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2014 Maine Readers Choice Awards @ Curtis

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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The 2014 finalists for the Maine Readers' Choice Award have been announced:

Benediction by Kent Haruf

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Golem and the Jinni : A Novel by Helene Wecker

Transatlantic: a novel by Colum McCann

Voting will take place in September. (Details on how to vote for your favorite finalist will be posted on the Curtis Library website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.)

The winner will be announced in October.

Curtis Staff 2014 Summer Reading Picks

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Peggy Smith – Technical Assistant

My summer reads are The Kept – James Scott, Winter of the World – Ken Follett, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Andrea Cronkite – Library Assistant

I recently finished “Wolves in the Land of Salmon” by David Moskowitz. I’m looking forward to reading new novels by two New England writers: “The Bone Orchard,” by Mainer Paul Doiron, and “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” by Vermonter Chris Bohjalian.

Pamela Bobker – Adult Services Librarian

This summer, I plan to read all four of the Maine Reader’s Choice finalists, starting with TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. I will also read The Funeral Makers by Maine author Cathie Pelletier for my book group, and for fun, I hope to read something creepy by Ruth Rendell!

Hanne – Library Assistant

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture
by Dana Goodyear

Delicious! By Ruth Reichl

Mediterranean summer : a season on France’s Cote d’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella / David Shalleck

Pass the polenta : and other writings from the kitchen / Teresa Lust.

Paula Tefft – Library Assistant

I just finished for the Monday Afternoon Book Group, God’s hotel: a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine by Victoria Sweet. I’m listening to Ruth Reichl’s Delicious: A Novel. I’m currently reading Relish: my life in the Kitchen ( a graphic novel) by Lucy Knisley, and also, The other typist by Suzanne Rindell. Eleanor Lincoln Morse, An Unexpected forest: a novel.

Joanne Pennington – Technical Assistant

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman, Dance of the Reptiles by Carl Hiaasen, Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman, The Painter by Peter Heller, The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham, The White Lioness by Henning Mankell, Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman, The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg, Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Michael Gorzka – Virtual Services Coordinator

The Girl on the Stairs by Barry Ernest, Getting Things Done by David Allen

Carol Briggs – Library Assistant

The Thin Woman and Down the Garden Path by Dorothy Cannell one of our Fall 2014 visiting mystery authors; Grace: (eventually) an audiobook by Anne Lamott; A street cat named Bob and how he saved my life by James Bowen; and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery.

Kate Wing – Substitute Librarian

Wonder — RJ Palacio
The Forgotten Garden — Kate Morton
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child — Bob Spitz
Visit Sunny Chernobyl — Andrew Blackwell
Gift from the Sea — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Defending Jacob — William Landay

Paul Dostie – Information Services Librarian

Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris 1932 by Francine Prose; Frog Music by Emma Donoghue; A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger and Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.

The Biography neighborhood is now in place!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

biography neighborhood-shelvesPreviously, biographies were interfiled with the subject/field of the biographee. For example, biographies of scientists were in the 500s with all of the science books.

What we’ve done is pull out all of the biographies and autobiographies and shelved them together and still in Dewey Decimal order. This new Biography neighborhood is shelved near the reference desk on the second floor.

What: biographies and autobiographies. Usually not memoirs, which cover only a small portion of a person’s life.

Where: 2nd floor, near reference desk. Look for signs stating “Biography”

How to find a biography: Biographies are still in Dewey Decimal order, just placed in a more browsable collection. When you search for an item in the catalog, the call number will be preceded by "Biography."

Why: We are striving to create a more user-friendly, browsable collection. For years, Curtis library members have been asking us for a biography section. We listened! We want to make our collections easy to find and irresistible to browse.

Need Help?

Just ask a Curtis Librarian!

Curtis Staff Picks for The Best Books of 2013

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

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Pam Jenkins – Youth Services Manager

Adult book – And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Kids’ book – fiction – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Kids’ book – nonfiction – Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd

Cheer Allen – Technical Assistant

The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
A young girl, Jade, and her father immigrate to America from China in 1923. Jade does not realize that her father had made plans for her life in this new country but she is determined to change what her life would have been like had she remained in China and under her father’s rule.

Chris Eames – Lending Services Manager

Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye by Zac Unger. It’s a non-fiction, eco- adventure based on a climate change research trip to the town of Churchill, Manitoba with his family (wife and 3 small children) to view the polar bears. Quite funny. Highly entertaining while also presenting a different view of the polar bear plight!

Pamela Bobker – Volunteer Services Coordinator

The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 by Jasper Fforde (ages 10-14years)

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Joanne Pennington – Technical Assistant

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Paul Dostie – Librarian

My favorite for this year is The Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon. It is the story of a South Korean held as POW in North Korea who emigrates to Brazil on his release. Yoon is a short story writer and this is his first novel. The writing has a poetic grace and he treats his topic with a humanity that I can only hope to emulate.

Vicki Stevens – Lending Services Manager

There are so many good ones….maybe Orphan Train by Chistina Baker Kline and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

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Paula Tefft – Technical Assistant

I am now reading The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion – it’s proving to be good!

Michael Heath – Operations Manager

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (mystery)

Carol Briggs – Technical Assistant

I think Louise Penny’s How the Light Gets In was my favorite new book this year.

David Delois – Bookkeeper

Wild Tales by Graham Nash

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Michael Gorzka – Virtual Services Coordinator

Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy by Vincent Michael Palamara

Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit by Joseph McBride

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

What were your favorite books that came out in 2013?

Post your picks for the best books of 2013 on the Library’s Facebook page or email them to mgorzka@curtislibrary.com

Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group – Tuesday, January 7, 6:30pm

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Donna LeonOn Tuesday, January 7th, the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group will convene to discuss the Commissario Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon.

All of you mystery aficionados and sweet course enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend!

Desserts are potluck-style so you are welcome to bring something to share.

Date and time: Tuesday, January 7th, from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

Contact:
Sarah Brown | 725-5242 ext. 229 | sbrown@curtislibrary.com

Schedule and reading list: Just Desserts Discussion Group

Though he did not believe, he was not untouched by the magic of belief …
— Donna Leon, Death and Judgment

Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group – Tuesday, December 3, 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

09-Michael-ConnellyOn December 3rd, the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group will convene to discuss the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly.

All of you mystery aficionados and sweet course enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend!

Desserts are potluck-style so you are welcome to bring something to share.

Date and time: Tuesday, December 3rd, from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

Contact:
Sarah Brown | 725-5242 ext. 229 | sbrown@curtislibrary.com

Schedule and reading list: Just Desserts Discussion Group

Everybody counts or nobody counts
— Michael Connelly

Monday Afternoon Book Group – December 2, 1:00 pm

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

book coverOn Monday, December 2nd, the Monday Afternoon Book Group will meet to discuss When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood.

Anybody who would like to discuss this "sharp, stunning portrait of a family's grief and healing" is cordially invited to join us.

Host: Paula Tefft

Date: Monday, December 2nd

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

Monday Afternoon Book Group 2013 – 2014 Reading List

On her own terms, wry and empathetic, Wood locates the melodies in the aftershock of sudden loss.
― Boston Globe

Monday Afternoon Book Group – November 4, 1:00 pm

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

book coverOn Monday, November 4th, the Monday Afternoon Book Group will meet to discuss "A Thousand mornings" by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver.

Anybody who has read any of these poems which "have to do with the natural world, with quietly observing the birds and the trees and sea around her, questioning both their meaning and how they are reflected within herself, within humanity" is welcome to join us

Moderator: Paula Tefft

Date: Monday, November 4th

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room

For some things there are no wrong seasons. Which is what I dream of for me.
― Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings

Meet the Author – Katherine Hall Page, Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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Mystery author Katherine Hall Page will be at Curtis Library for a book talk and signing.

Page's award-winning series starring wife/mother/caterer Faith Sibley Fairchild features a charming blend of well-constructed plots, an entertaining, realistically quirky cast of characters, and well realized settings.

To these standard ingredients, Page deftly adds in a delectable blend of tart humor and an assortment of delicious recipes to create a winning combination.

The "Body in the Piazza," the twenty-first book in the series, takes readers to Italy where, along with pecorino, panna cotta, and Prosecco, it looks like murder and mayhem are also on the menu.

Refreshments will be provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

For more information: Contact Carol Briggs 725-5242 ext 212 | cbriggs@curtislibrary.com

“In my day you got married and spent one holiday with one set of in-laws and another with the others. None of this bonding business.”
— Katherine Hall Page

Drinking the Rain by Alix Kates Shulman

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

drinking rainPart memoir, part meditation on solitude, Drinking the Rain chronicles Alix Kates Shulman’s decade long journey of self-discovery. At fifty and facing a crumbling marriage, novelist Shulman (Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen) leaves the hustle and bustle of New York City and retreats to a small rustic cottage on an island off the coast of Maine. The cottage has no plumbing, power or telephone yet Shulman wants for nothing. As she forages for wild greens and shellfish among the tidal pools and sandy beaches, she discovers the joys of frugality, self-sufficiency and harmony with nature.

Yet, no man – or woman – is an island. As medical waste washes up on her beach and local fisherman combat the “red tide,” Shulman mourns the increasing toxicity of the environment and reflects on the interconnectedness of the world. And when her job as a writer and teacher takes her to Colorado, Arizona, New York City, and back again to her cottage in Maine, she struggles with how to stay true to her solitary self and to be connected to the world at the same time.

Like Thoreau, I believe that, “in wildness is the preservation of the world.” Shulman’s account of living in solitude on a Maine island spoke to me on a spiritual level.

Favorite quote: “To be whole requires one to be in oneself and the world at once.”

– Sarah Brown

Check availability of this title in Minerva or read about this title on Amazon.

Clammed Up – A Maine Mystery

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Summer has come to Barbara Ross’s latest mystery, “Clammed up”, and the Snowden Family Clambake Company is putting on their annual clambake. People come from near and far to Busman’s Harbor Maine to experience this authentic New England seafood. But there is something evil brewing this season. Someone has crashed a wedding party and the results are deadly. The best man’s corpse is found hanging from the grand staircase of the Snowden family mansion.
Julia Snowden was not expecting murder when she came home to help save the family business. With the State Police shutting down the event Julia has to put everything aside to get this murder solved or say good bye to the family business. The books also Includes Traditional Maine Clambake Recipes!
Some other mystery authors have reviewed “Clammed up”.

“A tasty whodunnit with a real Maine twist.” –Sarah Graves, author of A Bat in the Belfry

“If you haven’t been on a Maine clambake, Barbara Ross’s book is the next best thing…except for the murder.”–Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of Buried in a Bog

“If you like seafood and salty air, you’ll love Clammed Up. A tasty tale that will have readers clamoring for second helpings.” –Leslie Meier, author of Easter Bunny Murder

Meet the Author – Barbara Ross, Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

barbara rossBarbara Ross, a member of Maine Crime Writers, will visit Curtis Memorial Library on October 15th at 7pm.

Take lobster, clams, and an ear of corn. Add one murder. Fold in a complex heroine, an assortment of colorful suspects, and a plot with lots of twists and turns.

Heat up on an island off the coast of Maine. The result? Clammed Up – a tasty treat, and first in a series of Maine Clambake Mysteries, from Boothbay Harbor author Barbara Ross.

"Deliciously atmospheric, delightfully suspenseful, divine!"states bestselling author Sarah Graves.

This author book talk and signing will begin at 7:00 pm in the library’s Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

For more information contact Carol Briggs 725-5242 ext 212

“VERDICT This very satisfying series debut keeps a steady and confident pace from the beginning; readers can enjoy both figuring out the mystery and taking an armchair visit to coastal Maine.”
— Library Journal, 9/1/13

J.A. Hitchcock Book Talk – Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

jayne3Jayne Hitchcock, non-fiction true crime writer and noted cybercrime and security expert, has written about the subject in Net Crimes and Misdemeanors.

In her newest book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem, Jayne journeys into the darkest recesses of the internet to document the most depraved criminals imaginable, from bullies and stalkers to scam artists, sexual predators, and serial killers.

This author book talk and signing will begin at 7:00 pm in the library’s Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

“J. A. Hitchcock uses her own experience as the victim of a cyberstalker to help others avoid the very real problems of online crime.”
— St. Petersburg Times

James Hayman Book Talk – Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

James HaymanThe Fall 2013 Mystery Authors series continued Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 PM.

When author James Hayman moved on from a full career as a creative advertising director in New York, he packed his bags for Maine. And he didn’t come alone.

With him came his fictional wise-cracking Portland, Maine homicide cop Mike McCabe. Hayman’s series of suspense thrillers featuring McCabe, and partner Maggie Savage, will keep you on the edge of your seat and reading long into the night.

Booklist Magazine praises his “twisting, action-filled plot,” and states that he “puts Portland, Maine firmly on the crime fiction map.”

This author book talk and signing began at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House. Books were available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

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Mystery Authors Series – FALL, 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

hallie-ephronlOnce again, Curtis Friends, Sisters in Crime, and Maine Crime Writers are working together to bring some very talented mystery authors to Curtis Memorial Library on Tuesdays this fall.

Each talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room with refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.

Highlight these special dates on your calendar and join us for some very pleasant evenings getting to know these wonderful authors!

September 10, Hallie Ephron: Hallie Ephron’s newest book, There Was an Old Woman, is garnering rave reviews and New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen calls it “an absolute must read.” Ephron’s earlier works include Never Tell a Lie, Come and Find Me, and Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. She is also an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe and recently wrote about growing up in Hollywood in a family of writers in the March, 2013 issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine.

Check out additional authors appearing in the Fall Mystery Series at CML!