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, Willowbrook Village 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.
We thank the many dedicated volunteers and book sale patrons who helped make the 2015 Book Sale a success. During the annual 4-day event, hundreds came to the Library 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. These funds 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, as well as the Friends' programs. Once again, unsold items were donated to non-profit organizations and Goodwill, who cordially picked them up for us.
We appreciate the generous support received from our corporate sponsors, Hannaford and Sam's Club. Each year they donate critical supplies that we use before and during the sale. Thanks also to the VIPs who provided traffic control. It is important to note that this is a year long effort. Special thanks goes out to our invaluable Ray Birkner who delivers all of the donated books to the SPW Department where our tireless sorters work for months before the sale. Finally, Scarborough Public Works Department is to be highly commended, as they provide storage space for books throughout the year and transport books to the library before the sale. The department's efforts are crucial to our success and we thank everyone there for their help. Plans for next year are underway!
Donated books can be dropped off in the Library foyer from July through the end May. Again, your donated books and purchases at the sale were appreciated. They signal your strong support of the Library, as well as the Friends.
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.