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Star Wars Event – Saturday, July 13, 10:00 to 11:00 AM

Friday, July 12th, 2013

stormtrooperMembers of the Mandalorian Mercs will take over the library.

Will you join the Dark Side or work for the rebellion or just stand aside while Darth Vader and his legion of followers invade Curtis Memorial Library?

Bring your camera for a morning of photo opportunities with your favorite Star Wars characters.

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, don’t miss the invasion!

Make an origami Yoda, a Princess Leia or Yoda headband and get your picture taken with a bounty hunter.

Come in costume for a complete experience.

And may the force be with you…

Contact: Melissa Orth 725-5242 x225

Book Sale This Weekend

Friday, June 28th, 2013

carrieJoin us this weekend (June 28-30) at the annual Curtis Friends Library Book Sale – the largest in Northern New England!  

The sale is held at Brunswick Junior High School on Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Prices start at $3 or less for each item and are progressively discounted each day. 

On Sunday you can purchase a grocery bag full of books for just $3.

Come out and support Curtis Memorial Library.  You’ll be glad you did!

Middle Street Will Be Closed Briefly Today

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

house-UUCDue to the scheduled demolition of the UU Church House, Middle Street will be closed some portion of Thursday, June 27th.

During this time, you can park in the Union Street parking lot and enter the library through the entrance that is adjacent to St. Paul’s Church.

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The 2013 Book Sale Awaits!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

book-sale-awaitsVolunteers are busy moving books and setting up for the 2013 Curtis Friends Book Sale.  The sale continues to be the biggest in northern New England, with over 70,000 newly donated items available!  They’re all being organized into over 40 categories, marked at just $3 or less, with pricing progressively discounted each day.  Make a day of it…or come every day!

The books sale will be held at Brunswick Junior High School this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (June 28-30), with a special preview sale for Curtis Friends members on Thursday June 27 (You can join at the door).  Click for more information (hours/prices).

So close to 2013 Annual Book Fund Goal!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

boy with stack of booksThanks to nearly 900 donations from individuals, businesses and community groups, Curtis Memorial Library is just a few thousand dollars shy of meeting our Annual Book Fund goal of $93,000 before June 30th.

These funds go directly to purchasing new books, e-books and other audio materials – keeping Curtis’ offerings current for our community of readers.

You can help put a book in a fellow reader’s hands by making a donation at, or you can always bring a donation to the library.

Thank you from all in the community who will benefit from your thoughtfulness.

Craft Meetup – Monday, June 24, 5:30pm

Friday, June 21st, 2013

crafters meetupAre 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, learn, and have fun!


Our next colloquial crafters convergence is Monday, June 24th at 5:30pm.


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.


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

How Tweet It Is!

This will be the final Crafters Meet-Up before our Summer hiatus.

We will resume in the Fall.

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Creativity takes courage.
― Henri Matisse

Looking for things to do this summer?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Visit museums for free – or at deeply discounted rates!

museum pass Thanks to Curtis Friends, library cardholders can visit seven different museums, from Portland to Augusta, for free – or at deeply discounted rates.  Plus, Cornerstones of Science offers passes to the Boston Museum of Science and Maine State Aquarium.  Click here to learn more about the museums available and how to reserve your family pass today!

June-August 2013 Newsletter Now Online

Monday, June 10th, 2013

v24-3_cover-smThe new Curtis News for June, July and August is available online. Look for details on a great lineup of programs and features.

NEW: Try the Web version as well.

Sign up for email notice of each new newsletter as it comes out.

Look for puzzle answers and past newsletters on the Newsletter page.

Book Sale Coming, June 28-30

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

2013booksale2x3The Curtis Friends Annual Book Sale will take place June 28-30 at the Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave. in Brunswick.

Come and join the fun, browse the HUGE selection of well organized books, find fantastic bargains, and give these great books a new home — all while supporting Curtis Memorial Library!

For more detailed information about the sale (hours, pricing) and the special preview sale for Curtis Friends members on June 27th, click here.


Summer Wisdom 2013 – Wednesday evenings in June, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

bloomingPlease mark your calendars!

Midcoast Senior College — in partnership with Curtis Memorial Library — has planned another intellectually intriguing series of lectures for June 2013.

These presentations will be centering on Maine, its unique history and culture, and its intimacy with art, science, and world events.

Each lecture and discussion lasts about 90 minutes

June 5 — “The Evolution of Medical Education and Practice in Maine—From Plasters and Prayers to PET Scans and Prostheses”

Today we can feel assured that competent medicine is available in our area for those who need it. But for centuries no such medicine existed in our state. This presentation will trace the history of its development.

Richard S. Neiman, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was Director of the Division of Hematologic Pathology. A graduate of Harvard College and Tufts Medical School, he has had a long-standing interest in the history of medicine.

June 12 — “Joshua Chamberlain: The Making of a Civil War Hero”

Joshua Chamberlain’s Civil War journey from Brunswick to Appomattox was as eventful as it would prove to be painful. How this gentle man of letters went from his student days at Bowdoin, where he listened to Harriet Beecher Stowe read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to recognition as one of America’s greatest military heroes is the stuff of legend.

Jane Fenderson Cabot was born in Maine and graduated from Mt. Holyoke College. For eleven years she worked for U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie as a counsel to his subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. From 1976-1981, she was the Appointment Secretary and Director of Scheduling for Rosalynn Carter, where she oversaw the First Lady’s daily schedule and planned her extensive foreign and domestic travel. Now retired, she divides her time between Connecticut and Harpswell, Maine.

June 19 — “The Reverend Jacob Bailey: The Faith of a Loyalist”

Reverend Bailey came to Pownalborough (now Dresden) in the province of Maine as an Anglican missionary preacher. Against a background of 18th century culture and politics, this outspoken Loyalist refused to read the Declaration of Independence from his pulpit and ended up leaving Maine for the safety of Nova Scotia.

James S. Leamon graduated from Bates College and earned his Ph.D. in American Colonial History at Brown University. He taught early American history and historical archaeology at Bates College from 1964 until his retirement in 2000. His book, Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine, won the New England Historical Association’s annual book award. His most recent publication is The Reverend Jacob Bailey, Maine Loyalist: The God, King, Country, and for Self.

June 26 — “Abraham Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin and the Civil War Vice Presidency-A New Look at an Almost Forgotten Figure in American History”

This presentation will discuss the relationship between Lincoln and Hamlin and explain why Hamlin was not re-nominated as Vice President in 1864, thereby not becoming President after Lincoln’s assassination.

Draper Hunt graduated from Harvard College and earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He has taught American history at the University of Southern Maine for over 30 years; and has published books on the Civil War, on Hannibal Hamlin, and on the history of Blaine House, the Governor’s house in Maine. He is now Professor Emeritus at USM

Dates & Times: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., June 5, 12, 19, & 26

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Curtis Annual Book Fund Drive Ends June 30th

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

hanneThis year’s goal is within reach!

Thanks to the support of many, we are within $5,000 of reaching this year’s Annual Book Fund goal of $93,000 to purchase over 13,000 new books and materials for our community of readers.

Every gift makes a difference.

Thank you for considering a gift today to help make special memories for tomorrow’s readers.

You can make a gift online, bring to the library, or mail to Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011

If you have already given to the Book Fund – THANK YOU!

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

–Maya Angelou

Making Sense of the Civil War – Wednesday, May 15, 6:30pm

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Americas WarMaking Sense of the Civil War, a reading and discussion program to commemorate the anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation concludes Wednesday May 15 at 6:30 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with Further selections from America’s War.

Books for the program will be available on loan from the library but registration for this program is required.

Please call the library at 725-5242 ext. 228 or email to register.

Crafters Meetup – Craft Help and Ideas Online: Monday, May 13, 5:30 PM

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

hobbies and crafts databaseDo you spend almost as much time online looking for craft instruction and ideas as you do actually crafting?

Librarian Sarah Brown will show you how to access full text craft magazines, books and videos online using the Crafts & Hobbies Database.

She will also share tips on how crafters can find inspiration and organize craft ideas using Pinterest.

Time and Date: Monday, May 13, 5:30 PM

Location: 2nd floor Crafts area

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

Curtis Little Free Library Dedication – Thursday, May 9, 10:00 am, Brunswick Station Visitor Center

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Please join us for the Curtis Little Free Library dedication.

Take a Book, Return a Book. The Little Free Library is a free community book exchange that the Curtis Memorial Library will maintain.

Date and time: Thursday, May 9th, 10:00 am

Location: Brunswick Station Visitor Center

Little Free Library Log

Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group – Tuesday, May 7, 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

v is for vengenceOn Tuesday, May 7th, the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group will convene to discuss Hardboiled Heroines in the works of Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone) and Sara Paretsky (V. I. Warshawski).

All of you mystery aficionados and sweet course enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend!

Desserts are potluck-style so you are welcome to bring something to share.

This month’s theme: Hardboiled Heroines.

Date and time: Tuesday, May 7th, from 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room

Sarah Brown – 725-5242 ext. 229 –

Schedule and reading list: Just Desserts Discussion Group