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Curtis “Appy Hour” – Thursday, November 21, 5 – 6 PM

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

appy hourCome explore and share apps for your Apple mobile device, from productivity apps to recipe apps to silly things to really useful things (Flashlight!) Presented as a part of Fall Apple Harvest with People Plus.

Time & Date: Thursday, November 21st

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

Contact: Marian Dalton | 725-5242 ext. 232

Dessert with the Director – Tuesday, November 5, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Monday, November 4th, 2013

coffee-with-the-director-11Please stop in to meet Liz, other library staff and board members, and find out what updates, changes, new programs and services you'll see at Curtis in the year ahead as we respond to the evolving needs of the communities we serve.

We look forward to seeing old friends and new!

Special thanks to Bohemian Coffee House for providing coffee and small bites.

Date: Tuesday, November 5th

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: The Library's New Books Room (first floor across from the Lending Services desk)

November 2013 – January 2014 Newsletter Now Online

Friday, November 1st, 2013

newsletter coverThe new Curtis News for November, December and January is available online. Look for details on a great lineup of programs and features.

Sign up for email notice of each new newsletter as it comes out.

Look for puzzle answers and past newsletters on the Newsletter page.

Celebrate Curtis and Brunswick History – Monday, November 4, 1:15 PM

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


Curtis Library will be unveiling a plaque developed by the Brunswick Rotary Club recognizing the important role of Curtis Memorial Library in the history of Brunswick.

We will gather at 1:15 PM (rain or shine) outside the library near the Book Drop at the Middle Street entrance.

There will be a short presentation, including remarks from Gary Brown, Brunswick Town Manager; Claudia Frost, President, Brunswick Rotary Club; Kathy Smith, Chair, Curtis Memorial Library.

Garden Cleanup – Saturday, November 2, 10AM – 2PM

Friday, October 25th, 2013

garden-cleanup-volunteersMany hands make light work!

Saturday November 2, 10AM – 2PM

Pizza lunch for all volunteers.

To sign up, please contact Pamela Bobker | 725-5242 ext. 237

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
― Cicero

Family Pumpkin Carving – Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Monday, October 21st, 2013

lucy linusJoin us for a fun-filled family evening.

Bring a pumpkin and we will supply the tools and patterns for you to create a jack-o-lantern that can be taken home or put on display at the library.

Cider and cookies will be served.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises from his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys to all the children.
— Linus Van Pelt

Fall Garden Clean Up Nov. 2

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
fall garden clean upIt’s that time of year again!  We’re looking for volunteers and friends to help with our annual fall garden cleanup day at the library.
Please join us for the morning (10:00 am to noon) or afternoon shift (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm). And, if you have a rake, tarp or even a pickup truck, bring them as we can always use extras!
Any and all are welcome with free pizza at 12:30for all helpers, courtesy of Curtis Friends!
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the cleanup day will be moved to Sunday, November 3.
Contact Pamela Bobker to sign up: or 725-5242 ext. 237.

Drinking the Rain by Alix Kates Shulman

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

drinking rainPart memoir, part meditation on solitude, Drinking the Rain chronicles Alix Kates Shulman’s decade long journey of self-discovery. At fifty and facing a crumbling marriage, novelist Shulman (Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen) leaves the hustle and bustle of New York City and retreats to a small rustic cottage on an island off the coast of Maine. The cottage has no plumbing, power or telephone yet Shulman wants for nothing. As she forages for wild greens and shellfish among the tidal pools and sandy beaches, she discovers the joys of frugality, self-sufficiency and harmony with nature.

Yet, no man – or woman – is an island. As medical waste washes up on her beach and local fisherman combat the “red tide,” Shulman mourns the increasing toxicity of the environment and reflects on the interconnectedness of the world. And when her job as a writer and teacher takes her to Colorado, Arizona, New York City, and back again to her cottage in Maine, she struggles with how to stay true to her solitary self and to be connected to the world at the same time.

Like Thoreau, I believe that, “in wildness is the preservation of the world.” Shulman’s account of living in solitude on a Maine island spoke to me on a spiritual level.

Favorite quote: “To be whole requires one to be in oneself and the world at once.”

– Sarah Brown

Check availability of this title in Minerva or read about this title on Amazon.

Tech Meetup: Downloading ebooks & audiobooks to non-Apple devices – Friday, October 25 @ Noon

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

ereader-non-apple-deviceOver your brown bag lunch, review how to borrow and download e-books and audiobooks to e-readers and tablets. Bring your devices along to get rolling.

Time & Date: Friday, October 25th

Location: The Library's Seminar Room (2nd Floor near the Reference Desk)

Contact: Marian Dalton, | 725-5242 ext. 232

Google Earth Presentation – Monday, November 4, 10:00 AM

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

google earth presentation

what is google earth?

Google Earth is a free, powerful, friendly, and fun mapping program that enables any adventurous user to explore satellite photos of the Earth, the Moon, Mars, and even the Stars beyond from the comfort of home, library or People Plus.

about the presentation

In an introductory presentation on November 4th from 10:00 -11:30 AM at the Curtis Library, Instructor Craig Snapp will demonstrate some of the powerful capabilities of Google Earth including worldwide searching, Street View, 3D Buildings, Earth Gallery, historical satellite imagery, touring of scenic and important world sites, access to public map databases and the ability to create custom maps that can be shared with friends and family.

The introductory lecture will be followed with hands on instruction workshops in the People Plus center for the following two Tuesdays after the presentation.

about the people plus workshops

People Plus can accommodate 12 attendees without computers and the class can host an additional 3 attendees with laptops. There will be a 15 person maximum placed on these workshops.

To register for the People Plus workshops, please contact Jill Ellis at: 207-729-0757 | |

There is no registration required for the introductory lecture at the library.

google earth sessions at people plus

Tuesday, Nov 12 9:30-11:30

Tuesday, Nov 19 9:30-11:30

Tech Meetup: Downloading ebooks to Apple devices – Friday, October 18 @ Noon

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

A chance to review the use of the Library's Overdrive service for checking out ebooks or audiobooks and reading them on your Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).

This session is part of the Curtis Library and People Plus's fall Apple Harvest program, focusing on Apple devices.

Time & Date: Friday, October 18th

Location: The library's Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Marian Dalton, | 725-5242 ext. 232

Craft Meetup: Crochet T-Shirt Rug – Monday, October 7, 5:30 PM

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Craft-pic-6Make & Take Class: Learn to crochet a tee-shirt rag rug with Liz Doucett.

Are you a knowledgeable knitter, breezy beader, warmhearted weaver, quixotic quilter, rascally rug hooker, spacial scrapbooker or charismatic crafter of any kind?

If so, please check out our Monday night Craft Meet-Up.

If you like to get together to craft, get inspired, and learn from others with a DIY aesthetic, then this group is for you.

All skill levels are most welcome and beginners will usually be able to get advice from members with more experience — the only requirement is your enthusiasm!

Bring a project you’re working on and get ready to share knowledge, learn, and have fun!


Monday nights, 5:30-7:30


We cordially convene in the comfy, cozy (but capacious) crafting corner, located on the second floor of the Curtis Memorial Library o’er looking the garden.


Any crafter. All skill levels welcome!

Contact: Sarah Brown – 725-5242 ext. 229 –

Location: Seminar Room

Friday Film Series: Hero Worship Hollywood Style

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

lex-luthor-defeats-supermanEach month, we’ll watch a different movie that asks, “What makes a person a hero”?

Superman (1978)

Time & Date: Friday, October 4, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Did you know that Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, then students at Cleveland’s Glenville High School, first conceived the title character of this week’s film as a bald telepathic villain bent on world domination?

Superman was of course eventually re-envisioned as more of a hero in the mythic tradition, inspired by such characters as Samson and Hercules, who would right the wrongs of Siegel and Shuster’s times, fighting for social justice and against tyranny.


NOTE: This is an “after hours” event so please enter via the Morrell Meeting Room entrance on Middle Street.

We all have our little faults. Mine’s in California.
—Lex Luthor

Tech Meetup: Online Options for Life Long Learning – Friday, October 4 @ Noon

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

moocOver your brown bag lunch, explore online options for lifelong learning, including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

So, what in the world is a MOOC?

It's a "Massive Open Online Course" that anyone with an Internet connection can attend for free.

These classes are aimed at expanding a university’s reach from thousands of tuition-paying students who live in town, to millions of students around the world.

“Power is shifting away from selective university admissions officers
into the hands of educational consumers,
who will soon have their choice of attending virtually any university
in the world online.”
-Nathan Harden

Funeral Alternatives – Tuesday, October 1, 12-1 pm

Saturday, September 21st, 2013


Visit Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Tuesday, October 1 from 12-1 pm as Chuck Lakin shares information about “Green” Funerals and Other Non-Traditional Funeral Options.

Chuck will discuss "Green burial," home funerals, hand-made coffins, and what else is legal and possible to do in the State of Maine.

Chuck is a retired librarian and enthusiastic woodworker who is always looking for someone who wants to open a green cemetery.

This free program is sponsored by Curtis Library and does not require registration.

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