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The Immigrant Experience – Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on July 27th, 2016

The Immigrant Experience
featuring the Voices of New Mainers

Salim Salim, Kifah Abdulla and Abdi Nor Iftin

Salim Salim, Kifah Abdulla and Abdi Nor Iftin

Curtis Library Board Member and The Telling Room’s Director of Publications, Molly McGrath, moderates a discussion with these three new Mainers, as they each share the role storytelling, writing, poetry and art has played in their exile, immigration to a new home, and their ability to help others understand their journey. 

We hope you will join us, and continue the conversation online at CurtisSpotlight.  

The Summer Spotlight Series is made possible with support from Curtis Friends and the Curtis Contemporaries.

Day & Time: Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact Joyce Schmitt 207-725-5242 ext. 219 |


The Curtis Contemporaries came together in 2014 to strengthen the library’s connection with a new generation of library users, and engage them in the future stewardship of the library for generations to come.

Ever wish you could read and craft at the same time?

Posted by Jamie Dacyczyn on July 22nd, 2016

Shortly after I began working at Curtis, one of my coworkers anonymously left this button on my desk:

Whichever sneaky little elf left me this pin already knew me well even though I’d only been here a month or so.

I listen to books while I knit, I listen while I tend to my flower garden, I listen while I color, I listen while I cook or bake, and I listen while I knit. Yes, I know I listed knitting twice, but it needs to be repeated because knitting (or crocheting) is the perfect audiobook activity!

Reading a physical book or watching the latest episode of Doctor Who takes my eyes away from the knitting pattern I’m trying to follow, and I’ll inevitably end up knitting a hat shaped like a football or a mitten sized for a walrus. Audiobooks, on the other hand, don’t take my eyes away from what I’m doing with my hands. I can knit and keep up with my favorite book series at the same time. Genius!

Read & Knit at the same time!

While you can knit, crochet, sew, bake, scrapbook, and make adorable felted animals from the comfort of your own home….wouldn’t it be much more exciting to bake cookies while also fighting pirates on the high seas? Knit while exploring a magical circus? Cross stitch while obsessively watching other people from a moving train? Piece together a quilt while surviving a POW camp in World War II?

Curtis Memorial Library has a great selection of audiobooks on CD to check out, either on the shelves or through interlibrary loan. If you have a smartphone, tablet, or other internet-enabled device you can also get the Overdrive app which allows you to download audiobooks for free through our website using Maine InfoNet. If you need help figuring out how to download books you can stop by the library anytime, where the adult services team will be glad to help you out!

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Chewonki Bugmobile – Monday, July 25 10:30 AM AND 12:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on July 20th, 2016

chewonki-bug-mobileUsing models, costumes, and live specimens, Chewonki staff will explain the unique characteristics of four major groups of arthropods.

Live “bug” species will introduce you to some of the fascinating adaptations essential for survival, such as mimicry, camouflage, armor, and the use of venom.

Program offered at 10:30 and 12:30 – choose one session.

Please call to register. Preschool through adult.

Day & Times: Monday, July 25, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 207-725-5242 ext. 225