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Social Security

Posted by sarah brown on August 2nd, 2016

Social Security law has changed! Get What’s Yours has been revised and updated to reflect new regulations that took effect on April 29, 2016.

Get What’s Yours has proven itself to be the definitive book about how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits. It is an engaging manual of tactics and strategies written by well-known financial commentators.

You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but academia’s Kotlikoff, the popular press’s Moeller, and public television’s Solman explain the Social Security system just as comprehensively, and a lot more comprehensibly. Moreover, they demonstrate that what you don’t know can seriously hurt you: wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year.

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As a result of the Making It In Maine grant program funded by Smartinvesting@your library, we have a handful of copies available for free at the reference desk.  Pick your copy up today (while supplies last). We will also have a copy in the library’s collection to check out.





CML Partnering with MCHPP As Summer Feeding Site!!

Posted by sarah brown on June 23rd, 2016


The Making it in Maine grant has been an amazing opportunity to forge alliances within our community and grow partnerships that will serve us all well beyond the end of grant programming. The perfect example, Curtis Library is now a summer feeding site for MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program!

While many Mainers spend summer days at the beach, it is easy to forget that our state the third hungriest state in the nation. In fact, in Maine, 1 in 4 kids are food insecure. Through the long and hot summer months, many children are not getting the healthy meals they would have been receiving
at school once or twice a day. Summer meals does a great amount of work to respond to this problem. Local children can enjoy free lunch through the Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded nutrition program open to all children ages 18 and under with no questions asked. Last summer, MCHPP served over 8,500 meals, and this summer they hope to serve even more as parents can now eat for free in our open sites! Along with meals, the sites have fun, engaging programming to offer, such as presentations by local libraries, arts and crafts days, and games, all of which are supervised by adults. To find a site near you, call 2-1-1 or visit

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program will be holding a kick-off event at the library from noon to 1 on Tuesday, June 28th. All members of the general public are invited for an hour of games, music, and ice cream. Of course, there will also be lunch provided for the kids, teens, and their parents.

The program will run Monday-Friday from 12pm – 1pm in our newly renovated basement (located under the 1904 building and accessible through the door by the book drop) and will be run by MCHPP staff and volunteers.

Money as you Grow Collaboratory!

Posted by sarah brown on June 7th, 2016




Raising financially savvy children involves teaching them a variety of money management skills from budgeting to planning, earning and saving. The Money as You Grow exhibit, featured from May 23-June 30, brings to life the importance of establishing healthy money habits through fun and participatory activities, puzzles and games.

Come learn and play with us! From Inflation Station where you match the advertisement to the year to creating your very own Money Monster using actual shredded money! There is something for everyone.

While there, we invite you to take an Activity Guide! They are located at the entrance of the exhibit. There is one for children and one for adults. It will guide you through the stations and help shape your experience.

But wait, there is more! A completed activity guide is also a raffle ticket. Turn it in at the second floor Reference Desk to claim your instant prize. And, be entered into a raffle to win one of many prizes that, in my humble opinion, are pretty amazing! A Maine State Park Pass, a Maine Wildlife Park pass, a FitBit, a Whatley Farm $100 CSA farm credit or a Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine year-long pass to name a few.

You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to learn about how to start a life-long conversation about money as well as possibly win a great prize to help you Make it in Maine!

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