Friday, December 22, 2006

Music Lovers: Can't Get Enough Mozart?

Mozart Catalog Is Now Available Online


VIENNA, Austria Dec 13, 2006 (AP)— Mozart is now just a mouse-click away. Mozart maniacs, enthusiasts, students and scholars can now access the immortal composer's entire catalog through a free online database with some 24,000 pages.

The database available at also contains more than 8,000 pages of critical commentary published since 1954, said Ulrich Leisinger, head of research at the International Mozart Foundation.

The launch of the Web site this week comes as a year commemorating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth complete with thousands of concerts, opera performances and exhibitions across Austria draws to a close.

The site is aimed at scholars, musicians and all music enthusiasts, Leisinger said, noting he hoped it would be of particular use to students in places such as India, where musical libraries aren't necessarily around the corner.

"It's a big project, there's nothing comparable in the field of music," Leisinger said.

The International Mozart Foundation based in Mozart's birthplace Salzburg also aims to keep updating the database, which was launched with the support of the California-based Packard Humanities Institute.

Next summer, it hopes to make available some 270 letters handwritten by Mozart, some 100 original manuscripts and about 2,000 pages of texts accompanying many of the vocal works such as operas, Leisinger said.

Site users can search for a specific work using key words and a scroll down menu. They also have the option of printing out individual movements.

Since it was launched Monday afternoon, the site has had more than 1 million hits and temporarily experienced technical problems Wednesday due to the strong interest, Leisinger said.

A note on the site indicates that work is under way to increase server capacities.

The contents of the Web site are based on the Neue Mozart Ausgabe, a compilation of Mozart's works and critical commentaries that used to be available solely in paper form and that has been in publication since 1954.

The International Mozart Foundation, in years to come, hopes to take the site one step further and incorporate audio files.

On the Net:

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Museum Passes for CML Patrons

Curtis Library cardholders are entitled to Free Museum Passes (family day-use, passes available at the circulation desk), courtesy of the Friends, come in or call to reserve a date:

Portland Museum of Art's current exhibits feature
American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America Through January 7.

Other passes available include:

New Director for Curtis Library

BRUNSWICK. After a several-month national search, the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick has announced that Elisabeth Doucett will take over as Director on January 16, 2007. Ms. Doucett comes to Curtis from the Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

She received her MLS from Simmons College, where she was elected to the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society. Prior to entering the library profession, Ms. Doucett received an MBA from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and had an extensive marketing career with several major multinational corporations and consulting groups. Between her graduation from Smith College and management school, she worked in the Harvard University and Boston University development offices.

“It is an understatement to say that we are remarkably fortunate to have attracted Liz to Curtis,” said Library Board President Jamie Kaplan in announcing the Ms. Doucett’s hiring. “She has a perfect skill set to lead Curtis to the next level and into the future. We all truly owe a debt of gratitude to the Search Committee for months of hard work and superb judgment.”

Michael Jones, Chair of the Search Committee, observed that “We received over 60 applications, some from as far away as California and Texas. To the Library’s credit, the talent pool was outstanding. Even so, we were unanimous that Liz stood alone at the top of the group.”

Local residents may attend a reception for Ms. Doucett betwwen 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on February 1st in the Morrell Meeting Room at the library. For further information, please contact Michael Heath at 725-5242 ext. 236.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Cornerstones of Science Receives $700K Gift

Curtis Memorial Library has received a major gift of $700,000 from Lee and Lulu Grodzins to be used to support the Library’s Cornerstones of Science Program (COS). A reception to formally announce the gift was held at the library on Friday, November 17.

The gift of $700,000 will fund a $500,000 endowment, and operating expenses for COS programming at the library and throughout the Brunswick/Harpswell community. The Grodzins’s gift also marks the beginning of a development campaign in which they will work with the library to increase the COS endowment to at least $2,000,000. Although COS is a Curtis initiative, the program is funded entirely through donations and grants, not from the library’s or Town’s budget or appropriations.

COS began as Lee Grodzins’s brainchild in 1999 when he brought, to then director, Stephen Podgajny, the vision of a library-based program to make science and technology more accessible. COS has since become an award-winning, national initiative, winning the prestigious Highsmith Library Innovation Award earlier this year.

The mission of COS is to connect children and adults to science and technology through superb reads that are especially informative and stimulating. The books are the foundations for programs and opportunities for community involvement in current scientific issues. In just this last fiscal year, COS has circulated over 8,000 books, held 69 programs with over 2,000 in total attendance, and had over 125,000 web pages loaded from the website, Though most of the web visitors are from the United States, visitors routinely log in from around the world: Morocco, the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, Estonia, Finland, and China to name a few. The website includes book lists and reviews, a calendar of programs for all ages, links to recommended science websites, and opportunities to become involved in citizen science.

What started at Curtis Memorial Library is now being replicated across the country through the expansion of the initiative to national partners: George and Laura Brown Library, NC; Lewiston Public Library, ME; Little Elm Public Library, TX; Tempe Public Library, AZ, and Wareham Free Library, MA. The partners receive a COS book display kiosk and COS designated books, science program curriculum and program development support. In 2007 they will all be participating in the COS Read, Write & Win book review writing contest for youth, and the Monarch Tagging research program, plus working to further develop their own science programs, such as the Wildlife Film Festival Lewiston Public Library held in October.

“Cornerstones of Science has become a most important and integral part of the library. This incredibly generous gift helps to ensure the vitality of Cornerstones of Science at the library and throughout the Brunswick/Harpswell communities,” said Jamie Kaplan, immediate past President of the library board of directors, who accepted the gift on behalf of the library. “To say that we are most grateful to the Grodzins for their ongoing support of this innovative initiative is truly an understatement.”

“Lee and Lulu Grodzins are amazing people. They work hard, live their dreams, and give back to their community. I am not surprised by their generosity,” said Jocelyn Hubbell, Executive Director of Cornerstones of Science, “because that is the essence of who they are. I have the utmost respect for what they have accomplished with their lives and the example in giving back they have set for all of us. They are so inspiring. I am thrilled by their gift in support of Cornerstones, and honored to be a part of this unique science literacy initiative.”

Both Lee and Lulu Grodzins came from modest beginnings. Lulu (Anderson) grew up on the gulf coast of Texas in the town of Beaumont where she sometimes fished with her father for the family dinner. Lee, raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, (and is an UNH alum) augmented his family’s income after his father’s death, when Lee was still a young boy, through a paper route which he grew into a successful enterprise, subcontracting other boys to run papers as the route grew. Lulu pursued her love of nature and science in college and became a biologist. Lee followed his passion for physics. During his 40 years as professor of physics at MIT, he and Lulu raised a family, founded a successful high-tech business in the Boston area, and, in 1975, became part-time Brunswick residents.

“Cornerstones of Science is making the wonders and the richness of science and technology more approachable,” said Lee Grodzins. “The programs are helping us understand how our lives and the lives of our children are being affected by science’s constant impact and continuing evolution. Cornerstones of Science fills a need. Its success is a testament to the strong support of the library staff, the library board, and the active involvement of many members of the community. Lulu and I hope everyone in the community will find value in the program, participate in it and support it. If each of us gives only what we can afford, we will assure a legacy of up-to-date and engaging science books for all ages, scientist and author lectures, hands-on science programs, and facilitated book discussions for children, youth and adults. With your support, we can make a difference here and throughout the country.”

For more information about how you can get involved with Cornerstones of Science or make a contribution, please call Jocelyn Hubbell at (207) 725-5242 ext. 238 or e-mail her at

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tree Houses and Creativity

For those of you who enjoyed the Cornerstones of Science program Treehouse Chronicles: One Man’s Dream of Life Aloft with award-winning author & photographer S. Peter Lewis and illustrator T.B.R. Walsh, of the book of by the same name, you will be happy to hear that they have both created blog sites. Peter's blog features the treehouse,

Ted's blog, explores the creative process and spirit through his adventures refinishing and sailing a Friendship Sloop, designing and building a Celtic Wheelhouse, and carving a totem pole - just to name a few.

These sites are sure to inspire and get your creativity flowing.

Monday, October 30, 2006

BLRA (naval air station) update newsletter

October 2006

Touch Base with the Director
We have just completed our fall series of public workshops, BRAC to Basics: What would YOU do with 3300 acres? Over 150 people participated in the workshops, and the ideas that were generated reflect a wide variety of possibilities for the base. We asked participants to consider both the opportunities and constraints on the base and then design plans of the base that reflect......(Click for the newsletter)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics

The Maine CDC suggests that the following groups receive flu shots for the 2006-2007 season:

  • persons aged 50 years and older
  • residents of long-term care facilities
  • children and adults with certain chronic health conditions
  • children aged 6-59 months
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare personnel
  • household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children aged less than 60 months old or persons at risk for severe complications from flu.

To get a flu shot:

  • Contact your doctor.
  • Check online for a pharmacy or shopping center flu clinic at Find a Flu Shot.
  • CHANS will be holding a flu shot clinic later this fall, look for an ad in the local paper.
  • CVS, Brunswick will be holding a clinic, Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hannaford, Brunswick will hold a clinic, Friday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hannaford, Topsham will hold a clinic, Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Parkview Adventist Medical Center will hold clinics for adults, 18 and over on Tuesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the boardroom. The charge is $20 and the clinic accepts cash, private insurance and Medicare with no co-pay. The clinic cannot accept checks or credit cards. Please wear short sleeves.
  • Shaw's, Brunswick will hold a clinc, Monday, October 30, starting exactly at 10 a.m. and ending at exactly 2 p.m.
  • Walmart has scheduled clinics on weekends October 21 & 22 and October 28 & 29 at all Walmart stores, and October 21 and October 28 at some Sam's Club Stores.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Cornerstones of Science Brown Bag Lunch Series

COS Brown Bag Lunch Series
Wednesdays Sept. 20—Nov. 15, 12:15 to 1:15 PM

The Beak of the Finch
Join distinguished professors, scientists, and educators in facilitated discussions of Jonathan Weiner’s Pulitzer Prize winning, The Beak of the Finch, over lunch on nine consecutive Wednesdays.
Attend one or all of the sessions. Copies of The Beak of the Finch are available at the Curtis Library and through interlibrary loan. The group meets from 12:15 to 1:15 PM in the Morrell Meeting Room.
Session #1 of Nine:
Sept. 20: Chapters 1& 2 are available as an mp3 audio file!

Session # 2 of Nine:
Sept. 27: Chapters 3, 4 & 5 with Michael Palopoli now an mp3 audio file.

Session # 3 of Nine:
Oct. 4: Chapters 6 & 7
Don Hudson, Ph.D. President, The Chewonki Foundation

Session # 4 of Nine:
Oct. 11: Chapters 8, 9 & 10
Nat Wheelwright, Ph.D.
Professor of Behavioral Ecology & Ornithology, Bowdoin College

Session # 5 of Nine:
Oct. 18: Chapters 11 & 12
Lesley Brown
Laboratory Instructor in Evolution & Marine Biology,
Bowdoin College

Session # 6 of Nine:
Oct. 25: Chapters 13 & 14
Jon Allen, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Marine Biology & Ecology,
Bowdoin College

Session # 7 of Nine:
Nov. 1: Chapters 15, 16 & 17
John Lichter, Ph.D.
Professor of Community & Ecosystem Ecology,
Bowdoin College

Session # 8 of Nine:
Nov. 8: Chapters 18 & 19
Willard Morgan
Director of the Maine Coast Semester,
The Chewonki Foundation

Session # 9 of Nine:
Nov 15: Chapter 20 & Epilogue
Olaf Ellers, Ph.D.
Research Associate in Biomechanics,
Bowdoin College

For a full schedule of sessions go to the Cornerstones of Science site.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Harpswell Book Return

Harpswell residents may return Curtis Library books to the Harpswell Town Hall's book drop on the Mountain Road. It's just to the right of the foyer.
          • Book pick-ups are Mondays and Thursdays.
          • Returned books are processed (marked returned) the next day.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Support group & classes for families of the mentally ill

The Bath-Brunswick Affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) has monthly support group meetings at Curtis Memorial Library for families and friends of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. For more information about the meetings call Valerie Gamache at 865-3284.

NAMI Maine and the Bath-Brunswick Affiliate will also sponsor a Family-to-Family Education Program this fall. A free 12 week series of classes, which will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, will start in Brunswick on September 12. The course is designed for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of people with mental illness. Advance registration is required.

The course will cover information about:
  • mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder), schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and personality disorder;
  • coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse;
  • basic information about medications;
  • listening and communication techniques;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • recovery and rehabilitation
  • self-care around worry and stress.

For the class location, more information or to register, call Valerie Gamache at 865-3264 or NAMI-Maine at 1-800-464-5767.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hazardous Waste Remediation Program

For those interested in the Hazardous Waste Remediation Program at the Brunsick Naval Air Station, please refer to the website of the Brunswick Area Citizens For a Safe Environment.

BACSE is a group of residents who have been partnering with the U.S. Navy, USEPA and MDEP since 1991. Their primary focus has been the protection of residents and base personnel who are at risk from contaminants buried on the base during the 1940's and 1950's. They also advocate for the protection of groundwater from these contaminants, because of the risk to private wells and shelfish harvesting areas of Harpswell Sound.

Currently, because of the planning for the base closure in 2011, they are advocating for careful examination of the hazardous conditions in hte reuse planning.

You can contact BACSE at:

P.O. Box 245
Brunswick, ME 04011

Ed Benedikt, BACSE Co-Chair

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

BRAC to Basics: Your Brunswick Naval Air Station

BRAC to Basics: What would YOU do with 3300 Acres? The second in our series of public workshops, BRAC to Basics will be offered to three different groups the last week of September, and will conclude with the Reuse Review workshop the first week of October. (See below for schedule.) These workshops promise to be intensive, interactive planning opportunities where community members and our Planning Team will begin creating viable reuse concepts for the Base. For discussion purposes, we will consider two scenarios - one plan WITH an airport and one plan WITHOUT an airport. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to work!

1. A general public workshop will be held all day Saturday, September 30 at the Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Street.

2. The same workshop described above will be presented to Brunswick High School's Service Learning classes on Friday, September 29. Input from the community's youth is vital as they will inherit the legacy of what we create today.

3. On Thursday, September 28, a modified version of this workshop will be presented to the Base Community for their input as well. Their "hands on" perspective will be an invaluable contribution to the whole planning process.

4. Reuse Review - Tuesday, October 3. We invite participants from all three workshops to come together at Brunswick High School to review the plan designs that were generated during all three workshops from the previous week. Prior to the Review, the consulting team will transform the workshop plans into a graphic format that will be presented at the Reuse Review.

I strongly urge everyone to reconvene with us that day to review your initial concepts of a reuse plan.

We are heading into a very busy and exciting fall. There is a lot of work to do. With your good ideas and active participation, we will design a master reuse plan that translates the community's vision into a tremendous opportunity for Brunswick, the Mid-coast region and the State as well.

I look forward to seeing you this fall!

Steve Levesque
Executive Director

What's Going On?
There are several ways you can stay "in the loop" with BLRA activities. Just go to or call 207-798-6512 to find out what's going on.

BRAC to Basics: What would YOU do with 3300 acres?
Offered to three different audiences, this is an in-depth, hands-on workshop that will bring the public together to work on base reuse concepts. The three workshops are offered on the following dates:

September 28 - This is an on-base reuse planning workshop for base personnel and their families only. 11am - 4pm.

September 29 - This workshop is designed to capture base reuse ideas and concerns from the teens' point of view.

September 30 - From 8:00am to 2:30pm, we will meet at Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road. A light lunch will be served. This workshop is geared to the general public.

October 3 - Reuse Review. Participants from all previously mentioned workshops will convene at the Brunswick High School from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for a graphic illustration of the ideas generated during these public workshops.

October 12 - Aviation Feasibility Study review and update. 7:00 pm at Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road.

BLRA Meetings
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30pm until 5:30pm at the Old Brunswick High School at 44 McKeen Street. The public is always invited and encouraged to attend these meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity for the public to stand up, make suggestions and asks questions.

BLRA Committee Meetings
The public is invited to attend the BLRA committee meetings that are held at the BLRA offices at Fort Andross. Note: please call 798-6512 or check the calendar page of our website for committee meeting updates and/or changes.

Executive Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 8:30am.
Aviation Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:30am.
Homeless and Housing Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 3:30pm.
Environmental Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:00pm.
State and Local Screening Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am. (Cancelled for September)
Personnel and Contracts Committee
meets as needed.

Stay in Touch
Have something to say? Need more information? Please contact us at any time. It's great when we hear from you with your ideas and questions.

Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority
Fort Andross
14 Maine Street, Box 17
Brunswick, ME 04011
p. 207-798-6512
f. 207-798-6510

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Poetry at Bowdoin, September 7th

Tyehimba Jess, author of the National Poetry Series selection, "leadbelly," will give a public reading of his poetry in Brunswick on Thursday, September 7, 2006, at 7:30 p.m., on the Bowdoin campus in the Donald B. MacMillan House, 5 McKeen Street. The event, sponsored by From the Fishouse and Bowdoin's Office of Residential Life, is free and open to the public.

Brooklyn, New York, native Tyehimba Jess was recognized as one of 2005's eighteen debut poets to watch by "Poets & Writer's" magazine. His first book of poetry, "leadbelly" (Verse Press, 2005), was a National Poetry Series selection, and was voted one of three best poetry books of 2005 by "Black Issues Book Review." Jess is winner of many awards for his poetry, including the 2001 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry for 2000-2001, and the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award. He was on the 2000 and 2001 Chicago Green Mill Slam teams, was a 2004-05 Winter Writing Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and received a 2005 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Copies of "leadbelly" are available at Gulf of Maine books on Maine Street in Brunswick, at the Bowdoin College Bookstore, and will be on sale at the event.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Can't find a book you want in Maine? Search the WorldCat.

WorldCat is the world's largest library network. This site opens the complete WorldCat database to the public, not just the smaller data subsets utilized by Open WorldCat partner sites such as Google, Yahoo! Search and others. builds on the success of OCLC’s Open WorldCat Program that has elevated the visibility of library materials on the open Web since the summer of 2003.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Global Warming?

Hot enough for you? If you've seen "An Inconvenient Truth" and want to learn more about this issue, take a look a this Librarians' Internet Index collection of web sites relating to global warming concerns.

And if you'd rather have a book that discusses the issue to take to the beach with you while you cool off, try any of these from the Curtis Library Collection.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Who Owns Whom 2006/07: a business reference

Ever wonder who owns the company that makes your shoes? Who owns that company? If you're researching company information or developing business initiatives you need timely information.

Who Owns Whom 2006/07 in the Reference Area of the Library (Ref 332.673025 .W628 to be precise) can let you know the immediate or ultimate parent company, how many enterprises belong to the same group, any sister companies, company associates and affiliates.
The two North & South America volumes have 273,000 entries.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Watching Scorsese's The Blues : A Library Companion

If you're watching and enjoying the seven part Martin Scorsese series on The Blues you might be interested in the special Enne Amann Collection in the Curtis Library's 1904 Reading Room. The collection, dedicated to Traditional Anglo-American Folk Songs, has received a new infusion of CDs and print media addressing the Blues' evolution from folk expression to its current American identity.

American musicologist and folklorist Alan Lomax recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Library of Congress contained in the
American Folklife Center . The recent Blues CD acquisitions in the Amann Collection include:

Blues books new to the Amann Collection include:

Monday, July 24, 2006

Feeding the Monster tonight at Bookland

Brunswick - Bookland - 7 PM: Seth Mnookin compiled information from every source to produce "Feeding the Monster", which is a detailed and revealing look at the Red Sox organization that overcame 86 years of frustration to win a spectacular championship in 2004. FMI: 725-2313.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Tour NASB site on Wednesdays Through August

Residents may tour the Brunswick Naval Air Station site (slated to close in 2011) on any Wednesday from now until August 30th. The tour bus leaves the old high school on McKeen Street at 6:00 p.m. and returns no later than 8:00 p.m.

Please send BLRA a note indicating which date works best for you as well as your contact information. Remember, space is limited.
- Please leave your bags and backpacks in your cars. Photographs are not allowed (including cell phone pictures).
- You must have a photo ID to verify your identification against the sign up list for the tour.
- Entry to the Base constitutes consent to search. Go here to sign up!

NASB is approximately 3,200 acres and has undergone $150 million in new construction in the last 10 years. It takes up 40% of Brunswick's area. There are 2,300 housing units. There is a 250-room hotel facility built in 2004. There are two lighted baseball fields and a bowling alley.

This is your chance to see what we will inherit. This is another chance to voice your ideas for redevelopment. This is your town.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Spend a day at the Portland Museum of Art

Curtis Library cardholders are entitled to Free Museum Passes (family day-use, passes available at the circulation desk), courtesy of the Friends, come in or call to reserve a date:

PMA's current exhibits feature
Paris and the Countryside: Modern Life in Late-19th-Century France

Other passes available include:

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Harpswell Hoopla! and Field of Gravity

A Harpswell summer kid's event.
Friday July 7th at
11:00 am.
For all ages

Field of Gravity in Harpswell

Juggling and Comedy Show with entertainer Zach Field. Arrive at 10:30 to practice juggling before the show.
Harpswell Center - Rte. 123, Parish Hall at Elijah Kellogg Church

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Wolf Behavior with Ted Walsh

Friday, June 30, 12 noon, Morrell Meeting Room, for all ages

Meet Saxon the friendly wolf hybrid and hear award-winning author* & illustrator** Ted Walsh.

Book signing and wolf mask craft for children following the presentation. Please call Youth Services at 725-5242 ext. 225 to register for the craft.

Bring a brown bag lunch if you like.

This program is free courtesy of Cornerstones of Science,, and Curtis Memorial Library's Youth Services.

*Merlin and the Black Star
** Treehouse Chronicles, One Man's Dream of Life Aloft

Friday, June 16, 2006

Kirk Kennedy exhibit in the Morrell Meeting Room

Kirk Kennedy's exhibit of digitally enhanced photos is on display until the end of the month. Don't miss this stunning show!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

BRAC to the Drawing Board

What is YOUR VISION for the redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station?

The Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority (BLRA) invites the public to the first in a series of free, interactive workshops:

  • WHERE: Brunswick High School - 116 Maquoit Road
  • WHEN: Wednesday, June 21 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Share your ideas
  • Meet the BLRA team
  • Learn how to become involved
  • Understand the reuse planning process
  • Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact BLRA

207-798-6512 or Click on

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

CML may issue Portland Public Library cards

Eligible residents* may now get their Portland Public Library cards at the Curtis Library. In addition to saving a trip to Portland, local users may remotely access those resources that are not available at Curtis.

Download Audiobooks: or view eBooks online with NetLibrary.

Learn a Language: using Rosetta Stone or the Pinsleur Language Programs

Auto Repair Reference Center: detailed information on auto repair and maintenance, including wiring diagrams.

Learn a Test: study and practice for exams such as ASVAB, Civil Service, SAT, U.S. Citizenship and more.

Genealogy: HeritageQuest offers genealogy information, including census data, local history articles, revolutionary war records and more.

Business Research: Mergent Online offers financial information on more than 10,000 publicly held corporations, plus annual reports, historical data, equity reports, and more.

* Curtis Library may issue free PPL cards to any eligible person:

  • Residents of the Southern Maine Library District including Cumberland, York, and parts of Oxford counties (5 years of age & up) - no expiration
  • Individuals listed as property taxpayers in Portland - no expiration
  • Full-time students attending schools in these counties - 1 year expiration
  • Individuals working in Portland - 1 year expiration
  • Summer residents with local mailing address - 1 year expiration or length of stay, whichever is less

Address any questions to the PPL Main Circulation Desk at 871-1706 x 730

Friday, May 26, 2006

A gentle reminder to return your overdue books

“For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and end him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members blasted. Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no surcease to his Agony till he sink in Dissolution. Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever and aye.”

— Curse Against Book Stealers
Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Remembering Vietnam War veterans

The Brunswick-Topsham Memorial Day Parade will honor Vietnam War veterans, with a mention of two P-3 Orion crews from Brunswick Naval Air Station lost in the war.

The parade begins at Monument Place in Topsham.

Harpswell's Memorial Day parade will start from Lookout Point at 11 a.m., pausing for a ceremony at the burial grounds next to the Old Town Meeting House before following the parade route to its end at Allen Point.

After the parade, observers can visit the Merriconeag Grange for refreshments provided by American Legion Post 171, an open house at the Harpswell Historical Society Museum and Archives Building and the recently refurbished Old Town Meeting House.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Social websites: Should the Library block MySpace?

A news source to which I subscribe served up an item from Washington that may affect your Library. A House bill was introduced last week (H.R. 5319) that would require schools and libraries to block access to a broad category of social-networking sites. Given the exponential growth MySpace and Facebook and the spike of concern from police, parents, and elected officials due to high profile incidents linked to them ( to say nothing of the spawning of an MSNBC series,) we thought we would solicit your thoughts on the phenomenon. Opinions among Curtis staff vary. We know what we think. We’d like to hear from you. Should the Library block the sites? To express an opinion, click the "comments" hyperlink below.

Here's how the discussion went at another library.

Want to know how MySpace works?

MySpace announces new age restrictions. 6/21/06

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Small Business Help

Are you trying to start a small business? Keep one afloat? The Maine Small Business Development Center (Maine SBDC) Service Center co-hosted in Brunswick by Midcoast Council for Buness Development & Planning (MCBDP) with Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI,) serves Northeastern Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties. The SBDC provides one-on-one counseling and training assistance at no cost to potential and existing business owners and managers.

Resources and meeting space are provided by Curtis Memorial Library. For more information or to make an appointment, contact:

James A. Burbank II, Certified Senior Business Counselor
(Monday - Friday by appointment)
7 Park Street Bath, Maine 04530
Tel. 207-443-5790 Fax 207-443-8675

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Pedometer Kits Now Available at the Library


Once the summer weather arrives, all of us will increase our activity and enjoy the great outdoors. Counting steps is a good way for adults and children to increase activity, improve mental health and social well-being.

The Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) of Curtis Memorial Library, Parkview Adventist Medical Center and Mid Coast Hospital has pedometers for the public to borrow, and people can see for themselves how far they walk in a day -- then increase that distance to improve their health. Remember to check with your physician before starting a step-counting program or any exercise program.

Twenty-five pedometers and informational brochures are available to library cardholders for three-week check-out from Curtis Memorial Library. Each pedometer is only half the size of the smallest cell phone and keeps track of your steps to the kitchen, as well as your walk around the block. Every step counts!

Instructions for using the pedometers, ideas for a step-counting program, and tips for safe walking are included with the pedometer. Information is provided in cooperation with Maine in Motion, the Pedometer Project. This is a program of the Maine Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, Health, and Wellness. Pedometers and materials for the CHIP pedometer kits are provided by Parkview Adventist Medical Center and Mid Coast Hospital.

For more information online, visit the CHIP site,, and click on “health highlights”. Copies of the brochure are available online at Maine in Motion, and click on Maine in Motion, the Pedometer Project.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Attention Gamers!

On Friday May 5, from 3 - 6pm, the library is hosting a Super Smash Brothers Melee Gaming Afternoon in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Two Gamecubes, eight controllers, two big screens, free chips and drinks, no registration required, everyone gets a turn, comfy chairs. What more could you want? Yeah, ok, a less annoying soundtrack to the game. But hey, did I mention it was free?

The game is rated T for teen but if you are, um, an older gamer who remembers when Mario first appeared in a Nintendo system in, err, 1985, you are welcome to play too. I'll be there.

And we'll be having these events pretty regularly. ALl we need is a good name (Teen Gaming Afternoon just doesn't have quite the ring to it), and input on what Gamecube games to play. So email Melissa

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Before we run out of Poetry month I'd like to put in a small pitch for poetry of a local flavor. Local doesn't mean less. We've a few people in Brunswick whose works I particulary admire because their words speak to me in my native dialect and highlight my immediate environment. One of note is Robert Chute, whose new collection is Reading Nature. Mr Chute is a scientist by training and poet by heart. Reading Nature examines the poetry of the natural world and an observer's awe of components that make wholes.

This from the publisher:

Beneath the “Gee-Wizz” aspects of science lie the disturbing concepts of chaos, chance, randomness, and the absence of purpose. This collection is an attempt to deal with, or at least circle around, these duel aspects of science

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sea Dogs Baseball: A fan's note

Today, April 13, begins another season of Sea Dogs baseball. The home opener begins in a few hours. Hadlock Field has a new surface and new pavilion seating that parallels, in a minor way, the Monster seating of Fenway. Our Maine Monster left field wall also mirrors, in a minor way, the Green Monster in Boston. Our Sea Dogs are, after all, the AA minor league affilliate of the Red Sox. Good news, though...ticket prices are minor too.

For those of us who can't get enough minor league ball, the Library has a few gems that may help you while away a few rain-delay hours. Baseball's Hometown Teams by Bruce Chadwick is an illustrated history of the minor leagues. It claims to include a special guide to today's minor league teams but don't count on it. Remember last year's Norwich Navigators? They are this year's Connecticut Defenders.

Twilight of the Long-ball Gods are John Schulian's dispatches of a game he loves. Schulian's writing has been compared with Red Smith's and A. J. Liebling. He writes of a disappearing time that's well worth remembering.

Jim Collins treatment of the Cape Cod League in The Last Best League is another highly recommended work that chronicles a season in the life of the Chatham A's. If you're thinking it's only a place for talented college boys who are putting off having to go to work in Daddy's linen supply business, you may be surprised to recognize names like Garciaparra, Bagwell, or Zito from among the ranks of former Cape Codders.

As for me, I'll be looking through the game program and insert from my season seat by the visitor dugout trying to figure out who may next be bound for Fenway.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Does "as is" really mean "as is?"

If your appliances, lawnmowers, or hairpieces fall apart just after the warranty expires you may not necessarily be out of luck. Maine has an Implied Warranty Law that defines how long items should reasonably last. You shouldn't have to purchase an extended warranty for most new and used goods purchased for family, household or personal use.

"As is," for anything other than a used car,
means only that the seller is not giving you an express warranty. Maine's Attorney General says that there is an implied one.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Yes, You Can Live & Work in a Tree!

Thursday, April 27
7:00 PM
Morrell Meeting Room

One man's dream of life aloft inspired the building of a multi-story treehouse in western Maine. Meet the builders, one an award-winning author and photographer, the other a skilled woodcarver, carpenter, boat builder, artist, and renaissance man.

Using recycled and found materials, and an innovative sling system designed to assure the continued health of the tree, S. Peter Lewis and T.B.R. Walsh built lighty and creatively.

Join them for a multi-media virtual tour of the treehouse and a discussion of the technology involved. They will be available afterward to answer questions and autograph books (available this evening for purchase.)

This program is free and open to the public courtesy of Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Memorial Library's national science literacy initiative.

Eat Pasta to support AIDS orphanage in Kenya

Pasta Dinner
Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-7:30
Brunswick High School cafeteria

Eat a great pasta dinner, with dessert provided by the Wild Oats Bakery, for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Kakamega, an AIDS orphanage in Kenya. A picture presentation by Sukie Rice, volunteer and board member, will follow the dinner.
Adults: $10.
Children: $5.
Five year-olds and under are free

This event is presented by the Brunswick High School Service Learning Students. No RSVP needed. For more information about the dinner contact Rick Wilson, Service Learning Coordinator, at (207) 319-1910 ext. 2203

Darwin's Big Idea

Saturday, April 8, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Curtis Memorial Library
Morrell Meeting Room

Delve into Darwin's big idea, evolution by natural selection, as told through Charles Darwin's voyage around the globe and the dramatic story of the publication of his landmark text, "The Origin of Species." Presented as a facilitated discussion by Barry Logan, Associate Professor of Biology, Bowdoin College.

This program is free and open to the public courtesy of Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Memorial Library's national science literacy initiative.

Own a copy of Secret Life of Lobsters

Own your own copy of Corson's Secret Life of Lobsters and help out the Friends of Curtis Library in the process!

Now that the MidCoast Community Read is over we have excess copies that you may purchase from Lending Services for $5.00 each. The money will help our Friends' continuing contribution to your Curtis Memorial Library.

Copies are available at the Lending Desk.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Medicare Plan D Program on April 25

If you or a family member still need to sign up for Medicare Plan D, a free information and sign up program is coming to Curtis Memorial Library. Experts from Senior Spectrum will answer questions. Staff from Senior Spectrum, PeoplePLUS and Curtis Memorial Library will help you research the plan.
  • Date: April 25
  • Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Where: Adult Technology Room, Second Floor at Curtis Memorial Library
  • Reservations are Required.
  • To register - call Libby Herrick at PeoplePLUS 729-0757.
This program is co-sponsored by Senior Spectrum, PeoplePLUS and the Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) of Curtis Memorial Library, Mid Coast Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Art Spiegelman at Bowdoin

Free advanced tickets to hear Art Spiegelman speak at Bowdoin College tomorrow night ran out the same day they became available. If you were one of the lucky people who got a precious ticket, or if you are scratching your head wondering what all the buzz is about, consider reading some of the Pulitzer Prize winning author's other works beside Maus, volumes 1 and 2. Here are some Spiegelman suggestions that can be found in the Curtis Memorial Library collection or requestable through the Minerva system.

For mature readers, check out "The Wild Party" found in the CML Non-Fiction section at 813.52 M315 1994

Spiegelman illustrated Moncure's risque poem, banned in Beantown when it was first published in 1928 for showing the steamier side of life in the Roaring Twenties.

For children, teens, and adults who have a silly side, try his "Little Lit" series of books featuring artwork and stories created by cartoonists from around the world. These can be found in the library's Young Adult graphic novel collection or in Juvenile Fiction.

Or request Spiegleman's homage to his city, his country, and the symbol of tragedy, "In the Shadow of No Towers", his first full length graphic novel since Maus was published in 1992.

To see what Art Spiegelman titles and other graphic novels are available in the online catalog of Curtis Memorial Library and the Marvel system, click here: Online catalog

Free poetry reading at Bowdoin

April is National Poetry Month!

Poet Camille T. Dungy will read her poetry on Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Roger Howell, Jr., House, Bowdoin College, 228 Maine Street, Brunswick. The event is free and open to the public.

She will also give a reading on Friday, April 7, noon, at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, as part of the library's month-long poetry festival.

Camille Dungy is the author of the poetry collection "What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison" (Red Hen Press, 2006), and assistant editor of the anthology "Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade" (University of Michigan Press, 2006). She has received fellowships and awards from numerous organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she is Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Randolph Macon Woman's College.

Friday, March 31, 2006

New site for research paper citation help

Are you finding that you're spending as much time negotiating MLA citation standards as you are writing the paper? is a free MLA-format bibliography generator that may save you lots of time. We offer this site with reservations, however. This commercial site is free because they get funding from advertisers. Many of those advertisers are research paper writing services. The Library in no way endorses these services.