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November Making it in Maine events!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015


October was a fabulous month for the Making it in Maine program. We engaged with over 100 people both at the library as well as at our partner locations sharing information about keeping your identity and money safe in our technology heavy world.

We shift gears in November. Our programming is focusing on cooking well without breaking your grocery budget as well as introducing the December health insurance topic. On top of our great events, we are kicking off the Curtis Money Online Scavenger Hunt!

Curtis Money Online Scavenger Hunt: November 1 – November 30. Did you know that the Curtis Money website got a facelift? Not only will the blog continue to be updated with current events, grant programming, and resources online as well as in the library, you can find information ranging from banking to taxes and everything in between!

To introduce these amazing resources, we will be hosting monthly website scavenger hunts.  Answer five short questions correctly using the sources found at  to be entered into the monthly drawing for prizes. To access the survey directly, visit

Each month will focus on a new section of the website.  Play each month for seven entries in the grand finale drawing! The grand prize drawing will take place on National Scavenger Hunt Day, May 24, 2016.

Scavenger Hunt Prizes

Monthly prizes valued up to $100:

Crockpot full of kitchen items

Holiday feast with all the fixings

Stay-warm winter kit—mittens, hat & backpack

Sewing machine

AAA Plus annual membership

Grand prize: Winner’s choice of $500 worth of oil,

electricity or propane.

Understanding Health Insurance Options: November 19, 6:00 pm Seminar Room. Join us for a conversation with Midcoast Maine Community Action about your health care options for 2016. Midcoast Maine Community Action is part of the Western Maine Community Action Navigator Consortium, a statewide network of certified Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators who are able to help you explore your health insurance coverage options and provide assistance with enrolling in the option you choose.

Money Smart Meetup Book Club: November 24, 6:30 pm Morrell Meeting Room. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day by Leanne Brown. Chef and cooking instructor Ali Waks joins us to talk about crock pot and sheet pan meals. Come learn how to make the most of your meal money and stretch your grocery dollar.  Plus—take home a  crock pot meal and a copy of  bestselling cookbook Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4 a Day. To ensure we have enough food for everyone, please call Jessica Flaherty to register for this FREE event: 725-5242, ext.237


Saving $ on Magazines

Monday, October 26th, 2015

mg flipsterLove magazines? I do! But I can’t afford to subscribe to all the magazines that I read. To save money (and go green) I rely on the library for the magazines that I love. CML has over 300 paper magazines that can be checked out (just like a book!) and thousands more through the “Marvel!” state-wide online database collection.

But what I’m REALLY loving is the library’s flipster collection of magazines that I can read on my ipad (or computer). The interface is such that it’s like I’m flipping through the magazine itself. All of the photos are there and it’s easy to zoom in, share, and print.

The selection includes popular titles such as People, Entertainment Weekly, Coastal Living, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, HGTV, Oprah, Newsweek, and more. Plus, it includes a few personal finance titles: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, Money, and Entrepreneur. So, not only can I SAVE money by not buying personal subscriptions to these titles, I can keep current on savings and investments, taxes, money management, home ownership and many other personal finance topics.

To find out more about digital collections at Curtis, check out our Digital Downloads page. Happy Reading!

-Sarah Brown, Librarian and Adult Services Manager

Pictured: Michael Gorzka, Curtis Digital Services Librarian with the newest issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance on his ipad mini.