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In The Collaboratory… 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? Explore COLOR 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

Book Binding Introduction – Friday Feb. 27, 3 PM

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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“Fanfare for Two” by Anna Low

Craft Meetup Meets Literary DIY: Celebrate books and bring your DIY attitude to these hands-on, literary themed make-and-takes.

February 27: Book Binding: Anna Low of Purple Bean Bindery (purplebeanbindery.com) gives an introduction to book binding.

Participants will make their own hand bound book to take home.

Appropriate for teens and adults. No registration required.

Day and Time: Friday February 27, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown @ curtislibrary.com

3 Ways to Show Your Curtis Love This Week

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

IMG_2125Here are three easy and fun things you can do to support Curtis:

1. Eat Gelato

Simply show your Curtis library card any time on Tuesday, February 24 (11 AM to 11 PM at 74 Maine Street in Brunswick) and 100% of your purchase will be donated to Curtis’ Annual Fund to put more books on the shelves.

www.curtislibrary.com/scoop

2. Coins for Curtis

Please bring your Coins for Curtis banks to the Library by the end of Wednesday, February 25.

If you haven’t picked up your bank yet there’s still time to do so:

www.curtislibrary.com/coins

3. Vote for Curtis

Your vote could help Curtis secure a $5,000 grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation.

This award will come right back to our library users in the form of new fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, e-books, DVDs, graphic novels, magazines and more!

It takes less than a minute – vote today.

www.curtislibrary.com/vote

Coins for Curtis Tallying Event – Thursday, Feb. 26, 10:00 AM

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

YOUNG HELPERS NEEDED!

coins-for-curtis1Join us on Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 AM for a Coin Tally event at Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union, 55 Cushing Street, just down the road from the library on the corner of Pleasant Street.

We need help pouring the Coins for Curtis into the bank’s coin tallying machine.

NOTE: Please RSVP for this event by contacting Joyce Schmitt jschmitt@curtislibrary.com | 207-725-5242 ext. 219.

Thank you for supporting your library, and the Annual Fund.

Free online recorded sessions from RootsTech 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

28759920c95da431e66b80800bdaf8a9 RootsTech is a global family history event, sponsored by FamilySearch, at which participants learn to discover, share and celebrate their genealogy through the lens of technology. RootsTech is held in Salt Lake City, Utah in February each year.

A trip to Utah is probably not in my immediate future so I was excited to discover that the key sessions at RootsTech each year are videotaped and provided on a free video archive online. This year’s sessions can be found here.

There is a tremendous diversity in content but all with some point that touches technology.  I’m particularly interested in “30 Pieces of Tech I Can’t Live Without” and “Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy”. I’m not sure how long these sessions are provided free online, so if you have any interest check them out soon. Happy research!

3 Ways to Love Your Library!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

lyl_resizedLove Your Library Month continues!

Here are three easy and fun ways to support the Library’s Annual Fund:

1. Vote for Curtis –> www.curtislibrary.com/vote

2. Coins For Curtis –> www.curtislibrary.com/coins

3. Scoop for Community @ Gelato Fiasco –> www.curtislibrary.com/scoop

“Libraries are our friends.”
― Neil Gaiman

Scoop for Community at Gelato Fiasco

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

little-red-spoonsSCOOP FOR COMMUNITY at Gelato Fiasco to benefit Curtis.

Simply show your Curtis library card any time on Tuesday, February 24 (11 AM to 11 PM at 74 Maine Street in Brunswick) and 100% of your purchase* will be donated to Curtis’ Annual Fund to put more books on the shelves.

Here are just a few of the Curtis “Celebrity” Scoopers who will be dishing from from 3 – 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM:

Teen Librarian Melissa Orth, Development Associate Joyce Schmitt and Reference Librarian Pamela Bobker.

See you there!

(*on most items)

Literary Matchmaking

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Tuesdays and Fridays at noon in the Collaboratory – Meet with a Matchmaker (Literary Matchmaker): Chat with a librarian about finding your next favorite book.

Demos of Novelist and/or GoodReads – tools to help you narrow down your match.

No appointment necessary.

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A Life in Books: Frank Strasburger, Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 PM

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

frank-strasburger-featuredThrough anecdotes and advice, local author Frank Strasburger will share the role that books have played in his life.

This small, intimate talk takes place in the Curtis Collaboratory, Space is limited, so please arrive early.

Day & Time: Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: The Collaboratory (formerly the Technology Room)

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown@curtislibrary.com | 725-5242 ext. 229

Showing of Russian Documentary Film Putin’s Kiss – Friday Feb. 13, 7 PM

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

posterIntroduction and moderated discussion with Jane Knox, retired Professor of Russian, Bowdoin College.

This film looks at contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin.

Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked.

Date & Time: Friday, February 13, 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room – Please use the Middle Street Entrance as this is an after Library hours event.

Contact: Carol Lestock Lord | clord@curtislibrary.com

For more info about the Camden Conference and other Russia-related events around the Midcoast, check out: https://www.camdenconference.org/2015-conference/

Craft Meetup Meets Literary DIY

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

happy-springCraft Meetup Meets Literary DIY: Celebrate books and bring your DIY attitude to these hands-on, literary themed make-and-takes.

Appropriate for ages middle school to adult. No registration required. Morrell Meeting Room, 5:30-6:30 pm.

Monday, February 23, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

For this session, we’ll have two make & takes!

1. Recycled Book Pages: Stampin’Up consultant Karen Leveille, shares ideas on how you can use stamps and old book pages to create art, greeting cards, buttons and more.

2. DIY Bookmark: Create fun bookmarks with paper clips, paint chips, and origami.

Friday, February 27, 3-5 pm: Book Binding: Anna Low from Purple Bean Bindery, gives an introduction to book binding. Make your own hand bound book to take home.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown | sbrown@curtislibrary.com | 725-5242 ext. 229

Short & Tweet! Top 5 Reasons to Follow Curtis on Twitter

Friday, February 6th, 2015

curtis-twitter1. Stay up to date with what’s happening at Curtis

2. Get updates on new books & other collection updates

3. Receive Tech Tips—iPhone, iPad, Mac & Windows

4. We have cool contests with amazing “Curtis swag”

5. A fast and convenient way for you to ask questions and get answers

Visit your Library’s official Twitter feed: @CurtisLibrary

Need help signing up for Twitter and following Curtis?

Just ask a Curtis Librarian!

Golden Rules of Genealogy

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Today I’m cheating a bit.  I found this document on the Got Genealogy? blog and thought it was so well done that it was worth sharing here (which the Got Genealogy? folks kindly allow).  The experienced genealogist probably knows all of these “rules” but for those of us closer to the beginner end of the spectrum, they are all good things to learn/remember.

The one that resonates most with me and that I had to learn on my own is “Speling dusn’t cownt”! When I started research my family name (Doucett) the mythology among my relatives was that we had “always” spelled our name that way.  So, when I started doing genealogy I automatically discounted any Doucetts that I ran across that weren’t spelled my way.  I quickly discovered that in fact the only generation to spell the name that way was my grandfather’s!  Prior to that there was absolutely no consistency.

Given that many folks three generations back had minimal if any schooling, variations in spelling make a lot of sense…that and the fact that census takers often wrote down names as they heard them.  So, my thought for today is to learn early on in your research all of the many ways your family name “could” be spelled and be prepared to research them!

We have sunshine and no snow falling today so it is indeed a Happy Friday!  Good luck with your research!

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