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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

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.