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3 Ways to Love Your Library!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

lyl_resizedLove Your Library Month continues!

Here are three easy and fun ways to support the Library’s Annual Fund:

1. Vote for Curtis –>

2. Coins For Curtis –>

3. Scoop for Community @ Gelato Fiasco –>

“Libraries are our friends.”
― Neil Gaiman

Scoop for Community at Gelato Fiasco

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

little-red-spoonsSCOOP FOR COMMUNITY at Gelato Fiasco to benefit Curtis.

Simply show your Curtis library card any time on Tuesday, February 24 (11 AM to 11 PM at 74 Maine Street in Brunswick) and 100% of your purchase* will be donated to Curtis’ Annual Fund to put more books on the shelves.

Here are just a few of the Curtis “Celebrity” Scoopers who will be dishing from from 3 – 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM:

Teen Librarian Melissa Orth, Development Associate Joyce Schmitt and Reference Librarian Pamela Bobker.

See you there!

(*on most items)

Literary Matchmaking

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Tuesdays and Fridays at noon in the Collaboratory – Meet with a Matchmaker (Literary Matchmaker): Chat with a librarian about finding your next favorite book.

Demos of Novelist and/or GoodReads – tools to help you narrow down your match.

No appointment necessary.


A Life in Books: Frank Strasburger, Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 PM

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

frank-strasburger-featuredThrough anecdotes and advice, local author Frank Strasburger will share the role that books have played in his life.

This small, intimate talk takes place in the Curtis Collaboratory, Space is limited, so please arrive early.

Day & Time: Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: The Collaboratory (formerly the Technology Room)

Contact: Sarah Brown | 725-5242 ext. 229

Showing of Russian Documentary Film Putin’s Kiss – Friday Feb. 13, 7 PM

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

posterIntroduction and moderated discussion with Jane Knox, retired Professor of Russian, Bowdoin College.

This film looks at contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin.

Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked.

Date & Time: Friday, February 13, 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room – Please use the Middle Street Entrance as this is an after Library hours event.

Contact: Carol Lestock Lord |

For more info about the Camden Conference and other Russia-related events around the Midcoast, check out:

Craft Meetup Meets Literary DIY

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

happy-springCraft Meetup Meets Literary DIY: Celebrate books and bring your DIY attitude to these hands-on, literary themed make-and-takes.

Appropriate for ages middle school to adult. No registration required. Morrell Meeting Room, 5:30-6:30 pm.

Monday, February 23, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

For this session, we’ll have two make & takes!

1. Recycled Book Pages: Stampin’Up consultant Karen Leveille, shares ideas on how you can use stamps and old book pages to create art, greeting cards, buttons and more.

2. DIY Bookmark: Create fun bookmarks with paper clips, paint chips, and origami.

Friday, February 27, 3-5 pm: Book Binding: Anna Low from Purple Bean Bindery, gives an introduction to book binding. Make your own hand bound book to take home.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

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

Short & Tweet! Top 5 Reasons to Follow Curtis on Twitter

Friday, February 6th, 2015

curtis-twitter1. Stay up to date with what’s happening at Curtis

2. Get updates on new books & other collection updates

3. Receive Tech Tips—iPhone, iPad, Mac & Windows

4. We have cool contests with amazing “Curtis swag”

5. A fast and convenient way for you to ask questions and get answers

Visit your Library’s official Twitter feed: @CurtisLibrary

Need help signing up for Twitter and following Curtis?

Just ask a Curtis Librarian!

Golden Rules of Genealogy

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Today I’m cheating a bit.  I found this document on the Got Genealogy? blog and thought it was so well done that it was worth sharing here (which the Got Genealogy? folks kindly allow).  The experienced genealogist probably knows all of these “rules” but for those of us closer to the beginner end of the spectrum, they are all good things to learn/remember.

The one that resonates most with me and that I had to learn on my own is “Speling dusn’t cownt”! When I started research my family name (Doucett) the mythology among my relatives was that we had “always” spelled our name that way.  So, when I started doing genealogy I automatically discounted any Doucetts that I ran across that weren’t spelled my way.  I quickly discovered that in fact the only generation to spell the name that way was my grandfather’s!  Prior to that there was absolutely no consistency.

Given that many folks three generations back had minimal if any schooling, variations in spelling make a lot of sense…that and the fact that census takers often wrote down names as they heard them.  So, my thought for today is to learn early on in your research all of the many ways your family name “could” be spelled and be prepared to research them!

We have sunshine and no snow falling today so it is indeed a Happy Friday!  Good luck with your research!


Please take one minute to VOTE FOR CURTIS. Thank You!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Last year, the Curtis community spoke loudly and voted often – helping Curtis to receive a $1,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters More program.

This year, you can help us stretch even further – our goal is to receive the most write-in votes for a $5,000 grant.

It takes less than a minute to vote for Curtis.

This money will come right back to you in the form of new fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, e-books, DVDs, graphic novels, magazines and more!

Deadline for nominations is Saturday, February 28th.

community matters more logo

Simply visit Type in your name, email address and zip code.

NEXT, scroll down the list of eligible organizations to the CUMBERLAND COUNTY “Other” section, write in Curtis Memorial Library (this should fill in automatically once you start typing.)


After filling in Curtis Memorial Library, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Finish” button.

You can vote for up to three organizations, but only one ballot per email address.

Every vote counts.

Indeed . . . community does matter more than ever. You make Curtis Memorial Library such a special community.

Thank you for participating and please pass this on to your friends and family in Maine.

Yours in community,


Take the Bookmark Challenge!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

bookmark challenge photoAll ages invited to enter!

Winners will have their bookmark printed for everyone to take!

Theme for bookmark must be books, reading, or your favorite characters.

Submit by February 28!


1. Stop by the Curtis Collaboratory and pick up a bookmark contest form (or print this PDF version).

2. Tell us how we can reach you by completing the form.

3. Draw your bookmark design into the box on the right side of the form (or exact photocopy of same size).

4. Return the form and your design to any Curtis Library service desk by February 28, 2015. (One entry per person.)

5. Bookmarks will be judged on originality, design, and reproducibility. The winning bookmarks will be printed and available at Curtis for everybody to pick up in March 2015.

NOTE: You can if you wish scan your bookmark design and email it to


Here’s our first entry created by Olivia from Harpswell:


Additional Guidelines

No computer generated art. Use this entry form or exact photocopy of same size. For crayons and colored pencils, make sure the colors are filled in and solid. Sketching does not reproduce well. When using pens, avoid fluorescent or neon colors. Winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed at Curtis Library, and will be used in other Library related materials, and posted on the Curtis web site.

February 2015 Collaboratory Theme – “It’s All About the Book”

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

mystery book

In February, 2015, in honor of “Love Your Library” month, the Curtis Collaboratory celebrated celebrated books, reading and libraries.

Go on a blind date with a book.

Design a bookmark.

Add your favorite book to our giant “to be read” list.

Write a valentine to the library.

Test your literary memory by matching book titles with their first lines.

And much more!

>>>Curtis Collaboratory homepage

Rebecca Goodale: “A Life in Books” – Wednesday, February 4 at 6 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

a life in booksIn this small intimate talk, Rebecca Goodale will share the role that books have played in her life.

Ms. Goodale’s talk will take place in the Curtis Collaboratory, space is limited, so please arrive early.

About Rebecca Goodale

Rebecca Goodale is a book artist, whose work can be found in numerous public collections throughout the United States including the local collections at Bowdoin College Library, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the Portland Museum of Art.

Her awards include A New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, A Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College, and in 1995 she was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Rebecca teaches Design and Book Arts for the USM Art Department. She is also the Program Coordinator for USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts.

Talk: Today’s Russia in Contemporary Russian Fiction – Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 PM

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

talkTalk: Today’s Russia in Contemporary Russian Fiction: One Translator’s Experience Presented by Lisa Hayden

Literary translator, Lisa Hayden, will look at ways contemporary Russian fiction writers address aspects of Russian history in their work.

Lisa will read brief passages from stories and novels she has translated, offering thoughts on cultural and historical themes developed in the works – and on the authors themselves.

Lisa saw these authors when she traveled to Moscow this fall.

The translations include three forthcoming books that differ greatly in style and topic: Laurus, Evgenii Vodolazkin’s novel about a medieval man; Addendum to a Photo Album, Vladislav Otroshenko’s novella about a Cossack family in the early twentieth century; and The Women of Lazarus, Marina Stepnova’s family saga that covers everything from a pre-revolutionary cookbook to secret science during World War II to post-Soviet ballet.

About Lisa Hayden

lisa haydenLisa Hayden is a literary translator who lives in Scarborough, Maine.

Her translations from Russian have appeared in journals and anthologies, and her blog, Lizok’s Bookshelf, focuses on contemporary Russian fiction.

Lisa received an MA in Russian literature and lived in Moscow during 1992-1998.

This presentation is hosted by the Curtis Memorial Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues.

Day & Time: Thursday, February 5, 7 p.m.

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Carol Lestock Lord 207-725-5242 ext. 221 |

COINS for CURTIS – Wednesday, February 25

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

IMG_1928Please bring your Coins for Curtis bank back by Wednesday, February 25.

Simply hand your bank to any Library staff member and get your Curtis Valentine.

(And it’s not to too late to pick one up and fill it with coins.)

Your coins will support the Library’s Annual Fund which adds new books and audio materials to Curtis’ shelves.

Young Helpers Needed!

Join us on Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 AM for a Coin Tally event at Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union, 55 Cushing Street, just down the road from the library on the corner of Pleasant Street.

We need help pouring the Coins for Curtis into the bank’s coin tallying machine.

NOTE: Please RSVP for this event by contacting Joyce Schmitt | 207-725-5242 ext. 219.

Thank you for supporting your library, and the Annual Fund.


There could be a book or two
inside each coin jar
just waiting
to get on the Curtis shelves!

Exploring New Health Insurance Options – Thursday, February 5, 5:30 PM

Friday, January 30th, 2015

what-do-you-need-to-knowDid you know that Open Enrollment and Reenrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace ends on February 15th for coverage in 2015?

Learn more by attending this informational session with Beth O’Hara-Miklavic, Outreach & Education Specialist with Maine Community Health Options.

We’ll discuss:

  • new options for health insurance
  • how to enroll in a health plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • and preventive services that are included in Qualified Health Plans

Day / Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room