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
Book Sale Donations
The Library Friends will not be accepting book donations in the month of June. Time is needed to sort and prepare inventory in anticipation of the Book Sale. Dates of the sale will be announced soon!
Friends Bring Magic to Town
Book Sorting Has Begun
Sorting of books for the 2017 Book Sale begins at the Public Works Dept. building on Wednesday, January 11 at 10:00am. All interested volunteers are welcome. We will be doing it weekly at this day and time unless weather is a problem. We usually sort for a couple of hours, but volunteers stay as long as they wish. Thanks for helping!
Book Sale 2017 Guidelines for Donations:
Thank you to our many, many donors of gently used books! Our 2016 Book Sale grossed just over $9100.00, thanks to all of you.
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!!
Become More Involved With the Friends
Would you like to become more active as a Library supporter? The Friends are looking for people to join the 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. Thank you.
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."