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Colin Ryan: A Comedian’s Guide To Money – Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on May 24th, 2016

For most people, personal finance is no laughing matter.

Often, it is something they would rather not think about, but comedian Colin Ryan tackles this subject with humor and practical wisdom.

Ryan’s show, blends stand-up comedy, storytelling, and pop culture to bring fun and learning to the topic of personal finance, a subject that is often considered boring or intimidating.

Appropriate for school age children and adults.

Colin Ryan

Colin Ryan

To see a preview, please visit Colin’s YouTube page:

Day & Time: Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown/Jessica Flaherty 725-5242 x 237 jflaherty@curtislibrary.com

Money Smart Meetup Book Club – Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on May 21st, 2016

Money Smart Meetup functions as an enhanced book group and will include discussions focusing on spending mindfully and financial psychology, managing and eliminating debt, saving money and building assets, practical economics, home ownership, and investment strategies.

We provide books, free for all participants.

May’s book: Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey

Day & Time: Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Second Floor Seminar Room (near the Library’s Reference Desk)

Contact: Sarah Brown / Jessica Flaherty 207-725-5242 ext. 237 jflaherty@curtislibrary.com

To learn how you can make it in Maine visit the Curtis Money Homepage.

Running the Genealogy Marathon

Posted by Elisabeth Doucett on April 15th, 2016

(Hopkinton, MA 04/21/14) Women's Elite line up at the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Photo by Faith Ninivaggi

I just got an email from the New England Historic Genealogical Society with the headline “Genealogical Research is a Marathon, Not a Sprint”.  Then they suggested I buy some useful books to help in the marathon.

I’m not really interested in buying genealogy books at the moment but the headline resonated with me.  I’ve been “stuck” in the same place in my family research for a long, long time and I’m trying to figure out how to move forward in my genealogy “marathon”.   Plus, Monday is the Boston Marathon in which my niece is running so I’ve got “marathon” on the mind!

For those of you stuck in the same place, I thought I would share my plan for moving forward in case it might be helpful.

First, I’m going to stop researching the branch of the family tree where I’m stuck.  I’m going to take all the files associated with that research and put them in the closet for at least six months.  Why?  I’m hoping that a break might give me some perspective and help me figure out a new way to approach my brick wall.  Plus, in six months who knows what new information might be available online.

Second, I’m going to pick a new part of my family tree (far away from the problem part of my research) and start focusing on that.  I need to find the fun in my research again and there is nothing better than solving a new mystery.

Third, I’m going to start teaching myself more about genetic genealogy.  I’m fascinated by the subject but during the course of a conversation today with the library’s genealogy volunteer, Lynne Holland, I realized just how much I don’t know.  So, I’m going to shake out some of my genealogy cobwebs by learning something new.

That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it!  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Happy research!


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