Archive for the ‘Curtis Library’ Category

Coming Soon… Introducing the Curtis Collaboratory

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

coming-soonAs you may have noticed all of the public computers (+ the Photocopier) which were on the first floor of the library have been moved to the second floor.

This has been done to make way for…

The Curtis Collaboratory!

Launching late October, the Curtis Collaboratory is a new, interactive programming space at Curtis designed to engage patrons of all ages and interests with themed installations that will change each month.

We'll invite you to participate in a variety of ways — whether simply by observing, or getting more involved by writing, thinking, drying, playing, making, watching, tinkering, sharing, smiling and passing it on.

Our first installation in October and November will be a collaboration with TEDxDirigo, and an exploration of the theme for this years "talks" Mavericks & Misfits. Please check back after October 20.

Mystery Author Book Talk: Julia Spencer-Fleming

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Julia Spencer FlemingDate & Time: Tuesday, October 7th at 7 PM.

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Mystery Author Julia Spencer-Fleming will be here in person to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Julia’s book talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

Author Bio

Julia Spencer-Fleming is an American novelist of Mystery fiction.

She has won the Agatha Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Awards, Dilys Award, Barry Award (for crime novels), the Nero Award, and Gumshoe Awards.

She has also been a finalist for the Edgar Award. Her books feature Clare Fergusson, a retired helicopter pilot turned Episcopal Church (United States) priest and Russ Van Alstyne, a police chief. They are set in Millers Kill, a fictional town in upstate New York.

Spencer-Fleming was born in Plattsburgh, New York and has degrees from Ithaca College, George Washington University and the University of Maine School of Law.

Spencer-Fleming lives in Buxton, Maine with her husband, 3 children, a dog, and two cats.

SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY @ Curtis – Saturday, September 27

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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Pejepscot Genealogical Society Chair Brian Bouchard, will prepare us for Save Your Photos Day by discussing tips and techniques for saving and organizing your digital photos.

WOULD YOUR PHOTOS & MEMORIES SURVIVE A DISASTER?

Do you have tons of physical or digital photos?

Would either format survive a disaster?

Can anything be done to safeguard your family treasures before an accident or tragedy strikes?

The short answer is “Yes!”

Join us at 1 p.m. this Saturday and learn how!

1:00 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness for Photos

PHOTO MANAGEMENT: WHICH TOOL IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

In the age of affordable DSLRs, Instagram and ubiquitous photo-sharing on Facebook and other social networks, we’re taking more photos than ever before.

The downside of taking all of these images is keeping them in order…

Join us at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday and learn how to use online tools for organizing your digital photos.

2:30 p.m. – Tools for photo organization online

LEARN HOW TO SCAN PHOTOGRAPHS

Could you find that photo of your grandmother‘s wedding?

Bring some pictures to scan into digital format!

The Library’s scanner will be available all day…

Who, When & Where

Date: Saturday, September 27th

Location: The Seminar Room (second floor of the library near the Reference Desk)

Contact: Marian Dalton mdalton@curtislibrary.com | 725-5242 x232

Featured Website Resource: Curtis Money Tools & Calculators

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

tools-and-calculatorsYou will find a link to selected Money Tools and Calculators on the sidebar of every page in the Curtis Money section.

These are very basic money help tools and calculators for the financially shy.

They include:

– Budget worksheet

– Financial dictionary

– Savings calculator

– Retirement calculator

– and more

Click here to see them all!

Featured Website Resources Archive

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Tech Meetup: iPad Tips & Tricks: Friday, Sep. 26, Noon

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

woman_iPP_ipadIn this Tech Meetup, we‘ll cover up to 50 really useful iPad tips – everything from customising your Home screen through to getting more from built-in apps like Mail and Safari.

Please feel free to ask any questions about your using your iPad.

Time & Date: Friday, September 26th, 12 Noon

Location: The Library‘s Seminar Room (2nd floor near the Reference Desk)

Contact: Michael Gorzka mgorzka@curtislibrary.com | 725-5242 ext. 218

Video: Dorothy Cannell Mystery Author Book Talk

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Summary: Mystery Author Dorothy Cannell visited the Curtis Library to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Date & Time of Recording: Tuesday, September 16th at 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Featured Website Resource: Snow Index to Brunswick Newspapers

Monday, September 15th, 2014

maine street as it wasThe Snow Index is an extraordinarily useful tool for Genealogists, Local Historians, and anybody who would like information about Brunswick’s past.

This is an index to microfilm of the Brunswick weekly newspapers for 1853 through December 1960. This index was created by Richard Snow with additional indexing contributions from John Goff.

A link to the Snow Index is at the very top of Curtis’ Brunswick History page and can be accessed by clicking here.

There is also a link to the Snow Index on the Curtis Research page sidebar.

If you need help using the Snow Index (and/or the Brunswick Newspapers microfilm), just ask a Curtis Librarian.

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Featured Website Resource: Valueline

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Value-line-logoThe Value Line Investment Survey is a proprietary service that ranks stocks for timeliness and safety.

If you want to try your hand at picking stocks but don’t know where to start, The Value Line Investment Survey can help.

Every Maine resident has access to the Valueline resources which can be accessed from MARVEL! (Maine’s Virtual Library) which is linked to from every page on the Curtis Library website.

Direct link: http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/authmaine.asp?db=vis

If you need help accessing Valueline, please ask a Curtis Librarian.

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Curtis Crafters Meetup

Monday, September 8th, 2014

knitted panelCurtis Crafters Giving Back

Need a fun and satisfying project? Curtis Craft Meetup group is knitting afghans for charity and invites you to join in on the fun. Knit strips or squares of 100% acrylic yarn, 6-12 inches wide, and less than or equal to 60 inches long.

The afghans will be assembled in September and donated to local shelters. You can drop of your strips to any service desk in the library and let them know that it is for the Curtis Craft Meetup group.

For more information, contact Sarah Brown, sbrown@curtislibrary.com.

Meetups

The Curtis Craft Meetup group meets once a month in summer and every Monday evening, Labor Day to Memorial Day.

Crafters of all interests and skill levels welcome!

Mystery Author Book Talk: Dorothy Cannell

Monday, September 8th, 2014

dorothyDate & Time: Tuesday, September 16th at 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Mystery Author Dorothy Cannell will be here in person to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Ms. Cannell’s book talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

Author Bio

Dorothy Cannell, a mother of four, grandmother of ten, and owner of a King Charles Spaniel, was born in England and moved to the United States when she was twenty.

She currently lives in Belfast, Maine.

She has written more than a dozen mysteries featuring Ellie, whom Booklist describes as “part Miss Marple, part modern British mum.”

www.dorothycannell.com

We are Transitioning to a New State-Wide Library Computer System

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Monday, September 8th

There will be limited circulation on Monday, September 8th.

There will be a 5 item check-out limit, No catalog will be available.

Tuesday, September 9th

Delayed opening for staff training.

The Library will open at 1:00 PM.

Computer Tech Tip: Recovering a Deleted File from a Flash Drive

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

marian-dalton-tech-wizardFrom the files of Curtis Library‘s Resident Tech Wizard Marian Dalton:

Last night I had a library member accidentally delete a document from his USB drive.

He asked if there were any way to recover it.

Since files deleted from a USB drive do not show up in the computer‘s recycle bin, my first reaction was to empathize with him re: his lost file.

Then I thought to check online, and discovered a series of Data Recovery products.

I’m leery of many of these things, but one of the tools listed was Recuva, a free tool from Piriform, the vendor of CCleaner and Defraggler.

I trust these folks, so I downloaded and installed Recuva on that computer (while the library member was still logged on) and ran it, searching for deleted documents.

And BINGO, Recuva found the deleted file and was able to restore it…

A success story!!

Vote for the Maine Readers Choice Award

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Voting is now open and will stay open until midnight on September 15th.

The voting widget can be found by following this link to the voting page. http://mainereaderschoiceaward.org/vote

Check for Availability

If you haven’t read any of these titles yet, please click on each title for checkout availability:

1. Benediction by Kent Haruf.

2. Transatlantic by Colum McCann.

3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

4. The Golem and the Jinni : a Novel by Helene Wecker

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Current Events Forum – Thursdays @ Noon

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

current-events-forumPlease join us Thursdays at 12 noon in the Library's Morrell Meeting Room for the weekly Current Events Forum.

This event is co-sponsored by the Curtis Memorial Library and the Midcoast Senior College.

A moderator begins the session by briefly describing an event happening in the week's news and then poses a question to the audience to start the discussion.

The goal is to provide a civil, calm environment where people of differing opinions can meet and talk rationally with the ultimate goal of expanding everyone's worldview.

This program is free and open to all.

"We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t."
― Frank Clark

Featured Website Resource: Help for the Financially Shy

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

get-out-of-debtFinancially literacy for the rest of us!

Help for the Financially Shy is a section of Curtis Money which has been designed and created for people who don’t have a savings account much less an IRA.

This free online program offers easy to understand tips, short blog posts and videos for those who want to make more money and spend less money while paying down their debts.

This program starts at the very beginning – no previous financial knowledge is assumed or necessary.

Topics include:

– How (and why) to open a Savings Account

– How to create an emergency fund

– Tips for saving money

– How to increase your income (using the resources at Curtis Library)

– How to create a food budget

– How to get out (gradually but steadily) get out of debt

– Investing 101: (What’s a CD? What’s a Market Fund? How do I invest in Stocks? What’s an IRA)

– Recommended Money Help books, magazine articles and websites

Visit Help for the Financially Shy

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