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The National Archives as a Genealogy Resource

Friday, May 15th, 2015

250px-US_National_Archives_BuildingI taught a genealogy class last week at People Plus in Brunswick.  One of the participants asked me about what the National Archives provided in terms of genealogy resources.  I had no idea so I decided to do a bit of research.

Here is where I started.  On the first page of the Resources for Genealogists you can find a nice PowerPoint tutorial for beginning genealogists.  It walks you through what is available at the National Archives.  You can download the presentation here, assuming you have PowerPoint on your computer – National Archives beginning-research.

The website also has an interesting list of resources available to be searched online, most of which will be very helpful to genealogists.  You can find the list by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.  Included here are POW lists from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War; passenger lists into the Port of New York from 1846-1851, including the “Famine Irish data files”; and Japanese-American Internee File, 1942-1946.

Finally, there is a useful page about how to care for your personal family archives.  You can see that information here.  I was particularly interested in this because I have huge quantities of old photographs that I’m trying to figure out how to preserve.

Happy research and I definitely recommend spending a bit of time researching the National Archives website!

Upcoming Photography Programs

Saturday, May 9th, 2015


Mary Pennington, “Waterfront”

This month in the Collaboratory, explore local history, family history, and a history of photography in this collaborative exhibit with Pejepscot Historical Society.

Pinhole Photography Primer

Thursday, May 28, 6:00 pm, Curtis Collaboratory

Following her participation in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day in April, art teacher Mary Pennington will share her experiences, photos and camera samples using this centuries-old photography technique.

Frank Goodyear, Co-Director Bowdoin College Art Museum

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 pm, Curtis Library 1904 Building

Since photography’s introduction in 1839, every generation has re-invented the medium. Join Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, as he discusses the different processes and materials that early photographers employed.

April 2015 Collaboratory Theme – Poetry in Bloom

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Poetry in Bloom

To help your inner poet break free, we came up with some light and lively ways to explore poetry in the Collaboratory, including:




How do I read Digital Magazines Through Flipster From Outside the Library?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

flipster logoFlipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

Click this link and then type in the number on the back of your Curtis Library card:

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>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

Curtis Friends Outdoor Clean Up – Saturday, 5/2 9:30 – 12

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Join Curtis Friends, volunteers, staff and board members as we ready the gardens and yards for the coming season!

Volunteers can expect to be raking, bagging, planting and weeding!

Lunch to follow provided by the Curtis Friends.


New Irish Genealogy Resource

Friday, May 1st, 2015

diocese2Are you studying Irish genealogy as part of tracing your family history? If so, you’ll be interested in the following information.

The National Library of Ireland ( has announced that its Roman Catholic parish registers collection will go online, available for free, as of July 8, 2015.  You can read more information about this on the Irish Genealogy News website.

These records, which are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census, consist primarily of baptism and marriage records and date from the 1740s to the 1880s.

ie--dublinIrish genealogy research can be intimidating because the majority of relevant records were destroyed during the Irish Civil War in 1922 when the Public Record Office of Ireland, a major repository of records, was hit by a shell which exploded and destroyed almost all of the records.

However, more and more Irish genealogy resources are being digitized and going online.  So, if Irish genealogy is on your to-do list, keep an eye out for this new resource and others to come. Happy research!

How to Download Magazines to Your Tablet Through Flipster

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Flipster-logoFlipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

1. Start by downloading the Flipster app to your tablet.

NOTE: The Flipster app is currently available for iPads and Android tablets.

2. After downloading the app, open your tablet’s web browser.

Type into the web address box.

3. On the Curtis Downloads page, click the “Flipster Magazines” icon.

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4. Browse or search for the magazine you wish to download and read on your tablet.


5. Tap Read This Issue.


You can then either read the magazine within your tablet’s web browser or open it with the Flipster app (which will download it to your device).

>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

How to Download Additional Magazines To Your Tablet Through Flipster

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

As outlined in a previous Flipster tips blog post, you can download popular magazines to your iPad or Android tablet by first clicking the Flipster Magazines icon on the Curtis Library Downloads page:

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You can then download any magazine you wish to your device.

But to download additional magazines, you’ll need to go back to your web browser.

You cannot download magazines from within the Flipster app itself.

TIP: Bookmark the Curtis Downloads page in your tablet’s web browser.


>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

How Long Do Magazines Check Out For?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Flipster-logoFlipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

You can read digital magazines for free with your Curtis Library card.

Checkout times vary.

Weekly magazines checkout for two days.

Monthly magazines checkout for five days.

But the good news is you can check them out again.

>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page


Why Download the Flipster App?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015


As you may already know, Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

The Flipster app manages your magazines downloaded from the Flipster website for anytime viewing on your iPad or iPad mini.

In other words, you can read magazines through Flipster on your iPad’s browser but you must be connected to the Internet:


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The Flipster App enables you to download magazines to your iPad and then read them offline.

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>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

Poetry Open Mic Night: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

open-mic-genericAll community members young and old are welcome to join us for open mic night at the library.

The audience can choose to listen to poetry or share the poem from their pocket.

Time and Date: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

“We love the things we love for what they are.”
― Robert Frost

tech meetup on data privacy – Friday, May 1, Noon

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

dataThis Friday we have a guest speaker coming to our tech meetup – Steve Blanc, Information and Technology Security Officer at Bowdoin College.

Steve will be discussing what we can do to protect the privacy of our data in today’s increasing digital World.

Discussion of the differences between data security and data privacy is likely to ensue…

Time, Date & Location: Friday, May 1st at 12 noon in the Seminar Room upstairs by the reference desk.

Bring lunch if you’d like.

Screening: "The World of Wallace Stevens” – Wednesday, April 29, Noon

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Join us for a viewing of the documentary by Alison Johnson, author of Wallace Stevens: a Dual Life as a Poet and Insurance Executive.

Berkeley professor Charles Altieri has this to say about Johnson’s documentary:

l love this film. It offers an intimate presentation of one of our most self-protective poets. The result for me is that I like the person much better–especially as a father.

Notre Dame professor Jacqueline Brogan describes Johnson’s film in these words:

Johnson’s documentary/interpretive film on Wallace Stevens is nothing short of brilliant. She makes Stevens, arguably the best American poet of the 20th century, come to life as a person and, as both poet and person, one who matters to our lives. In particular, her revelations about Stevens’ thwarted love for a young woman named Sybil Gage reveal a very human Stevens, with whom most of us will identify and sympathize. . . . Johnson has produced a deep unfolding of this poet and his poetry that is itself of the highest lyrical quality.

Producer and director Alison Johnson will present the film and will take questions following the screening and sign copies of her DVD and her biography of Stevens.

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Time & Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 12–1:30 PM


Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
—Wallace Stevens

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Tech Meetup – Tips from MARVEL! Friday, April 24, Noon

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

google-scholarSearching for scholarly pursuits!

An intro to Academic Search Premier and Points of View on Marvel, then a review of Google Scholar, and other search engines.

Time & Date: Friday, April 24, Noon

Location: Seminar Room

Contact: Marian Dalton 725-5242 x232 |