Group

Most men are reasonably useful in a crisis. The difficulty lies in convincing them that the situation has reached a critical point.
— Elizabeth Peters, The Curse of the Pharaohs

Monday Afternoon Book Group – March 3, 1:00 pm

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The-Curious-Incident-of-the-Dog-in-the-NighttimeYou can read either, or, or both…

The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

Animals make us human: creating the best life for animals by Temple Grandin

Everyone who has read either of these books is welcome to join the discussion.

Host: Paula Tefft

Date: Monday, March 3rd

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

Monday Afternoon Book Group 2014 Reading List

Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people.
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals

All the other children at my school are stupid. Except I’m not meant to call them stupid, even though this is what they are.
― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Craft Meetup – Monday, February 24, 5:30 to 7:30pm

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Craft Meetup Book Folding

Craft Meetup Book Folding

Are you a knowledgeable knitter, breezy beader, warmhearted weaver, quixotic quilter, rascally rug hooker, spacial scrapbooker or charismatic crafter of any kind?

If so, please check out our Monday night Craft Meet-Up.

If you like to get together to craft, get inspired, and learn from others with a DIY aesthetic, then this group is for you.

All skill levels are most welcome and beginners will usually be able to get advice from members with more experience — the only requirement is your enthusiasm!

Bring a project you're working on and get ready to share, learn, and have fun!


Our next colloquial crafters convergence is Monday, February 24th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.


We cordially convene in the comfy, cozy (but capacious) crafting corner, located on the second floor of the Curtis Memorial Library o’er looking the garden.


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

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
― Edward de Bono

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Curtis Genealogy Room Official Opening – Thursday, February 20, 5 PM

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Please join us for a brief gathering to celebrate the opening of the Curtis Genealogy Room.

Learn about Curtis’ upcoming work with StoryCorps, made possible with support from the Alfred M. Senter Fund, in conjunction with the Pejepscot Historical Society.

Date and Time: Thursday, February 20, 5 PM

Location: Second Floor Administrative Wing

RSVP and Questions: Joyce | 725-5242 ext. 219


Genealogy Room Overview – Click to Enlarge

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Genealogy Room Display

Genealogy Room Display – Click to Enlarge

Overview of Genealogy Room

Overview of Genealogy Room – Click to Enlarge


Genealogy Presentations will be held here – Click to Enlarge

Genealogy Books and Periodicals

Genealogy Books and Periodicals – Click to Enlarge

There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children – one is roots, and the other, wings.”
– Hodding S. Carter