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New Books added to Bestseller Express

Posted by Pamela Bobker on September 12th, 2016

Hurry in to the library – we have the hottest bestsellers!


Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney

Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

The Risen by Ron Rash

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

White Bone by Ridley Pearson


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.

Mystery Author Series Returns

Posted by Pamela Bobker on August 29th, 2016

patterson (2)Mark your calendars and join us for a fascinating evening with Ron Chase as we launch the 2016 Mystery Author Series, on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Room.  Free refreshments will be provided by the Bohemian Coffee House, and Gulf of Maine will have copies of Mr. Chase’s book for sale.

Topsham freelance writer Ron Chase was fascinated by the true story of Bernard Patterson’s daring 1971 robbery of the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine. Patterson escaped with $110,000 which at the time was the largest bank robbery in State of Maine history. Chase’s book is The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery, the story of Patterson’s adventure filled controversial life that led him across the United States, then to Europe and North Africa.

The story of Patterson’s robbery was recently featured on Bill Green’s Maine program:


Next authors in the series will be:

September 20:  Maureen Milliken

October 4:  Amy Ray

October 18:  Chris Holm

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.

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