More than ever, public libraries serve as places of community. At Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, people find and build community. And that is more important now than ever.
I support Curtis because of the quiet spaces for writing and building a community of writers, like the free program I run every Friday called Fireside Writers in the historic 1904 Building in front of a roaring fireplace. Downstairs at the same time, the Library offers free coffee and free books, as well as a free music program for toddlers...and this is just Friday morning!
I support Curtis because of the friendly and knowledgeable staff who go out of their way to help patrons with every need, from granting free Internet access to finding graphic novels to servicing their printing and copying needs. Curtis is open to ALL members of the community, including school groups, people with special needs, people who may be from the homeless shelter, clients of the local soup kitchen, local college professors, Maine Street business owners, old friends, and new ones.
I support Curtis because of its creative spaces, like the Collaboratory, where the Library hosts interactive exhibits with local partner organizations. People of all ages can enjoy the activities there and leave their mark on the makerspace.
I support Curtis for its innovative programming, like the Summer Speaker Series and the Contemporaries Film Series, that bring underrepresented people and ideas together for warm, appreciative public audiences.
I support Curtis as it looks and plans for the future . . . I support the endowment fund, and am a member of the Contemporaries -- engaging a new generation of library users and supports.
Lastly, but HUGELY, I support Curtis because of . . . all the books! Over 130,000 on the shelves . . . and more online.
Review from #MyGivingStory