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
Annual Book Sale June 2016
Donations for the Book Sale will be taken only through
Friends of Scarborough Library Recognized for Commitment to Sustainability
In a followup article in the March 25, 2016 Scarborough Leader, Scarborough Public Works director Mike Shaw "called the book sale truly an example of reuse in the hierarchy of reduce, reuse, recycle." In the same article, Friends President Sue Helms said, "the Friends group could not have such a successful book sale without the help of the public works department, which offers its facility as a place to store and sort the books and helps transport the books to the library every June for the book sale." Read the entire Leader article here.
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.
Become More Involved With 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. 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."