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
On June 27, Friends member Carroll Tiernan has lost her courageous battle with cancer. She volunteered untold hours on behalf of the Friends and will be remembered by the Wednesday book sorters group . . . Read more
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!
Friends Thank Community for Book Sale Support
We would like to thank the many dedicated volunteers and book sale patrons who helped make the 2017 Book Sale a success. During the annual 4-day event, hundreds came to looking for the perfect summer read! With more than 25,000 donated books and audio-visual titles to choose from, readers of all ages found at least one book by their favorite author. The funds earned help support the Library in various ways, including adding to the collection, funding the Children's and Teen's Summer Reading Program, and supporting free passes to Maine cultural institutions and parks, as well as helping to fund the movie licenses that provide the monthly Monday Movie at the Library. Read more here > >.
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."