Film Screening and Director Q & A: Thursday, August 13, 7:00 PM

August 4th, 2015

imageJoin us for a free screening of the film “EXPOSED: USDA’S SECRET WAR ON WILDLIFE.”

Screening of this film will be followed by Q & A with Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense.

This film is provided by Predator Defense, a national nonprofit advocacy group working to protect native predators and create alternatives for people to coexist with wildlife and made possible by a grant from Patagonia.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Jane Goodall has given “EXPOSED” a rave review and wants millions to see it.

Day & Time: Thursday, August 13, 7:00 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: The Library Reference Desk | 725-5242 X 510

Event: Wind over Wings: Birds of Prey – Monday June 8, 7 PM

May 7th, 2015

hope douglas Hope Douglas presents: a Golden Eagle, a Saw-whet Owl, an American Kestrel and a Common Raven (who thinks he is a bird of prey!)

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

About Hope Douglas

Hope Douglas founded the “Wind Over Wings” nonprofit organization about twenty years ago.

Prior to this, she was Executive Director of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut for ten years.

Hope is past President of the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association and was Vice President of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council as well as its Executive Director.

She teaches wildlife conservation internationally including India and Peru.

Hope has a Master’s Degree in Education and is featured in Who’s Who in the World.

Day & Time

Date & Time: Monday June 8, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact

Pamela Bobker 725-5242 X 214 | pbobker@curtislibrary.com

Ready to Garden? Visit the Curtis Seed Exchange

April 24th, 2015

seed exchangeThe Seed Exchange is located on the second floor of the Library.

Help yourself to seeds you would like for your garden.

Donate any seeds that you would like to share.

Packets include enough seeds to plant in a square foot garden.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science and the Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP).

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The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
—Alfred Austin

Fall Science Reads Summary

October 14th, 2014

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On October 1, our first speaker, Barry Logan, Biology professor from Bowdoin College, explained cell division and the biology of cancer.

A cancer cell is a cell that grows out of control. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells ignore signals to stop dividing, to specialize, or to die and be shed.

These cells may then spread to other areas of the body.

To learn more about this topic, Professor Logan recommended reading The Emperor of All Maladies: Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Click here for availability.

On October 8, our second speaker, Dr. Tom Keating, oncologist from New England Cancer Specialists, went further into the explanation of cancer, diagnosis and treatment.

He gave his reactions to the book, saying that he felt that Henrietta Lacks did receive state of the art treatment available in the 1950‘s, but that it was unethical for the physician to take her cells without her permission.

For more information on cancer and treatment, he recommended the National Comprehensive Cancer Network website as a place to find trustworthy and up to date guidelines on cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment. http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp

Also, visit the American Cancer Society website http://www.cancer.org/ and the National Cancer Institute website http://www.cancer.gov/.

On October 15, we watched “Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh,“ a 1997 BBC documentary about Henrietta Lacks and how unique her cells are.

This DVD is now available for check out. Click here for availability.

On October 22, Attorney Rita Heimes spoke on intellectual property rights and genetics.

The Fall 2014 Science Read Series concluded on October 29 with Professor Dana Waring’s presentation on "Social and Legal Implications of Personal Genetics."

Watch the Fall Science Reads Online

The 2014 Fall Science Reads were recorded on video.

If you missed any of the Fall Science Reads (or if you would like to see them again), you can watch them here.

www.curtislibrary.com/fall-science-read-videos

Cornerstones of Science Fall Science Read

September 2nd, 2014

The_Immortal_Life_Henrietta_Lacks_(cover)The Fall Science Read for 2014 is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the award-winning book by Rebecca Skloot about a poor black woman whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more.

Facilitated discussion sessions will be held each Wednesday in October in the Library’s Morrell Meeting Room. The discussions will begin at 12 Noon.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

The books are available in print and e-book format on the library’s e-readers. Click here for checkout status.

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSIONS

12noon – 1:15PM in Morrell Meeting Room

October 1

Professor Barry Logan,
Bowdoin College Biology Department
“The Biology of Cancer”

October 8

Dr. Thomas Keating, Oncologist
Maine Center for Cancer Medicine
“The Physician’s Perspective”

October 15

Viewing of BBC film “Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh”

October 22

Rita Heimes, Attorney,
Director of Center for Law and Innovation
“Intellectual Property Rights and Genetics”

October 29

Professor Dana Waring,
Educational Director and Co-founder
Personal Genetics Education Project
“Social and Legal Implications of Personal Genetics”

These are free programs and do not require registration.

The Fall Science Read is sponsored by Cornerstones of Science, a science literacy initiative that provides funding for excellent science books and programming for adults and children.

This Month’s Cornerstones of Science Books Display

August 13th, 2014

This month’s Cornerstones of Science display is “Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening:”

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This display corresponds with the live monarch caterpillars in Youth Services, which have been overseen by "Jack the Butterfly Guy." Jack has graciously made himself available to answer questions about them from inquiring young minds:

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The first Monarch (“Pat”) emerged on the morning of August 12th:

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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
— Maya Angelou

Cornerstones of Science July Display

July 1st, 2014

Amazing Asimov and Fabulous (and funny) Feynman

COS booksIsaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and popular science books.

He is widely considered a master of “hard science fiction” along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A Heinlein. His most famous work is the Foundation Series. As a science writer, he excelled in explaining scientific concepts in an historical way and his books are still worth reading today.

He is considered to be the most prolific writer of his time, having written or edited 500 books. In addition to his books on science, Asimov has written on a variety of other topics, such as Shakespeare and the bible. In fact, his books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal system.

  • Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery
  • Foundation Series
  • I, Robot
  • Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare
  • Asimov Laughs Again: More than 700 Favorite Jokes, Limericks, and Anecdotes

Richard Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (1918 – 1988) was an American physicist and Nobel Prize winner who left his mark on virtually every area of modern physics. According to his biographer, James Gleick, Feynman ceaselessly questioned scientific truths – originality was his obsession. He worked on the atomic bomb as a young scientist during World War II, and went on to teach at CalTech.

He popularized physics through his books and lectures. Feynman has been called the “Great Explainer,” as he gained a reputation for taking great care when giving explanations to students at Caltech. He was known to be something of a gleeful showman.

Throughout his life, he exhibited a strong tendency toward curiosity and adventure. Those adventures are recounted in the book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” a collection of amusing anecdotes and outrageous exploits.

Notable books by Feynman:

  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
  • The Meaning of it all: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Notable books about Feynman:

  • Feynman graphic novel by Ottaviani
  • Genius: the Life and Science of Richard Feyman by james Gleick

Wind Over Wings: Bird Brains

June 9th, 2014

Zachariah RavenMeet a red tailed hawk, a golden eagle, and the star this program, Zachariah, the raven! Learn about avian intelligence, adaptability and play. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science. For ages 5-13. Space is limited; please register beginning June 11.

Suggested ages: 5 to 13.
Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:30AM. Call to register. For the comfort of the animals, space is limited.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225; kids@curtislibrary.com

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Animal Adaptations: Survival in the Wild

April 12th, 2014

webbed-toes-duck-16472000Webbed feet, camouflaged fur, or spines on your back are all amazing ways that animals use adaptations to survive in the wild everyday. Come see firsthand how three live non-releasable animals have adaptations that help them thrive in their specific habitats.

Suggested ages: 4 to 11. Presented by Chewonki. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Wednesday, April 23, 10:30AM and 12:30PM (Choose a session). Call to register. For the comfort of the animals, space is limited.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225; kids@curtislibrary.com

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

NestWatch

March 10th, 2014

[Photo by pleasantpointinn]What is it? A collaboration of birdwatchers gathering data on the current condition of breeding birds, such as when they nest, how many eggs are laid, and how many young survive. Common backyard birds such as finches, robins, and chickadees are among the focal species. Information gathered from around the country helps scientists understand how changing land-use and climate effects bird populations.

Who sponsors it? Cornell Lab of Ornithology

What do volunteers do? Locate and observe a bird nest. Using a checklist, post observations online. Lots of resources are available at the website to assist in learning about the birds and their nesting habits.

Time commitment: Short online training and 8-10 visits to the nest(s) during a nesting cycle (a visit about every 3-4 days). Most nest cycles happen between April and August.

Kid friendly? Not ideally suited to children. Due to the vulnerability of nesting birds, this opportunity is children must always be supervised by an adult at nesting sites.

Time of year? Spring and summer

Website: http://nestwatch.org/

Photo credit: Pleasant Point Inn

Drop-In Event: Seed Exchange & Ask A Master Gardener

February 20th, 2014

seed-swap_WEBOn Saturday, March 1st, come to the Library's Morrell Meeting Room any time between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and join Master Gardener Linton Studdiford and other community members for the Drop-In Event: Seed Exchange & Ask A Master Gardener.

Pick-up, exchange or donate seeds for vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Not necessary to have seeds to exchange in order to attend.

Master Gardener, Linton Studdiford will also share information for gardeners who have large gardens or an extra row. He encourages these fortunate gardeners to explore the Harvest for Hunger initiative on the Cooperative Extension website:http://www.umaine.edu/harvest-for-hunger/

Free, no registration.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 1st, any time between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: 725-5242 x 510.

Sponsors: Community Health Information Partnership, Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Library and UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Snow Date: Sunday, March 2 from noon to 2 p.m.

There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
— Ed Asner

Mad Science: Up, Up and Away!

February 1st, 2014

madscienceYou think homework is pressure? Just wait until you learn how the weight of the earth’s atmosphere pushes down on you with the force of an elephant! Explore how Bernoulli’s principle creates enough lift to make a jumbo jet fly or how air pressure can be used to launch a hot air balloon. Watch in amazement as our vortex generator creates giant smoke rings. Want even more pressure? Take a ride on our amazing Mad Science Hovercraft! Mad Science shows are fun and educational and this program will leave you flying high! Suggested ages: 5 to 11.  Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Tuesday, February 18 at 10:30AM. Register beginning 2/3.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225; kids@curtislibrary.com

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network

January 9th, 2014

[Photo by Chiot's Run]What is it? Volunteer weather monitoring program across the United States. Provides real-time precipitation data which can be used to predict flash flooding, show trends, and help the public better understand weather and climate.  Information is used by the National Weather services, insurance adjusters, teachers and students.

Who sponsors it? A collaborative including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service, National Science Foundation, and Maine Department of Marine Resources.

What do volunteers do? Take daily measurements of precipitation in your backyard. Report observations online.

Time commitment:  Asks for a commitment of one season, but longer is preferred. About 5 minutes per day. (Vacations allowed)

Kid friendly?      Yes

Time of year?    Any

Website: http://www.cocorahs.org/state.aspx?state=me

Photo credit: Chiot's Run

Marble Run Roller Coasters – Saturday December 28, 10:30 AM

December 24th, 2013

IMG_0003Feeling loopy? Team up with family and friends to build marble roller coasters.

A great opportunity for children, grandparents, siblings, parents, etc. to build together.

Use paper towel tubes, funnels, clothespins, straws, and other materials to send a marble rolling.

Suggested ages 6 through adult. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 28, 10:30 AM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242, x225

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
—Carl Sagan

Top Science Books Picks for 2013

December 18th, 2013

this-explains-everythingAt NPR, Ira Flatow interviewed Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist and author of The Poisoner's Handbook: murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York and Brainpickings.org editor Maria Popov and asked them to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2013

For the transcript of their conversation, visit http://www.npr.org/2013/12/13/250730974/science-book-picks-for-2013

Maria Popova was one of the interviewees on NPR about her selection. The link to her beautifully annotated selection of the 13 Best Science and Technology Books 2013 is http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/12/10/best-science-technology-books-2013/

Science Librarian, John Dupois from York University in Toronto annually posts lists of the best "sciencey books" from sources such as The Economist, Science Friday, New Scientist and more. To see his lists, visit his blog Confessions of A Science Librarian at http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/

Midcoast Hunger Prevention Film & Discussion, Monday, November 18 at 7pm

November 6th, 2013

A-Place-at-the-Table-posterMCHPP, Cornerstones of Science and Brunswick Topsham Land Trust present the film “A Place at the Table” followed by a discussion session, featuring Karen Parker, Executive Director of Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and Meredith Sciacca, teacher from Coffin Elementary School.

“A Place at the Table” is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in American culture.

The film, narrated by Jeff Bridges, tells the powerful stories of three Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat

Date & Time: Monday, November 18th at 7pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: 725-5242 x510 | loliver@curtislibrary.com

Presentation: “What’s Eating Maine? What Does Maine Eat?” – Monday, November 4, 6:30 pm

October 29th, 2013

Dr. Mark Lapping

Dr. Mark Lapping


Dr. Mark Lapping, a distinguished Professor from the Muskie School of Public Service will speak about the state of Maine’s food supply and its effect on food insecurity and its potential impact on land use planning.

According to the Muskie School of Public service, Dr. Lapping "is currently working with a team of colleagues to develop a food plan for the state of Maine as part of a phased, multi-year grant from a collaboration of funders. This initiative aims to build a strong, abundant, and resilient food system strategy to enhance value-added production, processing, and distribution of Maine food throughout the state."

Free, no registration.

Date & Time: Monday, November 4th, 6:30 pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

FMI: ref desk 725-5242 x 510 | loliver@curtislibrary.com

Cosponsors

  • Brunswick Topsham Land Trust
  • Cornerstones of Science
  • Curtis Memorial Library
  • Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program

COS Fall Science Read and Archaeological Artifacts Examinations- Weds, 10/30, Noon

October 25th, 2013

Dr. Bruce Bourque

Dr. Bruce Bourque

UPDATE: If you have any Archaeological artifacts that you would like Dr. Bourque to look at before the Noon Fall Science Read, please bring them to the Library's Morrell Meeting room at 11:30 AM.

The Cornerstone of Science Fall Science Read concludes with a return visit by Dr. Bruce Bourque, author of the featured book, "The Swordfish Hunters: the History and Ecology of An Ancient American Sea People."

For More Information, contact the Reference Desk 725-5242 x 510 or refdesk@curtislibrary.com

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 12:00 PM (11:30 AM for Archaeological artifacts examinations).

Location: The Library's Morrell Meeting Room

About the Author

Bruce Borque teaches anthropology at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and is curator of archaeology at the Maine State Museum. He grew up in Massachusetts but spent boyhood summers in Maine, where he heard stories of the Red Paint People. Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Harvard University, he matriculated in engineering school, but found his attention drawn to thoughts of the past. Eventually, he found his way to archaeology and hasn’t looked back. He lives in Freeport, Maine.

COS Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 23, Noon

October 17th, 2013

Professor Mike Retelle

Professor Mike Retelle

Join us for the third presentation of the Cornerstones of Science Fall Science Read featuring Professor Mike Retelle of the Bates College Geology Department.

Subject: "The Swordfish Hunters: The History and Ecology of an Ancient American Sea People" by Bruce Bourque.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

This free program is open to the public and does not require registration.

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:00 Noon

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the reference desk 725-5242 x 510 | refdesk@curtislibrary.com

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The Swordfish Hunters were a remarkable culture living on the coast of Maine between 4500 and 3800 years ago. They appeared, briefly flourished, and then vanished without explanation…

COS Fall Science Read – Tuesday, October 15, Noon

October 12th, 2013

Swordfish Hunters - book coverBeverly Johnson, a geochemist from the Geology Department at Bates College will speak at noon during the second program of the Fall Science Read of The swordfish hunters : the history and ecology of an ancient American sea people by Bruce Bourque.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

This free program is open to the public and does not require registration.

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 15th, 12:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the reference desk 725-5242 x 510 | refdesk@curtislibrary.com

“Bruce Bourque’s The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine’s Red Paint people were among the first maritime culture in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England’s deep maritime roots must read this book.”
—Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

COS Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 9, Noon

October 5th, 2013

Dr. Bruce BourqueKick off the Cornerstone of Science Fall Science Read with Dr. Bruce Bourque, Bates College Anthropology Department and Chief Archaelogist and Curator of Ethnography at the Maine State Museum.

Dr. Bourque is the author of the featured book, The Swordfish Hunters: the History and Ecology of An Ancient American Sea People.

For More Information, contact the Reference Desk 725-5242 x 510 or refdesk@curtislibrary.com

Copies of The Swordfish Hunters will be available for purchase at this session.

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 9th, 12:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

This work is a well crafted yarn by a distinguished archaeologist and is sure to find its proper place among the cherished literature of "down-east" New England.

COS Fall Science Read

September 17th, 2013

COS SH4 croppedThe Fall Science Read book, The Swordfish Hunters: the history and ecology of an ancient American sea people about the Red Paint people who lived in Maine thousands of years ago are available for check out on the Cornerstones of Science shelves in the library.

Digital copies are available on the library Kindles or in the Maine Download Library.

Programs for the Fall Science Read are at noon on the following days:

– Wednesday, October 9

– Tuesday, October 15

– Wednesday, October 23

– Wednesday October 30

“Bruce Bourque’s The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine’s Red Paint people were among the first maritime culture in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England’s deep maritime roots must read this book.”
—Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

Monarch Butterflies Final Updates – 8/21

August 13th, 2013

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8/21 UPDATE: All of the butterflies have been released! Monarchs Nick E., Steven, Momo, Manark, Jonah, Sam, Lucy, Jelly Bean, Riley, Vanyel, and Greg are now out in the wild.

They may be among the first generation to migrate to Mexico to overwinter or they may stay in Brunswick to produce another generation.

Many thanks to Jack the Butterfly Guy for his countless hours of butterflies care. Good luck, monarchs!

8/20 UPDATE: Two more males were released yesterday (Monday). They allowed themselves to be passed from finger to finger before flying away.

The two remaining monarchs will be released today

8/19 UPDATE: YS Librarian Melissa Orth released a male butterfly Saturday at 4 p.m.

Adult Services Librarian Linda Oliver released three female butterflies, as yet unnamed around 3:20 Saturday afternoon, Sunday. One was there for only a few minutes and presumably flew away as Linda was fetching the camera. Two were still in the butterfly garden when Linda left. One was climbing from flower to flower on a bunch of Coneflowers. The second was staying in place on a black-eyed Susan.

One butterfly had just emerged as Linda arrived and still had not unfurled the wings. It could be released after the library opens Monday morning (8/19) after 9:30.

8/15 UPDATE: We plan to release the newly emerged butterfly today at 2 p.m.

8/15 UPDATE: Diana and Stephanie released one butterfly this morning. Two more emergent butterflies can be seen through their chrysalises.

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8/14 UPDATE: The Chrysalis for two of the Monarchs has turned black and translucent – you can see the wings!

We expect the monarchs to emerge this week. 24 hours before a butterfly emerges, the chrysalis will look as if it’s turned black. What is actually happening is that we are beginning to be able to see the butterfly curled up inside, getting ready to shed its skin for the last time.

When a butterfly first emerges, it’s wings look very small and its abdomen looks very large. If you look closely, you can see that its abdomen is pulsating, pumping fluid into its wings until they are fully expanded. It takes a couple of hours for the monarch’s wings to harden enough for it to fly.

Stop by the Youth Services Desk this week and perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to witness this first hand!

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES UPDATE – 8/7/13

August 7th, 2013

All the Monarchs in the Youth Services area are in chrysalis stage.

The first butterflies may emerge this week. Stop by and see!

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Star Party at Crystal Spring Farm – Saturday, August 3

August 1st, 2013

hs-2006-10-a-webMembers of the Southern Maine Astronomers will attend and bring their telescopes. Library staff will be on hand with a few iPads and the library telescope.

People and telescopes only in the field and parking in designated parking areas. Please be careful of the stakes and ropes. . We recommend flashlights and bug spray. If you have them, bring binoculars and a reclining lawn chair.

There is a possibility that weather will force a last-minute cancellation, so keep an eye on the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

This program is co-sponsored by Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Library, Southern Maine Astronomers and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust.

FMI: 725-5242 ext. 510 | loliver@curtislibrary.com

Time: Arrive anytime after 8:30 PM, runs until 10-ish

Location: Crystal Spring Farm in the Farmer’s Market Field, 277 Pleasant Hill Road, Brunswick

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES UPDATE

July 30th, 2013

The first few Monarch caterpillars have found a high spot, gone into J stage and formed
a chrysalis. Visit and discover why they are called Monarchs.

Jack the Butterfly Guy will be here July 30 and August 13.

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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

Buying a Telescope: what you should consider – Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 PM

July 15th, 2013

telescopeJoin us Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 PM for “Buying a Telescope: what you should consider” a chat with Ron Thompson from the Southern Maine Astronomers.

Ron will talk about telescopes and features that work and don’t work for amateur astronomers.

Would-be astronomers can also learn more about the Southern Maine Astronomers and how to connect with them.

Free, no registration. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

For more information: 725-5242 x 510

Go Botany: A Hands-on Workshop – Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 PM

July 1st, 2013

canada white violetJoin us Wednesday evening July 10 at 6:30 p.m. for “Go Botany: a hands-on workshop” with Botanist and Environmental Educator Don Hudson.

The Go Botany website http://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/ is a new tool from the New England Wild Flower Society which helps users identify plants.

Don Hudson plans to bring plant material to the hands-on workshop and guide attendees through the process of using Go Botany.

Go Botany also works on mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. The library will provide some laptops, audience members can bring smart phones and tablets.

Go Botany has a simple key that allows amateur naturalists, hikers, campers and plant lovers to identify over 1200 common native and naturalized New England plants. Advanced users can identify even more plants.

The program is free, no registration required.

Sponsored by the Cornerstones of Science.

Chewonki: Endangered Species, Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 AM

June 21st, 2013

Chewonki OwlChewonki is bringing endangered animals from right here in Maine!

Join us as we learn why animal populations decline, exactly what it means to be endangered, and how people are working to protect these species.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Ages 5 and up.

For the comfort of the animals, participation is limited.

Please register starting June 17 at the Youth Services Desk. 725-5242 ext. 225

Please choose morning or afternoon session.

Marble Machine Open House – Tuesday April 16, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

April 10th, 2013

Marble MachinesCome in anytime between 10:30am and 1:30pm to build on our marble walls.

A great opportunity for children, grandparents, siblings, parents, etc. to build together.

Use paper towel tubes, funnels, clothespins, straws, and other materials to send a marble rolling.

Suggested ages 6 through adult. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242, x225

Cornerstones of Science Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 31, 12:00pm

October 27th, 2012

Biologist and author Rachel Carson at home, with Moppet

Biologist and author Rachel Carson at home, with Moppet

Professor David Hecht from the History Department at Bowdoin College will discuss Rachel Carson as an Iconic Figure in American science.

Dr. Hecht is working on the history of images of scientists in the United States during the 20th century. This project examines the public personae of scientists – including Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Rachel Carson, and Linus Pauling – who have become icons to large numbers of Americans.

This Fall Science Read is sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

This event is free and does not require registration.

Date and time: Wednesday October 31, 12:00pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.”
― Rachel Carson

Cornerstones of Science, Fall Science Read

September 6th, 2012

silent springThe Fall Science Read of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson celebrates the fifty year anniversary of this impeccably reported text.

This book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement.

These Weekly programs will begin at noon on Wednesday, October 10 and continue on October 17, 24, 31 and November 7.

Circulating copies of the books are now available in the Cornerstones display area on the first floor of the library.

Ebooks of Silent Spring are available on the library’s ereaders. Try to read as much of the book as you can.

These free programs do not require registration.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Cornerstones Background

April 4th, 2012

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Cornerstones of Science, which originated in 2000 at Curtis Memorial Library, has grown into an independent national program.

Curtis Memorial Library is proud to be one of the many libraries around the country that partners with Cornerstones of Science to “connect children, teens, and adults to science and technology through superb books, programs, and opportunities for community involvement in current scientific issues.” Check out the Cornerstones of Science kiosk in the lobby for reading ideas, upcoming programs, and more information about what’s going on with science at Curtis Memorial Library. To learn more about Cornerstones of Science, please visit the Cornerstones of Science website :

www.cornerstonesofscience.org