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The annual book sale is the Friends major fund-raiser of the year. While usually held at the Scarborough Library, the June 2016 sale is moved to larger quarters—the Scarborough High School cafeteria—to accomodate the more than 25,000 donated books. During the annual 4-day Book Sale event, hundreds of bargain hunters come to the book sale looking for the perfect summer read! With more than 25,000 donated books, puzzles, and audio-visual titles to choose from, readers of all ages will find at least one book by their favorite author at this annual Friends sponsored event.

Thank you!

The Friends of the Scarborough Library 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.

Once again, unsold items were donated to non-profit organizations and Goodwill, who cordially picked them up for us.

The Book Sale at the Scarborough High School would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of the School Department, especially Todd Jepson, Facilities Manager, and David Creech, Principal of Scarborough High School.  The maintenance people and custodial staff at the High School could not have been more helpful. We received many, many positive comments about the venue.

This year we had the added help of students from the Sophomore class along with their Class advisor, Albert McCormack. They were wonderful! They were hard workers, respectful and kept all of us in good spirits during both the setting up and breaking down days. We really appreciated their help.

Special thanks also to our invaluable volunteers who deliver all of the donated books to the Scarborough Public Works Department where our tireless sorters work for months before the sale. Finally, SPW is to be highly commended, as they provide storage space for books throughout the year and transport books to the site before the sale. Many thanks to Mike Shaw, Director of Public Works and his crew for all their help.

Donations are once again being accepted at the Library foyer from now through the end of May 2018. Again, your donated books and purchases at the sale were appreciated.  They signal your strong support of the Library and the Friends.

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Volunteer @ the Book Sale: The success story of the Friends Book Sale would not be complete if we failed to recognize the extraordinary effort of the very dedicated volunteers who make this event possible. Many hands make light work, or at least make it seem that way. By donating your time, you help the Friends and the Library, but it's also fun! Volunteers see old friends, neighbors, and even former classmates.

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Bargain hunters on opening day of the 2013 book sale.


Quotable: "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." - Mark Twain