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Summer Reading Challenge 2016 Prizes Announced

Posted by Pamela Bobker on August 18th, 2016

There is still time to turn in your completed Summer Reading Challenge!  On August 31, we will be drawing for three great prizes:  a $25 gift card from Gelato Fiasco, a $25 gift certificate from Union Street Bakery and Curtis merchandise:  Wicked Joe’s 23 Pleasant coffee and a reading journal.

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.

New titles added to Bestseller Express

Posted by Pamela Bobker on August 10th, 2016

Hurry in to the library for your Summer Thrillers!

These titles just added to the Bestseller Express:

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Breaking Cover by Stella Rimington

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Death of Rex Nhongo by C. B. George

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

I am No One by Patrick Flanery

Insidious by Catherine Coulter

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Sixth Idea by P. J. Tracy

Wolf of Sarajevo by Matthew Palmer

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.

Sarah Smiley Author Talk and Book Signing – Tuesday, August 9, 7 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on August 3rd, 2016

sarah smiley

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.

Sarah’s 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.

Copies of her books will be for sale at the event.

Day & Time: Tuesday, August 9, 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown | 207-725-5242 ext. 229

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