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Friday Film Series: Hero Worship Hollywood Style

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

lex-luthor-defeats-supermanEach month, we’ll watch a different movie that asks, “What makes a person a hero”?

Superman (1978)

Time & Date: Friday, October 4, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Did you know that Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, then students at Cleveland’s Glenville High School, first conceived the title character of this week’s film as a bald telepathic villain bent on world domination?

Superman was of course eventually re-envisioned as more of a hero in the mythic tradition, inspired by such characters as Samson and Hercules, who would right the wrongs of Siegel and Shuster’s times, fighting for social justice and against tyranny.


NOTE: This is an “after hours” event so please enter via the Morrell Meeting Room entrance on Middle Street.

We all have our little faults. Mine’s in California.
—Lex Luthor

Tech Meetup: Online Options for Life Long Learning – Friday, October 4 @ Noon

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

moocOver your brown bag lunch, explore online options for lifelong learning, including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

So, what in the world is a MOOC?

It's a "Massive Open Online Course" that anyone with an Internet connection can attend for free.

These classes are aimed at expanding a university’s reach from thousands of tuition-paying students who live in town, to millions of students around the world.

“Power is shifting away from selective university admissions officers
into the hands of educational consumers,
who will soon have their choice of attending virtually any university
in the world online.”
-Nathan Harden

Funeral Alternatives – Tuesday, October 1, 12-1 pm

Saturday, September 21st, 2013


Visit Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Tuesday, October 1 from 12-1 pm as Chuck Lakin shares information about “Green” Funerals and Other Non-Traditional Funeral Options.

Chuck will discuss "Green burial," home funerals, hand-made coffins, and what else is legal and possible to do in the State of Maine.

Chuck is a retired librarian and enthusiastic woodworker who is always looking for someone who wants to open a green cemetery.

This free program is sponsored by Curtis Library and does not require registration.

Funeral Consumers Alliance logo

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.

Craft Meet-up – Monday, 9/23 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Craft-pic-6Are you a knowledgeable knitter, breezy beader, warmhearted weaver, quixotic quilter, rascally rug hooker, spacial scrapbooker or charismatic crafter of any kind?

If so, please check out our Monday night Craft Meet-Up.

If you like to get together to craft, get inspired, and learn from others with a DIY aesthetic, then this group is for you.

All skill levels are most welcome and beginners will usually be able to get advice from members with more experience — the only requirement is your enthusiasm!

Bring a project you’re working on and get ready to share knowledge, learn, and have fun!

Monday nights, 5:30-7:30

We cordially convene in the comfy, cozy (but capacious) crafting corner, located on the second floor of the Curtis Memorial Library o’er looking the garden.

Any crafter. All skill levels welcome!

Contact: Sarah Brown – 725-5242 ext. 229 –

Genealogy Class: “Starting Your Family Tree” – Monday, September 23, 6 PM

Monday, September 16th, 2013


Explore your family tree! Are you intrigued by the idea of doing a family genealogy?

Then plan to join “Starting Your Family Tree” at Harpswell Town Hall on Monday, September 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

This class will provide an introduction to: how to get started researching your family tree, identifying some of the best online resources for genealogists and an overview of the local resources available to genealogy researchers.

This class is free and open to all but space is limited so please register by:
Calling Harpswell Town Hall at 833–5771 OR
Emailing Liz Doucett at

“It is a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.”
– Plutarch

Fall Tech 2013 Meetup Schedule

Monday, September 16th, 2013

mainCurtis Memorial Library’s Tech Meetup series, part demo and part information exchange, continues this fall with sessions focusing on various aspects of using technology in our daily lives.

September 13 — Let’s go to the Movies
An introduction the new IndieFlix service offered by the library, along with a run through of online movie review sites and some movie apps for mobile devices.

October 4th — MOOCS
Learning no longer takes place only in bricks and mortar schools. There is a plethora of free online options for lifelong learning, ranging from 15 minute talks to semester long classes. We’ll touch on a variety of resources available.

October 18 — Downloading ebooks to Apple devices
A chance to review the use of the library’s Overdrive service for checking out ebooks or audiobooks and reading them on your apple mobile devices. This session is part of the Library and People Plus’s fall Apple Harvest program, focusing on Apple devices.

October 25 — Downloading ebooks to non-apple devices (e-readers or tablets) (this session only held in the seminar room.)
Reviewing the use of the Overdrive service in the non-apple world. This will cover both e-readers and tablets. BYOD (Bring your own device) and we’ll help answer questions after covering the basics.

Monday, November 4 at 10 a.m. — Google Earth
Instructor Craig Snapp will demonstrate some of the powerful capabilities of Google Earth including worldwide searching, Street View, 3D Buildings, Earth Gallery, historical satellite imagery, touring of scenic and important world sites, access to public map databases and the ability to create custom maps that can be shared with friends and family.

For more information

call 725-5242 ext. 232 or

Coffee with the Director – Monday, October 7, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

coffee-with-the-director-11Please stop in to meet Liz, other library staff and board members, and find out what updates, changes, new programs and services you’ll see at Curtis in the year ahead as we respond to the evolving needs of the communities we serve.

We look forward to seeing old friends and new!

Special thanks to Bohemian Coffee House for providing coffee and small bites.

Date: Monday, October 7th

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Location: The Library's New Books Room (first floor across from the Lending Services desk)

Friday Film Series: Hero Worship Hollywood Style

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Each month, we’ll watch a different movie that asks, “What makes a person a hero”?

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Friday September 6, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM

This film version of To Kill a Mockingbird was released in 1962 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and was acclaimed by the critics and general public, winning three Academy Awards.

Harper Lee loved the film and called the screenplay “a masterful piece of craftsmanship.”

She was especially impressed by Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch who brought sincerity and intelligence to the role and created a masterful portrait of Atticus.

NOTE: This is an “after hours” event so please enter via the Morrell Meeting Room entrance on Middle Street.

to kill a mockingbird movie

Well, it would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?

Community Donations for Rebuilding Lac-Megantic Library

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

donate jugWe will have a collection jug in the lobby until mid-September to join the Maine State Library, Farmington Library, and others across the state in collecting donations to help rebuild the Biblioteque de Lac-Megantic, destroyed in the July 6th railroad accident.

They are asking for cash donations only. No Books, Please.

We will send a donation from the Curtis community in mid-September. You can send donations directly to this address:

Fondation des Amis de la Bibliothèque de Lac-Mégantic
3700, rue Lemieux
Lac-Mégantic, G6B 1S7

Libraries are the heart of the community.

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.


Jack Collins, aka The Butterfly Guy – Tuesdays at 3:00 PM

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

MonarchJack Collins, aka The Butterfly Guy will be here on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 3:30 to provide information and close-up looks at Monarch caterpillars.

The first picture book room in Youth Services.

Linda Oliver: 725-5242 ext. 214 |

Diana McFarland: 725-5242 ext. 204 |

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Party – Thursday, July 25

Friday, July 19th, 2013

stuffed animal sleepoverAttention Teens! Would you like to be a stuffed animal “caregiver”?

On Thursday, July, 25th, young children will bring in their favorite stuffed animals, fill out a permission slip and then leave the care of their creatures for teens to babysit during a “sleepover” in the library.

Between 6:30 and 7:45 pm, teens will then take pictures of all the fun adventures the animals get up to when no one is around in the library and create photographs  for the child of his or her stuffed friend.

This is a creative program involving the devising of cute/clever vignettes and then taking photos.

Teen caregivers will be like Santa – the kids will never really know how it all happened!

Registration required but space is not limited, sign up is currently in progress.


Call 725-5242 x225 or email

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Party – Thursday July 25

Friday, July 19th, 2013

SalBring in a favorite stuffed animal any time on Thursday, July 25 before 6:15 PM to the Youth Services desk.

Fill out a permission slip, and then leave the care of your stuffed friend for a sleepover in the library with lots of other stuffed animals.

When you pick up your critter on Friday, you’ll receive pictures showing what your stuffed friend did while you were sleeping!


Children’s Area


Call 725-5242 x225 for more information
or send an email to

Marble Machine Open House – Thursday July 18, 2:00 – 4:30 PM

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Marble MachinesCome in anytime between 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM to build on our marble walls.

A great opportunity for children, grandparents, siblings, parents, etc. to build together.

Use paper towel tubes, funnels, clothespins, straws, and other materials to send a marble rolling.

Suggested ages 6 through adult. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242, x225