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Way to go Maine Volunteers!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

volunteersOverall, in Maine in 2012:

– 32.5% of residents volunteer, ranking them 14th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
– 40.4 volunteer hours per resident.
– 353,360 volunteers.
– 43.8 million hours of service.
– $969.6 million of service contributed.
– 54.2% of residents donate to charity.
– 18.8% of residents participate in public meetings.
– 30.0% of residents over age 55 volunteer.

Additional data is available on voting, group participation, social connectedness, and other volunteering and civic life indicators.

See more at:

Find out about Volunteer Opportunities at Curtis Library.

Volunteers Needed for the Curtis Friends 2014 Book Sale

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Do you love your library? Do you want to help? Volunteers are needed to help set up and staff the upcoming Curtis Friends Book Sale.

Set up begins Monday, June 23 continues through Thursday.

The sale runs from Friday June 27 to Sunday June 29!

Contact Jessica Flaherty at or 207-725-5242 x 237 to sign up!

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Community Matters More

Monday, June 9th, 2014

LaughingTricia Duchesneau, Vice President / Branch Manager, and Stephan Woods, Vice President, Regional Market Manager visited Curtis last week for a tour and to hand-deliver a $1,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank’s COMMUNITY MATTERS MORE program.

Curtis Board Chair Kate Egan and Director Liz Doucett accepted the check.

BSB awarded $100,000 to 68 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

The public was invited to vote for their favorite charity. Curtis was one of 20 organizations, from nearly 4,000 organizations nominated, to receive an award, and one of only two libraries in the state.

Thanks to all those who took the time to vote and/or encourage their family members and friends to vote. YOU make Curtis such a special community!


A Day of Listening: Local Oral Histories Recorded by StoryCorps at Curtis – Wednesday June 11, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

story corps at curtisCurtis Memorial Library and the Pejepscot Historical Society present the StoryCorps oral histories from our community recorded at the library last month.

Visit the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Library between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 11th and listen to the history of your town as told by your neighbors, particularly those who worked in the mills, or had family who worked in the mills.

There will be a continuous loop of sound and video during these hours, so please stop in and listen for as long as you can.

Date & Time: Wednesday June 11, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Liz Doucett 725-5242 x211

Meet the Artists: A Peek Behind the Curtain – Friday, June 13, 12 – 1 PM

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

buddyMaine State Music Theatre Presentation

During the run of each show this season, bring a brown bag lunch and join MSMT for a noon-time talk with actors, staff and creative team about what it really takes to put on a show! Moderated by Carla Sullwold, the Regional Editor for Broadway World.

These events are free and open to the public.

The discussion will be followed by a short, informal meet and greet with beverages served. FREE.

Each date will feature a different production of the summer:

June 13: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
July 2: Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance
July 23: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
August 20: Footloose

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Curt Clark/Missy 725-8760 x18

For More Information:
A Peek Behind the Curtain with MSMT

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

PhishingWe’ve had a couple recent instances of accidental downloading of viruses – typically variants of the SearchConduit virus, where any search you type in your browser gets redirected to some other site. A couple things you can try to attempt to avoid this hijacking include:

1) Install a “web of trust” addon ( to the browser you use the most. When you do a search this places green, yellow, or red circles next to the site in your search results, so you can be careful. These ratings are based largely on what other people say about a site, but also somewhat on information found in databases (such as PhishTank) of recorded phishing sites.

2) If you know nothing about a site you can enter the link into the entry box of, in an attempt to determine if the site has issues before you go there. This also uses data from PhishTank, but adds to it info from Google.

Curtis Creative Spaces – Celebrating the Creators of Our Community

Friday, April 4th, 2014

This-Is-The-Year1Check out the newest “branch” of Curtis Library online.

We’ve just opened Curtis Creative Spaces – a new part of our virtual library, dedicated to promoting the creative endeavors of our local community.

Our goal is to highlight new creators each month in our virtual space, much the same way a gallery has new displays.

Take a look, see how talented your neighbors are and let us know what you think!

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

Flash Mob @ Curtis

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Many thanks to Tony Dance Fitness for working with us on a “Happy” dance flash mob!

April Fools’ Day Fun at Curtis Library

Monday, March 31st, 2014

coffee filter facesDouble-Takes, jokes and silliness around every corner – All Day on Tuesday, April 1.

Sure, business will be as usual – books and e-books will come and go; toddlers will visit for music time; students will arrive after school for study time. However, visitors might also find:

  • over 700 rubber ducks in a parade winding their way throughout the library
  • a selfie photo booth with silly hats and props
  • a remote control balloon fish floating by the circulation desk
  • and a slew of other surprises sprinkled throughout the library

Be sure to stop in for your April Fools’ Day dose of silly, safe fun. Many staff will also extend their silliness to a costume that day. And we thank our friends at Maine State Music Theater, Fascination Station Toys, and Pemaquid Watershed Association for loaning us some props sure to bring a smile.

Curtis Little Free Seed Library Seed Exchange is Now Open!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Ready to Garden?

Help yourself to seeds you would like for your garden.

Donate any seeds that you would like to share.

Please Share

Small Envelopes are available for sharing.

Take the amount you need for your planting.

Please fold and clip packets to avoid seeds spilling.


First floor of the library adjacent to the CHIP and COS books.

Program Sponsors

Jointly sponsored by Cornerstones of Science, the Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Borrow an E-Reader

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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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.