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The Friends of the Scarborough Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting the Scarborough Public Library and to increasing public awareness of the many benefits the Library offers Scarborough's growing community. We invite you to join us in that mission.

Governed by a Board of Directors, the Friends work in partnership with the Board of Trustees and the professional Library staff. Hundreds of members of the Scarborough community contribute to the Friends by paying membership fees, volunteering time, and donating used books for our annual book sale.

Image: PassesThrough 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 selected Maine State Parks, 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.Image: BookPage cover art

Stop by the Library 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. BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to more than 450,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries. It is a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. The tone is upbeat and literate, focusing on bestsellers as well as new discoveries. All of the content from the print edition is posted on each month. This popular publication is provided by the Friends. A new issue arrives the first of every month. Get your copy while they last.


Programs and Events

In 2016 year the Friends joined with the library staff as co-sponsors of Library programs.The Friends help to organize and fund events that are offered, free-of-charge, to the community.  These programs reflect the interests of both adults and children with a special family-centered program each spring.

In 2015-2016 the Friends continue with "literary themed" programming. Presenters have included poets from Moon Pie Press, best selling author Bill Roorbach, and academic Lorraine Masure discussing the history behind some of Broadway's most memorable musicals. Click here for more information> >.

The Friends adult program series for the 2014-15 year, Farm to Table, featured speakers well known for their talent and experience in planting and maintaining gardens to put healthy foods on your tables. Key speakers include, Dave Colson of MOFGA on October 5th; Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardens in November; and Stacy Brenner and John Bliss of Broadturn Farm in January. Click here for more information >>.

In the 2012-2013 program year, the FOSL program committee began a new adventure with the inauguration of an Adult Literature Series. This first year was a huge success using the theme of murder mysteries, a very popular genre with our Library patrons. We began with the lovely ladies, Paula and Ann from Mainely Murders Bookstore in Kennebunkport. Read more >>

The following year, 2013-2014, the committee continued the Adult Literature Series with the theme of "Living In Maine." In keeping with the the results of our membership survey our theme celebrates all things "Maine." A wonderful roster of guest authors—entertained audiences with the stories, humor, cultures, and flavors that are unique to our state. Read more >>>

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We work closely with the Library Director, responding to requests for volunteer assistance and funding for non-budgetary Library expenses. The Friends Board of Directors reviews all requests. We also coordinate our work with the Library’s Board of Trustees and advocate for Library budget requests presented to the Town Council.

The Friends of Scarborough Library is a supporter and a charter member of Friends of Maine Libraries.

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Quotable: "Since its founding, the Friends has grown from 22 members to over 150 in 2016."