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Just Desserts Mystery Group – Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

out of the deepThe Just Desserts Mystery Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 pm the first Tuesday of the month, November through June.

Each month we discuss a particular mystery author, series, or theme.

Potluck desserts are shared.

This month’s discussion is the Clare Fergusson series by Julia Spencer-Fleming.

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

Contact: Sarah Brown 725-5242 x 510 sbrown @ curtislibrary.com

2014 – 2015 Reading List

“What has been seen cannot be unseen”
— Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days

Welcome to The Collaboratory

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Curtis Collaboratory

Part interactive mini-classroom, part think tank, part play space, part studio, part museum, part gallery and ALL PARTS LIBRARY — the Collaboratory is a dynamic participatory learning experience for people of all ages and interests in our community.

Collaboratory programming topics will rotate monthly and also provide a space to occasionally host larger installations that tour other libraries and museums.

The Curtis Collaboratory is located on the first floor of the Library.

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Keep Calm and Be The Black Sheep

Mystery Author Book Talk: Lea Wait

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

lea_on_wiscasset_town_pierDate & Time: Tuesday, October 21st at 7 PM.

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Mystery Author Lea Wait be here in person to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Lea’s book talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Gulf of Maine Books will provide the books to purchase and for Lea to sign. We are asking that you please use cash or checks to purchase your books. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Author Bio

"I’ve been writing mysteries for grownups (the Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series) and historical fiction set in Maine for young people (the latest of which is UNCERTAIN GLORY, about a boy who really did publish his town’s newspaper during the first two weeks of the Civil War) since I left corporate America in 1998 and moved to Maine, a state I’ve always loved and had family ties to. In early September of 2014 the seventh book in the Shadows series — SHADOWS ON A MAINE CHRISTMAS – will be published, and in January, 2015, Kensington will publish TWISTED THREADS, the first book in my new mystery series (the Mainely Needlepoint series)set in Maine.

I earned my B.A. at Chatham College and did graduate work at New York University. I’ve also owned an antique print business, MAH Antiques, since 1976. I adopted my 4 wonderful daughters when I was a single parent. They’re grown now, and I have eight perfect grandchildren. (Aren’t all grandchildren perfect?) In 2003 I married Bob Thomas, a man I’ve known and loved since 1968 .. sometimes life moves in slow but steady ways. Bob’s an artist, and is immensely supportive of my writing. (He even does all the errands and cooking so I have no excuses to leave my desk!) I’m very lucky to have achieved so many of my goals in life, and to have had fun doing it. My favorite quotation is “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan wrote that, but I think it defines my life. For more information about me, check my website, www.leawait.com, friend me on Facebook, and check the blog www.mainecrimewriters.com, where I blog with 9 other mystery writers from Maine. And remember — LIFE is the REAL mystery!"

Crafters Wanted for Folded Book Decorations, Friday October 17, 3:00–4:30 PM

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

hanging book decorationDrop in to help create folded book and hanging book decorations to display at Curtis‘ BOOKED FOR THE NIGHT fundraising event on Saturday, October 25th.

If you can cut, fold and glue, you can help create these fun and attractive pieces.

Crafty kids of all ages welcome.

Light refreshments.

Contact: Joyce Schmitt 207-725-5242 x 219 jschmitt@curtislibrary.com

Tech Meetup: Intro to Excel – Friday, October 10, Noon

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

excel-shortcutsIntroduction to Excel – when to use it and why?

In this tech meetup, we’ll review basic terminology, entering data, and using simple calculations.

Depending on class interests, we may discuss more advanced options.

If you have specific questions or tasks, please bring them.

Time & Date: Friday, October 10th, 12 Noon

Location: The Library‘s Seminar Room (2nd floor near the Reference Desk)

Contact: Marian Dalton mdalton@curtislibrary.com | 725-5242 ext. 232

Mystery Author Book Talk: Kate Flora

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

kate floraDate & Time: Tuesday, October 14th at 7 PM.

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Mystery Author Kate Flora will be here in person to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Kate’s book talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Kate Flora will provide the books to purchase and for her to sign. We are asking that you please use cash or checks to purchase your books. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Author Bio

Kate Flora is the author of 14 mystery and true crime books including Finding Amy, a 2007 Edgar nominee co-written with a Portland, Maine deputy police chief. Her other titles include the Thea Kozak mysteries and the starred-review Joe Burgess police series, the third of which, Redemption, won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

A former assistant attorney general for the state of Maine, Kate is a founding member of the New England Crime Bake Conference. She has served as editor and publisher of Level Best Books and as international president of Sisters in Crime.

I have no secrets. I save all of them for my characters.
— Kate Flora

Fall Classic Movies Series: Power Couples On & Off Screen

Monday, October 6th, 2014

nick_and_noraThis Fall Film Series features power couples.

First a strong man like Humphrey Bogart gets weak in the knees for the beautiful Lauren Bacall.

Next dynamic directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger take us to Scotland for a romantic comedy worthy of the Criterion Collection label.

Then we‘ll follow the detective duo Nick and Nora Charles, who solve a mystery between cocktails and the first course of a holiday dinner.

Critics Robert Long and Melissa Orth will give a brief introduction to each film, covering key players and trivia.

Join them in the Morrell Meeting Room the third Friday night in October, November and December at 7:00 pm for a Cup of Joe (or a "mocktail"), snacks, and popcorn.

Use the Morrell Meeting Room entrance on Middle Street for this after hours event.

Please note: If the library is closed due to weather conditions,
the program is cancelled with no snow date. FMI: call 725-5242

Nora Charles: You know, that sounds like an interesting case. Why don’t you take it?
Nick Charles: I haven’t the time. I’m much too busy seeing that you don’t lose any of the money I married you for.

Coming Soon… Introducing the Curtis Collaboratory

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

coming-soonAs you may have noticed all of the public computers (+ the Photocopier) which were on the first floor of the library have been moved to the second floor.

This has been done to make way for…

The Curtis Collaboratory!

Launching late October, the Curtis Collaboratory is a new, interactive programming space at Curtis designed to engage patrons of all ages and interests with themed installations that will change each month.

We'll invite you to participate in a variety of ways — whether simply by observing, or getting more involved by writing, thinking, drying, playing, making, watching, tinkering, sharing, smiling and passing it on.

Our first installation in October and November will be a collaboration with TEDxDirigo, and an exploration of the theme for this years "talks" Mavericks & Misfits. Please check back after October 20.

Mystery Author Book Talk: Julia Spencer-Fleming

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Julia Spencer FlemingDate & Time: Tuesday, October 7th at 7 PM.

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Mystery Author Julia Spencer-Fleming will be here in person to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Julia’s book talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

Author Bio

Julia Spencer-Fleming is an American novelist of Mystery fiction.

She has won the Agatha Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Awards, Dilys Award, Barry Award (for crime novels), the Nero Award, and Gumshoe Awards.

She has also been a finalist for the Edgar Award. Her books feature Clare Fergusson, a retired helicopter pilot turned Episcopal Church (United States) priest and Russ Van Alstyne, a police chief. They are set in Millers Kill, a fictional town in upstate New York.

Spencer-Fleming was born in Plattsburgh, New York and has degrees from Ithaca College, George Washington University and the University of Maine School of Law.

Spencer-Fleming lives in Buxton, Maine with her husband, 3 children, a dog, and two cats.

SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY @ Curtis – Saturday, September 27

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

save-your-photos-day

Pejepscot Genealogical Society Chair Brian Bouchard, will prepare us for Save Your Photos Day by discussing tips and techniques for saving and organizing your digital photos.

WOULD YOUR PHOTOS & MEMORIES SURVIVE A DISASTER?

Do you have tons of physical or digital photos?

Would either format survive a disaster?

Can anything be done to safeguard your family treasures before an accident or tragedy strikes?

The short answer is “Yes!”

Join us at 1 p.m. this Saturday and learn how!

1:00 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness for Photos

PHOTO MANAGEMENT: WHICH TOOL IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

In the age of affordable DSLRs, Instagram and ubiquitous photo-sharing on Facebook and other social networks, we’re taking more photos than ever before.

The downside of taking all of these images is keeping them in order…

Join us at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday and learn how to use online tools for organizing your digital photos.

2:30 p.m. – Tools for photo organization online

LEARN HOW TO SCAN PHOTOGRAPHS

Could you find that photo of your grandmother‘s wedding?

Bring some pictures to scan into digital format!

The Library’s scanner will be available all day…

Who, When & Where

Date: Saturday, September 27th

Location: The Seminar Room (second floor of the library near the Reference Desk)

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

Featured Website Resource: Curtis Money Tools & Calculators

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

tools-and-calculatorsYou will find a link to selected Money Tools and Calculators on the sidebar of every page in the Curtis Money section.

These are very basic money help tools and calculators for the financially shy.

They include:

– Budget worksheet

– Financial dictionary

– Savings calculator

– Retirement calculator

– and more

Click here to see them all!

Featured Website Resources Archive

Click here for a list of featured website resources.

www.curtislibrary.com/featured-website-resources

Tech Meetup: iPad Tips & Tricks: Friday, Sep. 26, Noon

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

woman_iPP_ipadIn this Tech Meetup, we‘ll cover up to 50 really useful iPad tips – everything from customising your Home screen through to getting more from built-in apps like Mail and Safari.

Please feel free to ask any questions about your using your iPad.

Time & Date: Friday, September 26th, 12 Noon

Location: The Library‘s Seminar Room (2nd floor near the Reference Desk)

Contact: Michael Gorzka mgorzka@curtislibrary.com | 725-5242 ext. 218

Video: Dorothy Cannell Mystery Author Book Talk

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Summary: Mystery Author Dorothy Cannell visited the Curtis Library to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Date & Time of Recording: Tuesday, September 16th at 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Featured Website Resource: Snow Index to Brunswick Newspapers

Monday, September 15th, 2014

maine street as it wasThe Snow Index is an extraordinarily useful tool for Genealogists, Local Historians, and anybody who would like information about Brunswick’s past.

This is an index to microfilm of the Brunswick weekly newspapers for 1853 through December 1960. This index was created by Richard Snow with additional indexing contributions from John Goff.

A link to the Snow Index is at the very top of Curtis’ Brunswick History page and can be accessed by clicking here.

There is also a link to the Snow Index on the Curtis Research page sidebar.

If you need help using the Snow Index (and/or the Brunswick Newspapers microfilm), just ask a Curtis Librarian.

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www.curtislibrary.com/featured-website-resources

Featured Website Resource: Valueline

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Value-line-logoThe Value Line Investment Survey is a proprietary service that ranks stocks for timeliness and safety.

If you want to try your hand at picking stocks but don’t know where to start, The Value Line Investment Survey can help.

Every Maine resident has access to the Valueline resources which can be accessed from MARVEL! (Maine’s Virtual Library) which is linked to from every page on the Curtis Library website.

Direct link: http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/authmaine.asp?db=vis

If you need help accessing Valueline, please ask a Curtis Librarian.

Featured Website Resources Archive

Click here for a list of featured website resources.

www.curtislibrary.com/featured-website-resources