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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

Downloading Books To E-Readers / Tablets – Thursday June 25 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Dedicated E-readers

MID7047_ereaderDo you have a simple dedicated e-reader and have questions about the process of checking out and downloading library e-books to it?

Come to a session June 25, 1:30 PM during which we’ll review how to request a book from Maine’s e-book library, and load it to your device.

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

App Devices

If you have a device that loads apps, please come to our July 9, 6:30 PM session devoted to using the Overdrive app instead.

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

Curtis Tech Wizards are Standing By…

If you can’t make either of those days, or have other questions about your device, you can visit one of the Tech Wizards on Thursday mornings (10-12) at the reference desk or make an appointment for a different day by e-mailing ( or by calling the reference desk (725- 5242 x510).

Russian Tea Party – Friday, June 12, 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

tea Stop by the Collaboratory to take a quick trip to Russia for a cup of tea and a sweet Russian treat.

Adult Services Librarian Carol Lestock Lord will talk about her travels to this vast land, demonstrate how to write your name using the Cyrillic alphabet, and comment on the differences between American and Russian approaches to a cup of tea.

Book Donations Update

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Due to the opening soon Twice-Told Tales Book Store, the Library will no longer accept book donations after Saturday, June 13.

Beginning July 6, please bring your book donations to the Twice-Told Tales Bookstore:

Opening July 6, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Hours: M–F 10-4, Sat. 9-1

Location: 11 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME

11 Pleasant Street

Click for Map

NOTE: Please enter through the building’s main entrance on Pleasant Street.

Thank you!

Contact by e-mail at:

Automobile re-registration-by-mail notices will no longer be mailed

Friday, June 5th, 2015

fat boysEffective July 1st, 2015 the Town of Brunswick will discontinue mailing automobile re-registration-by-mail notices.

If requested, the Tax Office will continue to process re-registrations with materials received through the mail.
Please call the Tax Office to request details on the materials required and the amount due.

As an alternative, citizens may re-register vehicles online at InforME, through the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles:

InforME also offers an email reminder service.

Please call the Tax Office at 725-6657 for assistance, or visit the Town of Brunswick/Finance Department website for more information:…/fi…/motor-vehicle-registration/

May 2015 Collaboratory Theme – Every Picture Tells a Story

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

In collaboration with the Pejepscot Historical Society


Early Photographic Processes

Take a funny historical photo

Take a funny historical photo

StoryCorps Listening Station - personal recollections about working in the Cabot Mill

StoryCorps Listening Station – personal recollections about working in the Cabot Mill


Tell your own story about these photos

>>>Curtis Collaboratory homepage

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!

Frank Goodyear on The History of Photography – Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 PM

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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:




>>>Curtis Collaboratory homepage