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Embracing Winter

Posted by Pam Jenkins on January 10th, 2017

A friend of mine once told me that, upon proposing marriage and a move to Brunswick to his girlfriend, he wanted to make sure she fully understood what that would mean in terms of their lifestyle – together and with a future family.

In addition to long bike rides and beautiful beaches and weekend camping trips, living in Maine means snow and ice and cold temperatures for several months of the year. Every year. He told her you can’t just sit the winter out, waiting for it to pass, you’ve got to embrace it.

Fortunately, his girlfriend accepted his proposal and the couple and their two children now live and thrive in Brunswick, active and happy four seasons of the year.

My friend’s philosophy reminds me of the nonprofit organization WinterKids, which encourages families to “get outside, get active, and have fun” by providing opportunities to embrace winter.

Geared to all Maine 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, their WinterKids Passport offers free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 50 downhill and cross-country skiiing, ice skating, and snow tubing areas all over Maine. There’s also a WinterKids FunPass for children in pre-school through 4th grade, plus lots of special events.

Hopefully your family is finding plenty of ways to embrace this winter.  Don’t let the cold weather keep you from venturing out and making your regular visits to the library! In between the healthy outdoor activities, the library offers a warm and inspirational place to curl up and read a book, play a game, put on a puppet show, try a craft, learn a new skill, or meet up with friends to discuss the many possibilities winter brings.

What Is the Collaboratory?

Posted by Pam Jenkins on December 4th, 2016

img_0706The Curtis Collaboratory is a dynamic interactive display space designed to engage the community with a variety of ideas and topics in a variety of ways.

Library staff take turns developing the activities, programs, and displays which change every month or two, sometimes incorporating traveling exhibits from other organizations. Occasionally another local organization, such as the Maine State Music Theater, takes a turn.

Most of the exhibits have components that appeal to a range of ages, and all invite exploration and participation in one way or another.

The current Collaboratory exhibit is “Words Into Pictures: Children’s Book Illustration.” It features 34 posters with illustrations created prior to 1940, plus multiple activities for children and adults relating to more contemporary pictures and illustrators.

Stop in with the kids to play a game, watch an artist interview, create a collage, enter a drawing contest, or relax and enjoy some wonderful picture books. The Collaboratory is open whenever the library is open.

Gather ‘Round!

Posted by Pam Jenkins on October 18th, 2016

New this fall is “Gather Round for Stories” on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM in the children’s area.

Three of the library’s highly-qualified volunteers take turns leading the sessions.  Volunteer Barbara Warner is a former children’s librarian, while Donna Thirierge and Anne Newman are former kindergarten and first grade teachers. We are fortunate to have such a talented trio of readers sharing their joy of books with young listeners!

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