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Featured Website Resource: Cemetery Index

Monday, December 1st, 2014

gravesThe Brunswick Cemetery Indices is a searchable PDF of the area cemeteries that may be used in conjunction with the Cheetham mappings in the reference area and on the Brunswick History page.

The Cemetery Index tells you which cemetery the person is buried in.

If you need help using the Cemetery Indices or the Cheetham mappings, please ask a Curtis Librarian. | 207-725-5242 ext. 510

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Small Business Saturday – 11/29/14

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

small business saturdayIt’s Small Business Saturday, and just a few days before Giving Tuesday on December 2nd.

Curtis enjoys being part of a thriving, pedestrian-friendly downtown in Brunswick, and we support our local businesses as much as possible.

We know you do, too! Got a special book lover on your gift list?

Curtis’ “Books in Honor of” program is a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving to our community of readers.

Pick up a brochure in the Curtis lobby during your local shopping today or go to

‘Tis The Season to be #unselfie

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

tis the season to be unselfieOn Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Curtis is celebrating #givingtuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

#GivingTuesday is an international event created to pause and consider the good works of the charitable organizations in your community and your world.

As you gather with friends and family in the days ahead, here are a few tips from The Family Dinner Project on keeping the focus on giving, and giving back.

From the Staff and Board of Curtis, our best to you and yours for the holidays ahead.

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
— Lucy Larcom

TED Talk Schedule Week of November 24 – 30

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Nancy Frates

Drop in the Curtis Collaboratory any time during Library open hours for these "Ideas Worth Spreading" TED Talks:

MONDAY – 11/24
Nancy Frates – The mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

TUESDAY – 11/25
Tom Thum – The orchestra in my mouth.

TED musicWEDNESDAY – 11/26
Louie Schwartzberg – Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

FRIDAY – 11/28
Edith Widder – How we found the giant squid

SATURDAY – 11/29
Rosie King: How autism freed me to be myself.

SUNDAY – 11/30
Vincent Moon – Hidden music rituals from around the world

Classic Film Series – Friday, December 19, 7 PM

Monday, November 17th, 2014

thin-man-lobby-cardFor the third "power couples" film, we’ll be watching The Thin Man (1934) starring one of Hollywood’s most successful screen couples William Powell and Myrna Loy (plus “Asta”).

Shot in just two weeks by Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke (nicknamed “”One-Take Woody”), The Thin Man was one of the most popular films of 1934, inspired five sequels, and was nominated for four Oscars (best picture, actor, direction and screenplay).

Stars Powell and Loy display their unique and charming chemistry in their first of 14 film pairings.

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

k15985090Join your fellow classic movie enthusiasts for a Cup of Joe (or a "mocktail" or two), snacks, and popcorn.

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

Time & Date: Friday, December 19th at 7:00 pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Melissa Orth 725-5242 ext. 227 |

Nick Charles: How’d you like Grant’s tomb?
Nora Charles: It’s lovely. I’m having a copy made for you.


What is the Curtis Collaboratory?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

IMG_3567The Curtis Collaboratory is a drop-in, dynamic community activity and display space where ideas are explored, thoughts are shared, and collaboration is key.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways.

I still don’t get it.

Think of an interactive museum you may have visited, perhaps a science or children’s museum.

The Curtis Collaboratory will feature a new theme every month or two that reflects a topic of interest to the community.

Posters, book displays, and interactive experiences will support the themes.

Examples, please?

The Curtis Collaboratory has a whole year’s worth of tentative displays planned!

Activities range from group science experiments and magnetic poetry creation to a local history listening center and an artist-in-residence working in the Collaboratory and inviting others to join in.

Who will be putting these exhibits and programs together?

Curtis staff will share responsibility for planning and organizing, and it is our hope that collaborative efforts will bring plenty of folks from the community into the process as well.

Development Associate Joyce Schmitt is lead planner for the current installment, partnering with TEDxDirigo to integrate their “Mavericks and Misfits” theme.


International Games Day @ Curtis – Saturday, November 15

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Curtis will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country on Saturday, November 15, 2014, for the seventh annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library.

The library will have board games available for all ages, including Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, Qwirkle, Labyrinth, and many more.

There will also be tables reserved for BYOBG (bring your own board game).

games day

Bring your favorite strategy, Euro, and family board games or try something new and fun from our collection.

Please join in and add to the fun!

Games run throughout the day, 10 am to 4 pm.

Come for one game or stay for the day.

Registration is not required.

TEDxDirigo Mavericks & Misfits Schedule – Sunday, November 9

Friday, November 7th, 2014

imageMavericks & Misfits will offer social, environmental and economic ideas from Mainers who are making an impact in the state and beyond.

After five years of fall events, we know that when you gather mavericks and misfits together, extraordinary things can happen.

This sold-out event will be held in the Cabot Mill right here in Brunswick but if you don’t have a ticket, you can join a live viewing party in the Curtis Library’s Morrell Meeting Room.

Session 1 from 10:00-11:30am

o Hannah Holmes
o Tim Clorius
o Anne Hallward
o Lisa Desisto
o Dr. R. Aileen Yingst

Session 2 from 1:00-2:30pm

o Amarantos Quartet
o Dana Hayes (a.k.a. Grim D. Mise)
o Kristen Gwinn-Becker
o Jonathan LaBonte
o Jay Friedlander
o Surprise!
o Tricia Naddaff
o Tommy Waltz

Session 3 from 3:15-5:00pm

o Karen Mills
o Emily Straubel
o Surprise!
o Marty Pottenger
o Jeremy Frey
o Sarah Schindler
o Lady Zen


Live Stream of TEDxDirigo’s ‘Mavericks and Misfits’ Talks – Sunday, November 9, 10 AM to 4 PM

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Curtis is thrilled to be the only LIVE STREAM site of this year’s sold out TEDxDirigo talks at the Cabot Mill.

Drop in to the Morrell Meeting Room any time between 10 AM and 4 PM to hear some of the 18 interesting Maine voices selected to share their words and stories.

Visit for details on speakers. Click here for schedule of speakers.


Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Joyce Schmitt 725-5242 EXT. 219 |

Grand Opening of The Collaboratory – Thursday November 6, 6:30 PM

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Introducing the . . .


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.

Maina-HandmakerThe Collaboratory is thrilled to welcome Maina Handmaker to kick off this new interactive space today.

Maina is a farmer and artist passionate about place. She is manager of The Brunswick Foodshed Project, an effort to revitalize two hundred-year-old freight shed barns into a year-round farmers market and community gathering place for Brunswick.

A 2013 Presenter at TEDxDirigo’s GENERATE talks, Maina will share her thoughts on what it is like to prepare for and participate in this unique public speaking experience; we will view her talk together and she will catch us up on what’s happening with the FoodShed Project. You can read more about Maina in the current issue of Bowdoin magazine, beginning on page 17.

Come see what's happening in the Collaboratory this month, and what we have planned for the months ahead!

Location: The Collaboratory (formerly the Technology Room)

Contact: Joyce Schmitt 725-5242 EXT. 219

Monday Afternoon Book Group – November 3, 1:00 pm

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

postmistress1On Monday, November 3rd, the Monday Afternoon Book Group will meet to discuss The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Anybody who has read this debut novel that “hits hard and pushes buttons expertly” whose real strength lies in its ability to strip away readers’ defenses against stories of wartime uncertainty and infuse that chaos with wrenching immediacy and terror is welcome to join us

Moderator: Paula Tefft

Date: Monday, November 3rd

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room

every story – love or war – is a story about looking left when we should have been looking right.
— Sarah Blake, The Postmistress

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 @

2014 – 2015 Reading List

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

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,, friend me on Facebook, and check the blog, 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

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 | 725-5242 ext. 232