Imagine if everyone in Scarborough read the same book...then joined for a weekend of special events related to the theme! That is the experience our Local and Legendary team will create through this One Book, One Community (OBOC) series. We have selected two books that are appropriate for both adults and young adults, making this a great “family read” opportunity as well!

Here’s how it works:

Read one or both of these books by March 6, 2015, then join us on March 7 & 8, 2015 for a keynote address by Jean Flahive, author of Billy Boy.The weekend will also include book discussions facilitated by scholars from the University of Southern Maine and these special presentations: Winslow Homer: The Civil War's Special Artist; The 2nd Maine Cavalry: Horse Soldiers of the Civil War; What They Carried - a hands-on look at items the soldiers carried in their packs; and Soldier's Heart: The Hidden Wounds of the Civil War, a look at the psychological effects of war.

Click on the image to the left to download a brochure of events. Copies of the selected books and brochures can be found at the One Book, One Community display in the Library.

For All Ages: Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine by Jean Flahive

Billy Boy Book JacketThis story is inspired by Billy Laird, a resident of Berwick. It is a moving tale of friendship, loyalty, and compassion that will enthrall readers of all ages. It was painstakingly researched by Flahive and provides a wealth of information about the role Mainers played in the Civil War.


For Young Adults (Adults may also choose to read this book.): Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown

Picture the Dead Book JacketSixteen-year-old Jennie Lovell learns her twin brother has died in the Civil War. Her cousin returns from the war, unrecognizable in his haunted state, and says that her fiancé was also lost. But the facts do not add up as fast as the layers of stories. This page-turning mystery includes illustrations based on actual Civil War photos and letters.

In tandem with the One Book, One Community program, the Library is also running a Civil War Film Series. We invite you to join us for one or all of the films to be shown in February.