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Ever wish you could read and craft at the same time?

Posted by Jamie Dacyczyn on July 22nd, 2016

Shortly after I began working at Curtis, one of my coworkers anonymously left this button on my desk:

Whichever sneaky little elf left me this pin already knew me well even though I’d only been here a month or so.

I listen to books while I knit, I listen while I tend to my flower garden, I listen while I color, I listen while I cook or bake, and I listen while I knit. Yes, I know I listed knitting twice, but it needs to be repeated because knitting (or crocheting) is the perfect audiobook activity!

Reading a physical book or watching the latest episode of Doctor Who takes my eyes away from the knitting pattern I’m trying to follow, and I’ll inevitably end up knitting a hat shaped like a football or a mitten sized for a walrus. Audiobooks, on the other hand, don’t take my eyes away from what I’m doing with my hands. I can knit and keep up with my favorite book series at the same time. Genius!

Read & Knit at the same time!

While you can knit, crochet, sew, bake, scrapbook, and make adorable felted animals from the comfort of your own home….wouldn’t it be much more exciting to bake cookies while also fighting pirates on the high seas? Knit while exploring a magical circus? Cross stitch while obsessively watching other people from a moving train? Piece together a quilt while surviving a POW camp in World War II?

Curtis Memorial Library has a great selection of audiobooks on CD to check out, either on the shelves or through interlibrary loan. If you have a smartphone, tablet, or other internet-enabled device you can also get the Overdrive app which allows you to download audiobooks for free through our website using Maine InfoNet. If you need help figuring out how to download books you can stop by the library anytime, where the adult services team will be glad to help you out!

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Juggling away your afternoon

Posted by Michael Gorzka on April 19th, 2012


Even if you are all thumbs, you can flip, spin, balance, catch and toss = juggling!  Learn how or perfect your skills each Wednesday afternoon May 16 and  23,  3:30 – 4:30pm. The library is borrowing a Flow Skill Toys Loaner Kit for the month of May so that teens can try their hand at five different types of tools: kendama, juggling ball, diabolo, spinning plate and chatter rings.

No registration is required and each session is a drop-in workshop.

Questions? Please contact Teen Librarian Melissa Orth: Phone – 725-5242 x225 (YS Desk) or x227 (office)

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