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Thank you!

June 30th, 2015

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Being surrounded by books all day, you would think that I could find the words to adequately thank everyone who helped make the 2015 Curtis Friends Book Sale a success. But alas, words escape me.

Hundreds of people gave up hours of their time to bake treats, lug boxes, organize books, assist shoppers and clean up after it was all over! When all was said and done, our volunteers moved nearly 3000 boxes of 70,000 books. Visitors from as far away as North Carolina devoured what we offered and on Sunday when the doors closed, we only had 13,117 books left over.

Thank you to the volunteers who baked / bought / brought food to keep the volunteer machine running. This was an invaluable service! I sampled all the offerings and can easily say we have some very talented cooks among us!

Thank you to Wicked Joes as well as Building Supervisor Melissa Hall and her daughter, Development Associate Joyce Schmitt and her daughter and Executive Director Elisabeth Doucett who came on Friday to got us all going with the debut of 23 Pleasant, the new Curtis blend of coffee. We all needed the extra caffeine to help the thousands of visitors that streamed through our doors.

While the numbers are official yet, this book sale grossed the second highest revenue of any sale to date! That is amazing. 100% of the net proceeds come back to support Curtis Memorial Library through programming, additions to the collection, staff development and other extremely important endeavors, all to benefit our community.

We could not have reached this milestone without each on of our volunteers! You make me proud to come to work each day and happy to be involved in such an amazing event!

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

June 11th, 2015

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I believe summer is a fabulous time to be a volunteer here at Curtis because there is so much going on and there are so many opportunities to choose from. I am writing about three such fun and different ways to get involved.

First, is the 2015 Curtis Friends Booksale. I have taken to calling this the jewel in our volunteer crown because people step up like I have never seen before. Spots are available to help set up beginning Sunday, June 21 and continue through the sale and clean up Sunday, June 28. Click here to sign up!

The next opportunity will appeal to those among us with a green thumb! Building supervisor, Melissa Hall and I are organizing gardening opportunities that will allow individuals to sign up to tend to a garden AREA on a single occasion or weekly! You sign up for a zone for a week.

Don’t be deceived that the sign up says it is on a Monday, gardening can take place any time during the week in the area you select. For more information on this initiative and to sign up, click here!

Finally, our latest addition to the calendar is a great opportunities for teens home for the summer. Children’s Services needs help crafting and at LEGO club each week over the summer. Tasks may include helping to set up, prepping materials and assisting younger kids. Volunteers ages 13 or older are welcome to sign up! Click here to sign up!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click on the link(s) above.

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. You will even get a handy sign up confirmation and a reminder 48 hours before your shift!

Do you have a green thumb?

June 8th, 2015

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Then we need you!

Building Supervisor Melissa Hall and I are undertaking to make the Curtis Memorial Library gardens more interactive for volunteers. We are testing a system that will allow individuals to sign up to tend to an area on a single occasion or weekly! You choose!

  • Area 1: Area 1 is located primarily at the west entrance and requires volunteer(s) to weed the Double File Viburnum, Day Lilies, Hostas as well as pulling any pesky weeds along the west wall drip line.
  • Area 2: Area 2 is located at the north west corner of the building, on Pleasant Street. This includes tending to the Double File Viburnum, Arborvitae, dwarf lilies, spirea and hornbeam. Additionally, checking the Pleasant Street side of the building drip line for weeds.
  • Area 3: Area 3 is located adjacent to the main entrance and includes the Siberian irises, periwinkles and hosta lilies around the bird bath. Additionally, this area includes the yellowood, day lilies, forsythia and hornbeam on the north east corner of the building.
  • Area 4: Area 4 is located to the left of the main entrance and includes magnolias, rhododendrons, day lilies, periwinkles and catawba. This area also includes the junipers in the half circle in the parking area as well as the junipers, daylilies and European beech on the Pleasant Street / Union Street corner.
  • Area 5: Area five is responsible for weeding the butterfly garden and maintaining the plants in there to ensure happy healthy butterflies! Identify and do NOT weed MILKWEED. Try to get rid of grass near creeping time to encourage spread to walkway. Any changes in this garden need to be brought to Melissa Hall’s attention – she will check with Youth Services.
  • Area 6: Area 6 is located along the south walkway adjacent to the Morrell Meeting Room. Here you will find the viburnum and witchazel. In addition, Area 6 contains the clematis, spirea and lilac at the walkway into the Union Street parking lot.
We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: www.curtislibrary.com/garden (you will be redirected to the Volunteer Spot sign up.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
While the sign up says that the gardening takes place on Monday of each week, this was simply how it had to be set up. Our goal is to have each area tended to by a volunteer each week. When you do it is up to you. Simply sign up for an area of interest and come whenever your schedule (and mother nature) allows that week.
We ask that each time you volunteer, there are a few things we would like everyone to do, regardless of area! Eradicate Black Swallow Wart – it should be pulled from the roots and placed in black trash backs (which you can get from Melissa H or at circulation) and the black bags can be left at the service entrance (adjacent to the west entrance). Not sure what Black Swallow Wart looks like, let me know and I can provide you helpful documentation! And please check the front planters and water as needed – water spigots on Middle Street entrance and the Pleasant Street entrance – ask for the water key from circulation.
Please consider helping to make our gardens a destination!

A Year In Review!

June 1st, 2015

Well, I have reached a milestone. A year ago this week, I joined Curtis Memorial Library as the Volunteer Coordinator. I was filling some pretty big shoes in the formidable Pamela Bobker, who has graciously helped me along the way all the while stepping into her new role as a librarian. It has been quite a year with old staples and new opportunities.

We undertook the largest book sale in New England in 2014 and are set to exceed our benchmarks yet again this year. If you haven’t sign up, there is still time! Click here to be redirected to the VolunteerSpot sign up: www.curtislibrary.com/book-sale-sign-up/

Over 50 volunteers helped us move and label the Adult Non-Fiction Collection from a traditional Dewey Decimal System to the hybrid Neighborhood that empowers patrons to browse similar books and find interesting genres.

Volunteers have continually stepped up to help create crafts and displays for the Curtis Collaboratory.

We welcomed Bowdoin students, faculty and staff for Common Good and Staff Volunteer Days. They helped assemble chairs, move books, clean our building and move shelving units.

I have had a chance to learn and grow as a manager of volunteers by attending conferences and networking with local volunteer administrators. This has allowed me to learn from amazing organizations as well as stay up to date with other opportunities to build on my skill set.

We have welcomed new volunteers who have become amazing members of our community. New faces bring new energy and perspectives while supporting the familiar faces we have come to expect each day. Click here to apply online!

With the help of new Building Supervisor, Melissa Hall, we added a way for green thumbed volunteers to join us weekly to keep our gardens looking amazing. Do you want to be part of the Curtis Volunteer Gardening Collective? Click here to join the fun!

Curtis was awarded a sizeable grant from FINRA and ALA to support local programming about financial literacy. Together with Adult Services Manager, Sarah Brown, we will offering programming on how you can spend, earn, save and give mindfully. Look for opportunities to begin in September!

Finally, we celebrated our successes with another delicious Volunteer Appreciate Breakfast where we honored those among us who donated 50 hours or more of their time in the prior year. We displayed their book selections before they were added to the collection.

It has been a phenomenal year for me personally, the volunteer program and Curtis as a whole! Thank you for letting me be part of it and I cannot wait to see what our community does in the coming year.

Sign up for the Book Sale! Today!

May 20th, 2015

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WOW! People sure LOVE the Curtis Friends Book Sale and are chomping at the bit to sign up. I was going to wait until next week to release the online sign up, but what better day than today!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 4 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: www.curtislibrary.com/book-sale-sign-up/ (this will redirect you to the VolunteerSpot website).

2) You will be asked to enter your email address. This is simply so the system can send automated email to confirm your spots as well as a reminder email before your shift.

3) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

4) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Additionally, we will begin calling past volunteers beginning June 1, so if you are uncomfortable with the electronic sign up and have volunteered in the past, you can expect a call!

Preview: Book Sale Volunteer Opportunities

May 13th, 2015

booksale-volunteersIt is that time of year again! The time I know many of you have been waiting for, I know I have! The Book Sale!! The calls have begun to pour in with people curious about volunteer opportunities and I wanted to take a minute to give you all a preview.

There are 378 volunteer slots over the course of the week. Here is a breakdown of the options:

  •  Sunday, June 21 – volunteers can assist the Curtis Friends load tables onto trucks;
  • Monday, June 22 – as soon as school is released at noon, volunteers at the Junior High will begin setting up the tables;
  • Tuesday, June 23 – volunteers will help move boxes of books from trucks into their designated sections in the junior high;
  • Wednesday, June 24 – the thousands of boxes of tens of thousands of books we moved on Tuesday now need to be unpacked;
  • Thursday, June 25 – the unpacking continues into Thursday, then a group of ingenious teens will count the books through a unique methods involving measuring sicks and math!
  • Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28 – volunteers will work as floor monitors, door guards and cashiers to help visitors to the sale have a great experience;
  • Sunday, June 28 – After the dust settles, we need volunteers to help us repack any unsold books destined for donation and then clean the junior high; finally,
  • Monday, June 29 – the final volunteers will help return the borrowed tables.

I am exhausted just typing all of that! That is why we need YOUR help! This year we will be using an online sign up to supplement our volunteer callers. Beginning Tuesday, May 26, I will post the online sign up link here as well as on Facebook and sent out via an email blast. On Monday, June 1, volunteer callers will begin calling people who have volunteered in the past but have not signed up through other means.

Mark your calendars and save the dates you want to volunteer! Volunteers make this sale happen!

Books in Honor Selections

April 29th, 2015

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Every year, the Curtis Friends honor volunteers who have given 50 hours of their time or more to the library in the prior calendar year. We ask each volunteer to choose a book or or genre and then ask the librarians to purchase that book to add to the Curtis collection in honor of the volunteer.

It shouldn’t surprise me what a varied list of books we added to our collection for our 37 2014 honorees! Take a look! The list of titles is below. If you are interested in the books, check them out in the New Book Room! For your convenience, I have shared the link, when available, to our catalog!

City Beasts: 14 stories  by Mark Kurlansky pt
Pagan Spring by GM Malliet and Murder on the Half Shell by Lorna Barrett
Eyewitness Pond & River
Retribution of Mara Dyer
3 vols Walkng Dead
Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog
Chessmen/Peter May
Coming Home
Jane Austen’s England
Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
Murder of Magpies / Judith Flanders
God in ruins by Kate Atkinson  – ordered, not in yet!
Fire and Ice: soot, solidarity…/jonathan mingle
Knowleledgeable Knitter – ordered, not in yet!
Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe
Hell’s Angels : the true sory of the 303rd
If you plant a seed
Historical atlas of Maine – ordered, but not in yet!
Scandal in the secret city by diane fanning
Double fudge brownie murder
Singular Mission/Judith Campbell
Sometimes an Art
Gardener’s Garden
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Death of Caesar
Vision in Silver
Nourishing traditions cookbook – ordered but not in yet!
In these times: living in Britain thru Napoleon’s wars
Listening to Stone: The art and life of Isamu Nogochiby Hayden Herrera
Eleanor Marx
Pure Grit: How Am. WWII Nurses…
Apocalyptic planet
Cooking Class
Driving the King
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, due in July
An ambush of tigers

Curtis Friends Spring Outdoor Clean Up

April 6th, 2015

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Spring is finally in the air and I can (almost) say with (some) confidence that the snow will fully melt and we can all begin to ready our gardens for the summer season.

I am excited to welcome everyone to sign up to join us for the Curtis Friends Spring Outdoor Clean Up taking place on Saturday, May 2 from 9am to 12pm. Lunch will be provided following your efforts thanks to the Curtis Friends.

Tasks will include weeding, raking, replanting, pruning and other tasks as we discover what is hidden under the snow!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/tcFD4i
2) Review the option listed and choose the spot you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. The system will even send you a reminder two days before the event!

A huge thank you is owed to local company We Compost It! (http://www.wecompostit.com/) They are donating 100 pounds of compost to be used to get our gardens started. For a small monthly fee, they will deliver you a bag of compost at the beginning and end of the season as well as your first bucket. Each week, you place your bucket on your curb, they pick it up and leave you a new bucket. They estimate that half of your garbage is made up of compostable materials. After finding success in southern Maine, they are here in Brunswick. What an awesome service and we are grateful to be working with them to put locally sourced compost into our gardens. Check them out!

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Books in Honor

March 30th, 2015

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Every year, we reflect on the volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We honor volunteers from the prior calendar year who volunteered 50 hours or more! This year, we are lucky to have 36 individuals who dedicated so much time to make this library great.

As a small token of our gratitude, the Curtis Friends purchase a book in honor of the volunteer. Over the past month, I have been gathering the requested genres and titles from volunteers. The interests of our community is wide reaching. Some people chose books in the collection where they shelve and spend time. Others chose something of personal interest. Books will be added to all of our collections – children’s, teen, non-fiction, fiction, mystery and large print!

Each book contains a book plate noting the volunteer and their service. One of the perks of having a book added to the collection is getting to be the first person to take the book out!

The books will be on display at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, where we invite anyone who gave time in 2014 to join us for a lovely breakfast from Wild Oats. There, we honor the volunteer of the year, who is someone who has gone above and beyond. Plus, door prizes and a chance to spend some quality time with fellow volunteers, library staff and board members.

Do you want to be part of our volunteer community in 2015? Why not set a goal to be among the honored at the next breakfast! Click here to sign up online!

 

Spring is Coming!

March 12th, 2015

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As hard as it is to believe, spring truly is coming! After the winter we have had, we deserve months of blue skies, warm weather and gentle breezes.

With the spring, comes a host exciting volunteer opportunities to look forward to. Keep an eye out on this space, facebook, as well as the newsletter for more information about each event and how you sign up. As our spring and summer calendars quickly fill up, I wanted everyone to have the dates of popular events well in advance!

First, a newly formed opportunity! Melissa Hall, Operations Manager and I will be hosting an informational meeting on Friday, April 3 at 3:30pm in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library to discuss the formalization of the Curtis Volunteer Gardening Collective. We expect to discuss preliminary plans, establish potential volunteer roles, create expectations and seek volunteer leadership. No rsvp required. Please join us if you are interested in gardening.

The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 9:30am in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library. Each year, we honor the volunteers who have contributed 50 hours or more the prior year by adding a book in their honor to our collection. We also announce the Volunteer of the Year award.

So long as the snow continues to melt, the Curtis Friends Outdoor Cleanup will take place Saturday, May 2 from 9am – 12pm. During the spring clean up, volunteers can expect to rake, prune, bag and plant, all to get the gardens ready for the summer. The Curtis Volunteer Gardening Collective will likely hold their second meeting, this time outside, to identify more specific tasks to be assigned. Sign ups will take place online in an easy to use format. Once available, look for a brief tutorial blog post.

Finally, the jewel in the Curtis community’s volunteer schedule, the Curtis Friends Book Sale. Set up opportunities begin Sunday, June 21 and continue through Thursday, June 25. Working at the sale shifts will take place Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28. And a few tired souls will be needed Monday, June 29 to help return any final borrowed items in the morning. Sign ups will take place online in an easy to use format. Once available, look for a brief tutorial blog post.

There is so much to look forward to! I hope it is enough to get through the final assaults by this winter.

Together in service,

Jessica

Mea Culpa!

February 23rd, 2015

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I have been extremely delinquent in my volunteer blog posting. My apologies! I promise there is a good reason. It does not mean, however, that I haven’t noticed all the hard work our volunteers put in each day!

My role at the library as Volunteer Coordinator is part time. I dedicate 18 hours a week to recruiting, screening and managing volunteers. Additionally, I work with the Curtis Friends to help staff their book sale and the Books on Wheels program. I love working with the volunteers here at Curtis. Everyone is so dedicated to the mission of the library. People step up and help wherever they are needed. I truly believe that Curtis wouldn’t be nearly as vibrant and successful without the combined efforts of our hundreds of volunteers.

Have you heard that Curtis received an amazing $92,000 grant to put on a year – long program entitled Making It in Maine: Living the Good Life program, which is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association? This is an amazing opportunity for the community and we are looking forward to bringing programming to both community partners as well as hosting events here at the library.

As part of this grant, the library wanted to hire someone to act as the Financial Literacy Grant Manager. Given my skills, knowledge and abilities, I was asked to step into this role and I eagerly accepted! My new responsibilities will include developing and planning programming, compiling community resources, assessment and project management. I will work closely with Sarah Brown, the Adult Services Manager, who will serve as the Project Principal, over the next 18 months.

The grant was announced a few weeks ago and since then, Sarah and I have attended a training in Chicago and we have begun meeting with key community partners, such as United Way and MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program. It has been a whirlwind but really exciting.

As a result, you will be seeing me around the library more. And I will have more variety when I can meet with current and prospective volunteers.  Needless to say, I am extremely excited about this new role and how. It won’t, however, impact my role as volunteer coordinator. I am here for you so you can be here for the library!

Crafting Opportunities – Thursday, Jan. 22 & Friday Jan. 23

January 13th, 2015

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Have you heard about the Curtis Collaboratory? It is our newest innovation – an interactive space where patrons can engage with literature and our wider community. Past topics have focused on Misfits and Mavericks as part of the wider TEDx Dirigo talks as well as the current display on Cause and Effect: Kinetic Contraptions. For more information please visit: http://www.curtislibrary.com/2014/11/what-is-the-curtis-collaboratory/
I am very excited about the theme for February – “It’s All About The Book.” With a take on Valentine’s Day, the Collaboratory will be matching you with your book. From Blind Dates with a book (books wrapped in brown paper wrapping) to discovering what library staff are reading. It is going to be a great way to engage with books and maybe pick up a book you never knew you needed!
That is where you come in. We need your help creating the crafts for the space. This includes:

* cutting out hearts (100+) and snowflakes (50+) from book pages and cardstock;

* Creating 3-d snowflakes (~40) (pattern provided);

* Wrapping books in plain brown paper for “blind date with a book;”

* Cutting cardstock into bookmark size (with papercutter) for “bookmark challenge;”

*Assembling quote/author book pockets for “match me if you can;”

* Cutting and gluing/taping quotes and book titles onto cardstock for “famous first lines;”

* Creating a multitude of mini books for book takeaway.

Does this sound like something you would be interested in? If so, we would love to have you join us. We will be hosting drop in sessions Thursday, January 22 between 10am and 12pm and Friday, January 23 between 10am and 12pm in the second floor conference room (adjacent to the travel & language neighborhood). You can stay for as long as you would like. To sign up, please click here: http://vols.pt/jYojNE

Board Presentation

December 15th, 2014

Each year, the Curtis Memorial Library Boards and the Curtis Friends Board come together for a joint meeting. They use their time together to welcome new members and align their interests for the coming year. In addition to these tasks, they welcome a member of the library staff to present on their department. I was honored to be invited to present.

As there were new board members present, I took a few minutes to introduce myself. One such tidbit I shared was about my extensive travels in East Africa. During college I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Kenya. This fueled what has since become a life long passion of mine. I have returned to Kenya and then Tanzania. I went to law school in Nairobi, worked at a Children’s Village in Tanzania, clerked for a United Nations tribunal and traveled to Rwanda as part of that position. I mentioned these trips partly because they are a large part of who I am today but also because while I work coordinating volunteers, I am also a volunteer myself. I understand the challenges and benefits. I get great joy in volunteering in both my local community as well as abroad.

I wanted to share the accomplishments of volunteers over the past six months. I talked about this blog! I really wanted to make the volunteer webpage dynamic. I wanted a reason for people to visit it more than once. I wanted the site to be a destination. Apparently more than a few people read this blog, so success! I added the option to apply online as well as introducing online sign ups for events using VolunteerSpot.

Following this discussion, I went into talking about my goals for the volunteer program for 2015.

  • In 2015, I would love to find ways to increase the diversity among our volunteers. This will take being creative in our volunteer opportunities as well as addressing common impediments that stop people from volunteering, including lack of time, child care, lack of transportation and misconceptions about volunteering.
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 can bring so much to our community. They have energy and enthusiasm. And we have a huge advantage, they are required to volunteer 30 hours for graduation. However, it can be challenging to work within their schedules and other commitments. I want to find ways to engage this population. This will involve being innovative on how we engage with teenagers and what volunteer opportunities we offer.
  • Having Bowdoin and SMCC in our own town, we have the fabulous opportunity to  work with motivated volunteers who inherently have experience and motivation to join our community. One hurdle is introducing them to Curtis. Another is working within their ever changing schedules, and school breaks. This age group needs meaningful tasks and want to feel that they have contributed something. This is not a group to give mindless tasks to, so it will take revisiting our volunteer opportunities to attack new volunteers.
  • I have researched a number of technological options available to help streamline the application, schedule and sign up process.  Unfortunately, we were not selected to receive a grant to fund the purchase of the product I selected. This means I will be working closely with Development in the coming year to find ways to acquire and maintain a system. I feel strongly that this resource will free up my time presently spent managing multiple sources of information in order to work on other projects.
  • Finally, there is room for growth and development in the area of recruiting professional volunteers. This means finding volunteers with unique professional skills who are interested in providing those skills to the library in lieu of us paying someone else. Areas of interest might be legal, financial / accounting, web and design skills.

I have greatly enjoyed my first six months here at Curtis. I am truly excited about all these rooms for growth in the coming year. I am so proud of our volunteer community. Last fiscal year we had 280 unique volunteers who contributed 8,708 hours to Curtis Memorial Library. How amazing is that?! Thank to everyone and I look forward to the exciting opportunities that 2015 has in store!

 

Gratitude

November 26th, 2014

pooh and piglet gratitudeIt is common this time of year to look back and share what we are grateful for. As we all prepare to come together around tables with friends and family, I want to take a minute and do just that. I want to share what I am grateful for this year.

I am grateful for a job that I love. I am so fortunate to get to come to work every day at a place I enjoy, with people who challenge me, supervisors who support me and in a building that is peaceful and beautiful.

I am grateful for our volunteers. Over the past six months, I am continually in awe of the Curtis Volunteers. No matter the tasks, big or small, volunteers consistently step up. Whether it is weekly shelving, book sales, out door clean up, delivering books to the home bound, volunteers are there to complete these tasks. That leads nicely to my next point.

I am grateful for the strong support for Curtis Memorial Library. The Brunswick and Harpswell communities truly love this place. This love and support is exactly the reason people continually step up to help when asked. Countless people recount that the library does so much for them that they are happy to help out.

I am grateful for all I have learned in my six months here. It is fascinating to discover how Curtis stays so popular. By fulfilling our mission, we offer more than just books. We are a community center offering a wide array of programming, services and educational opportunities that keep people coming back.

Thank you all for being part of the Curtis Community. Happy Thanksgiving to you all and may you have countless things to be grateful for this season.

Books on Wheels

November 20th, 2014

Books on Wheels is one of my favorite volunteer supported programs here at the library. Run by the Curtis Friends, Books on Wheels delivers books to home bound Curtis Memorial Library patrons. Presently, there are 30 Brunswick residents who receive books.

Volunteers visit monthly bringing with them new books and returning the old books. Some volunteers and patrons form a life long bond. Many volunteers report that they really enjoy their time with the patron, often staying for hours to talk. When one patron was recovering from eye surgery, the volunteer stayed and read from the selected books. The benefits of this program go beyond “just” delivering books.

For the bibliophiles among us, forming a connection with the book – the characters, the themes, the scenery – has always been part of our lives. Books on Wheels allows community members to maintain that relationship. CS Lewis said “We read to know we are not alone.” This program proves this to be true. Books on Wheels volunteers give patrons back their reading independence by selecting books and media from the library for their enjoyment.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to be thankful for the Books on Wheels volunteers for taking Curtis Memorial Library resources to members of our community who cannot join us in person. By sharing your love of reading, your careful selection of books and spending time with your patron, you embody the Curtis mission: To enhance the quality of life in our towns by advancing knowledge, fostering creativity, encouraging the exchange of ideas, and building community. Thank you!

Could you or a loved one benefit from Books on Wheels? For more information: http://www.curtislibrary.com/how-do-i-2/books-on-wheels/