SBSI Grant Supports Early Literacy Stations

(L-R) Louise Capizzo, Library Youth Services Manager, accepts a check in support of the Library’s Early Literacy Stations (seen in background) from Melanie Lee, SBSI Scarborough Branch Manager, and Terri Litchfield, SBSI Scarborough Branch Teller.

SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library was awarded a grant from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution (SBSI) in the amount of $5,148 to fund two new Early Literacy Stations (ELS) for the L

ibrary’s Youth Room. The stations were installed in December 2015.

Early Literacy Stations are designed specifically for children ages 2-8 and feature over 4,000 localized learning activities that span all seven curricular areas: math; science & nature; social studies & geography; reading; art & music; writing & computer skills; and reference. The stations offer a mouse and keyboard designed for tiny hands, as well as a touch screen feature. 

“The Early Literacy Stations are very popular with young families who visit our Library,” says Nancy Crowell, Library Director. “The systems allow children to move through tutorials at their own pace and introduce children to technology in a safe and innovative way. They also compliment the traditional early literacy services we provide, including our weekly story times and reader advisory for parents. We’re very grateful for the many years Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution has shared our commitment to make these interactive learning tools available to our youngest visitors.”  

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution has a long history of supporting early literacy technology at the Library. In 1999, they funded the purchase of two iMacs for the Youth Room. The iMacs were replaced in 2006 with the newer Early Literacy Station technology through a second grant from SBSI. The community bank also funded the purchase of a replacement station in 2009. In 2012, SBSI awarded the Library a $6,000 grant to support its new e-book Cloud Library.  

For additional information about early literacy programming and services offered at the Scarborough Public Library, visit their website at To learn more about ways Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution supports the communities it serves, go to

Scarborough Public Library Selected as Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program Recipient

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SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of January 2016.

This exciting program was designed to create revenue streams for deserving local nonprofits based in the communities Hannaford serves. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag purchased at the Hannaford located at 31 Hannaford Drive, Scarborough, the Scarborough Public Library will receive a $1 donation in support of its mission to provide free and open access to educational and enrichment opportunities for all who live, work, or attend school in Scarborough. The bags retail for $2.29.

“Being selected as the recipient of the Hannaford Helps program for January was a wonderful surprise,” says Library Director, Nancy Crowell. “Last year, an average of 384 people visited the Library each day. Our Library is an EEOC – an Equal Education Opportunity for Everyone provider, and our ability to serve the broad needs of our community requires ongoing investment in materials and online services. The proceeds from Hannaford Helps will allow us to renew licenses for educational databases and purchase new materials.”

The Scarborough Public Library was founded in 1899. The Library holds over 70,000 items in its collection and offers cardholders access to millions more as a member of the Minerva consortium. Online services also include three e-book platforms and access to, a leading site for technical and creative training. Last year, the Library offered over 400 free enrichment programs, attended by over 10,000 people.  

Learn more about the Scarborough Public Library at Additional information about the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program can be found at

Rwanda Bean Co: Coffee That Gives Back

Photo of Mike Mwenedata and coffee farmers in Rwanda

SCARBOROUGH –Mike Mwenedata and Nick Mazuroski, co-founders of Portland-based Rwanda Bean Co, will share their journey to generate sustainable profits for coffee farmers throughout Rwanda at a prog

ram offered at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd, on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The event is part of a series being offered at the Library in partnership with the Camden Conference in support of the 2016 Conference theme “The New Africa.”

Mwenedata and Mazuroski’s commitment goes beyond just purchasing beans; they have pledged to give 50% of their profits back to the farming community to provide school fees, health insurance, and to generate clean electricity in rural villages.

The effort is particularly meaningful to Mwenedata; at the age of nine, his father, mother, and five siblings were killed during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In 2009, he immigrated to the United States and eventually came to Maine to attend the University of Southern Maine, never losing sight of his desire to combine his business sense with a way to make a difference in the lives of children in his native country.

Master African drummer Jordan Messan Benissan performing

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SCARBOROUGH – Master African drummer Jordan Messan Benissan will be performing at the Scarborough Public Library on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

The event is part of a series of programs being offered at the Library in partnership with the Camden Conference in support of the 2016 Conference theme “The New Africa.”

Benissan was born in Togo and is a member of the Ewe People. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals and received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers.

Benissan currently teaches music at Colby College and has performed traditional African drumming and Highlife music around the world. His recordings have been nominated for “Best World Music Album” by Phoenix Magazine and featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered."

Author/Climber Discusses Book on 2008 K2 Tragedy

Photo of Freddie Wilkinson

SCARBOROUGH – Author and climber Freddie Wilkinson will discuss his book One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorh

am Road, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

Wilkinson’s in-depth reporting on the 2008 K2 season changed public perception of the tragedy that took the lives of 11 climbers. Based on his numerous trips to Nepal and in-depth interviews with the survivors, the families of the lost climbers, and the Sherpa guides whose heroic efforts saved the lives of at least four climbers, Wilkinson’s narrative uncovers what actually occurred on the mountain and offers an insightful look into the lives of the six Sherpas who were involved. His presentation will include footage from a film he produced on Sherpa culture.

From the teahouses of Khumbu Himal to obscure glaciers of the Alaska Range to storm-lashed Patagonian spires, Wilkinson is an alpinist known for his infectious energy and original lines of ascent. In 2012, Wilkinson received the prestigious Piolet d’Or for making the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, the second highest unclimbed mountain in the world at the time.

Wilkinson’s writing has appeared in Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Outside, The New York Times, Alpinist, Rock and Ice, and the Huffington Post. He is also a partner in Salt Pump Climbing Company—a new indoor climbing gym now open in Scarborough.

This event is open to the public and free to attend. Copies of One Mountain Thousand Summits will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Library’s website at

Publishing Workshop

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SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library will host an Independent Publishing Workshop presented by Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:15pm.

Jane Karker, owner and president of Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative and Custom Museum Publishing, Inc. will introduce aspiring writers to the new ways of producing and marketing their books.

Technological innovations have created a boom in self-publishing. This workshop will outline traditional and non-traditional ways to have your book published. Find out how to get the technical assistance you need and how to avoid the potential pitfalls frequently encountered in the fast-changing world of independent publishing.

This workshop is free to attend but registration is required. Please register by phone at 883-4723 option 4, by email at askSPL [at], or by stopping by the Adult Reference Desk at the Scarborough Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

Library Memorial StoryWalk™

Closeup of a Story Walk Poster

SCARBOROUGH – From July 27 through August 3, 2015, the Scarborough Public Library will exhibit the Susan McNamara Johnson Memorial StoryWalk™ on the Library grounds.

The StoryWalk™ was made possible through generous donations given to the Library in Susan’s memory and reflects her love of literature, her personal appreciation for the Library, and her passion for bringing books to life among the young. Susan was a retired teacher and resident of the Higgins Beach community in Scarborough, ME.

The book selected for this special StoryWalk™ is The Secret Pool, written by Kimberly Ridley, illustrated by Rebekah Raye, and published by Tilbury House—all located in Maine. The book introduces young readers to the wonders right underfoot as the voice of a vernal pool shares its secrets through the seasons. An introductory storyboard offers suggestions on ways readers can enhance their experience as they move through the StoryWalk™.

StoryWalks™ are appearing in communities around the country as a way of mingling children’s literature with the outdoors. The original StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

This StoryWalk™ is open to the public and free to explore. For more information, visit the Scarborough Public Library’s website at

Double or Nothing Kicks Off Summer Programs

Double or Nothing press release photo

SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library will kick off its 2015 Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm with a performance at the Wentworth School cafeteria by Double or Nothing. The show is a fast-paced variety show of zany humor and incredible juggling feats starring Steve Corning and Shane Miclon. The event is free to attend. No pre-registration is required.

Families can register children for the Summer Reading Program  the evening of the kick-off, or by visiting the Youth Room beginning June 15, 2015.

The Summer Reading Program lasts for eight weeks and offers a family-friendly schedule of reading incentives and exciting special events for ages pre-K through high school. Information and special program details for children up to Grade 5 can be found on the Youth Page of the Library’s website at Details for teens Grade 6 and up can be found on the Teen Page at

Young authors in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 will also be invited to submit original stories to the Library’s “The Writes of Summer” contest. Stories will be read by guest judges, and winning entries will be posted to the Library’s website.

All Summer Reading Program events are made possible through funding provided by the Friends of the Scarborough Library.  For more information, contact the Youth Room at 883-4723 option 3, or visit the Scarborough Public Library website at

Teen Lock-Down Kicks Off Summer Events

Teen Lock-Down Kicks Off Summer Events at the Library

SCARBOROUGH -- The Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) has planned a “Super Hero Training Camp” theme for this this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program kick-off to celebrate this year's theme - "Unmask!"

The event is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and is open for students entering Grades 6 thru 8 in the fall. Play a super hero trivia game. Design your inner super hero. Dressing in a super hero theme is also optional. Have fun singing Karaoke or play in a Wii tournament—there will be something for everyone, including snacks!

Doors will open at 6:00 pm, then the Library will "lock down" at 6:30 pm and the fun will begin. To register, call the Youth Room at 883-4723 option 3 by June 3rd. Minimum of 25 must be registered. The Lock-Down is free to attend!

Mystery Author Panel at the Library

Book jacket of Rogue Wave, one of the books being discussed at the mystery author event.

SCARBOROUGH – The Scarborough Public Library will host the mystery author event “Death in Shorts: Rogue Wave” on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The program will feature a panel of authors whose short stories appear in Level Best Books’ twelfth anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave. The panel will be moderated by Katherine Fast, co-editor of Level Best. Following are the panelists:

• Maurissa Guibord is the author of two fantasy books for young adults (Warped, 2011 and Revel, 2013) as well as numerous short stories for both adults and children. She has been a finalist for the Rita award as well as the Agatha award. Maurissa is a resident of Scarborough.

• Dale T. Phillips grew up in Maine and studied writing with Stephen King at the University of Maine. He has published over thirty short stories and four novels, three in the Zack Taylor series. He’s appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film. Dale also competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice—and in his words, lost spectacularly both times.

• Karla M. Whitney publications include textbooks, non-fiction articles, and illustrations. More to the Point is her first published fiction. Her second mystery novel and a slew of single panel comics are in the works. She’s a member of SinC, MWA, and the Portland Museum of Art. She and her husband live here in Maine.

This event is free to attend and open to the public. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be included. FMI, visit the Library’s website at


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