1. A rainbow of reading for all ages
cooking and entertaining neighborhood – 2nd floor
At Curtis, readers will be pleased to find the New Books Room, the Best Seller Express, the large print collection, monthly themes such as “Royal Reads” and “O Canada Mysteries,” and Book “Neighborhoods” such as “Biographies” and “Crafts & Hobbies.”
But did you know many popular e-books can be checked out as well? The best part of that technology? No need to return so no risk of late fees. You can borrow ereaders from Curtis as well. But, you need to return those.
Curtis offers free high-speed wifi. Public computers connected to Networked Printers are available as well. Whether you're job seeking or catching up with old friends, this is a great option to save money on the cost of monthly Internet access.
Curtis offer software and other resources to help patrons create resumes and other employment materials.
Another cool part is that you can often avoid many pay walls for databases like Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, MARVEL! and LearningExpress.
4. That's entertainment
Curtis members (i.e. Library card holders) can download ebooks, audiobooks and movies for free. You can also borrow CDs from the library’s varied and extensive music collection.
Safety Last – Criterion Collection DVD
Peruse the DVD section of Curtis and you might be surprised by what you find. Curtis buys the latest popular releases, classic films, international films and notable films from the Criterion Collection
Take the Library Art Walk: Curtis has an extensive collection of paintings, textiles, historical maps & photos, rugs, and statues.
5. Staying for the course
Classes at Curtis include everything from crafting "make and takes" to tech meetup "appy hours" to Cornerstones of Science presentations to food lit discussions. Local organizations and educational institutions such as the Midcoast Senior College frequently hold lively multimedia presentations at Curtis.
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Craft Meetup: Folded Book Pages
6. Social network
Curtis offers numerous weekly events for young children and their caregivers such as “Finger Fun With Miss Teresa,” “Time for Twos” and the “Musical Toddler Gathering.” It's a chance for new parents to introduce their babies to reading and to other families.
Programs designed for teens such as “NERF Turf” and the “Chocolate Fest” are also becoming increasingly popular.
Nearly half of library users brought their child to a class or other event, according to a Library Services in a Digital Age survey.
Book clubs are another way to meet other readers and socialize. Curtis offers the Monday Afternoon Book Group and the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group.
7. Peace & Quiet
Study rooms are a great option if you're a teen working on a group project or someone who just needs some time to enjoy the sound of silence. Rooms used for quiet study and tutoring are located on the 2nd floor of the library near the Reference Desk.
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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
― Jorge Luis Borges