Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Writing About Food and Cooking

Books about Food and Cooking

From memoirs to science, there is a wide range of topics for authors who muse about, inform and instruct us about food and cooking. You will find many of these titles on the shelves at the library. You can place reserves for them from home through the library catalog. Or call, email or visit and we can help you find them!

If you enjoy memoirs with an exotic flavor consider:
  • My life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  • Climbing the mango trees : a memoir of a childhood in India
  • A Culinary journey in Gascony : recipes and stories from my French canal boat by Kate Ratliffe
For vicarious living in the competitive, sometimes raunchy world of professional chefs:
  • Heat : an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta maker, and apprentice to a Dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
  • Kitchen confidential : adventures in the culinary underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  • The devil in the kitchen : sex, pain, madness, and the making of a great chef by Marco Pierre White with James Steen
For thoughtful views of what we choose to eat:
  • The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals
  • Diet for a small planet by Frances Moore LappĂ©
  • Plenty : one man, one woman, and a raucous year of eating locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon
  • How to eat : the pleasures and principles of good food by Nigella Lawson.
If you are a fan of micro-histories, you might enjoy these titles that look at history through the lens of an ingredient:
  • Salt : a world history by Mark Kurlansky
  • Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or, The true and incredible adventures of the spice trader who changed the course of history by Giles Milton
  • Letters from the hive : an intimate history of bees, honey, and humankind by Stephen Buchmann with Banning Repplier
If you enjoy biographies:
  • Alice Waters and Chez Panisse : the romantic, impractical, often eccentric, ultimately brilliant making of a food revolution by Thomas McNamee
  • California dish : what I saw (and cooked) at the American culinary revolution by Jeremiah Tower
  • Stand facing the stove : the story of the women who gave America the Joy of Cooking by Anne Mendelson
  • The apprentice : my life in the kitchen by Jacques Pepin
  • Take big bites : adventures around the world and across the table by Linda Ellerbee
If you enjoy essays:
  • On food and cooking : the science and lore of the kitchen and The curious cook : more kitchen science and lore Harold McGee.
  • Many titles by Calvin Trillin and M. F. K. Fisher
Notable food authors to consider reading:

Ruth Reichl, Laurie Colwin

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Ejournals now searchable in MARVEL!

Have you ever wanted to know how to locate particular journals, magazines, or newspapers in one of MARVEL!'s resources? Check out Ejournals@MARVEL by clicking "find journals, magazines and newspapers by title " on MARVEL!'s home page.

Advantages to Ejournals@MARVEL:

  • See exactly which journals, magazines, or newspapers are available at MARVEL! in one central location.
  • Search for a specific journals, magazines, newspapers by title, ISSN or by subject. [ISSN = International Standard Serial Number,which identifies journal publications]

What is MARVEL! you ask?

MARVEL! is a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers and reference books that are credible, reputable resources. It is
available to every resident of Maine!

MARVEL! provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for needed information. Check out "About MARVEL " for more information or "Getting Started."

Friday, December 07, 2007

Book Browsing for Agoraphobes

Would you like to see what new titles the library has purchased without having to subject yourself to:
  • winter driving?
  • slippery walking?
  • airborne diseases?
  • warm public places?
  • cold public places?
  • cheerful people?
  • crabby people?
  • people?
Our new fiction titles are on our web page arranged (as they are in the library) by Author.

Our new non-fiction books are arranged (as they are upstairs at the library) by Dewey number.

000-099 News, Internet, Museums & Magazines

100-199 Psychology, Witch Trials & Philosophy

200-299 Religion & Mythology

300-399 Education, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Social Sciences

400-499 Language

500-599 Sciences & Mathematics

600-699 Technology, Health & Cooking

700-799 Arts, Sports & Recreation

800-899 Literature

900-999 Geography, History & Travel

Call us at 725-5242 and we'll set a copy aside for you. Send a friend to pick it up.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Mitten and Hat Drive

Curtis Library is sponsoring a Mitten and Hat Drive. With snow and wind blowing, now is the time to think warm. Please donate a pair of new or gently used mittens, gloves or hat for a child in need.

Brunswick Human Services is looking for donations for children in kindergarten through grade 12.

Please drop them off at the Circulation Desk in the front lobby.

Thank You!!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Casinos: Have you decided?

On Tuesday's ballot

Question One: Citizen Initiative
Do you want to allow a Maine tribe to run a harness racing track with slot machines and high-stakes beano games in Washington County ?

To read the Pro-Casino arguments click on

To read the Anti-Casino position click on

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Kyrgyz films at Curtis

Kyrgyz films at Curtis Memorial Library
November 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Pure Coolness
, a full-feature comic social drama about bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan was directed by Ernest Abdyzhparov. The film was the winner of the 2002 Eurasia Film Festival.

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan is Petr Lom's illuminating documentary about what many Westerners might consider a shocking social custom.

Followed by a Question and Answer session with Jane Knox-Voina, Professor of Russian; Elena Stishova; and Gulnara Abikeeva, Kazakh film critic and former Fulbright Exchange Film Scholar, Bowdoin College.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Brown-bag lunch talk

Field Notes From a Catastrophe

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Weekly chapter-by-chapter facilitated book discussion begins Wednesday September 19th, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Meets in the Morrell Meeting room of Curtis Memorial Library on consecutive Wednesdays through Nov. 14 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Bring a brown bag lunch if you likeBook available at Curtis Memorial Library

Facilitators & Schedule:

Wed., Sept. 19, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 1: Shishmaref, Alaska
Dr. Donald Perovich, Geophysicist, US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory

Wed. Sept. 26
, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 2
: A Warmer Sky
Dr. Jim Ford, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern Maine

Wed. Oct 3, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 3: Under the Glacier
Dr. Mark Battle, Associate Professor of Physics, Bowdoin College

Wed. Oct 10
, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 4: The Butterfly and the Toad
Dr. John Lichter, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College

Wed. Oct 17, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 5
: The Curse of Akkad
Dr. Susan Kaplan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College

Wed Oct 24, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 6: Floating Houses
Dr. Michael Retelle, Professor of Geology, Bates College

Wed. Oct 31, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 7: Business as Usual
Dr. Matthew Klingle, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and History, Bowdoin College

Wed. Nov. 7, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 8: The Day After Kyoto & Chapter 9: Burlington, VT
Dr. DeWitt John, Environmental Studies Program Director & Senior Lecturer in Government, Bowdoin College

Wed. Nov. 14, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Chapter 10: Man in the Anthropocene & Afterword
Dr. James Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Colby College

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

MARVEL! for the (Maine) Masses

MARVEL! the Maine State Databases are among the state's best uses of your tax dollars. This fabulous resource is also among Maine's best kept open secrets.

"Databases" is merely an eye-glazing term that means electronic access to thousands of magazines /journals and millions of articles. You don't have a subscription to Consumer Reports? Your State of Maine does.

Here's how to access it from home:

Getting Started

1. Can I access MARVEL! from home with my computer?

Yes. You will need an Internet connection to your computer or any device that accesses the Internet. After you select one of the resources, you may be prompted to login.

2. How do I login to MARVEL? (See Fig. A & B )

  • If accessing from a library or K-16 school, you do not need to login.
  • Login 1 of 3 ways:
    • 1. If you have a Minerva or URSUS library card, login on the upper half of the screen (Fig. A) using your last name and the barcode on your library card.
    • 2. If your Internet Service Provider is one of the following, you can access MARVEL! without needing to login:
      • Midcoast Internet Solutions
      • SusCom
      • Aroostook Internet
      • Coastal Telco
      • XpressAmerica

MARVEL! Login, Figure A & B

MARVEL login by library barcode or by username and password

  • 3. You must register if you do not meet conditions in #1 or #2. Once you are registered with MARVEL! and have obtained a username and password for login , you will use this username and password for each MARVEL! visit. (Fig. B)
    • Choose " Register here" and complete the form. To offer Maine residents home access to MARVEL! resources, vendor licensing agreements require identifying information. This information is NOT provided to any third parties. You will be asked for your first and last name, zip code, email, telephone number, and your type of library affiliation. Company name is optional.
    • Username and password: Your email address for ease of remembering or a username you prefer. Choose a password of 6 characters (either with letters and/or numbers) for your MARVEL! password or use the randomly generated one offered you.
    • Thank you: You will receive an automated "thank you" once you submit your information and be able to start using MARVEL! immediately.
    • Confirmation email: You will receive an email message with your username and password. This comes automatically from with the subject heading of "MARVEL! New Registration".
    • Password Retrieval/Edit My Account: If you lose or forget your password, chose "Forgot your password?". You may change your personal information under "Edit My Account" once you are logged in.
    • Any Problems or Questions? Please see your public or school librarian for help or read the Frequently Asked Questions on the MARVEL! web site.

3. I am a visitor to Maine and love using MARVEL!. Can I access this resource from my home state?

Under the licensing agreements with MARVEL! vendors, access to this resource can be provided only within the State of Maine. Most states have similar online resources so check with your local library when you return to your home state.

4. I am a Maine citizen but attend a college (school, university, etc) outside the State of Maine. Can I access MARVEL! while I'm studying outside the state?

MARVEL! is restricted to use within Maine only; however, your college, university or school will probably have similar collections of online resources to help you. Please visit the library where you study.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Visit our new Butterfly Mural by Mural Artists

Olga Pastuchiv & Jane Page-Conway
(or visit us on YouTube!)

Mural artists Olga Pastuchiv and Jane Page-Conway have been working behind the scenes at Curtis Memorial Library to create a butterfly mural for the children’s garden. Eight panels in all, featuring larger than life views of butterflies of Maine and their nectar and food sources, will be installed on interior side of the children’s garden fence.

Olga and Jane were selected through a call for Maine artists by Cornerstones of Science, the national science literacy initiative originating from Curtis Memorial Library. Olga is a painter, illustrator and author. Jane is a photographer and artist.

The children’s garden is in its second year of renovation into a butterfly garden. It is to be used as a demonstration and teaching garden for those interested in creating butterfly habitats of their own, and a release area for monarch butterflies that are raised and tagged at the library each summer by Cornerstones of Science through the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program.

For more information contact Jocelyn Hubbell at 725-5242 x 238.

Friday, August 03, 2007

"Circuit Breaker" Property Tax and Rent Refunds

The pdf forms for the Property Tax and Rent Refunds are now available online.

The application period for the 2007 program (for refunds of property tax assessed and rent paid during 2006) will run between August 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008.

Click here for more information about the Tax and Rent Refund program

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Do schools assign too much homework?

CQ Researcher examines Students Under Stress. Should students be pushed harder? Do they socialize more than study? How do the stresses of low-income students affect them? How are our students doing compared to the rest of the world?

For a full discussion of the issue we recommend you read the July 13 issue of CQ Researcher, Students Under Stress: Do schools assign too much homework? (available in the reference area of the library.)

CQ Researcher has been reporting on issues in the news for 80 years. Reports are available on a full range of political and social issues. Find it in CML Adult Reference 070.4 or ask for it at the Reference Desk.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Free Kazakh film Friday, July 27

The Maine Humanities Council and
Kazakh Film Scholar Jane Knox-Voina Present

"KEK" (Revenge)
(2006) (84 min)

Directed by Damir Manabay

Presented by Professor Jane Knox-Voina

7:00 p.m. Friday July 27 at Curtis Memorial Library

In this historical action epic, director Damir Manabaev combines a Romeo and Juliet-like love story with the more specifically Kazakh or Central Asian story of the “mankurt.” According to this legend or tradition, enemy tribes invade and take young prisoners captive, their memories painfully wiped out to better make them mindless slaves. But perhaps the scent of a loved one or the sound of a melody from childhood is so deep that it might stir up that precious memory. "KEK," spectacularly set in the rugged, mountainous landscape of Kazakhstan, is a powerful drama that may also be a metaphor for the collective amnesia of a people who have lost connection and continuity with their ancient past.

For more information about the screenings or the director, Damir
Manabay, please contact Jane Knox-Voina, Russian Department, Bowdoin College, 207-725-3355 or 207-779-4763,

Monday, July 16, 2007

Free Word Processing Program from Google

Until now, many library computer users who have needed to use word processing programs have discovered that they needed to sign in to use the few library machines that are full PCs. Google Docs has made that unnecessary. Now any computer user may have access to word processing, spreadsheet programs and more through Google's free Docs & Spreadsheets. Access your files from any computer. Share files with any designated user. Publish your files as web pages. Read more about Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Book Quest: Library Thing

Just for fun, take a visit to Library Thing

This site is a fun place to catalog your own collection of books, find book recommendations and connect with others who share your taste in books.

You can catalog up to 200 of your own books on Library Thing for free, listing your books and adding both subject headings used in library catalogs and bookstores and adding your own tags. Tags can be words or phrases. You can use tags to give you hints about the subject, such as history or mystery. You can also use tags that are useful only to you, for example books that you've loaned to your sister might have a tag sister or sister-loan.

Library Thing catalogs both fiction and non-fiction books which makes it a useful site for readers who like either or both types of reading.

Patrons searching for books to read might enjoy these features on Library Thing:
  • The Book Suggestions feature, BookSuggester allows you to compare books selections from others who own the same books that you own and generates lists of books that you might like to try.
  • Groups have online discussions about books. Sample groups include Japanese culture, knitters, science, 1001 books to read before you die, Asian fiction and non-fiction, list five book parlor games.
  • Search allows you to search for works, authors, tags, groups, talk messages, users and user locations (only users who give permission to share their information).
  • Zeitgeist: Authors has lists of favorite authors, top-rated authors, controversial authors, authors who Library Thing and lots of pictures of authors.
  • Browse tags and tag clouds. Each title on Library Thing will have a tag or list of tags (the tag cloud). Each tag links to a list of books that also share the tag. This can be fun or useful if you like fiction or non-fictions genres, for example you can browse titles for chick lit, spy novels, fantasy, biographies, memoirs.
  • You can also browse related subjects that you generate with a tag search, for example, resistance leads to French resistance and a list of related subjects and books.
  • An amusing option, the UnSuggester, analyzes the Library Thing database to come up with books least likely to be in your library, if you own this book. These lists are generally humorous suggestions of books that you won't enjoy.

Library Thing was created by Tim Spauling, from Portland, Maine.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Debating Hip-Hop

Don Imus used the term “nappy headed ho’s” this past April and was fired for his ill-advised attempt at humor. The term is common usage in Hip-Hop music. Are profanity and misogynistic lyrics acceptable for rappers to use but not middle aged white men? What does Hip-Hop say to and about the black community?

For a full discussion of the issue we recommend you read the current topic in CQ Researcher, Debating Hip-Hop: Does gangsta rap harm black Americans? (available in the reference area of the library.)

CQ Researcher has been reporting on issues in the news for 80 years. Reports are available on a full range of political and social issues. Find it in CML Adult Reference 070.4 or ask for it at the Reference Desk.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Book Quest: finding a good summer read

Looking for a good book to read this summer? The Internet is providing new tools to locate fiction, non-fiction or classic reads.

In this blog, you'll learn about some wonderful tools to find a good fiction book, one tool for adults and one tool for children and teens.

These favorite tools for fiction readers are NoveList and NoveList K-8, two databases in MARVEL!: Maine's Virtual Library, a suite of databases provided free to all Maine residents by a collaboration of the University of Maine, the Maine State Library, the Maine State Legislature and the Maine Telecommunications Educational Access Fund.

NoveList and NoveList K- 8 are databases that help readers explore fiction books and find a great read. NoveList features adult, teen and children's books, NoveList K-8 features only the children and teen titles.


You can use the quick search feature in both databases to search authors, titles, series and keywords. If you love series, you'll love the option to search by series name and find out the order of the books. If you like plot elements, you will enjoy the keyword search. A sample search for: historical fiction, europe, world war generates a long list of likely titles. You can also use the keyword or series name if you can only remember a character name or a series name and can't remember the author. For example, who wrote the books with a character named Thursday Next?

For more detailed searches, you can use the search our database option that allows you to search lists, genres, more plot elements, articles about authors and more. For example, a search for suspense stories and gothic romance yields many titles. You can sort your results by popularity, year, relevance. Using the detailed search option, you can also tailor your results by reading level, number of pages or date. For example, someone searching for a moving book on the Vietnam War that featured soldiers and was written over ten years ago and was widely read, might use the search terms: Vietnam War soldiers. They would limit the search to adult books written between 1960 and 1996. To find the book, try sorting the resulting list of titles by popularity. The title is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.


Other popular features in the databases are author read-alikes and genre book lists, for example, mysteries and thrillers, romance, Christian fiction, science fiction, award winners and more. A librarian favorite in NoveList is the What We're Reading section featuring 20 avid readers, reviewers and authors who describe their current and past favorite books and authors, make suggestions based on appeal factors and discuss author read-alikes. For example, if you are a fan of Tony Hillerman, librarian and reader's advisor Joyce Saricks suggests books by Margaret Coel, James D. Doss and Aimee and David Thurlo for readers who like mysteries "about Native American protaganists and customs in contempory settings".

If you are a member of a book group, you might like the book discussion guides. The guides have information about the author, a plot summary, some sample questions for the book group and suggested additional readings.


Younger readers have their own database, NoveList K-8, that excludes adult titles. NoveList K-8 also notes the reading levels for many books making it easier for kids and adults to choose books that suit a child or teen's reading level. The same search features are available in both databases, for example, teenage horse lovers and can search for books that feature teenagers and horses or find the order of books for the Narnia series. There are extensive lists for teens, children and younger readers. The lists allow patrons to browse books in various genres, such as graphic novels, sports books for children or adventure stories for younger children.

To get to NoveList, first go to MARVEL!: Maine's Virtual Library. You can click on the MARVEL! icon on the Curtis Library home page
or go directly to MARVEL!at

Once you reach the MARVEL! home page, you will see a list of about 50 databases, click on the letter N to get to the NoveList link. Click on the name NoveList for the adult database or NoveList K-8 for the younger reader database.

  • Contact Us or Come Into the Library for a DEMONSTRATION
If you have questions about NoveList or NoveList K-8, feel free to contact the reference desk by phone, 725-5242 x 204, email or in person. We'll be happy to demonstrate the database in person.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Brunswick History Series Redux

Did you miss the Brunswick History Series hosted by Chris Gutscher? You may borrow the DVD video of "A Walk Down Maine Street circa 1940" with Frank Connors and Norman Marriner from the Curtis Library collection. Mr. Connors' talk relied greatly on the maps of Maine Street from 1923, 1940 and 1960 that were researched and produced by Mark Cheetham of Richmond.

Also available is "Birch Island: A historical glimpse of one gem of Middle Bay" with Richard Snow.

"What the Blazes: A History of Fires, Firefighters and Equipment in Brunswick" with Clark Labbe and the talk by Ed Galvin, Claude Bonang and Jerry Cook on
Brunswick’s railroad heritage are still in processing but will be on the DVD shelf soon.

Monday, April 23, 2007

"Fear No Art" Thursday, May 3rd

"Fear No Art" A Slide Presentation of a Wide Range of Contemporary Maine Art
in the Morrell Meeting Room on Thursday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m.

CMCA education director Cathy Melio brings a slide presentation of Maine contemporary art to libraries throughout the state, highlighting artists and art exhibited at CMCA recently. At each presentation she is joine dby a different artist, who also presents slides of her/his own work. Discussion follows the presentation. Everyone who attends receives a free pair of guest passes to visit CMCA.

At the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Melio will be joined by artist Andrea Sulzer.

FREE & Open to the Public.

Everyone who attends will receive a FREE pair of guest passes to visit CMCA in Rockport in the coming year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What the Blazes: A History of Fires, Firefighters and Equipment in Brunswick

The January 1926 fire at the Tondreau Block, on the corner of Bank and Maine Streets, Brunswick. Fire Chief Clark Labbe will share photos of historical fire events in Brunswick in his presentation of "What the Blazes: A History of Fires, Firefighters and Equipment in Brunswick" on Sat. April 28 at 10 AM in Curtis Memorial Library's Morrell Meeting Room. Chief Labbe joined the department in 1973 following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. This is the final session in the Brunswick History series presented by the library; DVDs of the presentations will be added to the library collection and available for borrowing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Birch Island: A Historical Glimpse.... with Richard Snow

Birch Island: A Historical Glimpse of One Gem of Middle Bay

Its Story -- Past, Present & Future
Its Unique Historical Position Between Harpswell & Brunswick

Where: Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library

When: Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Richard Snow has been summering on Birch Island every summer for 67 years. His family dates back to the 1740s in Brunswick and Harpswell and the 1880s on Birch Island. He is the author of " Old Sagadahoc: a history of the Sagadahoc County Courthouse " and "A History of Birch Island, Casco Bay, Maine." He indexed the Brunswick newspapers covering 1853 to 1960. He has transcribed over 200 historical articles from that paper as well as digitized a large number of pictures from those years. In addition, he has researched the genealogy of the Snow family back to the 16th century, and written a history of his branch of the Snow family.

This program will be an hour in length and video will be recorded for broadcast and borrowing from the library. Capturing the presentations on digital video is made possible by a grant to Curtis Memorial Library from the Alfred M. Senter Fund. For more information, please call the library, 725-5242 or visit

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Poetry Month at Curtis

April is Poetry Month and Curtis Library has been ratcheting up our collection of new and established poets.

New additions to our collection from the last year are as follows:

The Poem That Changed America : "Howl" Fifty Years Later by Jason Shinder (Editor)
# Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Book & CD edition (March 21, 2006)
NEW 811.54 .G493 how 2006

Poet's Choice by Edward Hirsch
# Harcourt (April 3, 2006)
808.81 .H669 poe 2006

Bring Me Her Heart by Sarah Getty
# Higganum Hill Books; 1st edition (May 28, 2006)
811.54 .G394 bri 2005

Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica) by Kevin Coval
# EM Press (November 10, 2005)
811.6 .C873 sli 2005

Late Wife: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets Series) by Claudia Emerson
# Louisiana State University Press (September 30, 2005)
811.54 .E53 lat 2005

Elegy On Toy Piano (Pitt Poetry) by Dean Young
# University of Pittsburgh Press (January 20, 2005)
811.54 .Y69 ele 2005

American Sublime by Elizabeth Alexander
# Graywolf Press (September 22, 2005)
811.54 .A375 ame 2005

God's Silence by Franz Wright
# Knopf (March 21, 2006)
811.54 .W947 god 2006

District and Circle : Poems by Seamus Heaney
# Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 30, 2006)
821.914 .H432 dis 2006

Dear Ghosts,: Poems by Tess Gallagher
# Graywolf Press (May 2, 2006)
811.54 .G162 dea 2006

Path, Crooked Path by John Balaban
# Copper Canyon Press (May 1, 2006)
811.54 .G162 dea 2006

A Trick of Sunlight: Poems by Dick Davis
# Swallow Press (June 23, 2006)
821.914 .D261 tri 2006

Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop, Alice Quinn (Editor)
# Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 7, 2006)
811.54 .B622 edg 2006

Ocean Drinker, New & Selected Poems by Carl Little
# Deerbrook Editions (June 15, 2006)
NEW 811.54 .L778 oce 2006

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems by Joy Harjo
# W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (August 2002)
811.54 .H254 how 2002

Man and Camel: Poems by Mark Strand (Author)
# Knopf (September 5, 2006)
811.54 .S897 man 2006

The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry
# Gotham (August 17, 2006)
808.1 .F946 ode 2006

Blue Lash: Poems by James Armstrong
# Milkweed Editions (February 28, 2006)
811.54 .A736 blu 2006

Shake by Joshua Beckman
# Wave Books (April 1, 2006)
on order

To a Fault: Poems by Nick Laird
# W. W. Norton (April 24, 2006)
821.92 .L188 toa 2006

Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems (American Poets Continuum) by W.D. Snodgrass
# BOA Editions, Ltd. (April 1, 2006)
811.54 .S673 not 2006

Crooked Run: Poems by Henry Taylor
# Louisiana State University Press (March 16, 2006)
811.54 .T242 cro 2006

Because Why by Sarah Fox
# Coffee House Press (April 1, 2006)
811.6 .F794 bec 2006

The Secret Powers of Naming (Sun Tracks) by Sara Littlecrow-russell
# University of Arizona Press (August 28, 2006)
NEW 811.6 .L779 sec 2006

Field Knowledge by Morri Creech
# Waywiser Press (October 2006)
NEW 811.6 .C913 fie 2006

The Best American Poetry 2006: Series Editor David Lehman (Best American Poetry) by Billy Collins, David Lehman (Editor)
# Scribner (September 12, 2006)
NEW 811 .B5613 ampo 2006

Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man by Barbara Reynolds
# Shoemaker & Hoard; 1st edition (September 28, 2006)
NEW 851.1 .D192 Reynolds 2006

I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg by Bill Morgan
# Viking Adult (October 5, 2006)
NEW 851.1 .D192 Reynolds 2006

Bosh and Flapdoodle: Poems by A. R. Ammons
# W. W. Norton & Company (March 30, 2005)
811.54 .A521 bos 2005

The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan by Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley (Editor)
# University of California Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2005)
811.54 .B533 col 2005

Given: Poems by Wendell Berry
# Shoemaker & Hoard (March 28, 2006)
811.54 .B534 giv 2005

First Hand by Linda Bierds
# Putnam Adult (April 7, 2004)
811.54 .B588 fir 2006

While We've Still Got Feet by David Budbill
# Copper Canyon Press (July 1, 2005)
811.54 .B927 whi 2005

More Than Peace and Cypresses by Cyrus Cassells
# Copper Canyon Press (October 1, 2004)
811.54 .C343 mor 2004

Mercy (American Poets Continuum) by Lucille Clifton
# BOA Editions, Ltd. (September 1, 2004)
811.54 .C639 mer 2004

Considering the Radiance: Essays on the Poetry Of A. R. Ammons by Roger Gilbert (Editor), David Burak (Editor)
# W. W. Norton & Company (March 30, 2005)
NEW 811.54 .C755 rad 2005

The Afflicted Girls by Nicole Cooley
# Louisiana State University Press (March 2004)
# ISBN: 0807129453 811.54 .C774 aff 2004

The Rooster's Wife (American Poets Continuum) by Russell Edson
# BOA Editions, Ltd. (April 1, 2005)
811.54 .E24 roo 2005

Eye Against Eye by Forrest Gander
# New Directions (September 27, 2005)
811.54 .G195 eye 2005

The Red Gaze (Wesleyan Poetry) by Barbara Guest
# Wesleyan University Press (March 24, 2005)
811.54 .G936 red 2005

The Silent Treatment by Richard Howard
# Turtle Point Press (September 1, 2005)
811.54 .H851 sil 2005

The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch by Kenneth Koch
# Knopf (November 1, 2005)
811.54 .K76 col 2005

Pax Atomica : Poems by Campbell McGrath
811.54 .M147 pax 2005

No Heaven by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
# University of Pittsburgh Press (June 30, 2005)
811.54 .O85 noh 2005

Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems by Donald Revell
# Alice James Books (April 1, 2005)
811.54 .R451 pen 2005

The Poems Of Charles Reznikoff: 1918-1975 by Charles Reznikoff, Seamus Cooney
# Black Sparrow Books (November 30, 2005)
811.52 .R281 poe 2005

Jubilant Thicket: New and Selected Poems by Jonathan Williams
# Copper Canyon Press (November 1, 2004)
811.54 .W689 jub 2005

100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century by Mark Strand (Editor)
# W. W. Norton & Company (June 27, 2005)
808.81 .O58 gre 2006

Splay Anthem (New Directions Paperbook) by Nathaniel Mackey
# New Directions (May 30, 2006)
811.54 .M153 spl 2006

Collected Poems by C.K. Williams
# Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 31, 2006)
NEW 811.54 .W721 col 2006

The Ghosts of You And Me by Wesley McNair
# David R. Godine Publisher (June 30, 2006)
NEW 811.54 .M169 gho 2006

Selected Poems (Modern Language) by T.J. Reed (Editor)
# Duckworth Publishing (November 1, 1999)
NEW 811.54 .M169 gho 2006

This Clumsy Living (Pitt Poetry Series) by Bob Hicok
# University of Pittsburgh Press (February 1, 2007)
NEW 811.6 .H631 thi 2007

The Royal Nonesuch by Glasgow Phillips
# Grove Press, Black Cat (March 10, 2007)
NEW 813.54 .P559 roy 2006

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems 1937-1952 by Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan, Juanita Lieberman-plimpton (Editor)
# Da Capo Press (November 1, 2006)
NEW 811.54 .G493 boo 2006

DARK HORSES: Poets on Overlooked Poems by Joy Katz (Editor), Kevin Prufer (Editor)
# University of Illinois Press (December 21, 2006)
NEW 821.008 .D219 hor 2007

Strong Is Your Hold by Galway Kinnell
# Houghton Mifflin; Har/Com edition (November 8, 2006)
NEW 811.54 .K55 str 2006

Collected Poems 1947-1997 by Allen Ginsberg
# HarperCollins (October 17, 2006)
NEW 811.54 .G493 col 2006

Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology by Michael Hofmann (Editor)
# Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 28, 2006)
NEW 831.91 .T971 cen 2006

Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver (Author)
# Beacon Press; 1 edition (October 4, 2006)

NEW 811.54 .O48 thi 2006

Love, Life, Goethe: Lessons of the Imagination from the Great German Poet by John Armstrong
# Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 9, 2007)
NEW 831.6 .A735 lov 2007

Ludlow by David Mason
# Red Hen Press; First edition (February 15, 2007)
on order

Poems 1955-2005 by Anne Stevenson
# Bloodaxe Books Ltd (October 15, 2005)
on order

Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Walk Down Maine Street in the1940's

The Brunswick history series continues on three April Saturdays in the Morrell Meeting Room.
  • April 7th, Frank Connors will give a talk entitled “A Walk Down Maine Street, circa 1940”. 10:00 A.M.
The second in the Curtis Memorial Library series of Brunswick Area History talks features Frank Connors with his 91-year old father-in-law, Norman Marriner.

Brunswick's Maine Street has often been called Maine's widest, and, sometimes busiest street. In the early 1940s there was a mix of new cars, old horses and drafty street cars. There were businesses like Abelon's Little White Store, W.T. Grant's, F.W. Woolworth's, Meserve's Apothecary, and the Jenny Filling Station, where you could buy gasoline for a quarter, and still get your oil checked.

Join this interactive discussion, as local historian Frank Connors teams with his father-in-law, 91-year old Topsham native Norman Marriner, for a walk along the street you won't soon forget. This is also an opportunity for the audience to join the dialog by sharing their own photographs and memories of the old days.

Two more illustrated talks are planned in April:

  • April 14th Richard Snow's talk is titled “Birch Island: A Historical Glimpse of One Gem of Middle Bay”. 2:00 P.M.
  • April 28th Fire Chief Clark Labbe’s talk is titled “What the Blazes: a History of Fires, Firefighters and Equipment in Brunswick” . 10:00 A.M.

All speakers are authorities on their particular topics and the series will be fully illustrated with maps and photos. Each program will be an hour in length and video will be recorded library for broadcast and borrowing from the library. Capturing the presentations on digital video is made possible by a grant to Curtis Memorial Library from the Alfred M. Senter Fund. For more information, please call the library, 725-5242 or visit

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Trains in Brunswick: March 25th at 2:00

Maine Central Railroad engine 1940
A living history of the railroad in Brunswick kicks off a spring schedule of local history presentations at Curtis Memorial Library. Local history enthusiast Chris Gutscher has engineered a four part series on Brunswick-Harpswell history to run through May. Brunswick’s railroad heritage tops the bill Sunday, March 25 at 2 PM in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Over a hundred years of historical experience is stoked by three of Brunswick’s top railroad men: Claude Bonang, Ed Galvin and Jerry Cook. Each segment will be illustrated with rare and seldom seen photos and drawings of Brunswick “railroadiana”. Also on display will be a 5ft. technical drawing of the entire rail system in Brunswick as it was in 1931, and original train schedules from the early 1900s.

Claude Bonang is the author and illustrator of “Memories in Verse” about the early days of Brunswick. He will read several poems about the Brunswick rail yards and life, and he will share his artwork.

Ed Galvin has been a resident of the Pennellville neighborhood of Brunswick for 37 years. Ed is usually identified with railroads, worked for years for the Maine Central Railroad, but in fact his interests include aviation, ships and architecture. He has written extensively on related topics both in the US and in Europe.

Jerry Cook is well known as Brunswick’s foremost Railroad Enthusiast but what isn’t known is the valuable service Jerry provides to the two railroads serving Brunswick.
You may see him in his orange reflective vest any time a train moves through town. For 47 years Jerry has recorded the date, time and number of every rail car that has entered the Brunswick yard. Over the years this information has proven to be extremely useful to the railroad companies. Jerry is held in high regard for his unfailing accuracy and cheerful helpfulness by Maine’s railroads.

The Brunswick history series continues on three Saturdays in April. On April 7th, Frank Connors will give a talk entitled “Walking Down Maine Street in the 1940s”. On April 14th Richard Snow” talk is titled “Birch Island: A Historical Glimpse of One Gem of Middle Bay”. On April 28th Fire Chief Clark Labbe’s talk is titled “What the Blazes: a History of Fires, Firefighters and Equipment in Brunswick” .

All speakers are authorities on their particular topics and the series will be fully illustrated with maps and photos. Each program will be an hour in length and video will be recorded library for broadcast and borrowing from the library. Capturing the presentations on digital video is made possible by a grant to Curtis Memorial Library from the Alfred M. Senter Fund. For more information, please call the library, 725-5242 or visit

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Homework Help With Citations

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Attention Library Computer Users: Carry Your Card!

Beginning SOON, you will need to key in your library card number to use a computer at the library.

What if I don’t have a library card?

If you don’t have a card, you may get one at the Lending Services desk; bring an ID such as a driver’s license or piece of mail addressed to your Brunswick or Harpswell address. A parent’s signature is required for patrons under age 18. If you’ve lost your card, replacement cards are available for $1.

Can I use the computers if I’m not eligible for a library card?

Yes. If you’re not eligible for a Curtis Memorial Library card, you may register for a Curtis computer card. You do NOT need to be a resident of Brunswick or Harpswell to get a computer card. A general ID – student card, bank card, etc. is required, or special arrangements may be made for users who don’t have ID.

What if I’m just visiting from out of town?

Guest computer cards will be available at the service desks. There will also be 2 express computer stations that do not require logging on with a card number.

Why is the library changing the computer use procedure?

We are making this change to ensure that computer access is fair for all. A time limit of 2 hours per day will accompany the new procedure.

Other Questions? Library desk staff will be happy to assist you.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Maine Street Station is Back!

Brunswick councilors have unanimously approved the development of Brunswick's Maine Street Station which has lain dormant for 20 years. The full details of the decision may be found in the Tuesday Times Record.

The full plans for Maine Street Station are available here as a pdf file. This large file is 82 pages long and requires Adobe Reader to access.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

AARP Tax Help Begins February 2nd at CML

AARP "Tax-Aide" volunteers are again ready to prepare your federal and state income tax returns. This free service is sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation. Tax-Aide counselors are trained, tested and certified each year.

Curtis Memorial Library schedule from Feb. 2 - Apr. 13 :
  • Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointments are recommended and may be made at the lending desk in the lobby. Walk-ins helped if possible.

Taxpayers should bring the following material to the site:

  • A photo-ID for the applicant; Social Security cards (or numbers) for dependents.
  • A copy of last year's tax returns, if possible. (Also, any 2006 tax packages received from the IRS or the state, but don't pick up forms from the library.)
  • All tax-related forms received, such as W-2, 1099R, SSA-1099 or other 1099, etc.
  • "Year-end summary" statements from investment accounts (if any); information on purchase dates and cost basis of any investments sold.
  • Information on possible deductions, such as medical expenses, real estate and car excise taxes, mortgage interest and charitable contributions.
  • Information relating to any tax credits the applicant may be entitled to.

New this year — Applicants may be entitled to a (small) "credit for federal telephone excise taxes paid," reimbursed to the applicant even if no income tax is owed.

A note to "shut-ins": Volunteers can come to the home of persons unable to go out. To make arrangements in the Brunswick area call Marlene Budd at 725-7300. To make arrangements in the Bath area, call Nancy Lord at 729-4036.

For more information on the program, call Nancy Lord, Tax-Aide district coordinator, at 729-4036.

Other Midcoast Locations:

Tax-Aide counseling begins Feb. 1 and continues through April 17, at the following locations and times in this area:

  • Boothbay Harbor: Boothbay YMCA, Townsend Road, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only; call Carol Ostermann, 633-6748.
  • Wiscasset: Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Road, Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only: call Carol Ostermann, 633-6748.
  • Bath: Bath Area Senior Activity Center, 45 Floral St., (443-4937), Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, appointment not required.
  • Bath: Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St. (443-5141), Tuesdays from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 pm to 7:30 p.m., appointment not required.
  • Brunswick: People Plus, 6 Noble St., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 729-0757; walk-ins will be helped if possible.
  • Topsham: Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For and appointment, call 725-1727; walk-ins will be helped if possible.
  • Freeport: Freeport Town Hall, 30 Main St., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., by appointment only; call 865-4743, ext. 120.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Brunswick Teen Center at People Plus

Looking for a place to hang out after school? If you are in grades 6 - 12, you are welcome to come down to the Teen Center and play pool, ping pong, air hockey, PS2, Nintendo and other video games, use the wireless Internet access with your laptop or one of the center's computers, watch movies, read, draw, talk, or just hang out. Check this calendar for additional special programs scheduled at the Teen Center.

Located in the basement of the People Plus Center on the corner of Maine and Noble streets. Phone is 721-0754