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What Is the Collaboratory?

Posted by Pam Jenkins on December 4th, 2016

The 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!

(Please note: Gather Round is replaced by Musical Toddler Gathering with Benji once a month.)

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.

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