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.