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Featured Website Resource: Curtis Library Videos

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

vimeo-iconDid you know the 2014 Fall Mystery Author Book Talks and Cornerstones of Science Fall Science Reads were recorded on video?

You can watch them (and other Curtis Library videos) on the Library’s Vimeo channel:

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Friday, December 19th, 2014


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

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

tea timeYou are cordially invited to a Downton Abbey themed tea party.

Come enjoy tea, trivia, games and crafts.

Participants are asked to bring their favorite tea cup to use (and show off) and their best high tea treats to share.

Millinery and attire from the era is optional, but highly encouraged.

Free and open to the public.

Tea Cups & Treats

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

Trivia & Games

Test your luck at trivia and games.

Win themed prizes

Fascinator Craft

Create your own Downton Abbey inspired headband.
michelle dockery

Period Costumes

Millinery and attire from the era encouraged. Come Dressed in the style of your favorite Downtown Abbey character.

Date & Time: Monday, January 5th from 4-5:30 pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown 725-5242 x 229 |

I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.
— Lady Grantham, the Dowager Countess

Deck The Curtis Halls With . . . Books!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

IMG_3502Thanks to so many who have already contributed, we are over half way toward meeting our 2014/2015 Annual Fund goal of $98,000.

But we need all library users to consider what Curtis means to you, and give what you can.

The Annual Fund is the primary resource for putting new books, e-books, and audio materials on the shelves at Curtis.

Every gift truly makes a difference!

Our community of readers join us in thanking you at this holiday time and throughout the year.

Featured Website Resource: A to Z Maps Online

Monday, December 15th, 2014

worldmapA to Z Maps Online is a database of online maps subscribed to by the Curtis Library.

A to Z Maps Online is a restricted database, meaning to access from home, you will need to enter the barcode on your Curtis Library card.

DonnaIncluded in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month.

This database includes the following:

  • Antique Map Collection
  • Bathymetric & Fishing Maps
  • Canada Maps
  • Climate Change Maps
  • Earthquake Maps
  • Education Teaching Tools
  • Environmental Maps
  • Flags of the World
  • Geography Databases
  • Geology Maps
  • GIS Data
  • Glossaries
  • Holy Land Maps
  • Hurricane Maps
  • Modern Map Collections
  • NASA Maps
  • Software
  • Tree & Bird Distribution Maps
  • U.S.A. Maps
  • U.S.G.S. Maps
  • Weather Maps
  • Volcano Maps

1891 mapSimply click on this link to access A to Z Maps Online

If you need help using A to Z Maps Online, please ask a Curtis Librarian. | 207-725-5242 ext. 510

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Today is Giving Tuesday – December 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

giving-tuesdayToday is Giving Tuesday — an international event to pause from shopping and the sometimes frenzy of the holidays, and consider the good works of the charitable organizations in your community and your world.

We are grateful to the many volunteers and supporters who ensure Curtis remains a vibrant center for our community of readers and learners.

There are so many ways to support Curtis from volunteering to supporting the Annual Fund to making a “Books in Honor of” donation for the book lovers on your holiday list.

Thank you for being a vital part of the Curtis community.


Featured Website Resource: Cemetery Index

Monday, December 1st, 2014

gravesThe Brunswick Cemetery Indices is a searchable PDF of the area cemeteries that may be used in conjunction with the Cheetham mappings in the reference area and on the Brunswick History page.

The Cemetery Index tells you which cemetery the person is buried in.

If you need help using the Cemetery Indices or the Cheetham mappings, please ask a Curtis Librarian. | 207-725-5242 ext. 510

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Small Business Saturday – 11/29/14

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

small business saturdayIt’s Small Business Saturday, and just a few days before Giving Tuesday on December 2nd.

Curtis enjoys being part of a thriving, pedestrian-friendly downtown in Brunswick, and we support our local businesses as much as possible.

We know you do, too! Got a special book lover on your gift list?

Curtis’ “Books in Honor of” program is a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving to our community of readers.

Pick up a brochure in the Curtis lobby during your local shopping today or go to

‘Tis The Season to be #unselfie

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

tis the season to be unselfieOn Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Curtis is celebrating #givingtuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

#GivingTuesday is an international event created to pause and consider the good works of the charitable organizations in your community and your world.

As you gather with friends and family in the days ahead, here are a few tips from The Family Dinner Project on keeping the focus on giving, and giving back.

From the Staff and Board of Curtis, our best to you and yours for the holidays ahead.

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
— Lucy Larcom

TED Talk Schedule Week of November 24 – 30

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Nancy Frates

Drop in the Curtis Collaboratory any time during Library open hours for these "Ideas Worth Spreading" TED Talks:

MONDAY – 11/24
Nancy Frates – The mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

TUESDAY – 11/25
Tom Thum – The orchestra in my mouth.

TED musicWEDNESDAY – 11/26
Louie Schwartzberg – Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

FRIDAY – 11/28
Edith Widder – How we found the giant squid

SATURDAY – 11/29
Rosie King: How autism freed me to be myself.

SUNDAY – 11/30
Vincent Moon – Hidden music rituals from around the world

Classic Film Series – Friday, December 19, 7 PM

Monday, November 17th, 2014

thin-man-lobby-cardFor the third "power couples" film, we’ll be watching The Thin Man (1934) starring one of Hollywood’s most successful screen couples William Powell and Myrna Loy (plus “Asta”).

Shot in just two weeks by Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke (nicknamed “”One-Take Woody”), The Thin Man was one of the most popular films of 1934, inspired five sequels, and was nominated for four Oscars (best picture, actor, direction and screenplay).

Stars Powell and Loy display their unique and charming chemistry in their first of 14 film pairings.

Critics Robert Long and Melissa Orth will give a brief introduction to this film, covering key players and trivia.

k15985090Join your fellow classic movie enthusiasts for a Cup of Joe (or a "mocktail" or two), snacks, and popcorn.

Use the Morrell Meeting Room entrance on Middle Street for this after hours event.

Time & Date: Friday, December 19th at 7:00 pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Melissa Orth 725-5242 ext. 227 |

Nick Charles: How’d you like Grant’s tomb?
Nora Charles: It’s lovely. I’m having a copy made for you.


What is the Curtis Collaboratory?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

IMG_3567The Curtis Collaboratory is a drop-in, dynamic community activity and display space where ideas are explored, thoughts are shared, and collaboration is key.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways.

I still don’t get it.

Think of an interactive museum you may have visited, perhaps a science or children’s museum.

The Curtis Collaboratory will feature a new theme every month or two that reflects a topic of interest to the community.

Posters, book displays, and interactive experiences will support the themes.

Examples, please?

The Curtis Collaboratory has a whole year’s worth of tentative displays planned!

Activities range from group science experiments and magnetic poetry creation to a local history listening center and an artist-in-residence working in the Collaboratory and inviting others to join in.

Who will be putting these exhibits and programs together?

Curtis staff will share responsibility for planning and organizing, and it is our hope that collaborative efforts will bring plenty of folks from the community into the process as well.

Development Associate Joyce Schmitt is lead planner for the current installment, partnering with TEDxDirigo to integrate their “Mavericks and Misfits” theme.


International Games Day @ Curtis – Saturday, November 15

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Curtis will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country on Saturday, November 15, 2014, for the seventh annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library.

The library will have board games available for all ages, including Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, Qwirkle, Labyrinth, and many more.

There will also be tables reserved for BYOBG (bring your own board game).

games day

Bring your favorite strategy, Euro, and family board games or try something new and fun from our collection.

Please join in and add to the fun!

Games run throughout the day, 10 am to 4 pm.

Come for one game or stay for the day.

Registration is not required.

TEDxDirigo Mavericks & Misfits Schedule – Sunday, November 9

Friday, November 7th, 2014

imageMavericks & Misfits will offer social, environmental and economic ideas from Mainers who are making an impact in the state and beyond.

After five years of fall events, we know that when you gather mavericks and misfits together, extraordinary things can happen.

This sold-out event will be held in the Cabot Mill right here in Brunswick but if you don’t have a ticket, you can join a live viewing party in the Curtis Library’s Morrell Meeting Room.

Session 1 from 10:00-11:30am

o Hannah Holmes
o Tim Clorius
o Anne Hallward
o Lisa Desisto
o Dr. R. Aileen Yingst

Session 2 from 1:00-2:30pm

o Amarantos Quartet
o Dana Hayes (a.k.a. Grim D. Mise)
o Kristen Gwinn-Becker
o Jonathan LaBonte
o Jay Friedlander
o Surprise!
o Tricia Naddaff
o Tommy Waltz

Session 3 from 3:15-5:00pm

o Karen Mills
o Emily Straubel
o Surprise!
o Marty Pottenger
o Jeremy Frey
o Sarah Schindler
o Lady Zen


Live Stream of TEDxDirigo’s ‘Mavericks and Misfits’ Talks – Sunday, November 9, 10 AM to 4 PM

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Curtis is thrilled to be the only LIVE STREAM site of this year’s sold out TEDxDirigo talks at the Cabot Mill.

Drop in to the Morrell Meeting Room any time between 10 AM and 4 PM to hear some of the 18 interesting Maine voices selected to share their words and stories.

Visit for details on speakers. Click here for schedule of speakers.


Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Joyce Schmitt 725-5242 EXT. 219 |