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Summer Spotlight Series

Posted by sarah brown on June 17th, 2016

Mark your calendars and join Curtis Friends and Curtis Contemporaries for a remarkable new series. Our NEW Summer Spotlight Series is an opportunity for us to feature prominent and respected Mainers – and focus on issues that speak to human freedom, personal and social responsibility, the connections we have with each other and the obligations that flow from our shared humanity. This year we explore the joys and challenges of parenthood, building community, gender identity, immigration, mental illness and more.

summer spotlight

All events will take place at 7 pm, in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library. Free refreshments will be provided and Gulf of Maine will have copies of the author’s books for sale. If you have any questions, please call 725-5242 x510 or email Sarah Brown

July 12: Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota
July 19: Wayne Maines
August 2: Salim Salim, Abdi Nor Iftin, and Kifah Abdulla
August 9: Sarah Smiley

Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 pm: Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota
Mannix was the WCSH Channel 6 weather forecaster for 26 years. Always smiling and personable during every TV segment, little did anyone realize that he was battling feelings of shame and suffering from depression. Weathering Shame is an autobiography written along with his wife, social worker Linda Rota, about their experiences growing up in homes with parental mental illness, alcoholism, and suicide.

Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 pm: Wayne Maines
When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn’t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Becoming Nicole is the inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.

Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 pm: Salim Salim, Abdi Nor Iftin, and Kifah Abdulla
Curtis Library Board Member and The Telling Room’s Director of Publications Molly McGrath moderates a discussion with these three new Mainers (Salim, from Iraq; Abdi, from Somalia; and Kifah from Iraq), as they each share the role storytelling, writing, poetry and art has played in their exile, immigration to a new home, and their ability to help others understand their journey.

Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 pm: Sarah Smiley
Sarah Smiley is a nationally bestselling author and syndicated newspaper columnist. Her last book, the bestselling Dinner with the Smileys, followed her yearlong experience inviting one new guest to dinner for each week that her husband was deployed overseas. Her newest book, Got Here As Soon As I Could features a collection of columns written after her move to Maine eight years ago and shows the effect Maine had not only on her, but her whole family.

New Titles Added to Bestseller Express

Posted by Pamela Bobker on June 13th, 2016


The Last Mile by David Baldacci
Boar Island by Nevada Barr
Widowmaker by Paul Doiron (available 6/14)
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
Highwayman by Craig Johnson
Barkskins by Annie Proulx (available 6/14)
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney


Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
Got here as Soon as I Could by Sarah Smiley

Sponsored by Curtis Friends, Bestseller Express titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out for 7 days.

Exclusively for Curtis cardholders, they cannot be reserved or renewed so you’ll have the best access to new titles, but you will have to read fast.

The Bestseller Express books are located in the New Books Room, across from Lending Services.

Click on titles to check current availability and then come in to the library today!

Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Posted by Pamela Bobker on June 8th, 2016

This summer we challenge you to read outside your usual preferences. Do you usually read nonfiction? then why not try a murder mystery? If you read literary fiction, try a book by a celebrity! Read at least five books: one book from any five different categories. Turn in your completed form by August 31 to be eligible for the prize drawing.


Book about an unfamiliar culture
Teen/YA bestseller
Book set in South or Central America
Book you haven’t read since you were a child
Book that will be made into a movie in 2016
Beach read
Book set in or written by an author from the Middle East
Murder mystery
Microhistory (book about a specific event or time period)
Book with an LGBTQ character(s)
Book with time travel
Work of science fiction
Book written by a celebrity
Book from the New York Times bestseller list
Book selected by the cover alone (without reading the back or inside synopsis of book)
Graphic novel
Book written by a person of color
Book with a one word title
Book published more than 100 years before you were born
Book about a road trip
Book featuring one of your hobbies

For additional books that fulfill these categories, check us out on Pinterest.

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