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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)







>>>Curtis Collaboratory homepage

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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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