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.