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ASK THE EXPERT: Protect your Home, Protect Yourself Thursday, January 21, 6:00 pm

Posted by Michael Gorzka on January 20th, 2016

ASK THE EXPERT: Protect your Home, Protect Yourself Thursday, January 21, 6:00 pm.

Join us for a panel discussion January 21, 6:00 pm, on protecting your home from external dangers such as fire as well as how to weatherize your home for tough Maine winters.

Come with questions ready about creating a fire escape plan, saving money an emergency and what insurance you may need.

Additionally, our experts can answer questions on how taking proactive steps now can help you later.

Panelist include Maine Attorney General, Brunswick Fire Department, Clark Insurance and Habitat for Humanity.

Day & Time: Thursday, January 21, 6:00 pm

Location: Seminar Room

Contact: Sarah Brown sbrown@curtislibrary.com 207-725-5242 ext. 510

Are you financially fit?

Posted by Jessica Flaherty on January 19th, 2016

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Did you make a new years resolution? I tend to talk a big game the first couple weeks of the year. I am going to go to the gym, I am going to bring my own coffee, I am going to eat out less. I wish I could say that I keep the resolutions I make. I, along with many others have the best intentions but often lack the skills and support to follow through.

That is where we want to help! The driving force behind the Curtis Money initiative is that you CAN do it and we can help. Between in-house resources and partnerships with our amazing local organizations, we are ready made to help you Make it in Maine.

One way to combine being financially fit and physically fit (two of the most popular new years resolutions, two birds, one stone!) is to play our January Curtis Money Scavenger Hunt. Answer five short questions while engaging with our digital resources and you will be entered to win a monthly prize valued at up to $100. So far we have given away a sewing machine and a $100 feast. But, you can also choose from a AAA membership or my favorite prize, a fitbit! And to make it even better, each month you play you are also entered into our grand prize drawing for one of two $500 oil, propane or electricity credits. Click here to play! Track your steps and arm yourself with unbiased financial information.

After the success of the first Ask the Expert panel, we are excited to host the second such panel. ASK THE EXPERT: Protect your Home, Protect Yourself January 21, 6:00 pm. Join us for a panel discussion January 21, 6:00 pm, on protecting your home from external dangers such as fire as well as how to weatherize your home for tough Maine winters. Come with questions ready about creating a fire escape plan, saving money an emergency and what insurance you may need. Additionally, our experts can answer questions on how taking proactive steps now can help you later. Panelist include Maine Attorney General, Brunswick Fire Department, Clark Insurance and Habitat for Humanity.

We are continuing our New Year New You theme with our Money Smart Meet Up on either Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30pm OR Friday, January 29 at noon in the Seminar Room. We will be reading 7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of your Financial Future. In her warm and encouraging style, author Mary Hunt shows you how to master the essentials to get your money under control and prepare financially for the rest of your life. She shows you how to apply each of the 7 Rules, starting today, as well as how to recover from past financial mistakes. Join our conversation on either January 27 OR January 29 on how to enter the New Year applying the 7 money rules for life! Books are available FOR FREE at the reference desk.

January Making it in Maine Events

Posted by Jessica Flaherty on January 5th, 2016

We are so excited to be continuing our Making it in Maine programming. January is a month of new beginnings and as such, many of our programs will focus on the theme “New Year, New You.”

We continue our increasingly popular Curtis Money Scavenger Hunt. Our December winner generously selected the feast valued at $100 and asked to donate it to MidCoast Hunger Prevention. The January Scavenger Hunt focuses on how you can save money renting or owning a home. Five short questions and participants can be entered into the monthly drawing for a prize valued at up to $100 and each month they play, they are entered into the grand prize drawing of one of two $500 credits for heating oil, propane or electricity. Play January’s online Money Scavenger Hunt now! http://www.curtislibrary.com/making-it-in-maine-beta/scavenger-hunt/ 

We kicked off the year with our partners at the CareerCenter the first of three informative sessions entitled New Year, New You Maine Career Center Job Series about planning your job search, writing effective resumes and cover letter and interview skills. Gain the confidence you need to excel in your job search through these interactive sessions with up-to-date information and techniques. The next session will take place next Monday, January 11 and will focus on writing effective resumes and cover letter. The final session is on interview skills and is on Monday, January 25. All sessions are from 2pm – 5pm in the Morrell Meeting Room. To register for these FREE sessions call 725-5242, ext.510 or visit the Reference Desk.

After the success of the first Ask the Expert panel, we are excited to host the second such panel. ASK THE EXPERT: Protect your Home, Protect Yourself January 21, 6:00 pm. Join us for a panel discussion January 21, 6:00 pm, on protecting your home from external dangers such as fire as well as how to weatherize your home for tough Maine winters. Come with questions ready about creating a fire escape plan, saving money an emergency and what insurance you may need. Additionally, our experts can answer questions on how taking proactive steps now can help you later. Panelist include Maine Attorney General, Brunswick Fire Department, Clark Insurance and Habitat for Humanity.

We are continuing our New Year New You theme with our Money Smart Meet Up on either Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30pm OR Friday, January 29 at noon in the Seminar Room. We will be reading 7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of your Financial Future. In her warm and encouraging style, author Mary Hunt shows you how to master the essentials to get your money under control and prepare financially for the rest of your life. She shows you how to apply each of the 7 Rules, starting today, as well as how to recover from past financial mistakes. Join our conversation on either January 27 OR January 29 on how to enter the New Year applying the 7 money rules for life! Books are available FOR FREE at the reference desk.

We will be bringing the Money Smart Meet Up to the Brunswick Housing Authority Woodlawn Towers on Monday, January 18 and to Pejepscot Terrace on Thursday, January 21. Additionally, we will continue offering family programming at Perryman Village on Wednesday, January 20. Programming outside the library has proven such a success that we are expanding our outreach and will be working with the Harpswell Business Association to bring small business classes to our friends in Harpswell.