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German Church Record Books

By |February 14th, 2020|Categories: Genealogy Blog|

Church record books are an important resource when doing German genealogy, especially before civil registration began.  I am trying to find the name of one of my ancestor’s parents so I’m hopeful this resource might provide more information.  From about German church record books: They recorded details of baptisms, marriages, [...]

What I learned today

By |January 31st, 2020|Categories: Genealogy Blog|

Here are a few things I learned today while working with Lynne who is the library’s wonderful genealogy volunteer: A key to doing any genealogy is persistence. Lynne doesn’t give up.  She starts on one path, follows it to its end, and starts all over again if the path was [...]

Free Early Literacy Calendars

By |January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Kids|

Parents and Other Caregivers - Help prepare your littles for reading and kindergarten! Stop in and pick up a beautifully-illustrated by Maine artists Family Literacy Activity Calendar provided by Maine State Library.  Each month has a theme and features books, songs, activities, arts and cultural events, plus health and family [...]

AARP Free Tax Preparation Assistance Available Starting February 3

By |January 21st, 2020|Categories: Adults|

AARP Tax Preparation Service Trained volunteers will be offering free tax preparation help for anyone with individual Federal and State of Maine returns. Prepared returns will be filed electronically. No library card required. No need to be an AARP member or senior, however, you must make an appointment to attend. [...]

German genealogy – part II

By |January 17th, 2020|Categories: Genealogy Blog|

I continue to pursue my German ancestors (see my blog from last week).  In the process I discovered the German-American Genealogist Blog by Josiah Schmidt at   This page (part of the author’s website – he is a professional genealogist) has 33 German genealogy tips.  The tips stopped being posted [...]

How to find reliable medical information online

By |January 15th, 2020|Categories: Adults|

The easiest rule-of-thumb is that the most reliable sites will be either government (.gov), medical school (.edu), research hospital, or professional nonprofit association (.org) sites. Symptom Checkers A 2015 NIH-funded study by Harvard Medical School[1] evaluated 23 online symptom checker tools. In the study, about a third of the checkers [...]

German genealogy – town lineage books

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: Genealogy Blog|

I am new to German genealogy.  I always knew my grandmother was German and that her family came to the United States in the 1840’s but I didn’t know a great deal beyond that.  However, having run smack into a big brick wall on my grandfather’s side of the family, [...]

Sing in the New Year!

By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Kids|

Jump on the Song Toboggan and sing-a-long with Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams. Matt is a Brunswick-based folk singer, guitarist, and songwriter specializing in playful, funny songs about ecology and being green. Join him as he works his musical magic in this interactive and fun music show on Saturday, January [...]

Holiday Thanks

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: Kids|

Say thank-you for a thoughtful holiday gift or send a New Year's greeting!  Stop in between December 21 and January 6 to write and decorate a note - you bring the address and we'll provide supplies and a stamp.

Model Trains Exhibit Discount

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: Kids|

All Aboard! Trains at Science Park is just one of many exciting interactive exhibits currently on display at the Museum of Science in Boston. Did you know you can purchase tickets for up to 4 people at less that half-price by picking up a museum pass at Curtis? Just call [...]

New Year, New You – With Flipster!

By |December 17th, 2019|Categories: Adults|

Kick-start the new year with weight-loss and self-wellness tips from your favorite digital magazines. Who doesn't make New Year's resolutions? The past year's slate is wiped clean and another 12 months stretch in front of us, ready to be filled with new skills, deeper knowledge, and a stronger connection to [...]