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GOOD AND CHEAP: EAT WELL ON $4/DAY!

Posted by Jessica Flaherty on April 21st, 2016

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Our neighbors to the south of us in Harpswell are wonderful members of our Curtis Community. They continually support the library and we are a better place because of the diversity they bring in. It has been really important to Sarah and I, as well as our Curtis Board of Directors, that we bring our Making it in Maine programming to Harpswell. We have hosted business basic classes thanks to New Ventures, we were welcomed to a fireside book discussion on my favorite grant book so far “The Power of Habit” at the Orr’s Island Public Library. And we are just getting started.

On Monday, April 25 at 6pm we will be at the Harpswell Town Office for a community meal. Professional chef Ali Waks-Adams will share lessons she has honed over year in her home kitchen as well as professional kitchens ways to stretch the grocery bill. From stocking your pantry, menu planning and batch cooking, Ali can help. Everyone who comes will enjoy a local meal Ali prepares, you will also get a free copy of the cookbook “Good and Cheap” and you will assemble a freezer meal that all you will need to do is thaw and grill later this summer! But how do I get people there??AND we are raffling a crockpot! There is simply no reason NOT to come.

To ensure we have enough food for everyone, please call to register for this FREE event: 725-5242, ext.510 or visit the Reference Desk.

Harpswell Town Office 263 Mountain Road

Curtis Cooks!

Posted by Jessica Flaherty on April 14th, 2016

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One of the fabulous benefits of having a grant is having a little extra money to get creative. Not that we aren’t creative around here! Just remember back to April Fools Day. We are just extremely good at repurposing, borrowing and making due with less. Librarians are thrifty by nature! And we love them for it.

Our neighbors to the south of us in Harpswell are wonderful members of our Curtis Community. They continually support the library and we are a better place because of the diversity they bring in. It has been really important to Sarah and I, as well as our Curtis Board of Directors, that we bring our Making it in Maine programming to Harpswell. We have hosted business basic classes thanks to New Ventures, we were welcomed to a fireside book discussion on my favorite grant book so far “The Power of Habit” at the Orr’s Island Public Library. And we are just getting started.

On Monday, April 25 at 6pm. we will be at the Harpswell Town Office for a community meal. Professional chef Ali Waks-Adams will share lessons she has honed over year in her home kitchen as well as professional kitchens ways to stretch the grocery bill. From stocking your pantry, menu planning and batch cooking, Ali can help. Everyone who comes will enjoy a local meal Ali prepares, you will also get a free copy of the cookbook “Good and Cheap” and you will assemble a freezer meal that all you will need to do is thaw and grill later this summer! But how do I get people there??

Sure, I could make a poster, post on facebook, maybe send an email. But how could I be creative with my grant funding? How can I exemplify how great Curtis is? Thanks to the Harpswell Town Office and Harpswell Community TV, I got my answer. With alarmingly quick turn around, we brainstomed, wrote and shot a cooking program right at Harpswell Community TV! Seriously! This all came together in a week!

Hats off to Food Network stars. I do not have a future in TV! But we had fun and it is such a unique way to advertise a program. You don’t have to live in Harpswell to experience my sub-par acting abilities! It is online: https://vimeo.com/162716514

Stayed tuned later this month because Building Supervisor Melissa Hall and I may make a commercial for our May program – How Does your Garden Grown. She will attempt to teach me how to put a tomato plant to help me eat local and fresh all summer long!

Ask the Expert: Social Security Retirement Benefits

Posted by Jessica Flaherty on April 11th, 2016

Rarely do I blog about our programming twice in a month as it can be overwhleming, but the stars have aligned, we were able to assemble a program before the rules changed and I wanted to make sure that our community was aware of a great opportunity happening here at Curtis THIS Wednesday, April 13 at 12pm in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Social Security is a complicated, ever changing landscape that impacts each of us uniquely. Join us at noon on Wednesday, April 13 in the Morrell Meeting Room as Social Security Administration‘s Public Affairs Specialist, Elizabeth Newport, talks about social security benefits and retirement and how you can be prepared.

Topics to be covered include maximizing retirement benefits, how benefits are calculated, Government Pension Offset, Windfall Elimination Act, the My Social Security website, and impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 on social security filing strategies and benefits.

This program is free and open to the public. Lunch provided!

This program is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association. For a complete list of workshops at Curtis Memorial Library funded by the Smart investing@your library® grant, visit www.curtismoney.com.

Unfortunately (and contrary to earlier reports), the SSA does not allow for the taping of their presentations. We had hoped we could share it with those unable to join us for a lunch session. The presenter is providing copies of her PowerPoint presentation that we will make available afterwards for those who cannot attend.

Bring your friends, family and questions to this can’t miss opportunity!

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