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Wind Over Wings: The Extraordinary Lives of Owls – Tuesday July 11, 6:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on July 7th, 2017

Meet three types of owls and learn about their remarkable hearing, sight, and ability to fly silently, plus special areas of interest such as how to spot an owl in the wild.

As a bonus, Hutch the Umbrella Cockatoo will make a guest appearance.

Hope Douglas has presented at the library many times. She retiring, so this will be our last chance to hear her compelling stories and meet her extraordinary birds! Please join us.

Day & Time: Tuesday July 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Pamela Bobker 725-5242 x214 pbobker@curtislibrary.com

Ashley Bryan-Inspired Art Puppets – Friday July 7, 2:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on July 3rd, 2017

Use fabric, feathers, yarn, shells, buttons, and other odds and ends to make Ashley Bryan-inspired wooden spoon puppets. (Check out the book, Ashley Bryan’s Puppets, to see what we mean.) The puppets will be on display for the Ashley Bryan film screening and 94th birthday celebration on July 13, then participants may take their puppets home. Grades 5 and under.

Day & Time: Friday July 7, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225 kids@curtislibrary.com

Creative Writing Group – Thursday, July 6, 5:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on June 30th, 2017

imageA monthly, introductory-level writing group run by an author of novels and stories, for anyone interested in applying their language skills to creative endeavors.

While the meetings will be geared to fiction, poets are welcome too–and so are people who’ve been (perhaps secretly) working on various writing projects, but could benefit from group exercises and discussions, as well as reading one’s work out loud in a supportive, friendly environment.

Homework will be given. Elements of writing, such as word use and punctuation, will be in play–and so will the process of finding a voice and a style, then taking the steps to use them.

ellen cooneyEllen Cooney lives in Phippsburg. Her most recent novel, her ninth, is The Mountaintop School for Dogs And Other Second Chances, published in 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Her stories have appeared widely, in The New Yorker and many literary journals. A Massachusetts native, she is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.

She taught creative writing at Boston College and the Harvard Extension School, and as a writer in residence at MIT.

In Maine, she was a visiting writer at the University of Maine/Farmington, and now serves as Consulting Editor for the journal The Maine Review.

Her website is http://ellencooney.com/. She blogs at https://ellencooney.tumblr.com/.

Day & Time: Thursday, July 6, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Seminar Room (Second Floor near Reference Desk)

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown@curtislibrary.com 725-5242 x510