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CML Partnering with MCHPP As Summer Feeding Site!!

Posted by sarah brown on June 23rd, 2016


The Making it in Maine grant has been an amazing opportunity to forge alliances within our community and grow partnerships that will serve us all well beyond the end of grant programming. The perfect example, Curtis Library is now a summer feeding site for MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program!

While many Mainers spend summer days at the beach, it is easy to forget that our state the third hungriest state in the nation. In fact, in Maine, 1 in 4 kids are food insecure. Through the long and hot summer months, many children are not getting the healthy meals they would have been receiving
at school once or twice a day. Summer meals does a great amount of work to respond to this problem. Local children can enjoy free lunch through the Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded nutrition program open to all children ages 18 and under with no questions asked. Last summer, MCHPP served over 8,500 meals, and this summer they hope to serve even more as parents can now eat for free in our open sites! Along with meals, the sites have fun, engaging programming to offer, such as presentations by local libraries, arts and crafts days, and games, all of which are supervised by adults. To find a site near you, call 2-1-1 or visit

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program will be holding a kick-off event at the library from noon to 1 on Tuesday, June 28th. All members of the general public are invited for an hour of games, music, and ice cream. Of course, there will also be lunch provided for the kids, teens, and their parents.

The program will run Monday-Friday from 12pm – 1pm in our newly renovated basement (located under the 1904 building and accessible through the door by the book drop) and will be run by MCHPP staff and volunteers.

Money as you Grow Collaboratory!

Posted by sarah brown on June 7th, 2016




Raising financially savvy children involves teaching them a variety of money management skills from budgeting to planning, earning and saving. The Money as You Grow exhibit, featured from May 23-June 30, brings to life the importance of establishing healthy money habits through fun and participatory activities, puzzles and games.

Come learn and play with us! From Inflation Station where you match the advertisement to the year to creating your very own Money Monster using actual shredded money! There is something for everyone.

While there, we invite you to take an Activity Guide! They are located at the entrance of the exhibit. There is one for children and one for adults. It will guide you through the stations and help shape your experience.

But wait, there is more! A completed activity guide is also a raffle ticket. Turn it in at the second floor Reference Desk to claim your instant prize. And, be entered into a raffle to win one of many prizes that, in my humble opinion, are pretty amazing! A Maine State Park Pass, a Maine Wildlife Park pass, a FitBit, a Whatley Farm $100 CSA farm credit or a Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine year-long pass to name a few.

You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn about how to start a life-long conversation about money as well as possibly win a great prize to help you Make it in Maine!

Free Community Shred Day!

Posted by sarah brown on May 26th, 2016


With the Making it in Maine grant coming to a close, we wanted to find a fitting end. How do we close out a year of amazing community conversations about financial health and safety? By giving you a chance to protect yourself and start fresh, by shredding all your old documents!

Clean out your closets, garages and other hidden places you have stashed documents. Bring them to the library on Saturday, June 11 from 10am – 1pm. Records Management Center will have their mobile shred truck in front of the library.

Not sure how long you are supposed to keep stuff? We can help with that too! Consumer Reports has a good system for organization and disposal and you can read more about it here:

Come for the shredding and stay for the party! Inside the library we will be hosting a Grant Finale and Family Moolah Fun Day from 10am – 12pm. Come celebrate a year of financial growth in our
community! We will be bidding farewell to Making it in Maine grant programming with a Family Moolah Fun Day.

Did you miss a hands on activity such as assembling a crock pot meal or planting a container garden? We will have all the favorites back as well as information on how little changes can make a big difference to your finances. In true party fashion, we will also have cake to mark the conclusion of this life changing series.

  • Paint your own piggy bank—and set money saving goals!
  • Visit a Pop Up Grocery Tour from Good Shepherd Food Bank to get tips on expanding food budgets, unit pricing, reading food labels and saving money. Fun, interactive nutrition education
    stations will include the sugar shocker cereal bin, blubber burger, and a whole wheat bread and
    orange juice experiment.

The Money as you Grow Collaboratory will be open with activities for all ages as well as an opportunity for kids and adults alike to win prizes and enter raffles to win our most popular prizes, such as $100 CSA farm credit to Whatley Farm, a year of curbside composting from WeCompostIt, a FitBit, a sewing machine, or a crockpot.