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Expatriate Book Display – First Floor

Friday, February 14th, 2014

expat-display-1st-floorThis book display focuses on people who have lived for an extended period time in a foreign country, usually in one area or place.

Think Bella Tuscany, Toujours Provence and Seven Years in Tibet

I had the urge to examine my life in another culture and move beyond what I knew.
― Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

We ♥ You!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

heart-bookAnnual Book Fund Update

Each year, Curtis Memorial Library looks to community members to donate critical dollars to the Annual Book Fund to ensure that our print and now growing e-collections are topical, relevant and meet the needs of our community of readers.

Nearly 700 individuals and businesses in Brunswick, Harpswell and neighboring communities have contributed over $80,000 toward this year’s Book Fund goal of $103,000. Thank you!

We still have another $22,527 to raise to meet our 2013/2014 Annual Book Fund goal by June 30th. Gifts of any size truly make a difference

As public libraries are increasingly constrained by municipal budgets, private funding for public libraries is critically important.

Private gifts enable the library to be "nimble," to take advantage of strategic opportunities as they arise, whether expected or unexpected.

Private gifts also allow library leadership to be bold and responsive, making possible experimentation, innovation, and adaptation of staff roles and library spaces to meet the changing needs of library users and the communities we serve.

Support from residents and business partners provide the margin of excellence that makes good libraries great libraries.

Thank you for helping to make Curtis one of the great ones.

Make your tax deductible gift here

Maine Nonprofit Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

100snippet-259x300On February 13th we celebrated Maine Nonprofit Day.

Curtis Memorial Library is honored to be a part of Maine’s nonprofit community.

On Maine Nonprofit day (and every other day!), we celebrate all the volunteers, contributors, business and community partners, patrons, advocates and friends who help Curtis Memorial Library to thrive.

Thank you for making Curtis such a special community.

We’re Open!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

open…but if you’d rather stay at home on an icy cold day, here are just a few ways to benefit from the Curtis Library’s online resources:

Many librarians perform their duties with a profound sense of responsibility: supporting the foundations of democracy by ensuring free access to information.
– New York Times reporter John Schwartz

Friday Film Series: Local Hero – February 7, 7 PM

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

local heroThis month’s film is Local Hero (1983), rated PG, starring Peter Reigert and Burt Lancaster (and the new Doctor Who – Peter Capaldi – in only his second film!).

Escape the snow and travel to the beautiful wilds of Scotland, the setting of this inspiring tale about an oil exec sent to a remote coastal village to convince its inhabitants to sell the land for use as an oil refinery. Things don’t quite go as planned…

Time & Date: Friday, February 7th, 7:00 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

NOTE: This is an "after hours" event so please enter through the Morrell Meeting Room entrance on Middle Street.

Oh boy, are we going to be rich!
— Gordon Urquhart

Craft Meetup: Book Folding – Monday, Jan. 27, 5:30 PM

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Make & Take Class: Join the Curtis Craft Meetup group and learn how to make a folded book with special guest instructor Annika Schmitt.

Books will be provided – you only need to bring your creativity and your enthusiasm.


Monday, January 27, 5:30 PM


For this special Crafters Meetup make & take, we will cordially convene in the Library’s 2nd floor seminar room (near the reference desk).


Any crafter. All skill levels welcome!


Sarah Brown 725-5242 ext. 229 |

Current Events Forum – Thursdays @ Noon

Wednesday, January 22nd, 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. For more information contact Elisabeth Doucett at Curtis Memorial Library at 725-5242, ext. 211 or

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

Borrow an E-Reader

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

waiting list

On the waiting list to read Monuments Men?

The title is downloaded on four of our e-readers that Curtis patrons may borrow.

Questions? Need help? Just ask a Curtis Reference Librarian.

what’s in the new genealogy room?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


* genealogy and local history reference books (non-circulating)

* early town records, city directories, Maine register

* genealogy magazines

* microfilm machine – scans to disk and prints

* library records and archives

* PCs (for genealogy research only)

* chairs and desks

* Projector and screen for genealogy classes & training sessions

Will this genealogy room be open to the public?


Where is it?

On the second floor of the library near the Curtis Money section and the Jobs Neighborhood.

When will this genealogy room be open?

Thursday, February 20th!

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“There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children – one is roots, and the other, wings.” — Hodding S. Carter

Friday Film Series: Mrs. Miniver – January 10, 7 PM

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Mrs.-Miniver-movie-poster-Greer-GarsonThe “Hero Worship Hollywood Style” film series continues with William Wyler's Mrs. Miniver the first film to to receive five acting nominations at the Academy Awards and the highest grossing movie of 1942.

This classic war film stars Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright and a top-notch supporting cast.

Time & Date: Friday, January 10th, 7:00 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

NOTE: This is an "after hours" event so please enter through the Morrell Meeting Room entrance on Middle Street.

She was a good cook, as good cooks go. And as good cooks go, she went.
— Clem Miniver

GED® test and learningExpress information!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

learningexpress-logoThe official GED® test is changing on January 2, 2014.

The new LearningExpress Library platform is being updated to provide preparation resources to meet the new 2014 test specifications.

LearningExpress can be accessed — for free — on any of the Curtis Library public PCs

Here is what you need to know about the changes to the GED test:

  • The new GED test will launch on January 2, 2014.
  • Current GED test scores will expire in 2013-they will not carry forward.
  • Users will ONLY be able to take the new test on a computer. There will no longer be a paper-and-pencil version of the test.

For more information about the GED 2014 test, please visit the official GED Testing Services website

>>> Ask any Curtis Librarian for help accessing LearningExpress.

Accessing LearningExpress from Home

LearningExpress can also be accessed from outside the library through MARVEL! (Maine’s Virtual Library). You will need your Curtis Library Card number.

Need help accessing MARVEL! from home? Contact the Reference Desk 207-725-5242 |

World Book Night 2014 Giveaway Locations

Friday, December 20th, 2013

giver boxSeveral folks have contacted us asking for ideas on where they might give away their books. The idea is to encourage people who don’t read much to give it a try, but it’s not always easy to know who those people are!

It seems that about a third of people apply for “social services areas” such as nursing homes, hospitals or food pantries, a third apply for underfunded schools and a third apply for the “around town” category, at places such as parks and diners.

Hope these help!

  • Senior Centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities
  • Little League games
  • Schools
  • Bars
  • Diners, restaurants, employees
  • Laundromat
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Support groups (caregivers, MOPs, etc.)
  • Fire station
  • Police station
  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Blood bank/drive
  • Crisis center
  • Food pantry, Soup Kitchen
  • Goodwill, Salvation Army
  • DHHS
  • SNAP, WIC offices
  • Homeless Shelters, Day Shelters
  • Adult and community education organizations
  • Career centers
  • Tri-county literacy
  • Meals on Wheels

If you are interested in a particular organization, please contact that organization to get permission to distribute books at their site. For additional ideas, look in newspapers, telephone directories, and Directory of Commonly Requested Community Services, etc.

>>>>>> More Info on World Book Night 2014

Crafters Meetup – Cookie Exchange & Snowman Stocking Stuffer: Monday, December 9, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Join the Curtis Crafters for a cookie exchange and a delightful evening crafting a snowman stocking stuffer.

Date & Time: Monday, December 9, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

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

Contact: Sarah Brown 725-5242 |


Craft Meetup: Felted Soap – Monday, November 25, 5:30 PM

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

still-fluffyMake & Take Class: Join the Curtis Craft Meetup group and learn how to make felted soap.

Bring a bar of hard soap like Yardley, Dial, or Sapho Hill. These are great gifts for the holidays.

If you like to get together to craft, get inspired, and learn from others with a DIY aesthetic, then this group is for you.

All skill levels are most welcome and beginners will usually be able to get advice from members with more experience — the only requirement is your enthusiasm!


Monday, November 25, 5:30 PM


For this special crafters meetup make & take, we will cordially convene in the Library’s Morrell Meeting Room.


Any crafter. All skill levels welcome!


Sarah Brown 725-5242 ext. 229 |

Give the Gift of Food – November 18 to December 8

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

these-are-more-than-just-shelvesCurtis will be collecting food donations for the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Food Bank from now until December 8th.

Please drop off your non-perishable food donations in the library lobby.

Baked Beans, Pasta Sauce and peanut butter are particularly needed.

These are more than just shelves! This holiday season, give the gift of food.

One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp.

– Jeff Bridges