The Friends of the Scarborough Library (FOSL) is committed to supporting the Scarborough Public Library and to increasing public awareness of the many benefits the Library offers Scarborough's growing community. The Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization. Memberships and other contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We invite you to join us in our mission.
Through membership fees and fundraising efforts, the Friends support the Library with donations that purchase books and other materials for the Library's collection. We provide funding for the Children's Summer Reading Program, and we also provide discount passes to the the Maine Wildlife Park, the Children's Museum of Maine, and the Portland Museum of Art. Eligible cardholders may borrow passes at the Library circulation desk. More information about Museum Passes can be found here.
The Friends organize and fund events offered free-of-charge to the community. Our programming reflects the interests of both adults and children. Read more about the Friends.
NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS
Friends Members—Mark Your Calendars
The Annual Meeting date is changed to Sunday, Nov 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Library Meeting Room. Change of date is due to scheduling difficulties. Our speaker is Dr. Arthur Anderson, professor of Archeology, University of New England, currently digging at a site virtually on the UNE campus! He will bring slides to share. More information can be found here.
Special Family Performance
Odds Bodkin: Master Storyteller, Author, and Musician
Gather the family for this special performance by acclaimed storyteller, Odds Bodkin— presented by the Friends of the Scarborough Library. Odds will perform The Harvest: Stories of Thanksgiving using character voices, sound effects, and music on Celtic harp, African thumb piano, and 12- string guitar. This event is free to attend and fun for all ages! No tickets required.
Before Book Sale Help Needed
One of the on going task for the Book Sale is getting the donated books from the Library to the Scarborough Public Works. Volunteers do this year round. It is an enormous task. We would like to have enough volunteers so that people would only have to do it two times in a month. It has to be done on week days and before 4pm because that is when the SPW Is open. Volunteers do not have to carry the boxes or bags upstairs but only onto the building. Our wonderful helpers at SPW take them upstairs to where they are sorted. If you could help, please email the address below telling what days in October/Nov. would work for you. We really need some additional help with this task. Many thanks.
Sue Helms, FOSL President
Become A More Active Library Supporter!
Friends of Scarborough Library will have 4 members of our Board of Directors leaving the Board as of Sept. 30th. All are term limited and have served on the Board in different positions for the last 3 to 6 years. We want to thank them for their years of service and dedication to the Library. But now we need help. If you are interested in serving the Library, please consider becoming a member of the Board. We have an application process that any of the current Board members would be happy to explain to you.
Board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, from 6:30-8pm in the Library. Email us via the email contact at the bottom of this page to ask questions and express your interest or leave your name and contact information at the check out desk in the Library.
We need you!
Book Sale 2018 Guidelines for Donations:
Thank you to our many, many donors of gently used books! We are now planning for the next Book Sale and you can help. While we love getting donations some simply do not sell. So we are asking that donors follow these guidelines:
If donors help by following these guidelines it will decrease the burden on our volunteers who take the donated books to Scarborough Public Works for sorting and making pallets of books for the next Book Sale. It is a big job and they appreciate your help!!
Make it a point to stop by the Library the first of every month and pick up your free copy of the latest issue of BookPage, featuring book reviews, author interviews, best bets for book clubs, and book blogs. This popular free publication is provided for your enjoyment by the Friends. Remember, a new issue arrives the first of every month. Get your copy while they last. You'll find them located on the New Books display as you enter the Library.
The Friends of Scarborough Library is a charter member of Friends of Maine Libraries, whose mission is "to support and advocate for all Maine libraries, and to serve as a resource for existing and evolving Friends groups. For over two decades, throughout our state, Friends of Maine Libraries grants have funded library and literacy programs and events that would not have been possible otherwise."