We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Curtis’ free How-To Festival and Block Party. This will serve as our official grant kick off.
This year will feature FREE mini-workshops as well as informational tables, food and fun. Middle Street will be closed to vehicles to accommodate events happening at the library, in the street and in the Unitarian Universalist Church hall. There will be food trucks, demonstrations, giveaways, live music with local musicians, and special appearances and photo opportunities with Baxter, the Maine State Library mascot, and Slugger, the Portland Seadog mascot.
Attendees can learn about English Country dancing, weatherizing windows, baton twirling, rug hooking, preparing family meals on a budget, caring for a pet chinchilla—and much more! There will be plenty of how-to presentations that showcase technology and online resources, such as accessing free magazines on mobile devices, how to scan photos, demonstrations on a 3D printer, and an introduction to the Apple Watch. You can see the most current schedule here: http://www.curtislibrary.com/how-to-festival-and-block-party/
I also want to highlight our September grant programming.
- Thursday, September 17: Money Smart Family Meal Night. Join us for a FREE MEAL for all ages, from preschoolers to adults. Busy families can attend without having to find childcare or cook dinner! You don’t have to bring a family to participate, these workshops are for anyone with an interest in the topic. September will focus on budgeting. 6pm Morrell Meeting Room.
- Friday, September 18: Tech Meetup. Join library staff for an introduction to the newly renovated Curtis Money website www.curtismoney.com where you can access financial information, links to books in our collection about simple topics such as banking basics, credit and where to turn in difficult times. You can also learn about the amazing community resources on how you can Make it in Maine. You can do it! We can help. Let us show you how. 12pm Seminar Room
- Wednesday, September 23; Friday, September 25: Money Smart Meetup Book Club. Money Smart Meetup functions as an enhanced book group and will include discussions focusing on spending mindfully and financial psychology, managing and eliminating debt, saving money and building assets, practical economics, home ownership, and investment strategies. Each month, one book on personal finance will be reviewed and discussed by club participants. Guest experts frequently available to provide professional insight. We provide books, free for all participants available at the reference desk. September’s book: The Power of Habit: by Charles Duhigg. 6:30pm on Wednesday and 12pm on Friday. Seminar Room
- Beginning Tuesday, October 6 at MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program, Good Shepard Food Bank Cooking Matters class. A six week series offers hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by volunteer professional chefs and nutritionists. Attendees receive groceries weekly to recreate the meals at home. Interested participants can sign up at the reference desk or MCHPP.
Each month will feature a family meal or lecture (third Thursday), book group (fourth Wednesday and Friday) and tech meet up (second Friday) at the library. Additionally, we will take a monthly family meal to Brunswick Housing Authority family housing Perryman Village (third Wednesday) and the book club and tech meet up to both Brunswick Housing Authority senior housing Woodlawn Towers and Terrace (third Monday) as well as private senior housing Pejepscot Village (third Thursday). We hope to also program at Orr’s and Cundy’s Harbor Libraries as well as Harpswell Town Hall.
Finally, our money websites www.curtismoney.com has received a facelift. There you will find our grant programming through June, 2016, key resources on a number of financial topics and a link to local resources.