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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.


New Irish Genealogy Resource

Friday, May 1st, 2015

diocese2Are you studying Irish genealogy as part of tracing your family history? If so, you’ll be interested in the following information.

The National Library of Ireland ( has announced that its Roman Catholic parish registers collection will go online, available for free, as of July 8, 2015.  You can read more information about this on the Irish Genealogy News website.

These records, which are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census, consist primarily of baptism and marriage records and date from the 1740s to the 1880s.

ie--dublinIrish genealogy research can be intimidating because the majority of relevant records were destroyed during the Irish Civil War in 1922 when the Public Record Office of Ireland, a major repository of records, was hit by a shell which exploded and destroyed almost all of the records.

However, more and more Irish genealogy resources are being digitized and going online.  So, if Irish genealogy is on your to-do list, keep an eye out for this new resource and others to come. Happy research!

How to Download Magazines to Your Tablet Through Flipster

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Flipster-logoFlipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

1. Start by downloading the Flipster app to your tablet.

NOTE: The Flipster app is currently available for iPads and Android tablets.

2. After downloading the app, open your tablet’s web browser.

Type into the web address box.

3. On the Curtis Downloads page, click the “Flipster Magazines” icon.

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4. Browse or search for the magazine you wish to download and read on your tablet.


5. Tap Read This Issue.


You can then either read the magazine within your tablet’s web browser or open it with the Flipster app (which will download it to your device).

>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

How to Download Additional Magazines To Your Tablet Through Flipster

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

As outlined in a previous Flipster tips blog post, you can download popular magazines to your iPad or Android tablet by first clicking the Flipster Magazines icon on the Curtis Library Downloads page:

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You can then download any magazine you wish to your device.

But to download additional magazines, you’ll need to go back to your web browser.

You cannot download magazines from within the Flipster app itself.

TIP: Bookmark the Curtis Downloads page in your tablet’s web browser.


>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

How Long Do Magazines Check Out For?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Flipster-logoFlipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

You can read digital magazines for free with your Curtis Library card.

Checkout times vary.

Weekly magazines checkout for two days.

Monthly magazines checkout for five days.

But the good news is you can check them out again.

>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page


Why Download the Flipster App?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015


As you may already know, Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

The Flipster app manages your magazines downloaded from the Flipster website for anytime viewing on your iPad or iPad mini.

In other words, you can read magazines through Flipster on your iPad’s browser but you must be connected to the Internet:


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The Flipster App enables you to download magazines to your iPad and then read them offline.

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>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

Poetry Open Mic Night: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

open-mic-genericAll community members young and old are welcome to join us for open mic night at the library.

The audience can choose to listen to poetry or share the poem from their pocket.

Time and Date: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

“We love the things we love for what they are.”
― Robert Frost

tech meetup on data privacy – Friday, May 1, Noon

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

dataThis Friday we have a guest speaker coming to our tech meetup – Steve Blanc, Information and Technology Security Officer at Bowdoin College.

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

Discussion of the differences between data security and data privacy is likely to ensue…

Time, Date & Location: Friday, May 1st at 12 noon in the Seminar Room upstairs by the reference desk.

Bring lunch if you’d like.

Screening: "The World of Wallace Stevens” – Wednesday, April 29, Noon

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Join us for a viewing of the documentary by Alison Johnson, author of Wallace Stevens: a Dual Life as a Poet and Insurance Executive.

Berkeley professor Charles Altieri has this to say about Johnson’s documentary:

l love this film. It offers an intimate presentation of one of our most self-protective poets. The result for me is that I like the person much better–especially as a father.

Notre Dame professor Jacqueline Brogan describes Johnson’s film in these words:

Johnson’s documentary/interpretive film on Wallace Stevens is nothing short of brilliant. She makes Stevens, arguably the best American poet of the 20th century, come to life as a person and, as both poet and person, one who matters to our lives. In particular, her revelations about Stevens’ thwarted love for a young woman named Sybil Gage reveal a very human Stevens, with whom most of us will identify and sympathize. . . . Johnson has produced a deep unfolding of this poet and his poetry that is itself of the highest lyrical quality.

Producer and director Alison Johnson will present the film and will take questions following the screening and sign copies of her DVD and her biography of Stevens.

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Time & Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 12–1:30 PM


Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
—Wallace Stevens

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Tech Meetup – Tips from MARVEL! Friday, April 24, Noon

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

google-scholarSearching 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.

Time & Date: Friday, April 24, Noon

Location: Seminar Room

Contact: Marian Dalton 725-5242 x232 |

Free Two-Week 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:

Then sign up:

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!