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Featured Website Resource: Valueline

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Value-line-logoThe Value Line Investment Survey is a proprietary service that ranks stocks for timeliness and safety.

If you want to try your hand at picking stocks but don’t know where to start, The Value Line Investment Survey can help.

Every Maine resident has access to the Valueline resources which can be accessed from MARVEL! (Maine’s Virtual Library) which is linked to from every page on the Curtis Library website.

Direct link:

If you need help accessing Valueline, please ask a Curtis Librarian.

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Curtis Crafters Meetup

Monday, September 8th, 2014

knitted panelCurtis Crafters Giving Back

Need a fun and satisfying project? Curtis Craft Meetup group is knitting afghans for charity and invites you to join in on the fun. Knit strips or squares of 100% acrylic yarn, 6-12 inches wide, and less than or equal to 60 inches long.

The afghans will be assembled in September and donated to local shelters. You can drop of your strips to any service desk in the library and let them know that it is for the Curtis Craft Meetup group.

For more information, contact Sarah Brown,


The Curtis Craft Meetup group meets once a month in summer and every Monday evening, Labor Day to Memorial Day.

Crafters of all interests and skill levels welcome!

Mystery Author Book Talk: Dorothy Cannell

Monday, September 8th, 2014

dorothyDate & Time: Tuesday, September 16th at 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Mystery Author Dorothy Cannell will be here in person to talk about her works, answer questions and sign books as part of the Fall 2014 Mystery Authors Series.

Ms. Cannell’s book talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

Author Bio

Dorothy Cannell, a mother of four, grandmother of ten, and owner of a King Charles Spaniel, was born in England and moved to the United States when she was twenty.

She currently lives in Belfast, Maine.

She has written more than a dozen mysteries featuring Ellie, whom Booklist describes as “part Miss Marple, part modern British mum.”

Musical Story Time with Jud Caswell – Thursday December 11, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Brunswick musician Jud Caswell will rock this story time with sound effects and song!

Date & Time: Thursday December 11, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225 |


We are Transitioning to a New State-Wide Library Computer System

Thursday, September 4th, 2014


Monday, September 8th

There will be limited circulation on Monday, September 8th.

There will be a 5 item check-out limit, No catalog will be available.

Tuesday, September 9th

Delayed opening for staff training.

The Library will open at 1:00 PM.

Computer Tech Tip: Recovering a Deleted File from a Flash Drive

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

marian-dalton-tech-wizardFrom the files of Curtis Library‘s Resident Tech Wizard Marian Dalton:

Last night I had a library member accidentally delete a document from his USB drive.

He asked if there were any way to recover it.

Since files deleted from a USB drive do not show up in the computer‘s recycle bin, my first reaction was to empathize with him re: his lost file.

Then I thought to check online, and discovered a series of Data Recovery products.

I’m leery of many of these things, but one of the tools listed was Recuva, a free tool from Piriform, the vendor of CCleaner and Defraggler.

I trust these folks, so I downloaded and installed Recuva on that computer (while the library member was still logged on) and ran it, searching for deleted documents.

And BINGO, Recuva found the deleted file and was able to restore it…

A success story!!

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