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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

Gary Lawless: A Life in Books – Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6 PM

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Gary Lawless

Gary Lawless

Through anecdotes and advice, the authors and artists in this series of talks share the role that books have played in their lives.

These small, intimate talks take place in the Curtis Collaboratory, 6:00-7:00 pm. Space is limited, so please arrive early.

  • February 4: Rebecca Goodale, Program Director, Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts
  • February 18: Frank Strasburger, teacher, priest, and author of “Growing Up: Limiting Adolescence in a World Desperate for Adults”
  • February 25: Gary Lawless, bookstore owner, editor, publisher, and poet

I think the real Mainers are people who have an understanding of where it is that they are. Know where their water comes from and where the winds come from and know what to expect and learn how to live in a place causing the least amount of human damage.
—Gary Lawless

Featured Website Resource: Download e-Books

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

ipadreaderDid you know…

You can — with your Curtis Library Card — borrow e-books for free from the Maine InfoNet Download Library and read them on a variety of different devices and computers?

It’s true! Click here for instructions:

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Camden Conference Russia Resurgent Free Community Event – Friday, January 23, 7 PM

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

hipsters1Russian film: Hipsters (Stilyagi) [2008], not rated, 120 minutes.

Discussion with Jane Knox, retired Professor of Russian, Bowdoin College.

Stilyagi was the name given to members of the youth counterculture in the Soviet Union of the late 1940s thru early 1960s.

They embraced Western fashion and music, which was frowned upon by communist authorities.

This film follows one such group of hipsters who rebel against the tight restrictions of communism in 1955 Moscow.

Filled with great music and stylish clothes that contrast with those of ordinary Soviet citizens, the film focuses on one young man’s fight for freedom and love.

This film is one of many community events happening around the Midcoast in support of this year’s Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent.

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

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Carol Lord x221

One Way to Create A Gmail Account Without Phone Verification

Friday, January 16th, 2015

unnamed_0Use a Free Texting Service

Services such as Textfree Web, Mysms and Text+ give you a Web-based phone number through which you can make calls and receive texts.

You can use the phone number you receive from registering with one of these services as a verification number when creating a Google account.

The phone number behaves like a real mobile phone number and will receive the verification code

Google sends, which you can then copy over to the account creation page.

Happy Genealogy Friday!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

T52-ancestors-squareoday’s genealogy thought for the week:  why not set yourself your own genealogy challenge for the year?  I’ve seen a lot of variations of this online from genealogy bloggers, along the lines of “find 52 ancestors in 52 weeks” or “104 ancestors in 104 weeks”.  I’m going to try this to get myself out of my personal genealogy rut – 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.  I’ve started a bit late but I’ll let you know how it goes!  If you would like to read more go to the “No Story Too Small” genealogy blog.

By the way, if you have not yet discovered the Legacy Family Tree webinars as a resource, you should check them out.  You can sign up for most of the live webinars for free.

The webinars are usually held on Fridays which is the calmest day of the week for me so I can take the time to sit down for an hour at my computer and learn! The teachers are very good – succinct and articulate. Topics cover a broad range from beginner research to the more advanced.  Today I’ll be taking a course on “Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact”.  I’m hopeful it may give me some new ideas for breaking through my personal genealogy brick wall.  I also enjoy their webinars about Irish genealogy research which can be very challenging.

After the webinars are aired they are kept in an archive.  The webinars are all free for 7 days after first being aired.  After that time period you have to pay to access some of the webinars and some remain free.

Good luck in your research!


January 2015 Collaboratory Theme – Cause and Effect: Kinetic Contraptions

Monday, January 5th, 2015

During the month of January, 2015, everyone was invited to tinker with the mechanics of motion: Spin a top, topple giant dominoes, build a wacky ball run, and more.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Location: The Collaboratory (formerly the Technology Room)







Featured Website Resource: Learning Express

Monday, January 5th, 2015

learning express logo

Your Curtis Library Card gives you free access to MARVEL! (Maine’s Virtual Library) which includes the Learning Express which offers Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams that can help people improve their scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams, including the PSAT, SAT, GED replacement, TASC, test, and other exams.

NOTE: Registration is required.

Click here to access Learning Express.

If you need help accessing Learning Express, just ask a Curtis Librarian. | 207-725-5242 ext. 510

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Video: Interview with Local Author Frank C. Strasburger

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Interview with Frank C. Strasburger author of “Growing Up: Limiting Adolescence in a World Desperate for Adults”

In this inspirational and insightful interview Frank Strasburger discusses:

  • what his book is about
  • why he wrote it
  • his creative and editorial processes
  • how the book cover was conceived and created
  • how (and why) the book was self-published
  • how he got it for sale on
  • getting reviews for his self-published book

NOTE: Growing Up: Limiting Adolescence in a World Desperate for Adults is in the Curtis collection. Click here for availability.

Thank You and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

new-booksThanks to over 500 people in the Curtis Memorial Library community who have participated, and made a gift in support of the 2014/2015 Annual Fund.

There’s still time to make a year-end gift that reflects what Curtis means to you.

Help us reach our goal of $98,000. (Before February 28, 2015).

Your support goes directly to putting more books on the shelves at Curtis.

From the Board and Staff of Curtis, our best for a wonderful New Year full of good reads!


That’s what’s gonna save the human race.

— Pete Seeger

Downton Abbey Tea Party – Monday January 5, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Downtonabbey3Welcome back, Downton Abbey!

Consider this announcement to be your formal invitation to come enjoy tea, trivia, games, and crafts.

Bring your favorite teacup to show off and your best high tea treats to share.

Millinery and attire from the era encouraged!

No registration required.

Don’t worry, googly eye Edith was not invited.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown 725-5242 x204 | sbrown @

No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy.
— Lady Sybil Crawley

Featured Website Resource: Curtis Readers Corner

Monday, December 29th, 2014

readersWhether you crave fiction or nonfiction, cozy mysteries or true crime, the latest best sellers or Dickensian classics, romance or rocket science, we are here to help.

We connect people with the books that satisfy their reading tastes.

The Curtis Readers Corner features:

– themed book lists
– staff favorites
– book reviews
– What’s new at the library?
– information on our book groups
– and more

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