Archive for the ‘Curtis Library’ Category

Vote for the Maine Readers Choice Award

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Voting is now open and will stay open until midnight on September 15th.

The voting widget can be found by following this link to the voting page.

Check for Availability

If you haven’t read any of these titles yet, please click on each title for checkout availability:

1. Benediction by Kent Haruf.

2. Transatlantic by Colum McCann.

3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

4. The Golem and the Jinni : a Novel by Helene Wecker





Current Events Forum – Thursdays @ Noon

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

current-events-forumPlease join us Thursdays at 12 noon in the Library's Morrell Meeting Room for the weekly Current Events Forum.

This event is co-sponsored by the Curtis Memorial Library and the Midcoast Senior College.

A moderator begins the session by briefly describing an event happening in the week's news and then poses a question to the audience to start the discussion.

The goal is to provide a civil, calm environment where people of differing opinions can meet and talk rationally with the ultimate goal of expanding everyone's worldview.

This program is free and open to all.

"We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t."
― Frank Clark

Featured Website Resource: Help for the Financially Shy

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

get-out-of-debtFinancially literacy for the rest of us!

Help for the Financially Shy is a section of Curtis Money which has been designed and created for people who don’t have a savings account much less an IRA.

This free online program offers easy to understand tips, short blog posts and videos for those who want to make more money and spend less money while paying down their debts.

This program starts at the very beginning – no previous financial knowledge is assumed or necessary.

Topics include:

– How (and why) to open a Savings Account

– How to create an emergency fund

– Tips for saving money

– How to increase your income (using the resources at Curtis Library)

– How to create a food budget

– How to get out (gradually but steadily) get out of debt

– Investing 101: (What’s a CD? What’s a Market Fund? How do I invest in Stocks? What’s an IRA)

– Recommended Money Help books, magazine articles and websites

Visit Help for the Financially Shy

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Why are all the Newspapers and Magazines in the Quiet Study Room?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

whyThe Hard Wood floors in the Magazine Reading Room are being refinished.

Therefore we’ve moved the newspapers and most recent magazines into the Art & Architecture area (which is also the Quiet Study Room).

The Magazine Reading room is scheduled to be closed from August 29 – September 4 while the floors dry.

If you need any assistance locating a particular magazine or newspaper, please ask any Curtis Librarian.

Curtis is Being Proactive on Thermal Receipts

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

New-BPA-logo1There has been some concern about BPA-coated thermal paper that is used for receipts.

Studies have been done that are showing it poses a health risk.

Some of our library members have voiced some concern about touching our date due receipts.

However, the thermal paper company we purchase from is ahead of the curve on this one and went to all BPA/BPS free thermal paper in 2012.

They guarantee that they sell only BPA-Free paper so our library members can be reassured.

Featured Website Resource: CHIP

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

chipThis week’s featured website resource is the Community Health Information Partnership (or “CHIP“).

This section of the Curtis website features medical and health related resources which have been selected by doctors from Parkview Hospital, Mid Coast Hospital and Curtis Librarians.

CHIP Topics include:

  • Affordable Health Care Act Resources
  • Hot Topics
  • Wellness and Lifestyle
  • Local Support Groups and Classes
  • Consumer Health Resources
  • Hotlines and Helplines

Visit CHIP:

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Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
— Winston Churchill

Featured Website Resource: Curtis Genealogy Page

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

genealogyWhen you visit the Curtis Genealogy page, you will have…

  • Access to Ancestry Library Edition, NE Historic Genealogical Society and Heritage Quest which are paid resources that you can access for free — from home — with your Curtis Library Card.
  • A listing of free genealogy blogs which have been selected by Library Director and Genealogist Elisabeth Doucett.
  • The Cemeteries of Brunswick, Maine which include cemetery histories, partial lists of people who are interred and some tombstone inscriptions.
  • The online edition of “History of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell, Maine, including the Ancient Territory Known As Pejepscot” by George Augustus Wheeler, M.D. and Henry Warren Wheeler.
  • Town Directories from 1867-1985 (PDFs)

Need Help?

On the left sidebar of the Genealogy page, you will see Contact a Reference Librarian. Curtis Librarians are standing by to assist you with your Genealogy research (online and in-person). You can also call 207-725-5242 ext. 510

Snow Index

Also on the left sidebar of the Genealogy page, you will see a link to the Snow Index. This an online index to microfilm of the Brunswick weekly newspapers for 1853 through December 1960. The microfilm itself is in the Curtis Library but you can use the Snow Index to search for people, events, business transactions, etc.

Where is the Curtis Genealogy Page?

1. You can click “Research” at the top of the Curtis homepage ( and click “Genealogy” on the left side of the Research page.

2. Type into a web address box or click here.

And while you’re there…

Read all about the Curtis Genealogy Room.

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Coming in September: Current Events Forum – Thursdays at Noon

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

current-events-forumPlan to join a weekly Current Events Forum at Curtis Memorial Library.

From noon to 1:00pm every Thursday — starting September 4th — in the Morrell Meeting Room.

A moderator will share the latest news and facilitate an audience discussion about it.

Guaranteed to expand your view of the world!

Jointly sponsored by Curtis Memorial Library and Midcoast Senior College.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Liz Doucett 725-5242, ext 211

Please Join Us for a Fireside Chat — Sunday, October 26 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Friday, August 8th, 2014

IMG_1603What happened to the rugs in the 1904 room? Where are they?? Who’s got them? When are they coming back?

Answer: The rugs in the Library’s historic 1904 room have been removed for cleaning.

We’re told the rugs will look “better than new” when they return in October.

Fireside Chat

Mark your calendars as we’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the journey of the rainbow rug from Gordes, Turkey to Brunswick, Maine.

Special thanks to Clare and Stephen Moss of Brunswick, owners of Araby Rug in Falmouth, for sharing the incredible story of their work with weavers in Gordes, Turkey to create this most special rug as a gift to Curtis and the community.

Children of all ages will enjoy learning about and finding the “hidden treasures” hand-woven into the rug.

Date & Time: Sunday, October 26, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: The Library’s 1904 Room

Rug Removal Photos

See these beautiful rugs being carefully removed from the Library’s 1904 Room for cleaning:
Flickr Photo Album Rug Removal 8-8-14

Featured Website Resource: Scholarly Journals *Only*

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

flat-earth1The good news is the amount of information available on the Web is practically limitless.

The bad news is the amount of information available on the Web is practically limitless.

Anybody can post anything they want on the web — without any kind of evaluation or proofreading.

This is by no means an entirely bad thing but you could for example read that the Earth is really flat (which it isn’t):

But the good news is (instead of using Google for research), you can use MARVEL! (Maine’s Virtual Library) instead.

Simply type what you are looking for into the “Search MARVEL!” box and check the “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)” checkbox:


This will limit your search results to articles from scholarly journals only. You will not for example, see any search results from People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, or Sports Illustrated.

What is a peer-reviewed article?

Peer-reviewed articles have been evaluated by several researchers or subject specialists in the academic community prior to accepting it for publication. Also known as scholarly or refereed.

As Always, Curtis Librarians are Here to Help

Need help using Maine’s Virtual Library? Ask a Librarian!

Click here to access Marvel. | 207-725-5242 ext. 510

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Featured Website Resource: NoveList Plus

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

NoveList-PlusYour Library Card gives you access to NoveList Plus. Find Your Next Favorite Book!

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource.

Suitable for all age groups, NoveList Plus offers:

  • reviews of both fiction and nonfiction books
  • read-alikes
  • award winnders
  • book discussion guides
  • recommendations for books and audiobooks
  • feature articles
  • and much more…

How to get to NoveList Plus

  1. Click the MARVEL! link on the Library’s homepage.
  2. Scroll down to the “N” section and click NoveList Plus
  3. If you are outside the library, you will need to login with your last name and your Curtis Library card number.

Questions about How to Use NoveList Plus?

Email a the reference desk at or call 207-725-5242 ext. 510.

Or stop in and ask a Librarian.

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Gimp Workshop – Thursday, July 24, 2 PM

Friday, July 11th, 2014

gimpThis class aims to start an understanding of the basics of using a powerful free graphic editor similar to Photoshop.

Useful for both editing photos and creating designs for print or digital needs, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open-source free software with lots of third party plugin tools and helpful online documents for various editing techniques. GIMP can be used for minor editing or major design projects.

The goal of this class is to gain a knowledge of the fundamentals of operation – canvas, layers, selection tools, cropping and scaling tools, coloring techniques, and filters.

Registration Required

Space is limited to 12 participants. Registration for teens entering 8th – 12th grade begins Monday July 14 9:30 am.

Registration for adults begins Monday July 21 9:30 am.

Call 725-5242 x225 or email to sign up or for more information.

Matt Carr/Original computing Bio

Matt Carr is Operations and Marketing manager at Original Computing in Topsham. Original Computing is a small technical business in Fort Andross, providing web design, development and hosting services for sites and applications as well consulting on a wide range of technical needs.

A strong supporter of open source initiatives, software and experimentation, OC loves to explore developing technology, especially open source, and encourage others to do the same.

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STAR WARS Day! Saturday July 12, 10:30 AM to Noon

Monday, July 7th, 2014

star-wars-day-leiaThe Mandalorian Mercs, those bad bounty hunters who roam the galaxy searching for Han Solo and his pals, will take over the library looking for young Jedis.

If you are a fan of Star Wars, don’t miss this invasion!

This all-ages event includes photo opportunities, make-it take-it activities and other fun things to do while you evade capture from the members of the Wampa Clan of Maine.

And there’s more!

During Star Wars Day, come to the Morrell Meeting Room to pick up a make and take craft, try your hand at drawing R2-D2, and take part in other activities.

Contact: Melissa Orth 725-5242 x225

Free access to for Curtis Library Members

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Lynda-Weinman--Bruce-Heavin-33_t479The Maine State Library is offering library users in Maine (such as anybody with a Curtis library card) a free “2 week Access E-Pass” to’s 2,564 online training videos.

Watch. Listen. Practice. Learn. is an “Amazing library of more than 1,000 learning courses for people at all experience levels. Deep training for advanced software, particularly Adobe products. Well structured site. Excellent video and audio quality. Instructors are well vetted.” (

Click here for more details.

If you don’t have Internet access at home, use the free wi-fi at Curtis. If you don’t have a computer at home, use one of the Public PCs at Curtis.

Mad Science presents Fizz, Pop, Boom: Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

WholegroupDgeridoo tubes that produce flames, foaming flasks, sizzling test tubes, and more.

Join us for a show that will make your mind FIZZ with questions, POP with excitement, and BOOM with Fun!

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

For ages 5-13.

Please register at the Youth Services desk or 725-5242. ext. 225 |

Time and Date: Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room