Archive for the ‘Curtis Library’ Category

Borrow an E-Reader

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

waiting list

On the waiting list to read Monuments Men?

The title is downloaded on four of our e-readers that Curtis patrons may borrow.

Questions? Need help? Just ask a Curtis Reference Librarian.

GED® test and learningExpress information!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

learningexpress-logoThe official GED® test were changed on January 2, 2014.

The new LearningExpress Library platform has been updated to provide preparation resources to meet the new 2014 test specifications.

LearningExpress can be accessed — for free — on any of the Curtis Library public PCs

Here is what you need to know about the changes to the GED test:

  • The new GED test launched on January 2, 2014.
  • Current GED test scores will expire in 2013-they will not carry forward.
  • Users will ONLY be able to take the new test on a computer. There will no longer be a paper-and-pencil version of the test.

For more information about the GED 2014 test, please visit the official GED Testing Services website

>>> Ask any Curtis Librarian for help accessing LearningExpress.

Accessing LearningExpress from Home

LearningExpress can also be accessed from outside the library through MARVEL! (Maine’s Virtual Library). You will need your Curtis Library Card number.

Need help accessing MARVEL! from home? Contact the Reference Desk 207-725-5242 |

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.

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.

NNEPRA Train Layover Facility Environmental Assessment

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

layoverNNEPRA (Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority) is in the process of developing a Downeaster passenger train layover facility in Brunswick.

Information comprising the environmental assessment (which must be on public display for 30 days) is available at the reference desk on the second floor.

Please ask a Reference Librarian for assistance.

Professor Jay Ketner’s Solar Powered Little Free Library

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Bowdoin Professor Jay Ketner built his solar-powered Little Free Library during May’s LFL Community Build which was held here at Curtis.

The Little Free Library community project was made possible with support from the Building Trades students at Region 10 Technical High School in Brunswick.

Story in July 29, 2013 Portland Press Herald: Little libraries go a long way in building community.


June-August 2013 Newsletter Now Online

Monday, June 10th, 2013

v24-3_cover-smThe new Curtis News for June, July and August is available online. Look for details on a great lineup of programs and features.

NEW: Try the Web version as well.

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

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

Book Sale Coming, June 28-30

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

2013booksale2x3The Curtis Friends Annual Book Sale will take place June 28-30 at the Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave. in Brunswick.

Come and join the fun, browse the HUGE selection of well organized books, find fantastic bargains, and give these great books a new home — all while supporting Curtis Memorial Library!

For more detailed information about the sale (hours, pricing) and the special preview sale for Curtis Friends members on June 27th, click here.


Free Books for Non-Profit and Educational Groups

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The Curtis Friends Annual Book Sale to support Curtis Memorial Library will be held on June 28, 29, and 30 at the Brunswick Junior High School.  At the conclusion of the sale on Sunday, June 30, Curtis Friends will be giving non-profit and educational groups the opportunity to come and pick up boxes of leftover books at no cost.  The books will be sorted, boxed, and labeled, but organizations will need to supply their own labor for moving and loading.

All organizations must be pre-approved.  Please contact Carrie Strasburger at or call 798-7985 for more information.

A Short and ‘Tweet’ Way to Stay in Touch

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

tweet tweet tweet tweetA fast, fun and easy way to stay informed about library events to follow the Curtis Library on Twitter.

In addition to library happenings and resources, we’re also tweeting:

  • online research tips (for those who like to look things up from home)
  • suggestions for what to read next
  • technology tips and tutorials
  • fun facts and photos

What’s a “Tweet”?

A tweet is simply a short message less than 140 characters (that is letters and numbers) in length.

Not sure how Twitter works?

If you need help using Twitter on your mobile phone and/or computer, Please ask a librarian!

Thinking About Starting a Business?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

entrepreneurIf you are considering starting a small business, the U.S. Small Business Administration ( has provided 10 steps to help guide you through the process:

Step 1: Write a Business Plan

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training

Step 3: Choose a Business Location

Step 4: Finance Your Business

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Step 6: Register a Business Name (i.e. “Doing Business As”)

Step 7: Get a Tax Identification Number

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits (if applicable)

Step 10: Understand Employer Responsibilities (if you’re not going it alone)

10 Steps to Starting a Business

Library Wi-Fi

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

young patronsThe Library’s new Wi-Fi network has been running very smoothly for notebook computers and for Internet-enabled phones and tablets.

(If you need any assistance connecting to the Library’s network, please ask for help at the first floor RA desk or the 2nd floor reference desk.)

Follow Curtis Library on Facebook!Shown in this picture are two young patrons using an iPad to visit the Library’s Facebook page.

Money Management Books, Magazines and Audiobooks

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

money managment booksDue to the recent lobby renovations, the Money Management books, magazines and audiobooks that were located in the room across from the Lending Services desk have been relocated.

The financial magazines and newspapers can now be found in the Periodicals Reading Room on the second floor (the 1904 room).

Books on Money Management, Credit Repair, Investing, Retirement, College Financial Aid and Real Estate are on the 2nd floor adjacent to the Jobs area.

Audiobooks on those financial subjects are now integrated within the library’s non-fiction books on CDs collection which is on the first floor across from the technology room (Dewey order by subject).

non fiction CDs

A History of Harpswell

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The Curtis Library, in cooperation with the Harpswell Historical Society and Blackberry Books has released our new publication of the first complete history of the town of Harpswell by Richard Wescott.  Wescott spent more that a decade researching and recording the story of his town. We have copies to borrow at the library or you may purchase a copy (for $15.00) at Gulf of Maine Books or the Harpswell Historical Society.

William Wheeler’s series on his town of Brunswick, Maine

Friday, April 9th, 2010

William Wheeler (1875 – 1958) chronicled life in Brunswick in the 1880’s and the early twentieth century in his column, Brunswick Yesterdays:  A Boy’s View of the old Town in the Early 80’s. It was a regular feature of the Brunswick Record from 1944 to 1951. Historian, Richard Snow has compiled, arranged and transcribed the articles into a 152-page book that is available as a pdf ebook on our history pages. Curtis Library has published a paper copy for our patrons to borrow. Find it on our shelves in the Dewey 974.191′s   Not Available In Stores!