Archive for the ‘Curtis Library’ Category

Free Two-Week Lynda.com training passes

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

lyndadotcomFrom May 2014 to May 31, 2015, library patrons and staff throughout Maine will have the opportunity to use a two week subscription that allows access to all of the training content available on the Lynda website.

So if you want to learn QuickBooks, or WordPress, Google Analytics, or maybe how to set up an Etsy store, sign up for a pass.

See all the course offerings at: http://www.lynda.com/subject/all

Then sign up: http://www.maine.gov/msl/digital/lynda/

10 Days, 100 Great Ideas Update

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

You’ve raised your community voices loud and clear and we heard you!

We have collected over 1,000 ideas (expectations were far surpassed) and we are excited about all the possibilities.

We will report back on what we heard from the community and what our next steps will be.

In the meantime we thought you would like to see a word cloud of the categorized responses.

The bigger the word – the more responses that fell into that category.

As you can see a LOT of people had ideas about what they would like to see added to the library collection of books, magazines, newspapers, movies, and music!

Thank you again for participating!

This is indeed a community that loves its library.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates on this community dialogue and other Library events.

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Instant access to the most popular magazines

Friday, April 17th, 2015

flipster_web_banner_rectangleDigital versions of popular magazines can be read on your computer or mobile device through Flipster.

Q. What is Flipster?

A. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine distribution service where users can access their favorite magazines from a variety of publishers through their local libraries via a web browser or custom apps made specifically for the iPad and Android tablets and download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere.

Q. Are back issues available?

A. Yes. Tap or click “All Issues” for a particular title.

Q. Do I need a Flipster app to view magazines on my mobile device?

A. No, using your mobile browser, you can access Flipster and read magazines from your mobile device with an internet connection or 3G/4G connection.

Q. Can I view magazines outside the Curtis Library?

A. Yes, you just need to type in your Curtis Library card number.

>>> Download Magazines

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

Map tool for U.S. genealogy research

Monday, April 13th, 2015

If your genealogy research is in the United States, the following is a useful (free!) tool to explore:  The Atlas of Historical County Borders (found on the website of The Newberry Library of Chicago – worth a visit on its own) can help you identify how changes in county borders may have an impact on where you seek out your genealogy records.

The website provides interactive maps for all states in the US. If you click on the state of particular interest, you can then select a time-frame. The county configuration from that time will then show up on the map, overlaid on the current county structure.

Several additional map layers are provided, including modern county seats, unsuccessful county proposals, modern county boundaries, and state boundaries. Each of these layers can be toggled on or off by the user.

This allows you to plug a date into the map of a state and immediately see in what county that community was located in that time-frame. Many genealogy records are located by county and given how often counties changed during the formative years of the United States, it can be very confusing to try to identify the right county without a tool like this one.

On a different not – if you are a user of the Curtis Genealogy Room, please feel free to participate in the 10 Days 100 Great Ideas Project going on right now at Curtis Library. We are collecting community input about the library and it would be great to get feedback from our local genealogists also. If you would like to participate, feel free to do so online on the library’s website – you’ll see the link to the 10 Days project there.Each day we post a specific question but feel free to ignore that and just tell us what resources would be helpful in the Genealogy Room.

Thanks and happy research!

Raise Your Community Voice

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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10 Days, 100 Great Ideas

From Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 17 we are asking you to put on your thinking cap and raise your community voice.

Curtis Library is going to try an experiment in open community dialogue.

During those ten days we are asking Brunswick and Harpswell citizens to share their ideas about how Curtis Library can best serve the community, today and in the future.

Every day during that period we will post a new question to help you start thinking about the future of your library.

You can answer the question we ask, build on others’ answers, come up with your own ideas, share articles and images that are relevant to the topic – whatever you think has value.

Our goals are to find out what you think the library is doing right, where there is room for improvement, and what new things you would like the library to try.

Over the ten day period from April 6 until April 17 we hope to collect (at least) 100 new ideas that the library can then incorporate into its strategic plan update.

You can participate in any of the following ways, as often as you want:

  • In the library’s lobby where you can write out ideas and post them to the lobby bulletin board
  • On the library’s Facebook page
  • On the library website

Help us by joining the conversation.

Curtis Library is here to meet your needs.

We’re listening – what do you have to say?

April Foolishness! – Wednesday, April 1

Friday, March 27th, 2015

A duck parade, tables wearing shoes, googly-eyed vegetables hiding in the stacks…

how many wacky things can you find in the library on April Fools’ Day?

Fun surprises throughout the library all day!

Location: all over the library

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Tech Meetup: Tips from MARVEL! – Friday March 27, Noon

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

consumer-reportsTech Meetup – Tips from MARVEL!

An introduction to finding articles from Consumer Reports in MARVEL!, the State of Maine’s collection of databases.

We’ll also talk about using the Consumer’s Union website and other consumer information sites.

Day & Time: Friday, March 27, 12 Noon

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

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

Tech Meetups Schedule

Click here to see additional tech meetups we have scheduled.

This schedule is subject to change as additional tech meetups may be added.

Follow Curtis on Twitter to keep current with what’s happening at Curtis.

@CurtisLibrary

Name the Curtis Friends Bookstore!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

name-the-curtis-friends-bookstoreCome to the Library and vote for the name of the soon-to-be launched Curtis Friends Bookstore!

It will be located at 11 Pleasant Street and will open shortly after our Annual Book Sale in June.

Inventory will come from book donations made to the library.

Name choices are:

  • Encore Books
  • Twice-Told Tales
  • Books and Friends

Voting will take place at the Library from March 21-31.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the bookstore’s history!

Borrow a Game With Your Books!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

gamesLooking for a fresh title to rev up your game night?

We’re starting to add board games and puzzles to the collection of items you can check out at the library.

So far we’ve got:

Board games are more than just a fun diversion.

The benefits of gaming, and board gaming in particular, abound.

Board games are both educational and entertaining, teaching literacy, verbal expression, strategic and abstract thinking, and cooperation.

They are an important form of unplugged recreation and they bring people together face-to-face.

Plus, they’re just plain fun!!

Think of them as learning and laughter packed inside a little box.

Ereaders @ Curtis

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The following types of Ereaders are available for checkout at the Curtis Memorial Library. Click each link for availability and a list of titles that are preloaded on each device.

ereaderKindle CHIP ereader

Kindle ereader

Kindle : mystery-thriller ereader

Kindle : romance ereader

NOOK biography, history, science ereader

NOOK ereader

NOOKcolor : Young Adult

Sony digital book reader

Tech Meetups @ Curtis

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Friday March 13, Noon

hobbies-craftsAn introduction to the Crafts and Hobbies Database in MARVEL!, the State of Maine’s collection of databases.

We’ll also talk about using Pinterest and Youtube to find craft/hobby instructions.

Location: Seminar Room

Contact: Sarah Brown 725-5242 x229 sbrown@curtislibrary.com

Friday March 27, Noon

An introduction to finding articles from Consumer Reports in MARVEL!, the State of Maine’s collection of databases.

We’ll also talk about using the Consumer’s Union website and other consumer information sites.

Location: Seminar Room

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

Friday, April 10, Noon

learning-expressAn introduction to the Learning Express Database in MARVEL!, the State of Maine’s collection of databases, to study for and do practice tests for ASVAB, SAT, GED, GRD, and a wide variety of occupational exams.

We will also talk about tech tool education in Learning Express and elsewhere.

Location: Seminar Room

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

Friday, April 24, Noon

Searching 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.

Location: Seminar Room

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

Friday, May 1, Noon

Data Privacy

Our guest today will be Steven Blanc, Information & Technology Security Officer at Bowdoin College.

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

Come explore what privacy is in the digital world and how your choices will affect privacy.

Location: Seminar Room

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

NOTE: This schedule is subject to change as additional tech meetups may be added.

Follow Curtis on Twitter to keep current with what’s happening at Curtis.

@CurtisLibrary

Tech Meetup – Tips from MARVEL! – Friday March 13, Noon

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

craftsTech Meetup – Tips from MARVEL!

An introduction to the Crafts and Hobbies Database in MARVEL!, the State of Maine’s collection of databases.

We’ll also talk about using Pinterest and Youtube to find craft/hobby instructions.

Day & Time: Friday, March 13, 12 Noon

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

Contact: Sarah Brown 725-5242 x229 sbrown@curtislibrary.com

Tech Meetups Schedule

Click here to see additional tech meetups we have scheduled.

This schedule is subject to change as additional tech meetups may be added.

Follow Curtis on Twitter to keep current with what’s happening at Curtis.

@CurtisLibrary

February 2015 Collaboratory Theme – Explore Color

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Explore COLOR

Why do brides in western cultures traditionally wear WHITE? Why are surgical scrubs GREEN? Why BLUE for boys and PINK for girls? COLOR was explored this month in the Collaboratory!

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Income Tax Check-Off to Support Maine Libraries

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The 2014 Maine State Income Tax form Schedule CP Charitable Contributions and Purchase of Park Passes includes a check-off for the Maine Public Library Fund.

By law all contributions received must be used to help Maine public libraries.

This fund, administered by the Maine State Library, has the potential to help public libraries like the Curtis Memorial Library with new eBook content, interlibrary loan support, continuing education, and many other services.

Interested taxpayers can check #8 Maine Public Library Fund on Schedule CP to make a donation which will mean so much to Maine’s public libraries.

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Book Binding Intro – Friday, Feb. 27, 3 PM

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

PBB02Craft Meetup Meets Literary DIY: Celebrate books and bring your DIY attitude to this hands-on, literary themed make-and-take.

Book Binding: Anna Low from Purple Bean Bindery, gives an introduction to book binding.

Make your own hand bound book to take home.

Appropriate for ages middle school to adult.

No registration required.

Day & Time Friday, February 27, 3-5 pm

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown | sbrown@curtislibrary.com