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Exploring Diversity Book Group – Wednesday, September 2, 11 AM

Monday, August 31st, 2015

color of waterDiversity describes the individual and group differences including race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical abilities, and morethat exist in our society.

This group will choose books about people who face the challenges of living in our diverse world.

Join us to discuss The Color of Water by James McBride.

Day & Time: Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m. to noon

Moderator: Carol Lord |

See the other book groups being offered by Curtis Library

Map Crafts – Monday, August 24, 5 to 7 PM

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

map-coaster-3Join us for drop in map crafts.

Try your hand at coasters, magnets, and buttons – all using maps!

For all ages. No registration required

Day & Time: Monday, August 24, 5 to 7 PM

Location: The Collaboratory

Contact: Sarah Brown |

Crafts for Kids: Australian Dot Painting – Monday, August 17, 2:30 PM

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Use q-tips to paint dots in the style of Aboriginal dot painting.


For ages 5-11. Registration is required.

Please call 725-5242 x225

Preschool Drive-In – Tuesday, August 4, 10:30 AM

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Box CarsCreate a cardboard box car and watch a short film at the library drive-in!

Please bring a large cardboard box and we will supply all materials needed to make cars the kids can watch the film in.

Please call 725-5242 x225 to register so we can plan for supplies.

Day & Time: Tuesday, August 4, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225

West African Drumming – Wednesday July 29, 2:00 PM

Friday, July 24th, 2015

DSC082731Jordan Benissan, Master Drummer from Togo, West Africa will perform original and native music on a variety of drums and other instruments.

All ages welcome.

Caution: this presentaton will be quite loud.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225

About Jordan Benissan

Jordan Benissan’s most recent CD, Let Me Play My Music, was nominated for Best World Music Album by Phoenix Magazine, and was featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. His previous CD, “Beautiful Music from West Africa”, had received the same treatment, and was nominated for the same honor.

Jordan Messan Benissan is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers.

P00265-frt5_05Jordan has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level, and teaches at Colby College. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for a national NAACP Conference and performances for the Mayo Clinic’s Multicultural Program. Benissan has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music with master drummer Obo Addy at Colby College, and with the Portland Symphony orchestra.

Jordan says:

My deepest thanks to my listeners, my fans and audience participants, to all those who have supported and encouraged me, and to my drumming students and the members of Sankofa.

Free Friday Coffee – July 24, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Monday, July 20th, 2015

coffeeStop by the Library’s atrium on Friday, July 24 from 9:30 AM to Noon and have a free cup of 23 Pleasant, the new coffee developed just for Curtis Library by Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Co. in Topsham.

And if you like what you sample, you can always purchase a bag of 23 Pleasant ground or whole beans, regular or decaf, at the Lending Services desk!

Many people expressed an interest in having coffee in the library during our “10 Days/100 Great Ideas” conversation with the community.

While we’re not opening a coffee shop or café in the library, we do want to offer this self-serve, free coffee one morning a week as a way to say “thank you” to our devoted and supportive community of readers.

Also, stay tuned for details about special coffee tastings at Curtis with the Wicked Joe staff.

(NOTE: As is customary in the library, we ask that you consume food and drink in the atrium area at the café tables, and keep a cover on any beverages you bring into the library. THANK YOU!)

Curtis Gifts

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

image004Need to stock up your freezer with coffee for summer visitors?

Looking for a quick gift for a party host? Check out the new Curtis Goods for sale in the library lobby.

Many are locally made, unique-to-Curtis items.

A retired Mainer now living in the mid-Atlantic just ordered one of the Curtis mugs made by Ash Cove Pottery in Harpswell:

I’ll think of Curtis every morning when I have my green tea!

Other items include:

hand made locally crafted logo

  • 23 Pleasant, the coffee developed just for Curtis by Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Co. in Topsham
  • note cards featuring historic postcards of the library and Brunswick
  • glass sun catchers featuring the Curtis star made by Maine Art Glass in Lisbon Falls
  • and pocket journals to track books you’ve read and those on your to-read list

All sales go to benefit Curtis.

Contact: Joyce in Development & Community Relations for more information at

note cards

Note Cards

Books to Check Out

Books to Check Out


Curtis Coffee Mug

Curtis Tote Bag

Curtis Tote Bag

Curtis Star Sun Catcher

Curtis Star Sun Catcher


Curtis Flash Drive

Overdrive App for E-readers – Thursday, July 9, 6:30 PM

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Do you have tablet or e-reader that supports apps and have questions on how to download library e-books to it? Or any questions about your device for that matter. Come in to our session reviewing how to request a book from Maine’s e-book library, and download it to your device.

NOTE: If you have a simple dedicated e-reader, or if you can’t fit this session into your schedule, you can visit one of the Tech Wizards on thursday mornings at the reference desk or make an appointment for a different day.


American Ancestors – free database for genealogists at Curtis

Friday, June 26th, 2015

American-Ancestors-SymbolIf you are new to genealogy and have started researching ancestors who lived in New England, don’t forget that Curtis Library has purchased a subscription to for its library patrons.  The following describes the database:

It provides family historians access to more than 400 million records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

You can use this database for free at Curtis Library.  Simply log on to the library’s website ( anywhere inside the library .  Click on the “Research” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “Genealogy” box.  There is a box with a link on the right side of the Genealogy page or you can click on the link on the left side that says “New England Historic Genealogical Society”.

Happy research!



Thursday, June 25th, 2015

summer-readingOne World, Many Stories: Adult Summer Reading Challenge

We urge you to travel the world through books.

To start your reading journey, pick up passport in the Collaboratory to log your reading.

Read an adult book, ebook or listen to an unabridged audio book for each of five different regions by August 30 to be entered into a drawing for great prizes!

We have provided lists of suggested fiction, mysteries, memoirs and travel writing for each region.

The Challenge: Read a book from five of these regions:

– Russia & Eastern Europe
– India & South Asia
– Japan & China
– UK & Western Europe
– Africa
– Australia & South Pacific
– Central & South America