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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Hello from the Library!

I cannot believe that it is February. January marked our halfway mark for Making it in Maine programming. Have no fear, however, because we have great things in store for the coming month!

We continue with our Curtis Money Scavenger Hunt. January’s hunt brought in 54 players, a record high. We are continuing in February talking about taxes. The questions range from how to save money with credits, where our local IRS offices are, tax tips courtesy of Pine Tree Legal and where all the free tax prep locations are in our community thanks to AARP and CA$H Maine. We encourage everyone to play by visiting: http://www.curtislibrary.com/making-it-in-maine-beta/scavenger-hunt/ . Just this morning a new prize was added! Winners can now select a $100 credit through Whatley Farm’s Market-Debit CSA program! The $100 prize will get your $105 to spend at their market stands.

Don’t let the title of the February Curtis Money Meet Up throw you, The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement has something for everyone regardless of how you identify. If you’re one of the 25 million single women (OR MEN!) over the age of 45 living in the United States today, AARP’s The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement is your new best friend. Walking you through the challenges of retired or pre-retired life, from managing your finances to staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit, dealing with divorce, and even looking for love or work, the book covers the issues that really matter to you. Join us in the Seminar Room either Wednesday February, 24 at 6:30pm OR Friday, February 26 at 12pm as we discuss how to get the most out of retirement.

February is a month of love and it seems fitting that we are bringing you an exciting opportunity to participate in Yours, Mine and Ours: Money and Relationships on Monday, February 29 at 6pm. Join us for a discussion in the Morrell Meeting Room with Jane Honeck CPA, PFS. She will help us find and appreciate the financial strengths our partner brings to the relationship rather than focusing only on the problems that can evolve using a very simple (and fun!) assessment tool that helps couples open the financial conversation in a positive way. Couples and individuals are encouraged to join as we seek to better understand our relationship with money.

We are particularly excited to be programming in Harspwell thanks to the expertise and partnership with New Ventures. Join us on Monday, February 22 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Harpswell Town Office ( 263 Mountain Road) for Tax Prep for the Self-Employed presented by Jenn Debransky, Microenterprise Specialist at New Ventures Maine. This program is sponsored by the Town of Harpswell, the Harpswell Business Association, New Ventures Maine and Curtis Library.

We are excited to continue programming off site. In February we will be discussing The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement at both Pejepscott Village as well as Brunswick Housing Authority Woodlawn Towers. Brunswick Housing Authority family community Perryman Village will  being having fun (all while learning about money) at a game night!

Free Tax Preparation

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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Taxes, like death, are apparently the only thing we can count on in life! It is an overwhelming process but we are here to help. Great organizations such as CA$H Maine and AARP are bringing free tax preparation services to our community. Those meeting the income requirements can have their 2015 taxes completed by trained volunteers at numerous locations throughout the Mid-Coast and the state. For more information about CA$H Maine locations, click here. For more information about AARP Tax Aide locations, click here. Below are local sites bringing you free tax preparation services!

  • Curtis Memorial Library (Brunswick): AARP is offering tax prep on the second floor of the library by appointment only Mondays from 10:30am – 2pm, Wednesdays 3:30pm – 7pm and Friday 12:30pm – 4pm. Call the reference desk to schedule an appointment 725-5242
  • PeoplePlus (Brunswick): AARP is offering tax prep at this community center Tuesdays 8:30am – 12pm and Thursdays 1pm – 4:30pm. Call 729-0757 for more information.
  • Topsham Public Library (Topsham): AARP is offering tax prep at our neighbors to the east on Thursdays from 9am – 12:30pm. Call 725-1727 for more information.
  • Patten Free Library (Bath): AARP is offering tax prep in Bath on Wednesdays from 10am – 3pm and Thursday from 10am – 7:30pm. Call 443-5141 for more information.
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick): CA$H Maine is offering tax prep at Bowdoin College on Saturdays. Call 207-844-3702 for times and to schedule an appointment.
  • University College Bath Brunswick (Brunswick): CA$H Maine is offering tax prep at University College on the base on Tuesdays in March and April. Call 207-844-3702 for times and to schedule an appointment.
  • Bath Housing (Bath): CA$H Maine is offering tax prep at Bath Housing on Saturday February 13 and 20 and Thursday February 11 and 25.  Call 207-844-3702 for times and to schedule an appointment.
  • Mobius (Damariscotta): CA$H Maine is offering tax prep at Mobius in Damariscotta on Thursday, February 18. Call 207-844-3702 for times and to schedule an appointment.

You can do it! Our collection can help.

Monday, January 25th, 2016

If you have been playing along with our monthly scavenger hunt (the January Hunt ends THIS WEEK, play now), you know that the last question has no wrong answer. This is absolutely my favorite question in the entire game! Not only does it introduce you to the vast array of books in our collection, it gives us insight into what people may want to read. After each hunt, we are displaying the books people suggested on the second floor. We want to make it easy to find books that will help you Make it in Maine.

This month’s Curtis Money Scavenger Hunt topic was on home safety and asked questions about tenants rights if you rent, debt-to-income ratio, how to stay in your home despite financial difficulties and introduces the player to ways our local Habitat for Humanity can help you stay in your home, safely. You may not know the answers, but we offer hints and links to great non-bias information.

Here are the top books this month so far and links to them in our collection!

100things100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your Home. The Family Handyman’s 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know gives you the knowledge you need to be a better homeowner. You’ll make informed decisions, avoid frustrations and save thousands over the life of your home. To find it in our collection, click here!

 

completeComplete Do It Yourself Manual. Written in a style of text that addresses readers in a very accessible, conversational tone for easy, user-friendly assistance with every do-it-yourself task. All instructions and materials have been updated to address current codes (electrical, plumbing and building), and revised to indicate the very latest in materials, tools, and technology. Suitable for beginners and experts alike. To find it in our collection, click here!

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The Family Handyman Ultimate 1 Day Projects. Make big improvements in just a few hours, indoors or out! Small, simple, inexpensive home improvements can do wonders for any house. If you can spare a day or two, you can boost your home’s curb appeal, beautify your backyard or add convenience and style to any room. And it doesn’t require special skills or experience. Best 1-Day Projects shows you how, with detailed step-by-step instructions and hundreds of how-to photos. To find it in our collection, click here!

If you want to know more about how our collection can help you Make it in Maine, visit www.curtismoney.com. Down the left side of the page you will find a number of topics. Click on what you are looking for, such as “Home Ownership” and at the bottom of that page, you will find a link to our catalog with all the books on the topic. OR see our trusty Reference Desk for individual assistance.

 

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