Monday, August 10, 2009

New! Free! Rental Listing Service

MaineHousing and Maine Dept. of Health & Human Services, in collaboration with 211 Maine have launched -- an online rental listing service that is FREE to both landlords and renters.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Circuit Breaker" forms are online

You may print a pdf form of your
Maine Residents
Property Tax and Rent Refund
“Circuit Breaker” Program

Application and Instructions for Refunds of:
Property Tax Assessed in 2008
Rent Paid during 2008


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Literary Map of Maine

Maine boasts a rich literary heritage. Authors from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to James L. Nelson call us home and Maine's literature is as diverse as the state itself. Rain and mosquitoes may drive you indoors but the magnificence of this area is still something Curtis Library can offer you. Maine's authors live here among their books. Stop in to visit with them.

The Literary Map of Maine is a partnership between the Maine Sunday Telegram and several library and humanities groups in Maine.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Some New-ish Job Search Sites

A few new and noteworthy job sites have come to our attention....

Green Jobs:
  • is a list of job boards "that focus on social or environmental responsibility." The listings (some with annotations) cover general green jobs and jobs in specific industries such as solar energy and green building.
  • Green Careers Guide provides job seekers a go-to resource for green careers within the wind, solar, and geothermal industries. They're linked by the Department of Energy.

  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides links to social services, fuel assistance and other sites that might be helpful for the unemployed and low income families.

  • approaches being unemployed from the visceral street level. It provides a positive and supportive community for people out of work. Highly recommended.

  • Another highly useful site is It is packed with useful tips and strategies for your job search or interview.

  • has Maine (or any other state) employment resources that touch on unemployment benefits, job search, training, health insurance and foreclosures.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Curtis Library: In One Day

Brunswick filmmakers Rip Swan and Jasper Lowe have created a short video of a day at Curtis Memorial Library. They tell a long story in 4 minutes!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Homeless and The Law

In the eyes of the law, all Americans are equal.  In theory this is true.  Access to the law for homeless Americans is, however, not as egalitarian.  

The Homeless Law Blog is a project of Linda Tashbrook, a lawyer and librarian.  It  is a "research guide for homeless people trying to learn about their legal rights and liabilities."  Ms Tashbrook addresses questions that range from keeping pets to bathing in public facilities, from employment to privacy.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Maine Answers Tough Times

The Maine State Library has assembled the following resources to help Mainers weather the severe economic climate in which we find ourselves:

Whether it is called a recession or a depression, all of us are now facing an economic downturn that can be simply described as tough times. How we respond and what we need to make it through these tough times will differ from person to person; family to family.

More information on any or all of these topics can be found at your local public library.

Web Resources

The following links by category are designed to help you find the information or contacts needed to help. These links are primarily designed to lead you to official support services in Maine. Descriptions of the web sites are primarily from the organization's own words.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Downloading Audio Books on Dial-up?

Downloading audio books using dial-up internet is like watching paint dry. We at Curtis can shorten some of the time needed to acquire the Overdrive Media Console that controls the whole process. Some of our Full Service PCs have the Media Console file on the desktop that our users may transfer to a flash drive (a.ka thumb drive, USB drive, memory stick) and take home.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Listen to Martin Luther King's speech at Bowdoin College

In May, 1964 Martin Luther King came to Bowdoin College to speak about the civil rights movement and ending discrimination in America. The King Center is allowing Bowdoin College to make this speech available online during the month of February as part of the observance of Black History Month.

To read about Martin Luther King's visit to Bowdoin, the history of the speech and to find the link to Dr. King's speech, visit:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Winter Wisdom Series at Curtis

Midcoast Senior College Winter Wisdom Series

Morrell Meeting Room


12:15 ---- 1:45 PM

Free and Open to the Public*

“Energy at the Root of it All” (January 14)
In a mere 40 minutes, the Sun delivers enough energy to Earth to cover all of humanity's needs. Why then do we put the planet's health, the economy and our grandchildren's future in jeopardy by burning, in a short 300 years, a fossil fuel inheritance that took 150 million years to accumulate? We can do better and we have what it takes. Paul Kando, a chemical engineer by training, has been in the forefront of energy research since the first oil crisis of the 1970s. In 2007 he became a Maine certified residential energy auditor and is actively engaged in consulting, teaching, conducting energy audits.

“Looking Back on an Extraordinary Election – A Panel Discussion” (January 21)
Twenty-four hours after the presidential inauguration, we will hear from three panelists who will look back on the 2008 election, the heightened activity during the presidential transition, and President Obama’s inaugural address. Two of our panelists are regular Midcoast Senior College faculty members – historian Jack Thompson and political scientist Howard Whitcomb. They will be joined by Michael Franz, an Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College, whose research specializations are in the fields of campaign finance and political advertising. There will be ample time for questions and comments from the audience.

"Geographies of Hope: Nature and the Modern American City" (January 28)
Why do Americans see cities and nature as opposites, and have they always considered them at odds? These issues are important because the rise of the city and the ascendancy of what became environmentalism intertwine in modern American history. Using Seattle, a city that came of age as the nation became green-minded and urban, as a departure point, we will explore how diverse Americans over the past one hundred years have fought to build cities that are sustainable for human beings and the natural world they depend upon. Matthew Klingle is an Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College.

“Strategic Vision: The Recurring Deficit in American Foreign Policy”
(February 4)
Fred Hill, a Bowdoin graduate, served as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun from 1965-1985. During his tenure at the Sun he covered political corruption in Maryland and Watergate After a brief stint on Capitol Hill as a foreign policy advisor to Senator Charles Mathias, Jr. (R., MD), he moved to the Department of State where he would remain for two decades before retiring to Arrowsic. At the State Department he was Director, Office of Special Programs, which organized policy planning exercises and roundtable discussions for senior officials on a wide range of security, political, economic and global issues. He writes a monthly column on foreign affairs for the Bangor Daily News. With a brand new administration in Washington, DC, he will assess the state of American foreign policy.

“Longfellow Days Lecture: The Translator’s Art” (February 18)
Translation may seem to be a straightforward practice. It is, in fact, a subtle art, requiring sophistication, technical facility, eloquence and cultural sensitivity. Our speakers, all translators and translatees, include faculty members from the German and French departments at Bowdoin and Bates Colleges and at Bowdoin’s McKeen Center for the Common Good. They are Helen Cafferty, Janice Jaffe, Alexandre Dauge-Roth, Katherine Dauge-Roth, and Otto Emersleben. This lecture is being co-sponsored with Longfellow Days 2009.

*The overwhelming success of our Winter Wisdom presentations has brought the problem of overcrowding. Space is limited, so come early for our 12:15 pm starting time. First come, first seated.

Snow “make-up” date, February 11th

For more information please call 442.7349 or email