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New England Aquarium Passes Available at Curtis

Posted by Pam Jenkins on September 2nd, 2016

aquariumBoston’s wonderful New England Aquarium has officially been added to the library’s museum pass program!  The passes will be available at the library between September 6 and June 30.

A NE Aquarium pass from Curtis will admit up to four people for a reduced admission rate of $10/person.  This is a substantial discount, as the regular price of admission is $26.95 adult, $24.95 senior, and $18.95 child ages 3-11.  (Children under 3 are always admitted free.)

The Aquarium offers a wealth of entertaining and educational hands-on experiences for all ages.  Gently stroke cownose rays and epaulette sharks swimming in one touch tank, and pet a sea star or meet a hermit crab in another.  Enjoy the four-story Giant Ocean Tank featuring a 200,000-gallon Caribbean coral reef exhibit teeming with more than a thousand marine animals.

They’ve got penquins and harbor seals, too, and a sea turtle hospital!  Check out current exhibits and events on the New England Aquarium web site.

For more information or to reserve a NE Aquarium pass for a specific day, just stop by or call the Lending Services desk – 725-5242 x213.  Curtis is able to allot one 4-person pass per day, so plan early.

The New England Aquarium library passes are sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Summer Readers Wall of Fame

Posted by Pam Jenkins on August 26th, 2016

IMG_0683Wow! No “summer slide” here! (Summer slide refers to the tendency for some students to lose some of the gains they made during the school year or slip out of practice during the summer.)

Young Curtis patrons have been reading up a storm, and those who read every day for 50 days added their names to the Summer Readers Wall of Fame.

It has been a pleasant surprise to me that this non-material reward of honor – the privilege of posting one’s name after achieving the 50-day goal – has been so popular with our readers.

I think it shows that kids enjoy a challenge and a little recognition for a job well done, and that they’re happy to make reading a part of their everyday lives.

Congratulations, summer readers!

Fairy House Fun

Posted by Pam Jenkins on August 9th, 2016

IMG_0652This morning an energetic group of young Curtis patrons constructed fairy houses in the library’s butterfly garden. This is one of my favorite activities for kids – it’s outdoors, inexpensive, collaborative, creative, and fun!

Take a peek in the garden if you have a chance and be inspired to create your own fairy houses! More inspiration can be found in some of our wonder-ful books including Fairy Houses All Year: A Four-Season Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh; Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast by Maureen Heffernan, and Fairy Houses – Unbelievable! by Barry Kane.

Happy home-building!

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